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Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from the crew at Vin Rouge.
Durham, NC 27701
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.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mateo Ratings and Reviews
Mateo is always great. The food is consistently fantastic, as is the service. It's great for a group of friends, but only if you're ready to speak up at the table. This is a loud restaurant, even if you're lucky enough to get a table in the more sedate, but still lively, upstairs dining room. Food highlights are probably too plentiful to mention, but we always get more than one order of pan con tomate--so simple and so incredibly delicious.
I've been to Mateo many times and have never been disappointed. The food is fantastic. There are always unique things on their specials board and I'm usually blown away. This time we had some kind of charred fern (didn't know you ate fern) and it was amazing. I'm a huge fan of small plates as it's such a great way to try lots of different dishes. Their pate is the best I've had in the area.
I actually looked on line and reserved online and also said that I would be on my lunch hour so I explained that I would get there by at least 12:15 and asked if I could have my order ready because I was on my lunch break so I wouldn't have alot of time. So again, I expected to get my food at least within the next 10 minutes after I got their but it took about 25 minutes and I had about 20 minutes to eat left. So that was pretty frustrating or annoying. Also, I ordered mixed greens and I expected them to be just that but it was just a bunch of lettuce maybe Romaine and I thought it was gonna be like lettuce, spinach, kale...mixed that's what I call mixed greens. So I needed some type of dressing that I asked for and added that and it was a little better. I ordered the Pollo Fritto and I liked it 90% and I will come again basically. Thanks
This was our first visit to Mateo. Surprised to see that we were that there were only three tables taken when we were seated. Started off with a great bruschetta type dish. Drinks wee very good.
We ordered six tapas items. Calamari was good but very typical. Chicken croquettes were more like creamy tater tots. No sign of chicken. Pork ribs were tender but had a burnt flavor aftertaste Fried chicken was stuffed with a cheese that left a bitter aftertaste. Meatballs were way overdone and extraordinarily dry. I can't remember the sixth thing so it obviously was not memorable. Dessert fried dough and cappuccino were good
All in all, not a memorable dinner and we probably will not return
Mateos still remains my favorite place to dine Durham. The food is delicious and authentic and they offer a good spread of wines and vermouths from Spain. The specials on the board are always a fun treat. Great spot for date night or a quick late night snack at the bar.
We ate at Mateo for lunch for the first time. The food was excellent. The calamari, anchovies, ribs, deviled eggs, ham board, salad, calamari were all unique, very well prepared and well seasoned. I would return for the originality alone. Service was ok. My only concerns were dirty plates upon arriving, dirty windows, messy bathroom and dumpster smells when the back door opened. I know this sounds awful, but really we enjoyed Mateo and feel that it just needs a little extra attention to details.
Probably my favorite restaurant in Durham
Make sure to go for dinner rather than lunch, as they serve the bone marrow and duck only for dinner. You don't want to miss these.
Service is fast, and the waiters are always professional, helpful and friendly.
I said it already, but it really is my favorite!
We went for dinner before going to DPAC for a show. I told our server that I didn't eat meat, but did eat seafood. She made several suggestions, one being the rice & beans special with mussels so we ordered it. When I tasted it, it was quite salty and I soon discovered why - it was loaded with finely cubed ham. When we told our server about this, her comment was a not very sincere "sorry, they must have changed the way they prepare it." Thank goodness I'm not allergic and it's a preference. I certainly would have expected a manager to come apologize, a reduction in our bill or at the very least a very sincere apology. We won't be going back or recommending this restaurant.
It had been a while but this was maybe my sixth visit, and it did not disappoint. Each plate was perfect, with distinct flavors, textures, and presentation. It's tempting for a restaurant that has been open few years to fall into a rhythm and coast. I saw no signs of coasting on my last visit, and I look forward to my next.
I've written before about Mateo's excellent food. It's still excellent, but have you noticed how efficient the place is? The system flow in this restaurant is extraordinarily good, it's consistent and well-run. Our server was Gavin -- he's good -- he knew everything about everything on the menu.
A bit of a mixed bag. A delightful setting, with generally attentive service. The pork ribs with pepper jelly were outstanding-- we could have eaten several orders. The other dishes were less impressive. Fried potatoes with "spicy tomato purée" were very reminiscent of French fries with ketchup. Albondigas were in a delicious broth, but the meatballs themselves were unremarkable. Angel hair dish was very tasty, except for the crawfish tails that were surprisingly fishy. Deviled eggs with chorizo were tasty, but we wished the sausage had more spice. And the asparagus special was a bit burned, with an overly large dose of bagna cauda that made it salty,heavy, and greasy. The fried bread dessert was good, with a Mexican-style chocolate sauce that was not too sweet. Overall, the meal was okay.
My 3rd visit from Greensboro. Has been a go-to place in Durham. I like small plate restaurants and try them in most cities. Food is good quality. However, the seasoning is very bland - maybe it's the land of sweet tea, but gambas should be a party in your mouth. The bravas were ok- but no kick & I personally prefer a crisper outside vs potatoey texture.
Great service & I will be back knowing what to expect, tho I am looking for tapas diners & recommendations.
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