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109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3205
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
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Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place, good food, menu, service, atmosphere, but I think overpriced This was my second time here. My wife expressed an interest in a sherry tasting flight. I thought it was too expensive at $15 for 3 glasses of 1.5 ounces, but okay, fine. She and the wait person spoke about dry sherries, as it was the name of that... More 

Thank ReturnTraveler
Matthews, North Carolina
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mateo has received a lot of great reviews and I agree the tapas selection is excellent. The sweetbreads, marrow bone and the Brussel sprouts were standouts among the half dozen small plates we tried. Both the sweet potato hand pie and banana pudding (with pecan shortbread) were quite tasty as well, and I was pleased to see the variety of... More 

Thank dgrogers2016
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87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While we live in a semi foodie town in the southeast, we do not have access to a spanish tapas experience. Authentic? Nothing to compare it to other than Rick Baylee's in Chicago. But we enjoyed the evening in this hip young restaurant. DId we love everything? No. But with the tapas experience that is to be expected due to... More 

Thank Mtnbrookie
Raleigh, NC
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a great meal at Mateo on 2/15 prior to seeing a show at DPAC. The food was outstanding. We shared small plates that consisted of dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon, roasted brussel sprouts, beet salad, bomba rice with duck, and the spare ribs in pepper jelly. All were fantastic with our favorite being the... More 

Thank slc3271
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This small restaurant gets great reviews from critics but I am underwhelmed. Tapas dining which I love, but didn't think the food was that good, portions were small for the price. I thought it was expensive. The clincher - handed us a dirty and badly stained dessert menu. Was very unappetizing. Never will go back.

Thank banmelk
Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife is gluten-free, and sometimes eating at restaurants can be challenging - but no such trouble at Mateo, the waiter was very well educated on the menu, and which items were gluten free and which could be modified. Happy to say we both enjoyed a very good Spanish dinner, fish, tapas, sardines, potatoes, and more.

Thank Dlevine122
Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner with another couple and sat at a high top table. The selection of food was great with the menu "posted" on a big chalkboard behind the bar. I believe many of the selections change daily and based on the season. Along with the food, we had no problem finding a drink(s) to go with dinner.

Thank Ernie S
Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Durham for a Duke BB game and went to Mateo's based on internet research. The good reviews were right on. This is an excellent tapas place. We were a little pressed for time because we were going to the game. Our server, John, was considerate and got our food to us in a very timely fashion. I... More 

Thank Bluedevilstan
Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to Mateo in downtown Durham on a Friday and thought it was one of the best restaurants we have ever been to! We sat upstairs, which has a more date night feel, while downstairs is better for groups and a snack before a night in Durham. The atmosphere and decor both upstairs and down was... More 

Thank chaceifland
North Carolina
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158 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We knew nothing about this place and found it here on Trip Advisor. You directed us well, Trip Advisor community! We got there at 5:00 for way early dinner before a concert. Probably a good thing. This place looks like it gets crowded fast. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and specials and also suggested how to order --... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3205
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-530-8700

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?