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Mateo

4.3
901 reviews
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$30 and under
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Provencal
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Provencal, French
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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
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Phone number
(303) 443-7766
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew Jansen
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
19th
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Parking details
Street parking also available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 901 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CJ82 (Denver)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The place was mostly empty until well after 10am. This was not terrible but the music kept stopping and the silence was noticable. The food was good, although the quiche portion was quite small. The wait staff was kind and attentive.

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Luncher (Denver)
4.0  Dined 6 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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JessB (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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fudisuz (Denver)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  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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MEvan (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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Edal (Denver)
5.0  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!

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vipSavvyFairre (New England)
3.0  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,

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  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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icecreamgirl (Denver)
3.0  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.

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vipTwibbs (Denver)
5.0  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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Boulderfood (Los Angeles)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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Frenchie1974 (Denver)
3.0  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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vipLynn2937 (Denver)
2.0  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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MoreQthanA (Denver)
4.0  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!!

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Linda (Cleveland)
4.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

A fine evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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Chompsky (Denver)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  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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Reedb (Denver)
2.0  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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cindyh (New York Area)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  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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