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“Phenomenal food.”
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Mateo Bar De Tapas
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Ranked #3 of 762 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Phenomenal food.”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Loved, loved dining at Mateo. Offers a menu with lots of intriguing options for creative hot and cold tapas. Great wine selection. Two of us ordered 4 tapas, a bar snack, and a dessert to share. Wish we'd had room to sample more. We came early on a Saturday night without a reservation and were able to sit at the bar. I've tried to get a reservation in the past, but didn't call far enough in advance. If you're looking for a weekend reservation, I suggest calling at least a week in advance. At least.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Durham, North Carolina
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Historic funky vibe with amazing cuisine”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Mateo is set in a historic building in Durham - it used to be the bookstore decades ago. The staff was very knowledgeable in helping us choose from the menu, and kept the amazing delicacies coming - each one better than the last. We had a few specialty drinks which were nice but not altogether memorable. The food though, was very memorable. We couldn't figure out how to order for our party of eight, but the waitress knew the secrets. It ended up being extremely expensive, but for a special night out for my family celebrating two birthdays, it was absolutely perfect.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Allison D
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Trenton, New Jersey, United States
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cool place off the beaten path!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Cool place off the path
Was looking for something different and found it
Could have been in NYC but who knew in Durham NC

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Eric S
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Boston, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great place for "apps" when really want dinner”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

We went with a group of 5 women. We got the corner table by the window. We had all been there before but not as a group of 5. The setting was great. The restaurant has dim lights, long wood bar and a long narrow-ish feel to the restaurant. The food was delicious. We ordered a lot of different options (sometimes multiple of the same plates). There was more than enough food to go around. We treated it as a dinner which is probably the best way to eat at this restaurant. I have been here in the past and thought of it more as an appetizer experience and left hungry and feeling like I over paid (which I find to be the case at most tapas restaurants). I would recommend this place for an evening with friends, but treat it as a dinner in that you will pay around $20-30 depending upon whether you also order drinks and how many people you are there with.

Thank DaniFillman
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Durham, North Carolina
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food for special ocassions”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The food at Mateo is some of my favorite in the area. After being in Spain, I have to say that many of the menu items are not quite the pintxos you'd find there, but the Mateo menu is damn good and the inspiration taken from pintxos is apparent. Everything we ordered was delicious and nothing disappointed us. Our favorites included the bone marrow and chicken skins. It does cost a bit, so we only go on special occasions. The wine selection is good and the atmosphere is comfy but trendy. The menu has something for everyone and many interesting selections. The servers are helpful with recommendations if requested. Do make a reservation, though, especially for a party >2 people.

  • Visited May 2014
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