Mateo's Cocina Latina
Fridays 11:30am - 9:45pm
Saturday 9:00am - 9:45pm
Sunday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Bar Menu Served: 4:00-5pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
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Mateo's Cocina Latina
Once again, Mateo's delivered a fabulous meal. Best kept secret in Healdsburg!
Foid was very good and the patio ambience was awesome!
This place is phenomenal. We came hearing it was good but not expecting it to be the best meal of our trip. We ordered the tasting menu - the chef’s creation and you don’t know what he will bring. It was so. Good we’re going back tonight and have been assured it will be completely different. Aside from the food being so good, the bartender was great and charming. He made me some amazing margaritas. Don’t think of this place as Mexican or Latin. Is good, seasonal food with an occasional Latin flare. Get there now. You won’t regret. I think it’s better than dry creek kitchen!!
Back yard is nice but they seated all the customers at tables that are very close to each other rather than aoreading them out even though there were plenty of empty tables. It would have been nice to have more privacy. The food was mediocre and over priced
This place was more than what the good reviews had said. Food fantastic and service was superb, just like you would expect with great food and not at all pretentious.
If interested in Mezcal, Mateo's is the go-to place in Healdsburg. Good bar, and mixed drinks.
Pear salad was good, Gravlax OK, but the steak and pork loin fairly average. Steak was not tender with minimal marbling and minimal flavor. Same with the pork loin - pretty dry with not a lot of flavor. We deferred the desert menu.
We were concerned when we saw only a few people at the restaurant, but even when we couldn't get seated outside right away, the staff was gracious and helpful. Then the table was small and we asked for a larger table which they said was reserved, but told us to take it and they would figure something else out for the other group. The food was prepared just a bit unusual and had some interesting spices and combinations. Great place for a large party, casual, fun!
Our party wanted to dine on the lovely outdoor patio in the back, however, some of the heaters were broken. Wait staff were very flexible when we changed seats to indoors unannounced. The corn soup with popcorn powder was akin to eating liquid cardboard. While the lamb medallions were tender and tasty, portion size was incredibly small. (Two pieces to size of a silver dollar--not he regular, the Susan B. Anthony). Fish tacos were served like ice cream cones, set in wooden stand at eye level. The wooden frame was a disruption in the table's milieu. Wait staff were attentive and food was delivered quickly. One in our part ordered ceviche, which was very good. Cannot recommend this restaurant.
Get in there! Order the tasting menu. You will be blown away. Yep, just do it.
Mateo did it again! Totally impressive. Everyone was knocked out by the inventiveness of the Chef’s Tasting Menu.
Whenever we go to Healdsburg we try to visit. This is not your everyday Mexican fare. For example our Bloody Mary for brunch was made on the spot with fresh organic heirloom tomatoes picked from their own garden on the patio . The house made tortillas are amazing as are all the dishes. The staff are friendly and Mateo showcases some amazing food.
Roast pig on a spit anyone?! That is what we saw as we entered Mateo's patio for lunch...Mateo tending to a very large pig on a spit for a fun event in the evening. Our friends loved everything they ate -- from their creative tacones to delicious guacamole, cochinita pibil, quesadilla, tzic de res to my divine grilled rock cod tacos! All dishes were of very generous portions, except the guacamole. Mateo's a gregarious and very kind man who showed me his larder which had another pig and a lamb ready to butcher! Best Mexican food in Healdsburg!
I went with two friends and it was our first time at Mateo's. It had been recommended by another friend and we are grateful! We were seated in the beautiful patio and Mateo came out to say hello. Our waiter was also super attentive (in a good way) and very knowledgeable. We started with the guacomole - excellent! Two of us had the fish tacos which were cooked to perfection and perfectly spiced. One of us had the hamburger which he enjoyed as well. It was a wonderful dining experience and all of us can't wait to go back. Thank you to everyone at Mateo's!
Really wanted to love the food at this cute outdoor courtyard. The gazpacho was great. The olives had a little too much star anise for my taste, but overall I’d say they were good. The main courses is where things started to go downhill. My boyfriend ordered the pork of the day, a suckling pig with peach. It was juicy but lacked flavor. I had the lamb and it was good, but nothing amazing. My mom had the hamburger, which was again just okay. Nice place, but not worth $35 per entree for no flavor.
Another fantastic brunch at Mateo’s, great margaritas and jeuvos.
Fresh and creative is the watchword at this excellent restaurant. One of the should not be missed in Heladsburg.
Amazing experience . The chef , staff and farm to table food make the entire eating experience to another level.
We tried the chefs five course tasting menu. It was delicious, inventive, fresh ingredients, beautiful presentation with Mateo's personal explanations. Friendly attentive service. Interesting assortment of margaritas.
Mateos is the best!
We always enjoy dining at Mateo's! The food is excellant, service is very good and eating outside is really pleasant. The tequilla drinks are especially fun. I LOVE the small potato appetizer!!
Get to Healdsburg and then to Mateo’s Cosina Latina and order the Chef’s Dinner. The Best!
As on other occasions, Mateo's Huevos Rancheros were excellent,
We never fail to be amazed by the chef’s creativity! It’s worth the drive from San Jose.
We passed on the great-sounding brunch items and went for the lunch items. The accommodating chef made sure my dish had no onions and my sister's had no tomatoes, as each of us has food allergies. The food was very spicy, so the Sangria went well with it on a hot summer day. I had fish tacos which were filled with delicious fresh cod on handmade tortillas (2 of them). My sister had the simmered beef, also with handmade tortillas. We were glad to fish the fresh strawberries and oranges out of our Sangrias to cool our mouth after the spiciness of the food.
It is pretty pricey though so diners should be prepared for not your typical Mexican restaurant. Also be prepared for leisurely service--since it's prepared to order it is not fast food.
The food at Mateo’s is outstanding! Don’t let the outside fool you. This place has some of the best food in town.
Love this place. Best huevos rancheros in CA. And margaritas! And they sell their habanero hot sauce! Lovely outdoor patio and great servers
Dinner was a delight, starting with the Tacones! Absolutely the best guacamole we’ve ever had.
Enjoyed the specialty fish of the evening and good wines by the glass.
Service was great and we enjoyed the comfortable patio seating. Overall a wonderful evening.
This was our second time visiting Mateos in Healdsburg, and it was amazing, the food is like a work of art, it’s very flavorful, chef Mateo came out and made our night! The service was phenomenal, our waiter Edger went up and above to make our night, very knowledgeable, I love the concept of Mateos, hows it 100% sustainable, and how most of the fruit and produce come from his own personal garden. Will definitely be back soon! Thank you so much!!!
Excellent customer service. Wait staff very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.
Ambiance and decor was very nice and well thought out. Very quiet, as well.
My poor rating is solely based on the food and the pricing. I had the fish of the day, salmon. She has the stuffed chicken breast.
The chicken breast was a nice-sized serving, and nicely prepared. But not worth $30. The salmon was about a qtr the size of what I was expecting (based on my previous dining experiences at other restaurants). Though it was cooked to perfection, we're talking a 2" wide, 5" long strip of salmon. I was also charged more then the price advertised in the menu.
The Carne Asada Tacomes were good but, not worth $4/ea.
I was also charged $8 for our bottle of Pellegrino.
The rear patio is nice. And I could see this as a nice place to meet for cocktails, etc on a nice sunny day. But, skip dinner.
With the new, posh-looking apartments sprouting up nearby, perhaps the owners are trying to situate themselves to take advantage of an incoming wave of affluent patrons. But, I would think even those folks will expect more bang for their buck.
Our reservations were for 6:30. We were the only people there. We stayed about an hour or so. It was empty when we left. I now know why. Meanwhile, the place across the street was CRACKIN'!!
I was disappointed that the dinner menu was changed to a less Latin influenced fare. I've eaten lunch there a few times when I am in town...and this most recent visit for dinner surprised me. The food is still wonderful...but I prefer the lunch menu best. So if you have been there for lunch and expect dinner to have the same vibe...it won't.
Really disappointed that opentable let me book this restaurant using their system when it was closed that day. We arrived at a restaurant that was closed.
We have been staying in Healdsburg for a month and have eaten out often and at many different restaurants. This was, by far, the worst meal we both have had. Would not recommend this to anyone.
First visit to this restaurant; I seriously doubt that we will return. We were there for a fixed price meal for Cinco de Mayo, and we're very disappointed at the offerings. The $38 fixed-price meal on the Internet showed that it included oysters, however upon receiving our bill at the end of the meal, we were charged for them. The salad was decent but didn't appear to have any cheese on it at all, as was described by the waiter. The pork entrée, theoretically festively prepared as the Cinco de Mayo centerpiece, was quite fatty and very boring . The mixed vegetables were overcooked, and had little flavor to them. The meal did not include any dessert. However, by the end of the meal, we were seeking someplace else to find our Cinco de Mayo dessert, anyway. I almost forgot to mention that the $10 margaritas were watery, had hardly any salt on the rim, and were possibly the worst margaritas we've ever had. All in all, It was a hugely disappointing Cinco de Mayo evening-- not at all festive. Finally, the service: The waiter needed a personality makeover to be in the position he was in. While he wasn't nasty, he simply was not the least bit personable, and we didn't get the sense that he aimed to make our evening a pleasant one.
Incredible food! so casual but the cuisine is so elevated in it's presentation, quality, uniqueness and freshness. We absolutely love this place.
I never get tired of Mateo’s!! We had the tasting menu again and it was fantastic. It’s such a deal when you consider that tasting menus elsewhere in Healdsburg are substantially more money. While it’s true that Mateo’s doesn’t have white tablecloths that’s all you will be missing. The service is professional and food is the equal of any fine dining spot around. Customized to your tastes, incredible ingredients and prepared perfectly. I can’t say it too many times. Mateo’s is the best.
Just amazing. Wonderful food. Easy on the palate but rich, flavorful. The fish tacos are unreal they are SO good. The fried oyster salad is impeccably great... fried oyster perfection from locally-sourced fresh oysters! The house-made masa tortillas are revelatory: tender, lightly naturally sweet, sublime, (especially if you are used to commercial corn tortillas); we got the olive oil variety and they are truly a great "guilty" pleasure, heated in a tasty bit of locally-produced olive oil...yummm. My friend who ordered braised pork swooned over how great it was. The food is seasoned Yucateo (Yucatan) which is distinct from more typical varieties of Mexican cooking; achiote, citrus and other seasonings bring up and build the flavors. This food is light and satisfying ... not heavy on rice and beans and manteca (lard); you will not need to sleep off your meal.
All ingredients are carefully and artfully sourced in the region, so the fish in those fish tacos, delicately seasoned with a Yucatanean rub before grilling, is SUPER fresh. Ditto for all vegetables and other meats. And then, there is the bar. Super great selection of tequilas/mezcal, and they know how to make a drink, as very satisfying, delicious drink.
The service staff are very cool and good. The ambiance is pleasant, beautiful, relaxed and very inviting, indoors or out. On several visits the owner/chef Mateo has been there. He is a joy. Very creative chef able to balance his wisdom about food of the Yucatan with his great skill and creativity as a chef. Good stuff all the way around.
Mateo's shouldn't be a secret but it still is. You can order a great meal off the menu and be happy. The secret is to let Mateo select your dinner for you. A quick review of likes and dislikes and you're work is done.
You may not know what your are getting until it arrives but rest assured it will be farm fresh, hand selected and prepared with great love and attention. Yes, love. It's obvious Mateo loves to cook.
We've done this 10 times over the years and it just gets better and better. In between "big dinners" we order off the menu and keep coming back. Don't waste any more time, if you haven't already experienced Mateo's, you need to go now!
The guacamole with pomegranate and homemade crackers was great. Crab crostini was wonderful, fresh, seasoned perfectly. We also tried the hamburger, which we normally wouldn't do in a Mexican (Yucatan) restaurant. But Mateo buys a whole cow at a time and grinds it himself. It was the best hamburger I've tasted in a long time. The professional quality of the food was evidenced in every course. We enjoyed the table visit from the chef. Mark Swendsen
Excellent food, amazing flavors, great vibes, but it was really hard to understand our waitress, so we couldn’t understand the daily specials, so we played it safe and ordered off what we can read on the menu, she was a bit pushy/ stand-off ish but other then that the night was good. Will possibly return.