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About Mateo

Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from the crew at Vin Rouge.

109 W Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 530-8700

Website:
http://www.mateotapas.com/

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Kelly

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mateo Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (69)
Fit for Foodies (51)
Good for a Date (45)
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Creative Cuisine (41)
Special Occasion (36)
Fun (33)
Worth the Drive (30)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Hot Spot (26)
Authentic (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Romantic (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Cozy (12)
People Watching (11)
Happy Hour (8)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (3)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

An excellent menu with creative dishes that, even as small plates, leave you full. A great dining experience for friends who enjoy sharing several small plates. We will definitely return to try the dishes that didn't make our first cut.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Mateo has been uneven in my last number of visits. Some dishes wonderful, others falling a bit short. Felt that 'gotcha' when I was charged double for a glass of wine and the menu is deceivingly setup so that I failed to see the '6 oz' v '3 oz' pours. I was told 'this happens a lot'. I bet. Cool atmosphere, will go back from time to time. Not a value evening, but it is hip.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Interesting menu true Topos very very small portions expensive noisy they get you in and out not a relaxing dinner

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Mateo is an awesome tapas place with lots of options and great service. Some of the food was just okay, but the variety and atmosphere makes me want to go again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

In addition to the small plates, the entrees for the table were really nice. We had rabbit which you don't see on menus very often. It was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Mateo is always excellent. Each dish was tasty and interesting. This is also my favorite place in Durham for dessert.
Wait staff was attentive and pleasant.
Went on NYE, fun atmosphere, busy but not too crazy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We made a reservations for NYE which we were very excited about. Once we got there everything went over smoothly when we told them our name and reservation. Once we were seated and ordered drinks we were told we needed to move over one table which there was two empty tables on each side of us. I found that very strange especially after we moved the hostesses came back us again after a few tapas in asking for our name again on the reservation. I felt like we were doing something wrong and all eye were on us. I then second guessed myself on the reservation but double checked in my email for reassurance. The food was great I just wish the service was held to the same level.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Mateo is one of a kind in Durham. A cool tapas menu with unique items and your favorite southern favorites with a twist. Truly an amazing menu and everything is awesome! Great wines and sherry too............
very happening place. recommend open table and reservations!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Organic, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Unfortunately we were disappointed in the food. We don’t know if the regular chef was off but we had hear rave reviews and our food was very lackluster and needed seasoning desperately. Bread on cheese plate stale. Octopus cold. Cod special bland. We were bummed.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This is my boyfriend’s favorite restaurant in Durham.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The queso y huevo (cheese and egg) dish was the hit of the night. Food is pricey but good. We ate upstairs and it is much quieter and less crowed than the downstairs area usually is.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

While I have been at Mateo several times and we are all in agreement about the high quality of the food , however the service was really very poor . I made a table reservation 3 day in advance and upon my arrival to the restaurant, I was directed by an overwhelmed server to a small bar top table . There 2 tables open and when I asked to be relocated to one of those , I was told that there were not available. Well , we moved from the “napkin “ size bar table to actual bar where the bartender was more welcoming and appeared less overwhelmed. The 2 tables not available to us were unattended for the entire time . Throughout the entire our actual server made several mistakes regarding the tapas we had ordered. We left restaurant dissatisfied even the food was outstanding.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was tasty. Service was very slow, even with very few customers (we we among earliest guests for lunch on a weekday). Expensive for amount and quality of food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great tapas. We were seated upstairs, thankfully, very it is MUCH more quiet.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tapas, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food, drinks and ambience. Will definitely be back soon!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Took 30 minutes to seat us with a reservation. Host sat large groups in front of small tables while small tables remained open.

Most food dishes were pretty good but quite pricey give the amount of food provided.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Mateo is always good. The small plates are wonderful and the only regret is the plates don't have very much on them. That's why they're called small plates. I only wish there was more because what's on those plates is so good! Keep it coming!!! Excellent meal as always and the staff is well trained in the food.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food. Excellent wait staff. Outstanding wine selection

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Mateo is, and always will be, our favorite restaurant in Durham!

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food as always but service was sub par for the first time ever

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was exceptional. Our server answered all of our questions, was extremely helpful, and gave great recommendations. We can’t wait to go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Server was very rushed and seemed a bit overwhelmed as she forgot my glass of wine

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great, authentic Italian food and wine. On the pricey side, but each dish was very authentic.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Although service provided was very good, the food and space were quite disappointing. Patrick, our server, was prompt and helpful. We started with the pate and banderilla. The pate was very good and thankfully came with seconds of the grilled bread. The shrimp was just one tiny skewer that could have garnished a cocktail. Nothing special. The wine we got was pretty good but they were all overpriced. Most were over $50 per bottle for the whites. Offering a few cheaper house wines would have been appreciated. As far as hot tapas, we had several. The patatas bravas were awful but at least a bit filling. They tasted like cafeteria fried potatoes with ketchup and mayo squirted on top. The pulpa a la plancha was a huge let down. I couldn’t taste or find the supposedly charred octopus, the dish was covered in some type of sweet creamy foam. The bistecca was flavorful but fatty and gray. They did have a special which was delicious though. It was a pork confit arroz frito. I could have licked that plate.
Seating was much too cramped. While I enjoy meeting new people, I don’t like to have them sitting elbow to elbow with me when I’m on a date. This is not a restaurant for romantic conversations to say the least. So while the service and some of the tapas were good, we will not be returning due to lack of value and the cramped space.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

It was an off night it seems for a usually good place. Slow, dry service, cold dishes served.... hopefull a one off

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Holiday dinner with coworkers

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I consider tapas to be casual food (as it is in Spain) and not fine dining, so I thought it was pricey for what it was (based on the recommended 2-3 plates per person and splitting a bottle of relatively inexpensive wine for two people, our meal came out to $80 per person before tip). The food menu is okay (although everything was almost too salty), but their Spanish wine selection is very impressive! Would definitely go back for maybe drinks.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Mateo. This has become the go-to spot for my husband and I on our birthdays. I took away one star from my rating because the hostess stand was oddly disorganized and it took us a while to get seated despite our reservation.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas, Local Ingredients
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful dinner and terrific service! We will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Spectacular tapas! Have been there multiple times and still haven't had everything on the menu. Great specials as well as some large plates. The wine list is pure Spain but every producing region is featured in a wide range of prices. Not to be missed.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Larry was our server and he was fantastic. Knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, etc. Great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Mateo is normally an absolute must visit spot, however, this past visit was a little bit of a letdown. The food was mediocre and pretty cold, and our meatballs order took nearly an hour to get to our table.

I think maybe the hype of Mateo has influenced their food and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was exceptional (as always), and wait staff was excellent!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food and atmosphere

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Every dish that I tried here was amazing! That pigtail dish was a very tasty suprise

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of the best tapas places ever. The food is always good here. The menu is more limited at lunch, but their staple tapas are still excellent.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I've been to Mateo a few times. This time, only two of the tapas were outstanding - the devilled eggs and the kale/manchego/egg dish. Octopus had almost no octopus in it, patatas bravas were ok, shrimp was ok. Service was very good, they offered complimentary cava for birthday which was a very nice touch.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 20, 2017

2nd time in Durham and 2nd time eating there. Best Tapas restaurant we’ve been to.

Cheerwine Sangria is incredible.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

FANTASTIC! We have made it a regular pre-concert stop when we attend events at DPAC. Love this place! It's fun and delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Organic, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

When we want a place we can count on for a special occasion, Mateo is one of our top Durham choices. Consistently excellent food, interesting and creative specials, tasty beverage options.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion
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