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Mateo

4.6
1847 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from chef Matt Kelly.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
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Phone number
(919) 530-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Kelly
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1847 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Really outstanding. Excellent food. Highly recommend the asparagus dishes.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food once again and very accommodating for my parents who wanted to be seated away from the kitchen. The noise level was very loud but the overall experience was great.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Shrimp was amazing!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as always. Had the Serrano ham and cheese sandwich and patatas bravas.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great tapas and wine! Would recommend starting with two plates per person, but we ended up ordering more!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Amazing small plates and wine/ beer list close to dpac so very convenient pre or post meal .

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our waiter was very helpful until the restaurant got busy, then the level of service dropped down quite a bit. Other staff members stepped in to help, which kept things flowing well, but the service was disappointing at the end. The bistec de carne could not have been more than 2 oz of beef for $18. It was very good, but we felt it was overpriced.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Food is some of the best tapas we have had. Caleb, our waiter was excellent

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

First visit. It was so much fun and the food was great. We got there early enough that the noise wasn’t an issue

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This is all you need to know: octopus - buy it

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We always enjoy dinner at Matteo’s. The wait staff is awesome. They are always ready with suggestions and they know about all the dishes. Their service is excellent , too. It is a noisy restaurant but that is part of the ambiance. This is my favorite restaurant by far!!!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Went here for my wife's birthday and the whole evening from entry to exiting was excellent. The service was excellent and very helpful and honest, and the food was exquisite and unique.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We love Mateo! Great food and excellent service. We’ll be back soon!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Another good experience at Mateo Sunday night. For the first time sat upstairs. It was nice having it less noisy thank downstairs but I think I like downstairs ambiance better. Food was excellent, all well prepared. I tried the tartare for the first time and really liked it. Server was good, maybe not quite as good as some others in the past but polite and efficient.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Fantastic restaurant with delicious, locally-sourced food, creative beverages and excellent service. This was our first visit but not the last.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Every tapa we had we loved but one and the waiter removed it from our bill. Talk about excellent serve! Waiter recommended a wine based on our taste and he nailed it! We will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Mateo has a diverse menu and something for everyone. Tapas style is always a hit with our family and we enjoyed it very much. We were seated upstairs, away from much of the noise, which was nice. It was quite lively in the main dining room and bar area! Definitely worth a try.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Always the best food and experience. It was my birthday and I was very pleased with everything!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Always take out of town clients and friends to Mateo. Love the food and the atmosphere. Consistently excellent

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Amazing meal at this very eclectic restaurant. Creative dishes and attentive staff.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The chargrilled octopus was my favorite. The food is really good but perhaps not changing as often. It can be a bit pricey but you will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Service was excellent. Food was great, although the Fern dish and asparagus tasted a bit burnt for me. Other people liked it though.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Everything was great except this place was wayyyyyy too loud

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We found this restaurant shortly after having visited Spain. The food is very authentic to Spanish cuisine and delicious. For this visit to Mateos, we brought our daughter who was celebrating her 21st birthday. We tried a lot of tapas, all of which were terrific. She loved it and especially loved the sangria and the vegetarian options.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Sat downstairs so it's a little noisier but my husband uses a walker so he can't get upstairs. They were very accommodating. The food was fabulous and the water was excellent and helpful without hovering

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely amazing as usual!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Mateo always pleases. Had a group of 6 so we were able to order a wide array of dishes. As always, my favorite is the egg with crispy manchego--simple and so delicious--but we enjoyed everything. Food's slightly pretentious (I say that lovingly) and you pay for the quality and creativity. (Some portion sizes feel a little meager, like the 2 scallop dish we had.) Great service and meal overall.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We went with a couple of friends who were visiting from out of town. We loved all of the options, and tried a good mix of vegetarian, meat and seafood dishes. They were all wonderful. We debated which ones were our favorites. We all had different favorites, but agreed that we enjoyed every single dish! One thing to know is that it can get pretty loud downstairs, so if you want a more quiet setting, I would recommend asking for a table upstairs.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Never disappoints!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Visiting Durham for from NYC and was impressed at the quality and attention to detail. The waitress gave great suggestion for me and my daughter. The food was fresh, creative (yet not oddly so), and quite comforting. The flavors on the chicken croquettas were subtle and memorable.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Just got into town to spend time with my sons. My one son just moved to Durham and has been trying different places. This is a place that we will definitely go back to!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was good as it always is. Service is usually attentive and friendly, but this time our server acted like we were a bother. Although she was sometimes standing around like she had nothing to do, it seemed like the last thing on her mind was to check in to see if we needed anything. We will sit at the bar next time.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

So delicious! We all loved it (including my not very picky teen & tween kids)!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Perfect for double date/groups so you can try almost everything on the menu. Portions are small because they're tapas and a bit pricey for Durham but worth it if you don't go every week/weekend! Get the chicken fried chicken!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

It can be hard to order off the standard menu when there are always so many incredible specials.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing food, great service. Can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Second time there, both experiences have been great. As a tapes restaurant, every plate can be exciting and in most cases unique as well.
It's a great place to try things you would never think of trying as an entree. Every plate we had [there were 5 of us so we had lots to share] was excellent.
Service is excellent, new plates show up when thy are supposed to show up, hot from the kitchen or cold if it is supposed to be cold and previous plates cleared away.
Matoe's is not quiet, rather appropriately noisy and vibrant.
Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was fantastic! Service was awesome. Great place for my niece’s birthday celebration. Parking can be difficult, so go early. It’s worth it. Make reservations. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The tapas were delicious, the place is nice with excellent service and expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I love this restaurant! I take any chance I get to impresss my out-of-town guests at Mateos! Great food with vegetarian options and wonderful service!

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