Mateo

4.5
1027 reviews
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Provencal
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.
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Denver
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the poulet frites with the spicy ketchup and the black and white dessert. The food was really good and the service was great, everyone was very professional and nice. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was lovely! Loved the eggs Benedict on brioche instead of the usual English muffin

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DD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and festive anniversary lunch. Thanks so much for the champagne

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PB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loud tables
Spinning fables
Great bussing
Attentive fussing
In the mood
For super food?
This is the place
Francais grace!

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OT
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated immediately and the restaurant was buzzing. While the food was very good and the service was great, it was VERY loud. Screaming at your dinner companions is never fun.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice diner

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

We thought we should mention that we were very disappointed about the limited brunch menu on The weekend. When making the reservation, we weren’t notified that the restaurant closed at 2:00 pm., or that the menu was limited. We would have chosen a different day and time had we known this info. Also, our server was nice but oddly quiet.

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OP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Mateo and have been a loyal patron for years, it is a great restaurant. But we have notice that the menu prices keep going up and drink pores keep becoming less and less, martinis are now half a glass which was never the case in the past.

All this brings into question the “value” and as a consumer we feel price has become elastic. The loss of two local patrons will probably not impact Mateo’s revenue for the moment but there very well might be a trend developing in local consumers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Valentines Day

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MM
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch spot on the north end of Pearl Street

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Mateo! Always a sweet place to meet friends and enjoy good food. Today was no exception as we had great soups and fresh salads, dressed perfectly. Mateo is always a good place for lunch, and dinner is also excellent.

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BC
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was slow at best. Their ability to cook meat to the correct temperature is poor at best. I have ordered rare and received medium well. When my friend ordered medium well, he received medium rare.

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B
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Thumbs up on excellent Food and Service. Thumbs down on noise level. They have ceiling noise reducers, but apparently not enough.

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PB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mateo provides a fun, relaxing venue that is not too big and not too noisy. The menu offers a unique selection.

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B
Denver
92 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and Low Key
A quiet table as requested, a fine wine list, great mussels, excellent service, in a well loved neighborhood favorite made for a perfect evening

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JJ
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've eaten many times at Mateo over the years and it was great to return and find that they still have great food and service. I had the duck confit-my favorite food substance-and it was perfect. Butter lettuce salad was also lovely. Fairly quiet when we got there and pretty loud when we left, but still possible to carry on a conversation. One of the best restaurants in Boulder!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t think I can go back to Mateo, the noise level was too loud for my family. I loved the food and location!

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BE
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service and wonderful ambiance.

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D
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Took a friend for her birthday. They surprised us with two glasses of champagne at the table. A nice touch.
We shared the asparagus risotto and grilled shrimp along with a tossed salad with beets. It was all delicious.
Great coffee and wonderful service as well.

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GL
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There’s a reason why Mateo is one of Boulder’s gems after 17 years. A fantastic menu, crisp, elegant service, and top-notch execution from the kitchen. It’s a new favorite.

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GC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Mateo with my niece for a birthday brunch. The server brought us complimentary champagne for the birthday occasion. The food was solid, we had privacy and the servers were excellent.

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JG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had been to Mateo's on a busy holiday last year, and I think because it was so busy, the service was not what I expected, but we decided to try it again this past week on a weeknight. There were just a few empty tables, but there were a good number of parties and the bar was half full on the evening that we went. The service was much better. We were seated quickly, provided water and offered other drinks immediately. Courses were served promptly but allowing time for one to linger over the delicious food. I had a duck confit special which was superb. Wines by the glass selection was very nice. I'll be back sooner next time! :-) Thank you, Mateo!

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T
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With all the choices in Boulder, Mateo is my very favorite for a romantic dinner date. I always feel very well cared for by the quietly personable and always professional staff. I'm a vegetarian, and there's always one innovative and delicious vegetarian dish for me and a host of good options (including upscale comfort food) for my non-vegetarian husband. I recommend beginning with one of Mateo's creative cocktails and sharing the cheese plate. The atmosphere is warm, the food is excellent, and Mateo does all of that without the pretense of other Boulder restaurants.

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L
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love Mateo...it's a place that anyone can find an entree they love.

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DB
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matteo's is one of the best restaurants in Boulder. A wonderful Brasserie with great chicken, burgers, fries and charcuterie.

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m
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have adopted this wonderful restaurant as our traditional special occasion go to dining establishment. The cuisine is exceptionally well prepared, the service outstanding, and the prices fair for the portions received. There is variety in the menu offering choices for your preferences from beef to fish, chicken or specialty items. Each meal is individually prepared to order and the presentation is excellent. We always make reservations as far in advance as we can because we have yet to go to Mateo and not experienced a full house.

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c
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We came for lunch. I heard that the chicken, (Poulet Frites), was popular so I decided to give it a try. The chicken itself was cooked to perfection with its nicely seared skin. The sauce was delicious. The salad and fries however, dumbed it down a bit. If I came back it would definitely be for the Colorado Lamb Ragu. This dish was outstanding! The Croque Monsieur, a typical French sandwich, was the most disappointing. It looked awful and tasted the same. And for a French restaurant the fries were worse than a fast food restaurant. I think Burger King and Wendy's have better fries. We did enjoy the Charcuterie plate and the Pate for starters. I was hoping for duck liver but they made it from chicken liver and it was quite tasty. The grilled and buttered bread served with it was fabulous. The Verte salad was nothing to write home about. It had a little too much salt on it as well. The Pot au creme with brownie and Caramel sauce was outstanding. I loved that it was not loaded with sugar. It was the perfect balance of everything. Kudos to the dessert chef. My 20-year-old inquired about non alcoholic drinks and all the waitress mentioned was Coke products. We then had a table discussion about whether they had coffee or whether anybody could spot a coffee pot behind the bar. There was nothing on the menu that indicated coffee or other non alcoholic drinks. I guess I don't understand why the waitress would not try to upsell. We were unsure if there were any specials either. This was Christmas Eve after all and a very special time of the year where people like to celebrate and eat. When the restaurant you choose to go to does not feel the same way it can be a bit disappointing. We did not hear about any particular wines, or other house specialties. The next time I choose a French restaurant I will choose elsewhere because I expect better.

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OT
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Forrest was wonderful!

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SS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time, it’s just consistently great. Love Mateo.

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TP
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the poulet frites for lunch. Great food always. And a good fun scene feels vibrant but not too noisy.

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j
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and excellent food. Nice place in boulder.

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RK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mateo. The Happy Hour menu was extensive and great prices, the drinks are always unique and yummy/

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TA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The only thing I was really disappointed with was the wine choice. The food and service exceeded our expectations. The wine list seemed expensive. One of our servers suggested an Domaine A. & P. de Villaine 2016 Mercury “Les Montots” Burgundy at $120 a bottle. It seemed too closed to enjoy. But all else was good.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have made a tradition of coming here every year for lunch for my friends birthday. In fact I’ve been coming here for 15 years. If today had been my only experience I would never have returned. The service timing was off. The Croque Monsieur was dry and over cooked like it had been sitting under a heat lamp. They were out of a dessert we wanted, never offered coffee and never acknowledged my friends birthday. A big disappointment when other years and other visits have been so great. I find it odd that the owner was there and he never came to address the meal I sent back or notice how long my friends food sat in the table before the server finally came to ask if she wanted a box. I hope this is not the future of Mateo.

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b
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My main concern is that although the food was tasty it was a bit pricey for what it was. A simple lunch salad which was a bit small was $19.00. I would hesitate to go for lunch again any time soon.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Son’s birthday. Excellent waitress! Excellent food. Only down side was difficult to converse because it was so noisy.

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MM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was very friendly, time between apps and enteees was a bit long.

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CC
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Steak frites were pure gristle. Worst cut of meat. I’m pretty sure the chef is vegan.

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l
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mateo always serves delicious steak and frites, their brunch always has tasty bites. A favorite for sure!

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Noise level is outrageous! Totally unable to have a conversation. Left with headache!

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