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About Mateo

Mateo is a casually elegant, bustling, neighborhood Provencal restaurant. The cuisine features seasonal menus with organic fare sourced from local farmers. Mateo offers a dynamic wine list & breathtaking full-service bar.

1837 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Provencal, French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 - 3:00
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 - 2:00

Cross Street:
19th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 443-7766

Website:
http://www.mateorestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Street parking also available.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Jansen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mateo Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
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Casual (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
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Business Meals (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious brunch at Mateo's. This was our second time there for brunch and once again, it did not disappoint. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere and our server was lovely.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food, service and location! The front entry is crowded and the restaurant is a bit loud, but the food makes up for it!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunch was wonderful. Definitely worth a stop

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brothers birthday, meal was fantastic.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Mateo is usually a steady 'good', but it seems to be moving into 'hit or miss' land. I would like to start by saying that the sommelier was fantastic, and kind of saved the experience for our small group of 4. He was charming and informative, unlike the rest of the experience. The food was too salty and our waiter obviously did not want to be there. He literally (I am not exaggerating) took plates away as we were eating them. The second time he did this, we all started to laugh, it was so ludicrous. That said, he was very skilled at his swift removal, so we were not left spilling food over the table....! No dessert menu was offered or coffee or tea, but instead he plopped the bill on the table and we think we saw him actually leave the restaurant. Overall, it was not an experience I would like to repeat or have a colleague or friend experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were seated and welcomed right away. The wait staff were very pleasant and attentive. The food was full of flavor and the presentation was 5 star. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and staff are great. We had a party of 7 and everyone left Happy.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Lovely venue for brunch! Our first visit was just before the Buffs game. Our food was prepared perfectly and the service was excellent. The menu is quite creative. We will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Mateo's proprietor is overly ambitious (and greedy) with reservations. The restaurant last Saturday was filled beyond capacity. The kitchen, and wait staff stretched thin, and all aspects of the dinning experience suffered because of this. I was with a party of four, (reservations made three weeks in advance) and placed at a table designed for two diners. I saw several other parties of 4 treated in the same manner. The restaurant had accepted a table of sixteen for that evening which is too large for the establishment to accommodate. The noise was deafening and unpleasant. Conversation with my dinner companions was not an option. Though the scallops I ordered were prepared expertly, the parsnip puree was cold (tip off that the kitchen was being taxed in that too many diners were being accommodated. The wine list, though nice, is over priced by a factor of two. I have been to Mateo twice in the past, and have had an enjoyable experience each of those times, in what can be a nice French Bistro atmosphere and cuisine. Perhaps, the restaurant is under new management, and wishes to run this nice place into the ground. If true, they are doing an excellent job, because I will not be going back. It is really a shame, because the employees are competent and can provide excellent service when given the proper working conditions.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The drinks and the atmosphere were great! Although much of the food was disappointing. The french onion soup didn’t have any broth in it at a all, and the scallops were not good. The mussels were excellent but the steak frites were below average.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Mate-no!
Had heard good things and was looking forward to our visit. But this was a restaurant FAIL in so many ways.
Ordered mussels with grilled bread--bread was burnt and inedible. Asked for more bread--received slightly less burnt bread and charged extra for the replacement bread!
Chicken entree was so salty it hurt to eat.
Steak entree was also salty and had little flavor. Not the way to treat Colorado beef!
Was charged for the wrong and more expensive wine. Pointed this out and received pushback: "But the bartender said you drank wine at the bar." Yes, but not the wine I was charged for. Server then rolled her eyeballs at me.
Prior to this, our server never checked in or asked us how the meal was. Other servers had cleared our plates and they were much nicer--why couldn't they have been our server instead?

Avoid.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were excited to try Mateo for brunch as our daughter who lived in Boulder for years but now lives on Kauai was in town to visit. Made a reservation. Restaurant wasn’t busy. “We’ll have bottomless mimosas” — “Sorry, we’re low on wine so we aren’t offering them today” .... hmmm ... “OK, we’ll have your quiche” .... “Oh, we’re out of quiche” .... hmmm .... “Is brunch new for you as a restaurant?” Ordered an apèritif spritz and it sat on the bar with the ice melting until I walked over and asked if it could be delivered to the table. Server only showed up a couple times at the table. Seemed to be plenty of people around shining bar glasses .... I guess we were a bother to them over their Sunday Brunch. Don’t think we’ll be back with the number of options along Pearl.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Second visit to Mateo. Based on our first visit our expectations were high for a foodie experience. One of our three entres was a disappointment - the duck cassoulet was bland and dry. Unfortunately, our most inexperienced diner had this dish and did not promptly tell us. Our server never checked on our meal. When the server did arrive to see about dessert and this entre info was shared for feedback it was too late to adjust. No apologies. Not sure the kitchen even got this feedback.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We've enjoyed lunch at Mateo, and decided to do an early Friday evening dinner. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. While service was excellent, the featured rib eye steak, ordered medium rare, arrived cold and raw. To her credit, waitperson recognized this and took it back to kitchen for further cooking. The accompanying vegetables appeared to be a chef's afterthought—raw, bitter, and also under-cooked. The wine list is solid, but very overpriced without much choice in the sub-$100 category. While the menu is true to its French provincial aspirations, the prices are painful. A casual night in Boulder turned into a >$100 a plate dud. We'll be back for lunch, but until then, we'll walk west on the Mall to find better food and value.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Been many times now. Always great. I had the cassoulet and friend had the chicken. Terrific food good service place not too loud either

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 4, 2017

liked the vibe, nice service, reasonable menu but my chicken dish was very salty and the french fries were over cooked and a bit crunchy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Mateo is an excellent restaurant in many ways, with good food, a pleasant ambience, and friendly and attentive servers. It's our neighborhood place. On this occasion, however, we were not seated until nearly 30 minutes after our reservation time. The manager was courteous, and provided some free goodies, but never bothered to stop by again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We thought the food was delicious and our waiter Lindsey was fantastic!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Boulder.. Consistently hits the mark !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious meal, excellent wine, and very attentive service. A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Really good food, attentive service and a cool space.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was delightful, service was very good , it was busy and a little noisy but overall a nice experience

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were seated on the patio and the whole experience was just great. Entertaining a family member from out of town and it was a success. Food was great

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our first visit and it was spectacular. We sat outside at 11:30 and there was ideal shade and privacy. Bottomless Mimosas were well priced and perfectly mixed and well negotiated on refill. The brioche was perfect, eggs poached perfectly, the potatos were seasoned perfectly and they offer spicy ketchup! We also had a dessert which was served with perfect proportions. Needless to say, it was a perfect dining experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Mateo is one of our favorite Boulder restaurants. Their attention to food preparation and presentation makes their meals special. Their staff is friendly and works to make every visit a success. And they have the best fries ever!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I've been going to Mateo for over 10 years. The food is still good - especially the fries - but the service really needs some help. Some of the staff is attentive, some confused, some just couldn't be bothered. Overall, it's just inconsistent. Wish it were more reliable...

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Continue to return to Mateo for the menu, good food and service. A delicious meal and sat outdoors with friends for a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Yet another overpriced Boulder restaurant charging $16 for 5 ounces of mediocre wine and $30 or more for an entree that you can cook just as well at home. I'm a foodie, used to paying gladly for exquisite food. This was not exquisite. The beef, though the flavor was decent, was tough, and the frites that came with it were just your basic french fry. Nothing to write home about. The lamb was OK as well, prepared properly...but I can do as well at home. The value is poor, It's no wonder the restaurant was mostly empty. I won't be back, nor will I recommend it to others. If they lowered their prices by 40% it would probably be a good place for dinner.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

All the food was overlooked. Disappointed

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A most enjoyable occasion.
Food was delicious and nicely served.
Service was friendly and polite.
Fine wine and spirits.
We have not been to Mateo for several years but were not disappointed.
We had lamb, and fish cooked to perfection .
We also had a huge and tasty cheese and chicouterie plate and a nice assortment of ice creams for desert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Matteo's is one of the better restaurant's in Boulder. Ambiance, food, drink, service and value.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Steaks were nice but the grilled chicken was stunning.

Waitstaff was attentive and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent chicken frites and asparagus salad. Always delicious.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Had a great family meal here with our two grown children while we were vacationing in Boulder. The food was delicious and we loved the fries. I dont recall what it was called, but I had a great ginger cocktail that was unique and wonderful!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Nice place for a Friday date night! Only dislikes were how loud the atmosphere was to the point we could barely hear our waitress and the food took a very long time to arrive but the steaks were phenomenal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Mateo is always a pleasurable experience. The food is authentic and very well-prepared, health-conscious but with indulgent options if you like, good wine and good value. The staff is friendly, professional and unobtrusive; The room is comfortable and pleasant.

If you care about food, ambience and service and aren't looking to be wowed by bright shiny objects this places is for you.

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had great service, and the waitress was extremely polite and knowledgeable. While at the more expensive end of the spectrum, Mateo's food is well worth it. In addition, their wine selection is extensive and their staff are all able to make recommendations.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great Meal! You don't need a brunch reservation- there was hardly anyone in the restaurant while we were there (10:15 to 11:15ish on a Saturday). Everything was delicious and the service was wonderful!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Dinner for 5: 2 apps, 4 entrees, 2 desserts and 2 wine totaled $485 w tip. Pricey considering the staff was overwhelmed and left us sitting forever before acknowledging we were there. When our waitress finally arrived and apologized, she said all the right things and then forgot everything she promised. No free app for sitting 30 min. Forgotten wine. Food was not the quality i had grown to expect- lamb chops were just mediocre - not much flavor. chicken was ok. Best thing we had were the mussels- and the wine: two delicious French wines-rather pricey but worth it. It didn't feel like anyone was in charge to orchestrate the happenings and keep it flowing and checking food quality. It will be a long while before we return.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Sun morning brunch. All of the servers were clearly hung over college students. Our waitress was clearly high as a kite. Not a bad waitress just comical. What else can you expect from a boulder restaurant.

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