Mateo

4.2
1088 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.0
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vipMarkD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation and was seated immediately, waiter came right over and told what beers were on tap. We each ordered an entree, I the had that skin in boneless chicken in a butter sauce which is consistently amazingly delicious. My friend has the steak Whitbeck enjoyed very much. Fries were crispy and hot. No dessert but another excellent meal at Mateo.

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RobertH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The beer & wine selection was good, especially the IPA, the chicken was as good as ever & pizza Monday is tasty too! Looking forward to next visit soon.

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Mtngal
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere

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betsya
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful happy hour, terrific service. Been a customer for years because of Mateo's consistency in food, service and value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Birthday, but they forgot dessert or candle, service was spotty.

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vipGailC
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner with another couple. Service, food and ambiance was great.

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Susan
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb wine, food and service! Enjoyed this fine bistro immensely!

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

With a reservation it took 15 minutes until we had someone come by our table. Almost an hour until we got our entrees. Tables are placed so close together that waiters who were cutting from one side of the place to the other constantly bumping. This is second time we visit. Previous time was much better.

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DKJones
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Took over 45 min to get good and it was underwhelming. Second experience exactly the same. Probably not coming back.

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JulieP
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good food, good service, but rather noisy restaurant. I definitely recommend Mateo's

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vipLadyDi
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It was our 33rd Anniversary. Looked like they were overwhelmed by business on a Thursday night. Service was very slow. Soup and food came out barely warm. We were disappointed! We had been there twice before.

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vipBetsy
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waiter and fantastic food!

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jeanalds
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Salmon and risotto excellent. Service near excellent though a little slow at times. Really nice night out.

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BobE
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and it was a very comfortable venue. The wine list has a great selection of French wines, especially Burgundy. The restaurant was busy so the noise level was a bit higher but not to the point that you could not hold a conversation. The service was informal and friendly, just what we like! Overall, a great experience and we will be sure to return.

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vipKrebs
Denver
62 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We have always had great service at Mateo. But this time was different. We ordered a red wine, they brought a rose (by the same name). They went to look for the red. 10 minutes and we checked with 2 other people to get some wine. - “any wine, a different red, something similar, we’re not picky.” The server asked the bar tender and the manager and no one had something to offer us. ????? The server said “all the other reds are twice the price of the one you picked and we don’t have it and the owner isn’t here and has left us to fend for ourselves”. #awkward
We finally went to the bar and asked for beer. Fine got some beer. Manager stopped by and offered us the rose again (we were drinking beer now) and apologized and bought our drinks.
We ordered a second round of beers, that were forgotten. (Maybe they didn’t want to buy them for us?)
We were happy to buy our own drinks, if we could get someone to serve them.
The food was delicious.

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JulieP
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was good as was the service. However, the restaurant was so noisy it was difficult to have a conversation.

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vipMitch
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Great food, but service was very slow.

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vipGregH
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Took 30 minutes to get our first drink order and then when drinks came
they were wrong.

The staff didn't appear to know what they were doing. It appeared the entire staff including the bar tender hads just been hired.

I would not go back and this is a resturaunt we have frquented.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow. Took over 10 minutes to get a glass of wine served before dinner. Dinner service was also very slow. Steaks arrived lukewarm and fries, cold. One diner had an ungenerous serving of rissoto. Ordered another glass of wine to go with meal that arrived as she was finishing her meal. Brownie dessert arrived unevenly cooked, shoeleather corners and completely uncooked center. The only rapid service of the evening was processing our credit card when the bill came. This was our first and probably last time dining at Mateo.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

The food is ALWAYS amazing. The service is ALWAYS poor. I hadn't been there during a really busy time before, was not prepared for the noise level. Was also surprised thre were no specials on a Friday night.

Prior to this experience, I would highly recommend Mateo, not any more. This was a very special occasion, I had friends I was introducing to your restaurant. I was extremely disappointed.

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vipnyitaliana
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food Was delicious and consistent as always. Getting used to the fact that the patio is probably closed off… Unless we get another warm spell. I usually always sit outside since it’s so quaint.

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vipDan728
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had gone to happy hour here and had been wanting have dinner here for a long time and always had issues getting a reservation. We finally got to go this weekend and was disappointed to find out that the menu in Open Table was not the the most recent menu. The server said that the menu had changed a while ago. The restaurant is beautiful and the ambiance is wonderful. I had the tuna tartare, which had olive tapenade mixed in. I love olives, but it was a little too strong for some of the people at the table. The pork chop was quite dry and the spinach that was served with it tasted like canned spinach. The service was excellent.

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vipLisaH
Denver
106 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great, lots of errors from the bar and on our bill. Not the best experience I have ever had at Mateo.

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vipAndrewM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I have been to Mateo several times before and this time it was not good. We arrived 30 minutes early and they thankfully sat us. Even though it was CU's family weekend is not an excuse for sitting down for 15minutes, before getting water or a drink order. It was clear that Mateo was under staffed and under prepared for the numbers. Our poor waitress was stuck between our section and the outside patio clearly overwhelmed. Note do not get the Tuna ceviche it has more olives in it than tuna. thankfully the waitress realized it and had it taken of the check. I had the bouillabaisse, which was two under cooked scallops withe shrimp and a tomato purred base. It was a take on bouillabaisse that went wrong. My wife ordered the hamburger which she shared with me and that was even over cooked. Unfortunately for them as a local I will never go back.

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GeorgeL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

An off night. Whoever printed the menu left off some of the regular stuff. But we asked, and it was available. I usually love their mussels. But they were bland and sandy. Mussels are not supposed to crunch. My husband ordered the chicken for his main. It was plenty moist, but flavorless. His frites came out just as he was finishing his chicken. I ordered the fruits de mer. The scallops were tender, but not rubbery with good flavor. But I got two scallops and two shrimp. Got carrots instead of asparagus. Nothing wrong with that, but I expected to be notified when there are variations from what the menu says. They were out of the wine I ordered, but upgraded us for no additional cost. Disappointed in the evening.

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vipWALLEN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Unexpectedly lax service. Slow delivery. Sham wine list. Inability even to locate a beer from a very short list and then failing promptly to communicate.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good. We sat on the patio and it was quiet, which we like. The service was fair. Our server didn't know if the house white was French or not and had to ask someone. Then he overcharged us for the wine by $6 which I brought to his attention and he had to double check that. He finally corrected that mistake.

They were training another server while we were there and the trainee had his hands shoved into his pockets every time he came to a table instead of standing with his hands clasped behind his back. My father was in the restaurant business and never would have allowed that. He was very service driven.

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vipSuzbk61
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have tried Mateo a few times, even when it first opened in Boulder nearly 20 years ago. I leave disappointed each time. I clearly forget and go back, and others must enjoy it, or it couldn’t have survived in Boulder this long. The food is expensive for what is served, and all my vegetables were way undercooked. Even the roasted potatoes. They were absolutely hard and crunchy on the inside. It appears all the vegetables were browned over fire, but not on long enough to even partially cook them. Shrimp dish was anemic and scant for the price point. Again, that said, some people like it here, or it wouldn’t have lasted in Boulder. I just won’t be back, and hopefully this review will remind me of that when I’ve forgotten again in a few years.

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SarahW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mateo used to be amazing. The food was delightful, beautifully plated, etc. Now, the food is ok-ish. My steak was overcooked and had a weird texture. My frites were served lukewarm. The bernaise sauce was just in a bowl on the plate, with a skin on it. The steak frites came with a salad, but the server didn't tell me that it did when I ordered another salad so I ended up with two. The cocktails were just ok. I didn't even drink half of my second one. This was probably our last visit. Based upon how empty the restaurant was, I'm guessing it's days are numbered.

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vipDick
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mateo has changed drastically for the worse since our last visit a month ago. What happened? Staff is different and not so good. Service slow. Food selection limited; and same dishes not as good.

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GarBear
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food has been better in the past. Slow service. They were out of certain wines and Titos vodka, and even asparagus. The mussels did not have their signature anise flavor.

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sandris
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was cold. Service distract. No welcome. No recommended. Nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Eggs florentine usually has spinach. this had 2 small sprigs of broccolini. Not enough vegetable for what I thought. It was on brioche which was either toasted and left to sit,or stale--it was hard, either way. Fried potatoes were like small square bricks. Restaurant was empty, so server wasn't busy. We still had to ask for water. No chai latte, which is pretty standard now in most restaurants. They did have regular hot tea, and coffee latte. Reading online, I had expected more.

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SallyC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The servers were polite and helpful, but rather than the dinner arriving as one would wish (and as we asked) with the appetizer coming first, we'd barely taken a bite of the appetizer before the salad and entree both arrived crowding the table with too big plates and rushing the dinner. The restaurant wasn't crowded so there seemed to be no reason for the hurry.

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vipRolandH
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, interesting wine program. Service was friendly and efficient. Nice ambience and a patio!!

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vipJillT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I never write reviews, but after the awful experience I had last night, I feel compelled to. Even though I had a reservation, it took 30 minutes for me to order, and only my husband got his food. When we spoke to one of the servers, their response was, “that’s your problem for ordering from a hostess.” He was incredibly rude. I left in tears - the worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant. I doubt this restaurant will make it another month. For a better French restaurant in Boulder, go to the Brasserie.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food and service were mediocre, nice atmosphere on the porch.

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SandraW
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My friend and I looked forward to dinner at Mateo's on Friday night. I wanted a vodka martini and she wanted gluten free vodka with soda and lime. They didn't have any gluten free vodka and basically didn't even have vodka for my martini. It was very disappointing.

We stayed-I settled on a glass of wine.

When the bill came at the end, her dinner was overcharged by $11.00 and my wine wasn't comp'd or discounted. They corrected the bill on her meal after we pointed it out.

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AnthonyA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just so so so.Food was fine but uninspired.
We have been going there from time to for years and it is always the same.
Decent food but not great.
About the best thing you can order is the Moules.

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vipFabulous
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Mateo! The food was delicious, and our server, Matt, was wonderful - kind, knowledgeable, helpful and he gave us the perfect amount of attention. Highly recommend!

FAQs

Mateo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 443-7766.

Mateo is rated 4.2 stars by 1088 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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