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“Love It!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mateo Bar De Tapas

Mateo Bar De Tapas
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Ranked #3 of 760 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Love It!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

I have been to Mateo several times and it is exceptional. As I said when making this reservation with friends, "Mateo is always my top choice" :) Very unique menu, and executed beautifully. I love tapas; getting to try many different dishes. 4-5 dishes is enough to satisfy two people. The staff has always been very knowledgeable and friendly about answering questions and steering you towards a great meal. Mateo offers a great opportunity to try some more adventurous dishes but also has a large enough menu to satisfy those that are less adventurous. Reservations are recommended and in advance (I've had trouble getting prime time 2 weeks out before).

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“So-So-but fun.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Fun evening. However, the chairs are really uncomfortable for long sitting!
Potatoes were wonderful and a hit with whole table.
Flank steak was also really good. Other dishes were ok but not outstanding.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank CJohnson143
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Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

Third visit. The concept of merging the Spanish tapas tradition with American cuisine works out fantastic for Mateo. The food is really really good. No wonders it is tough to get a table.

Recommend.

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Thank paddhens
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Hartland, VT
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Stellar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

I've sampled a number of James Beard award winners lately as well as fine eating all over the US and this evening at Mateo stood up to the best of them. Huevo Diablo, Ensalada de Kale, Mixto were utterly outstanding. Great wine suggestions at the bar as well.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank VTsustafoodie
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Durham, North Carolina
1 review
“Great food tastes even greater ONLY when paired with great service!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We have been to this place twice; were really impressed with the food, and loved every bite of it. The atmosphere is quite noisy, lively, yet making it difficult to hold a decent conversation.

Now, to the service..... Our server was quite friendly, attentive, smiled a lot. Others varied quite a bit (they do share responsibilities at this restaurant in terms of bringing in the dishes ordered). We had a minor misunderstanding with one of such female servers who brought our first order, which would have been fine by us, after clarifying it....BUT,
SHE did not seem fine with it; spoke back to us as if we were a nuissance, almost yelled at us, rolled her eyes while walking away, and later came back and referred to us as her "favorite table"--> REALLY? Could you even have been more offensive than that?

Needles to say, we later spoke to the manager, who was quite understanding and apologetic; promised it would be addressed. I only hope so... for their sake, and that of future customers ...

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank L S
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