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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
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Business Meals (9)
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Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (2)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Romantic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Mateo is one of my favorite places. However the lunch menu has become boring and looks more like a breakfast menu. Our food tasted like the cook had become bored with making it. I'll wait until the menu is refreshed before returning for lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The valentines special was really expensive considering the number of courses and portion sizes.

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Made the drive from Denver to Boulder for Valentines. Solid cocktails and meal options!

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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

It took an hour and 25 minutes to get our main course from when we ordered on
Valentines Date night.

Couples on both sides came in after us. One finishing dessert and the other couple gone by
the time we recieved our main course.

We had to ask what was wrong shortly before our main course finally came. Our
waiter said our food had been served to another table. This was never explanined
to us when it happened.

The waiter was unattentive and was not apologetic for the mishap leaving us
perplexed. Not a good experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was amazing; everything we ordered was excellent. The service was attentive, although we had to ask twice for a couple of things (but it could’ve been the 3-4 different people who were helping out). Everything came out in a timely manner, on Valentine’s Day, when they had two different menus. Couldn’t have been happier.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our third visit to Mateo in the past year. Each time we have enjoyed an outstanding meal!! The unique cocktails are always fun to try as well. Both my husband and myself agree that it is the consistently excellent food that brings us back and we shall return again. Our service was very good too, but could perhaps improve a little bit; a little more polish, I would say, would do it. I overheard one server describing the evening's specials to another table. When a second server arrived at our table, her version of the menu & specials were much abbreviated. Given that little glitch, Mateo is, perhaps, our second favorite restaurant in downtown Boulder.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was good, service was underwhelming. We got in and the hostess took quite a while to seat us, in part because some of the staff was busy talking to random people that seemed to be just hanging out in the restaurant. Once seated things were extremely slow, which was surprising given that the restaurant was half empty on a weekend evening-- they should have been much faster, given how few people were present. The staff is friendly, the food is good, and it's a nice restaurant. I just get the idea that the staff was distracted or disorganized.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The absolute best mussels I have ever had. All of the food was great. Excellent attentive service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

What a great find...parking was easy and restaurant quite and calm. Our service was good and the food was great. I would highly recommend!

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Really good food and friendly staff, but the service was really, really SLOW. The place was half-empty, but we waited more than 45 minutes for eggs,

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing food! Clean ingredients. I am rarely impressed with restaurant food, but Mateo met and exceeded my expectations.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent food and service, only small complaint is the restaurant can get very crowded and noisy.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Mateo usually has the best burgers in town. Three of us got the burgers. They were only okay. The meat didn't taste super fresh. The fries were great. The charcuterie and cheese plates were awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Super evening with my family. Fromage plate was on point, Mussels, Fries and Butternut Squash soup were all spectacular. All topped off with particularly solid service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was just okay food, atmosphere & service. Burger was pricey and bland. I think there are better happy Hour options in Boulder.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food as always, my favorite lunch spot in Boulder!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It’s sad to see the quality of this restaurant diminish. Reliable place for simple burger, steak or chicken with fries. Last night I had the sea scallops. 3 smallish one’s for $29 with a 2 sprigs if brocollini and a swipe of carrot purée on the plate. Everything was over salted but I didn’t send it back because I was with 3 other people and it would have been disruptive for me to sit there with no food and have my friends feel bad while they ate and I didn’t. My husband and I ordered the apple cobbler dessert to share. Crust was like a rock and the few pieces of apple were over spiced. Ice cream was good. $9 for dessert is pushing it at a restaurant of this mediocre quality. Wine list is way pricey compared to cost if entrees. Almost no choices of bottles under $40. Tables for 4 are too tiny and wood laminate was coming up in places.
This used to be a favorite spot in Boulder but the menu rarely changes and the quality is dropping. There doesn’t seem to be anyone in the kitchen with real culinary skill.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Really disappointing. My family has eaten there before so our expectations were reasonable. The food was just awful—over or undercooked meat should not be served at any restaurant, never mind one of this reputation. The service was lackluster at best. I don’t typically write reviews, however, this experience merited documentation. We will not be returning.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve and Mateo was slammed.......!!! Food was - as always - truly excellent but, as we expected, the service was rushed off their feet. Good to see it packed though, as we think that this place is truly a neighborhood gem and are very glad that it appears to be thriving. Still extremely surprised at the how they get away with such elevated wine prices, even though the selection is not too bad.... but seriously!!! Will we go back? Almost certainly; though will need to gather the pennies for that next bottle of Toscana.... Oh well....... Delicious!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Overall, we were happy with our New Year’s Eve dinner at Mateo. It was crowded so service was a bit slow but not too bad. The wine sommelier visited our table and suggested a few wines. We both liked our selections. We also ordered the charcuterie and cheese for an appetizer. The pate was excellent but the pear and fennel jam not so good. Pricey but we were happy we ordered it. My husband had the burger and loved it although the frites were too salty. I ordered the beef bourguignon and although it was tasty, it needed more sauce or mashed potatoes to dip the slightly dry beef in. Dessert was the black and white for me, which was surprisingly not very sweet but delicious. My husband got the sorbet and liked it, although the cookie that came with it had a flavor we couldn’t figure out and didn’t seem to pair well with the sorbet. Overall, we were glad we went and would return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A fine evening!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner with my family. Food was great and service was excellent. We will return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Mateo is reliably delicious and the service is excellent. Can get a trifle noisy when busy, but still an excellent fine-dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Awesome time!! Good food good wine and even better service!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love Mateo. The risotto was the best I've ever had. Fantastic!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Gotta be one of my favorite places in Boulder! A great place for a classy date!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First the wrong burgers came from the kitchen. Then they took them back, but brought them back cold, including the "frites". And they were still missing the mushrooms. It was actually poor service that had us actually stop going to this restaurant a number of years ago (our waiter just disappeared on us.) We were giving it another go! Other reviewers have noted the inconsistency of Mateo. It has the feel of a place where no one with skin in the game (an owner) is involved. To the credit of the manager, they comped us the burgers, and gave us a gift card for future redemption. I have had good luck here for lunch. But I would risk dinner again.

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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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 (Denver)·Dined on November 8, 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!

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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 28, 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 21, 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 21, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 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 6, 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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