Mateo Bar de Tapas

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$30 and under
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Spanish
Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from chef Matt Kelly.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, as always. Get the Mata if you like cheese, so good. Also the fried rice, costillas (ribs), and the special lobster they had were all amazing.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great; fun vibe. The food came out a little quickly for my taste, but otherwise service was terrific.

MH
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Not really authentic Spanish food. Tapas portions are supposed to be small but these are rediculously small. Croquetas lack bechamel sauce. Ensalada rusa is not ensalada rusa at all. Very disappointed.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food & service was excellent. We had to wait a few minutes even with a reservation but the place was jammed packed and without a reservation it was a 2 hour wait. Highly recommend the lower seating, the high top tables don’t have chair with backs on them, hard for more mature clientele. Our sever was knowledgeable on the menu, specials on the chalkboard were all outstanding and the charcuterie was exceptional. We will definitely go back again even with a long drive for us.

DP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything about this place is just right. would recommend.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice location to have a Valentines Day Dinner. Menu was great and service was good.

N
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Went for Valentine’s Day and we were extremely disappointed. The food was not great, we were seated an hour after our reservation time and the service was below what I would expect based on previous reviews. Would never go back.

JA
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, portions were fairly generous, and enjoyed our evening

JL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not on Valentine’s Day. Preselected menu for food and wine was way under par. Been to mateos other times and enjoyed it. Our fault , I am too old to know not go to restaurants on Valentine’s Day. My wife agrees.

MM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for early Valentine's Day dinner. There was a prix fixe menu but ample selections. We had 4 tapas each and every one was amazing. We especially loved the scallops with cauliflower puree. Service was very professional and our meal was paced perfectly. Would try again on a regular night with a more expansive menu.

HM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We went for early Valentine’s Dinner, and the food was so bad. I hadn’t been in a couple years, but I remembered throughly enjoying it before. I was very disappointed, especially because I was so excited to show my husband this place since he had never been.

BP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mateo was the perfect spot for a date night! Our server gave us some great choices and didn’t disappoint! I’d recommend this to anyone!

MT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were top notch. I will definitely visit again.

LD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mateo never disappoints! The food, service & beverages are always on fire!!! The specials are unique and so mouth watering enticing.

D
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Mateo! Thanks to Emily for being a great server! Favorite dish is the dates, yum. Gin drinks with homemade tonics rock.

h
Raleigh
71 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Oh Mateo... we love you but part of the dining experience is the service. We had rushed, unhelpful service tonight and it ruined the dining experience. When I asked her to explain the peashoot dish she acted appalled that I didn’t know exactly what a peashoot was. Usually the servers give very descriptive descriptions of dishes. She couldn’t tell us anything about the dishes other that what was on the menu. She was just ready to take our order but didn’t want to help us or give us suggestions like we asked her to do. This is just different to what we know and love about dining at Mateo. Overall it just made things feel off. Food was outstanding as always!

B
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. We had a reservation and were seated right away. They normally have a few fun and/or local beers on tap (this time from brewery bhavana). They have a better-than-you-would-expect list of whiskies as well considering this is a Spanish tapas place. The food is always outstanding. I can be picky but I eat things here I’d never consider eating elsewhere because everything I’ve tried here has been awesome. That includes Brussels sprouts and stuff with anchovy on it. Seriously...the thought of those things makes me recoil but here they are amazing. Make plans a week early so you can get a reservation and come here!!

CM
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really appreciate the server's knowledge of the wines and menu, including all ingredients for food allergies! Great date night! Must have brussel sprouts.

BN
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah is the best waitress ever

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love love love the food and the ambience. Not my first trip and won’t be my last!

A
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

OT
Greensboro
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious. We loved everything about it and will def be back. Our table upstairs by the window was perfection.

KW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been to Mateo and found it online will looking for a restaurant for my family and I to eat at before going to a concert at the DPAC. Needless to say it was amazing....As Arnold would say..."I'll be back"!!

OT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Triangle week left a lot to be desired in an otherwise expensive menu. Potato special was a joke, scallops below average, salad exceptional!

PS
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely go back!!

RS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Great selection of tapas. Ordered seconds of several. The banana pudding is out of this world!

d
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A friend and I decided to check out Mateo for Triangle Restaurant Week. We are sure glad we did! The entire experience was fantastic! Our wait, Cassidy, was excellent. It was a Saturday evening, but you wouldn’t have known that from Cassidy’s attention to our table. The food was outstanding. Together we tried six plates and can report that they were delicious. The surprise of the meal was their Brussels sprouts dish. It was so good, I asked Cassidy if the chef added crack to ours! Mateo is worth a return trip!

BD
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We like Mateo Bar de Tapas a lot. The food is made with fresh ingredients and is always a pleasure to eat and look at! We will go back again for sure.

D
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first visit to Mateo was for lunch and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The calamari appetizer was very good, as were the entree's (a salad for her and a Jamon y Queso sandwich for me). The desserts were also delicious and quite generous. We definitely plan to go back, probably for dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first time. I’ll definitely be back. The food was amazing.

M
Richmond
44 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not a real tapas place!
If you want to believe that some potatoes with red sauce and a missing aioli can be called patatas bravas you are being misled. Coming from Washington DC where we have Jose Andrés’ famous tapas restaurants this was a real disappointment . The waitress was pushy and sour, served a red wine with all the sediments as it was the last glass of the bottle. When confronted with our claim shrugged her shoulders and proceeded to answer “all the wines come with that”! But you should not serve it to customers!. We could hardly drink it and she didn’t even offer to exchange for another one! Sea scallops were bland in a white soup that tasted like plain milk. The only acceptable dish was the spare ribs. The garlic shrimp or gambas came in a pot of pure oil with no flavor at all. The pan with tomate was OK. When you know what REAL tapas should taste or are perfectly executed they cannot “disguise” these “copycats” as the real tapas you’ll find in Spain! Never to come back! If you are ever in the Washington DC area please drop to visit Jose Andres “Jaleo” places! You won’t be disappointed as we were here! And we paid 35$ each for this restaurant week menu! Not worthy!

EM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My favorite dish at Mateo' s would be the brussel sprouts!

DH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! The food is amazing. The albondigas and the brussels sprouts are to die for.

SR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a date night for my wife and I.
Our waitress was exceptional and we took many of her recommendations and tried some plates we may not have ordered.
Loved the food and will be back again soon!

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The dishes sound good on paper. Would appear to be a creative selection of dishes. On the whole it was pretty hit or miss. There were 4 of us so we had several dishes. The waitress had us order way to many as we were totally stuffed once we were about 2/3 through our order. We were able to cancel some of them. None were really terrible, but I would say about half were decent to good and half were just boring/bland. Tapas can sort of be that way as was originally simple bar food from Spain. I think in that environment might have even seemed better. However we walked into this with high expectations based on what we had heard. Service was slow and unorganized. As aside we both ordered cocktails on the rocks and they use sort of a crushed ice that they fill to the top of the glass with. Effectively left no room at all for the actually cocktail. We were both done in about 2 sips. Also watered down. Those two drinks were sort of a waste at $25 but the menu is pretty affordable.

BE
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

always a fun place to go with friends!

C
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food - so many complex flavors, great presentation, felt like I was a judge on Iron Chef! Noise level was WAY higher than I expected though, and too much for a conversation with normal speaking voice, even just with a person across the small table from me. We had to shout to be heard. So A+ for the food, B- for the dining atmosphere.

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, creative dishes. Just the right size portions for sharing. I'd highly recommend.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Double date w friends, great place.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was delicious! Awesome specials board and great wine selection too!

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