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“Great Dinner!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mateo's Santa Fe Cafe - CLOSED

Mateo's Santa Fe Cafe
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican, Spanish
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Northern Virginia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

We dined at Mateo's based on recommendation from a friend. We started with the Eight Layer Nachos which included some of the best guacamole I have ever tasted. I had a very good Chili Relleno with a delicious corn pudding, and my friend had the Shredded Beef Enchiladas, with a choice of red or green sauce. We choose the red, the hotter of the two, which was very flavorful but not too hot. We were impressed! The service was quick and friendly, and we will definitely dine there again.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Rider-I-95
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24 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • Any
English first
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
160 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Its worth trying - there is nothing like it in the area”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

I have eaten here once and usually get the food to go. The food is good, service just average. I don't care for the layout of the restaurant. I don't think it is especially great for families with small children. They do not have draft beer if your a beer drinker. Prices seem a little high for the portions served. I agree with one of the previous reviewers that this is okay once or twice a year. They have a few tables if you want to sit outside. It is located in a shopping center.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank lvmylabrador
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Dumfries
Level Contributor
143 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Authentic Southwest”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

The experience here has definitely evolved since they opened up, they are constantly tweaking the menu, flavors, tableware and portions. There are some nice things on the menu, and it's fun to choose from a large variety of authentic southwestern items you don't see from most casual dining restaurants. Free chips and salsa. The jalapeno cheese soup is very good, has a kick to it, and is great for dipping with your free chips. The soup used to be spicier, we think - they may be responding to comments about the heat. The portions seem to have gotten smaller, but seem to be in line with what you'd get at a Friday's, Ruby Tuesday's or places like that, if not a bit more generous. Like the margarita here, good variety, full service bar. We will probably eat here 3-4 times a year. With the evolving menu and presentation, agree with a previous reviewer that it often has the feel of "we just opened" and some of the waitstaff seem a bit inexperienced at times, but they have always been pleasant and helpful, and will make every effort to make things right. We like this place.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Kevin K
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Manassas, Virginia
Level Contributor
24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not A Bad Place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

The southwestern menu is decent. There are several nice choices and they are usually good. The service has never been impressive. It's ok once or twice a year.

Visited September 2012
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Thank RMP29
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Dumfries, Virginia
Level Contributor
121 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Mexican/Southwest Here”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Food was authentic southwest, not quite sure we knew what that really was. Prices a little steep for portions and variety. Still seemed to be in the "we just opened" mantra, after a year.

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