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“And a great time was had by all”
Review of Mateo Bar De Tapas

Mateo Bar De Tapas
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Ranked #6 of 782 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed 28 April 2014

A convivial atmosphere, knowledgeable servers, excellent libations and food -- no wonder it is difficult to get a reservation! But once you are there, you are not rushed. Food comes out at a nice pace. There were four of us, and we shared eight tapas and two pixtos, plus 3 desserts. Yes, we were full! But what an enjoyable 3 hours! The garbanzos were addictive, the stuffed dates were just right to wake up our taste buds. My faves were the chicken croquettes and lamb kebobs (daily specials), along with the albondigas and, believe it or not, the blood sausage. the smoked trout Russian salad was okay, but not much trout taste. The mussels were good, but not on a level with other restaurants. The grilled sardines were excellent, I heard. So the only miss for me, strangely enough was the Spanish tortilla. First, the size was miniscule for $5, and the flavor was just not there. 3 out of the 4 of us have had the dish in Spain, and this wasn't close. The flan was tasty, as were the churros (ask for honey) and bread pudding. The beer selection was excellent, and the red sangria was too--not sweet like you so often find in the US, despite having some cheer wine in it! Overall a great time. Total food tab was $114, drinks added another $60.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Very cool decoration. Great for friends. Work partners or family.

Friendly staff.

Servings are Large for a tapas place.

Nice wine list.

Check out the restroom vintage art. It was very cool.

Thank Jaime U
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

I was nearby on business, and went to Mateo for dinner with a co-worker. By chance, I had just visited Spain two months earlier. Besides offering some very authentic Spanish options like a selection of jamon (specialty ham), the menu was full of dishes that included fresh, local ingredients--which was very like the places I'd eaten in Spain. We split about 6 dishes, which was MORE than enough for a meal. We just couldn't make ourselves choose, so we ordered more than necessary, including menu items and dishes from the list of specials. I recommend leaving room for the almond cake for dessert; with a fruit compote and an amazing cream on the side, it's SO worth it!

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Thank Sagicorn
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Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

We came with a group of >20 and reserved the upstairs room for our group. Service was excellent and the staff managed to keep track of 10 or so tabs for drinks, and for food we did a shared set menu. Food was good, cocktails were good, and it was an excellent experience for our group.

Thank Alli_D04
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Went to Mateo Tapas for lunch. This place is proof that Durham is turning into the foodie capital of the South. Located in a refurbished building in downtown Durham, it is a place that invites you to spend sometime. Tapas dishes were good as was the smoked NC trout salad. Can't wait to go back for dinner and sample their wine list

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Thank Angeldawg
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