Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from the crew at Vin Rouge.
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm and 5:00 - 10:30 pm; Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm - 12:00 am; Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am and Sunday 5:00 - 9:30.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a small lot beside our restaurant as well as street parking. There is also a large parking lot located behind Mateo on Ramseur St.
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mateo Ratings and Reviews
Nice ambiance. Service is a bit spotty. ...
Nice ambiance. Service is a bit spotty. We have been to other Tapas restaurants around the country. Food was good, but the Tapas selection was a bit disappointing and not the usual traditional tapas. We got into a nice conversation with the couple sitting next to us and ended up having a great time! It is a good restaurant but not our first choice for Tapas.
Mateo was recommended to us by friends w ...
Mateo was recommended to us by friends who live in the area. It did not disappoint. We had several different small plates, the deviled eggs, the tomato salad, the octopus, the chicken croquettes, one of the mixed seafood items, and the small cheese plate. The only plate to disappoint us was the chicken croquettes and we live in south Florida where the croquettes are hard to beat. We loved their drink menu as well. The sweet tea sangria was perfect for a summer evening in N.C. Our waitress was lovely and we will definitely be back.
My husband and I love this restaurant an ...
My husband and I love this restaurant and often sit at the bar to enjoy a drink and order food but we made a reservation so that we could dine at a table here for the 1st time. Our server was incredible and made the most delicious wine recommendation that I had 2 glasses when I had originally planned on one. We love the food and every time we go we order 4 - 6 small plates to share which we did this time. The atmosphere was energetic as usual which we love. The only thing I would change would be the barstools and high table stools as they are not the most comfortable seats.
The quality and uniqueness of the food w ...
The quality and uniqueness of the food was astounding. My date and I went in with high expectations and the service, ambiance and food blew away those expectations. In a perfect world, I'd eat at Mateo a few times a week. Unbelievable!!
First time here, came for family birthda ...
First time here, came for family birthday celebration for ages 18, 26, and 84. Great service, fab food and everyone managed to find something they liked. It was a bit of a stretch for the 84yo, but all in all a good time. Only issue was the noise level was a bit much, making it difficult to hear the waitress.
Everything was fabulous- par excellence! ...
Everything was fabulous- par excellence! Kate was wonderful- so helpful and friendly.
Every morsel was delicious and inimitable.
My friend enjoyed her first experience at Mateo, and it was a wonderful birthday choice.
A must try for foodies (but don't expect ...
A must try for foodies (but don't expect a quiet evening out)!! The food here was simply amazing. My husband is from Spain, and this THE best Spanish food we have had in the U.S to date. It's a mix of traditional recipes cooked perfectly and more inventive modern fusion recipes, and they throw in a few adventurous items to excite the foodies among us. My favorites were the morcilla (blood sausage, divine with Moroccan influenced spices), the molleja (sweetbreads), and the truly perfectly cooked tortilla espanola. As for service, the waiter at the table next to us was a consummate professional - our waitress was just OK. The food arrived quickly, impressive given how hopping the place was. Not ideal for intimate conversation, as it can get really quite loud in there. Ambiance is nice and feels almost like "family style" given how close the tables can be. The wine list was excellent and the drinks inventive and interesting. A fun date place if you don't mind the noise. Go forth and enjoy!
Good selection for vegetarians. Highligh ...
Good selection for vegetarians. Highlights were the okra and sangria. Excellent service and cozy ambience. Upstairs tables are in more intimate setting than downstairs. Leave extra time to find a place to park and walk.
Mateo, with its seasonal menu, locally s ...
Mateo, with its seasonal menu, locally sourced ingredients, and inventive dishes, is the treasure of Durham and a constant delight. The wine list is superb - try the tempranillo reds. Upstairs is very atmospheric, and might be good for couples wanting a slightly mellower vibe, but feels a little removed from the scene downstairs, so ask for a downstairs table if you want to be where the action is. It is noisy, even upstairs - the only drawback. But you feel like you're at the center of the culinary world, so why not be excited about it?
Great, fun atmosphere. We ordered 6 tapa ...
Great, fun atmosphere. We ordered 6 tapas, wine and dessert. The tapas ranged from good to great. The dessert - churros con chocolate was doughy. When I ate these while living in Spain or NYC, they are typically served more crunchy. Great variety of beverages. Glad to have finally made it to this Durham top list restaurant. Had a nice evening but overall not sure the value equals the costs.
This restaurant gets a lot of praise and ...
This restaurant gets a lot of praise and it does have some very good food. I've only eaten there twice and have enjoyed myself, however, there was a pretty high level of expectation going in, especially since I'd had and loved an amazing variety of dishes at a catered event, but I wasn't quite as blown away as I thought I'd be. Maybe it works better in large groups where you can order a number of items and sample lots of dishes. Both times I've gone have been just my wife and I. The food I had was very good but not quite as impressive as I'd hoped. Maybe that's just a problem with my expectations. My only real complaint is that it is really, really loud. Both of my visits were on Tuesday or Wednesday nights so I can't imagine what its like on a weekend. Maybe just because its so popular and crowded or they have too many tables too close together or the large echo-y room, but it was really difficult to have a normal conversation without feeling like I was shouting. The drinks and service were excellent and the chairs are a lot more comfortable than the metal high top seats.
Service tends to suffer when this place ...
Service tends to suffer when this place is really packed. The bartender was great; she was attentive and served drinks quickly. Our server, not so much. She neglected my party of 2 for her bigger group.
Place is also super loud bad acoustics. Dining on a weekend reminded me to eat here during the week instead.
We were in town to drop our child off at ...
We were in town to drop our child off at Duke for a camp and spent the evening at Mateo. Having read reviews before making my reservation, I requested a table upstairs and I am so glad I did. The downstairs area was packed and quite loud. We would not have been able to have a conversation there without yelling. The host took us upstairs and calm descended. Definitely recommend that!
The food was amazing. We tried a variety of items, some from the daily specials board and some from the menu. Our daughter has nut allergies and they were very gracious about accommodating her. Overall, a great experience for 2 adults and an up and coming foodie teenager. It has a rustic, hip vibe and an upscale feel without being a stuffy, white-tablecloth place.
Our dinner at Mateo was great. It is ver ...
Our dinner at Mateo was great. It is very popular. We dined at 6:15 and had a reservation. By 6:30 it was completey full. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, especially the cold dishes. We sampled two small plates (dates and Spanish olives). Both were outstanding. We also tried the bread topped with a dice tomato spread. It was also fantastic. The 4 hot dishes were good but not great, except the spareribs, which were awesome. The fried potatoes, fried okra and pork and beef meatballs were solid but not exceptional.
We will definitely go back, but will probably try the Spanish cheeses and ham combo plates next time. They looked wonderful.
Fantastic, local, seasonal, great servic ...
Fantastic, local, seasonal, great service, my favorite restaurant in Durham. This is saying a lot, as there are many great restaurants doing good things here. We opted for upstairs, which is a bit quieter and more intimate this time. In any case, make your reservations early, and you should put your trust in your server: they are trained on the wine list, they know the food and they'll serve you well.
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