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Mateo Bar De Tapas

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109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3205
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love is the essential ingredient in the food here. Hand crafted and well thought out tapas allow you to try a little bit if everything without committing to one meal. Great scene for a night out. Not quiet or romantic, but vibrant and yummy

Thank MamaKLB
Cold Spring, New York
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250 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Three of us went on a Saturday night for dinner. Downstairs was packed and LOUD; however, the upstairs dining room where we were directed had only 2 other tables occupied and the waitress was very helpful in describing the specials of the day as well as any menu item that we questioned. A Duck Rabbit Milk Stout beer started the... More 

Thank Afoodie65
Lynchburg, Virginia
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184 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about 3 hours here on a busy Friday night, and never felt rushed. When we needed to order more tapas or drinks, our waiter was right there, but if we wanted to linger, that was ok, too. We tried a variety of small plates, both off the regular menu and the chalkboard specials. Standouts included spicy oysters, the... More 

Thank skteach
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simple greatness. The flavor capitol of Carolina. Consistent excellence...Trout salad and Gamas are my favorite . But I reccommmend you order from the specials on the big chalk board.

Thank James P
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198 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can tell you this, it will not be my last time having tapas. We ordered 5 different plates and shared between 3 of us. The food was delicious and the servers were very knowledgeable. Great location in downtown Durham!

Thank kellypP9288WQ
Durham, North Carolina
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited downtown Durham for several days (after living there 9 years ago) and was impressed by the positive growth including restaurants like Mateo. The restaurant was crowded and we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation. The tapas were varied and excellent. Service good. I will return!

Thank honeymoonseeker
Durham, North Carolina
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Noisy!. Complicated menu and in portuguese. Wine list also in portuguese. Wait staff not terribly helpful.

Thank jrk52016
Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tapas are excellent and the recipes are authentic. Over the weekends the bar makes it a good hangout for those who want an In place, but loses its charm with loud rock music and large crowds.

Thank Ralphesteves
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You just can't go wrong with Mateos. Even Alton Brown said they were the best tapas in America. I agree. Each time the food is interesting, savory, local, fresh, and delicious! Prices aren't too steep but not a bargain either. I think the quality is fair for the price and have no problem visiting for a evening celebration and just... More 

Thank Kim K
Caguas, Puerto Rico
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant. Very amiable and fast staff. Food was really delicious. We share different tapas and the flavors were just amazing.

Thank margaritasola

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3205
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 919-530-8700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?