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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
Totally awesome experience (as per usual) at Mateo! We celebrated our anniversary here and couldn't have been more pleased. Our server was great and had some spot on recommendations - the cobia crudo special was fantastic!! Seriously, I wanted another for dessert. Also, the bone marrow is just sublime - melt in your mouth perfection. Everything was spaced out nicely and we never lacked for something to nibble on. My gin & tonic was delicious & the whole atmosphere was exactly what we like for a date night. We were seated upstairs which is considerably more quite than down but we've sat at the bar a few times before too and love the lively atmosphere. All in all, one of our favorite places in the triangle and we would recommend Mateo to anyone.
A fantastic tapas restaurant with a unique panoply of flavors. Everything was prepared perfectly. The servers were considerate and knowledgeable about their rich menu. A fun atmosphere, albeit a bit tight and loud. It was a bit pricey.
We ordered 5 tapas and 2 glasses of wine- $125
Great service. They were out of the special they never took off the board. Although all of the plates we had were good, nothing blew our minds. Drinks were good. It's always on the "best of" lists so I'm glad I've crossed it off the list and am no longer curious. I doubt that I'll go back though.
Had a reservation for four on Sunday night. When we arrived we were given a high top table in the bar area. When we asked if we could wait for a table we were told no. Approximately 10 mins later a table for four opened. We asked to be seated at a regular table but it was given to people who came later. Food was decent but the service...
We had been wanting to try Mateo for the past year and finally got around to it. Had I read recent reviews before making a reservation, I would have gone elsewhere.
While the staff is friendly and welcoming, the noise level is extremely high and the kitchen is ridiculously slow. If you are over 40 or have any hearing issues, conversation will be difficult without shouting.
The noise would have been tolerable if the kitchen was organized enough to send more than one dish at a time to our table of 4. We were not sharing and we got to take turns watching each other eat.
In addition to the food coming out one plate at a time, some of the dishes contained almost nothing. The chicken croquets that were on special probably had about 1 tablespoon of chicken between all of them.
I understand the concept of tapas being small plates... But I found the food to be extremely overpriced and mediocre. We left hungry and disappointed.
If you want to experience a fun, trendy place, go to Mateo. Do not go if you are starving. Expect to spend over $100 for 2 people with minimal food and two drinks a piece. I would not recommend Mateo if you are in a hurry to get to a show at DPAC as it is likely that half of your party will have gotten no food by the time you need to leave.
I had made an error in making the reservation for two, not three, an error I did not know to be mine. Despite it being their busiest evening of the week - 100+ reservations that evening alone- the staff graciously accommodated our needs. Our server was excellent-never intrusive yet always pouring, checking in, removing dishes. Food - fantastic. We have yet to have a poorly prepared dish. I think we will always ask to be seated upstairs as the noise level was much lower than in the ground level.
Food, service excellent. Not my first visit and the food was superb as usual Lovely vintage space complete with a tin ceiling and other hard surfaces....which means the noise level is high even in regular circumstances. Management needs to monitor the young bartenders tendency to raise the sound system. It may work for the bar but not the diners, particularly on a Sunday night.
My wife and I had a lovely experience at Mateo! While we had a tough time finding someone to take a drink order at the bar (which was due to an understaffed bar, not the bartender's character), eventually we were waited on and really enjoyed the inventive cocktails on the menu. Later, we were seated and had a bunch of fun picking from the Tapas menu; I liked that they had some traditional Tapas options and my wife liked that there were some surprises. We were comfortably full after 2 drinks each and 6 tapas between the two of us. The ambiance is great, even if everybody is a little smushed together!
Second time here. This time the food was just as great as the first time, though we tried all new things. The morcilla sausage and corn pudding was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The pork rinds (I'm struggling to spell the Spanish name) were a showstopper. They're huge and crackle as you eat them. I plan on going back, having a few beers and munching on some chicharrones at the bar.
Service was lacking. Even with a reservation we were shown to the bar to wait for a table. We were seated about ten minutes after our reservation, and then sat at the table for a little more than five minutes before being spoken to. A few minutes after that we finally received water and spoke to our server for the night. After asking if we had been there, she said she wouldn't explain the specials. (We ended up ordering an Asian inspired dish by accident because of this, still good, but we wanted Spanish flavors). We saw her twice more after ordering our first round.
Upstairs was spacious and quiet compared to the tiny and loud downstairs dining room. Perfect for conversation.
Definitely will be back, maybe one day I'll receive more than just okay service.
From start to finish this was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. Small plate service is a particular favorite of ours anyway, but this was just outstanding. Each dish was carefully thought out and and beautifully plated on stoneware that only added to the composition of the dish. Each bite was pleasantly surprising, the flavors were unique with depth and developed beautifully as you ate. John, our server, was hands down the best service we've had to date. I don't know what to say about him to do him justice, you'll have to check him out for yourself. Overall the whole experience was a delight from the food to the ambiance, just like Mateo's sister restaurant Mother and Sons. If there were more stars to give they both would get them. Matt Kelly knows how to create a space and food that together makes for a dining experience you won't soon forget.
I am torn over MAteo. The mixed drink and beer selction quality is only so so. On the other hand, the wine list is great. The food is the same. Some items are fantastic and others are very mediocre. Amounts vary from generous, to ridiculously small. That being said, I always enjoy going back.
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