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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.
Boulder, CO 80302
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for details.
Street parking also available.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mateo Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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