My anticipated visit to Mateo's didn't disappoint. Food was very traditional and well made. Drinks were great too. And it was one of few places in NC that did the "raspa" portion of the paella just right. Can't wait to get back there again.
Jun 12, 2019
We really enjoyed our tapas at Mateo. We for a variety of different menu items and they were all very good. It's got a funky, fun atmosphere too!
Mar 3, 2019
Excellent food and trendy atmosphere. The portions were great (we had 5 people and ordered 10 tapas and we all left stuffed). Prices were reasonable and the service was very professional. This was my first time here and I would definitely come back. Every single thing we ordered was delicious and unique.
Jun 13, 2019
Went for lunch while visiting. Service was a bit disappointing and absent, and I wish I had been made aware of the specials board before ordering. Nice wine selection. Ordered four small plates and they were good, but nothing out of this world.
Jul 3, 2019
The food is very interesting and I would come here often in special occasions. They have great selections on drinks and food is very delicious. For me, it was a little too exotic since I have pretty simple taste buds. But it was a very exciting experience! It was impossible to be full at this restaurant because the dishes were small...
Jun 22, 2019
Excellent food! Service is good to great. The knowledgeable wait staff helps you decide if you can't choose from all the great options. Daily specials are usually my favorite. Extensive wine list. Price is as expected for this area. Fantastic desserts.
Can get noisy and cold, especially if seated near the kitchen. Bring a jacket, even in the summer.
Aug 11, 2019
I've been 4 times in the last 6 months. I make a reservation ahead of time. The food and drink selection has always been great. The servers we had were fantastic, they always have great suggestions. Eileen was our most recent server and her drink and app suggestions were spot on.
Sep 11, 2019
Best restaurant in Durham hands down. The chicken croquettes are the best things I’ve ever tasted. The chicken fried chicken is also out of this world.
Nov 5, 2019
Good selection of food. There is flexibility with the dishes to get vegetarian versions. The wait staff provides good recommendations. Fast service too. I liked the Halloween decorations. Many of them were themed after Stranger Things.
Oct 24, 2019
After several years of thinking about it and dozens of visits, this is our favorite restaurant in Durham. The classic tapas are consistently excellent and executed to authentic form. The pan tomate is perhaps the best I have ever had anywhere. The specials board, rife with local delicacies and seasonal specialties prepared with Spanish inspiration, also shines and you really cannot go wrong with any dish. When crab season comes around, we are always excited for the crab claw appetizer, which is always done a little differently, but always decadent and delicious. I'm not sure I've ever had an off dish on any occasion. Great Spanish draft and wine selections round the menu out. Mateo in my estimation deserves attention from the James Beard Foundation and I hope someday it will receive recognition.
Dec 11, 2019
The staff was very courteous and professional. The food was very good and a great affordable selection. I would highly recommend you to stop in and try it out.
Dec 8, 2019
Very expensive, for its portion. As a big fan of Spanish cuisine, I think it is an OK choice in RDU area. But that's about it, as the culinary standard in this part of the country is not so high. Some dishes are unnecessarily salty. It has a blackboard for daily specials, and I'd recommend checking it out.
Dec 8, 2019
Incredible! Small plates, all wonderfully flavored. Flavor artistry in a warm old style atmosphere. Highly recommended!
Dec 23, 2019
Mateo is always delicious. It's pricey, but worth it if you are a foodie and can handle the price point. Their wine selection is great and the servers are knowledgeable if you need help selecting a wine. The food is amazing. I've yet to have anything bad there. The atmosphere is also super cozy, even if a little loud. This place is a long time favorite.
Dec 29, 2019
Great gourmet food. Service is very good. Very pricey. Food is very rich. Great place for a special occasion if you are a foodie
Jan 4, 2020
Always an excellent experience and one of our Durham favorites. Small plates with a lot of great options. Definitely won’t disappoint!
Jan 22, 2020
Finally made it here. Tapas is not a go-to for us, but this was a great meal to share with friends. The food was excellent - we especially loved the Brussels sprouts, short ribs, and steak tips. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I will say we were very relieved to be seated upstairs as the first floor felt very loud and crowded, but nothing out of the ordinary for restaurants these days.
Feb 7, 2020
Don't forget to budget for this meal, because this place is amazing and will drain your bank account quick! We only have been a few times for special occasions but every visit has been an absolute treat!
Everything is small plates, which adds up quick, but gives you a chance to try and eat so many different things. Spanish food with a southern twist! You can't go wrong!
Get the Sweet Tea Sangria!
Feb 13, 2020
Clearly a popular date night spot. Decent variety of spanish tapas and wine. Some dishes were amazing while others were fairly good. Service was good but nothing special.
Feb 15, 2020
We went here after a show at DPAC since it was within walking distance. Great drinks from their cocktail menu and a chalk board of specials. Small plates are sharable which allowed us to try 4 different things without overdoing it. The fried oysters were so good we ordered another plate. What we really liked was being able to start off with a couple of dishes, then deciding later to try a couple more, reorder the oysters for a second time and then share a dessert. More fluid than typically ordering an appetizer, salad and entree and having them served up according to the kitchen's schedule. We got to drink, eat and laugh at our own pace.