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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
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.
We had a wonderful evening at Mateo. The food was absolutely delicious. All the dishes were of refined taste, creative, and flavorful. Our server was great, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. It made our special occasion quite memorable. Highly recommend!
This was my third time to host an early evening meal with friends at Mateos. This location was very disappointing the service was very slow, the food was of poor quality, the food was not authentic Spanish fare. The food was poorly prepared and when we requested a change, we were told that is the way Mr. Kelly wanted it prepared.
Are wait person tried but seem caught between the perceptions of the owner and chef and the needs and desires of the client. I will not be returning to pay high prices for the owners arrogance and the poor quality of food and service
Restaurant service was good and ambiance was nice. Server was attentive but could have done a better job at explaining specials and other items on the menu. The food was good-not exceptional but good. I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5. We ordered around 12 different items and maybe 2 were really memorable. We took my parents who were in town. Ambiance is great for a nice dinner. We had an early reservation on a Saturday night. Book early as it does get full. Great bar scene with a lot of people. Spanish wines and beers is a nice touch.
PS. There is an upstairs section that we were seated in. My mother had a few issues going up the stairs.
Mateo's is our favorite tapas restaurant! We live about two hours away, but it's our go-to place whenever we get the chance to visit Durham, particularly for seeing shows at DPAC. The food is amazing --creative and delicious. Love the ambiance -- chic, celebratory, vibrant. The service is always outstanding with attentive staff who have great information to recommend a wine or describe the specials. Definitely try the Huevos Diablo and Chicken Croquettas!
Great food and service....only wish the drinks would have come out faster. Ordered drinks first, first round came out after appetizers. Placed second drink order with entrees, drinks arrived just in time for dessert. Otherwise great food and definitely plan to return.
I have been to Mateo twice now and each time it exceeds my expectations. The service was outstanding both times but our server this past visit, Sarah was just amazing- hip, sweet and attentive but not intrusive. Took a rough morning and made my day with a little extra added kindness and caring. Food was great- chicken croquettes and chicken liver pate are awesome.Will come back every time I'm in Durham. This restaurant tops the list of places to eat in NC for a reason!
The food at Mateo was, as always, excellent. We dined upstairs, which gave us a larger table and substantially reduced background noise. The service was excellent, present but not hovering. And the food! Don't miss the Brussel sprouts, even if you think you hate them.
I have been to Mateo's many times. A great place for a date as it is tapas style and the plates are always changing and provide good talking points! The decor is extremely unique - somewhat of a clash between traditional and modern. Very fun lighting as well. They always have a very diverse and long list of specials so you will always have something new to choose from.
Prices are very reasonable for a nice night out!
Very good Tapas Caliente - Calamares, Feature Pollo Croquetas, Patatas Bravas and Brussel Sprouts were excellent, Pollo Frito and the Pork and Shrimp Albondigas just pretty good. Service was outstanding - knowledgeable, warm and attentive, even on a busy Saturday night. I personally don't think the Sangria benefited from putting Cheerwine in it, but I respect the devotion to the NC-Spain fusion approach. We'll be back!
Booked this for my husband's birthday as we'd never tried it before and it got great reviews. The booking process was perfect and the system generated reminder worked well. I called into the restaurant to let them know that it was my husband's birthday and they returned my call acknowledging that they received the message. Saturday night was packed and I was glad we had requested a table upstairs, where it's a little quieter. Fun variety of tapas and a fairly extensive wine menu. Our server was attentive and prompt with suggestions and everything we tried was good - with our favorite being the dish with the bomba rice and duck. The only disappointing note was that when they brought the dessert to the table, we had ordered two, they had stuck a candle in one of them and that was it. No mention of "Happy Birthday," or comment of that nature. They just set it on the table without a word and left.
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