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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, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mateo Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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