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“Great food for special ocassions” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mateo Bar de Tapas

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Mateo Bar de Tapas
Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC
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Ranked #54 of 653 Restaurants in Durham
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Durham, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great food for special ocassions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Raleigh North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Amazing place for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

I don't got to Durham very often, but I will be going more often just to eat here. The lunch at Bar Mateo is awesome. I went for the seafood the last two times I was there. The mussels, shrimp and clams were fantastic. I also love the shaved meats they serve. The last time I went they had two tapas for $10. They have a great wine list. They have a large list sherries as well. The service as well as the atmosphere is great.

Visited June 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place was amazing. The food was delicious, and easily accommodated my wife's gluten allergy. Excellent service. Highly recommend for anyone in the area. The duck rice and pork ribs were out of this world. This was recommended by locals as well as great online reviews.

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NC
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Been here several times. Really really like it. Good atmosphere and the food is quite good. Go for the chorrizo eggs, small ribs. Good beer and wine selection. Also the papas fritas. YUM!

Visited June 2014
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durham, nc
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“I still dream about their deviled eggs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This place exceeds my expectations for tapas outside Spain. Reservations are highly suggested as Mateo's is now super popular. We tried seven plates and all were tasty. a wonderful experience.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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