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.
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
Our group chose all of the comfort food ...
Our group chose all of the comfort food options, rather than the healthier options with salad and vegetables. Everything was delicious. I ordered patatas bravas (rich and perfect), ribs (rich and perfect) and the brussel sprouts (charred and delicious). I asked for the yogurt to be left off of the brussel sprouts, and they were still delicious. We also shared olives - oh, so good! We tried to discern the flavors in the olive sauce - maybe coriander? This is a good place for people who already know each other; it's loud enough that it's hard to carry on a conversation. Our waitress didn't know much about sherry - she said they were all good and about the same. Well, then why have 20 on the menu if they are all similar? I got a sherry I didn't love as much as I've loved some other sherries, but then, I don't know anything about sherry, either. Was hoping the staff would. In general, everyone loved their food! I'd go again, with people I already know well. We went on a Saturday night.
Durham was the middle-ground for a frien ...
Durham was the middle-ground for a friend's weekend-friends from Charlotte and Greenville, NC. Mateo was a blast. Cool atmosphere, great drinks and wonderful tapas. I think the four of us split 10 tapas and loved them all.
When we first walked in, the hostess was ...
When we first walked in, the hostess was clearly bored, and actually quite rude...
BUT the food and our waitress made up for all of that! OUTSTANDING meal and super helpful wait staff made the whole experience fantastic!
Our reservations were for 5:15 and we were in and out in plenty of time to make the short walk to DPAC for a 7:00 show.
Our favorites were the Roasted Brussel Sprouts and the Pato y Arroz, but the Jamon Sampler and the Oyster Special were also fantastic.
Make sure to let them make you a cappuccino before you leave.
Very unique menu but so worth trying. Th ...
Very unique menu but so worth trying. This is a Spanish influenced restaurant with unusual food choices and small plates/ tapas. Our server was helpful in recommending different foods for us even though she wasn't the freindlist person that night but others were and we look forward to going back. Reservations recommended.
This restaurant is always a winner. We g ...
This restaurant is always a winner. We go for the traditional Spanish items (thought I'm sure the southern inspired ones are also amazing), and we are never disappointed. The pulpo is a highlight, as are the gambas. And of course, you can never go wrong with cheese and charcuterie.
The service and staff were top notch. ...
The service and staff were top notch. I thought the food was
very good. We tried a wide variety of things including the cheese plate,
ribs, beef bone with marrow, potatoes, olives, nuts, and salad. Everything was
good. I would like to try the ribeye next time even though it takes an hour.
The draft beer selection was limited but I was able to find something
I enjoyed (double IPA).
I was glad to have been seated upstairs because it is much quieter and
had a nice cozy feel to it. If you like the action...sit downstairs. Just a personal
Overall, a very good experience.
Packed downstairs, a wait to sit at the ...
Packed downstairs, a wait to sit at the bar. Great atmosphere. Bar staff aloof & too cool, condescending in fact. But the drinks and tapas selection eclipsed that. We ate upstairs which was quieter, but not as much fun as downstairs. We did however have super service. Oh, and all the tapas plates we had were wonderful!
Our experience was superb, wonderful as ...
Our experience was superb, wonderful as usual. Highlights were the wagyu, fideao, chicken liver mousse, bone marrow, choc mousse and banana 'pudding' desserts. Service was perfect - dishes well timed, knowledgeable, helpful.
This was our second time eating at Mateo ...
This was our second time eating at Mateo, and it was fantastic yet again. The tapas style menu gives diners the opportunity to try multiple items. We loved the Spanish ham sampler plate again this year. New items that we tried this year included brussel sprouts and a roasted broccoli special. They also have a very nice wine list with some excellent wines by the glass. Service was perfect as well. The restaurant was very busy on a Friday night, so the noise levels were a bit high. We highly recommend Mateo for an entertaining and delicious dining experience.
I was a little disappointed in this spot ...
I was a little disappointed in this spot considering how mobbed it is every night. Even though we were taken up to the second floor it was ridiculously loud. Once ordered food came quickly and was good but not great. I loved the wine list. If you are a cocktail person you will find this section a little light.
Lively menu with ample and varied daily ...
Lively menu with ample and varied daily specials, extensive Spanish wine and sherry options, attentive and knowledgeable service, outstanding special dinner just before the Tower of Power Concert at the Carolina Theater. Definitely plan to return as often as possible!
We have eaten here several times before ...
We have eaten here several times before and always enjoy the food and experience. We recently brought some friends from out of town here for dinner, and they were blown away! Everything we had was delicious, and our server was very knowledgable and helpful. We were seated upstairs, which had a better noise level. All in all, a wonderful evening! And we will be back.
We love Mateo. This is one of our favor ...
We love Mateo. This is one of our favorite places in Durham. The service and food are great! The menu has recently changed so we were able to try things we had never had before. The BBQ Croquetas did not disappoint. The Ox Hock was also amazing. One of the "specials" was Pimento Cheese and yeast rolls. The pimento cheese had more kick than I am accustom, but was good. The yeast rolls that came with it were so delicious. We will definitely be back!
As two seniors who often end up bringing ...
As two seniors who often end up bringing half our meals home, it was wonderful to be able to chose a few unique dishes to really enjoy without having them warmed up later. The pate was especially delicious. The ambiance was lovely.
Mateo's food never disappoints! It has ...
Mateo's food never disappoints! It has been a while since we ate there and were pleased to find new or somewhat changed/improved items on the menu. We like to order dishes to share, so the $20 fois gras special proved to be inadequate as it was only a small slab of fois gras (thin slice less than 3 sq in); but it, like everything else, was delicious. Our party of four ordered:
Cola de Buey
and other stuff
A special treat this time was a window table which is quieter than tables in the main part of the dining room. Similarly, a table in front of the kitchen window is also slightly calmer.
Dined to celebrate husband's birthday. C ...
Dined to celebrate husband's birthday. Cool hangout space with unique menu items. Only 2-3 vegetarian choices, good for pork eaters. Had to wait for a long time to get a table in spite of making reservation since the place was so busy!
Great environment, excellent and friendl ...
Great environment, excellent and friendly service. Requested a table away from the kitchen and next to the window, and that is exactly what we got, my girlfriend and I thought we had the best sits in the restaurant (second floor by the window). We were able to talk with not much noise or interruptions. Definitely worth the price. The clams were a bit over powering in my personal opinion so that dish was my least favorite. Overall I am very satisfied with Mateo in Durham.
we heard a lot good things about Mateo s ...
we heard a lot good things about Mateo so finally decided to give it a try. the ambient is good. service is good. Food is good as well but not the kind to blow your mind off. maybe we had too much of high expectation.
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