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109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3205
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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Wilmington, NC
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

smallish menu for tapas. Everything is delicious, but too many prepared with pork, so is limiting. Noisy and uncomfortable seating, Pricey, but a hip and popular place

Thank happyWilmington_NC
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited before a play at DPAC, short walk from the area parking garages, and easy walk to the theater after dinner. Everything we ate was delicious. Pricing seemed reasonable. We were there on a snowy night where it didn't seem busy, I do worry how service would be if it was packed. Tapas is a great... More 

Thank bfahs
Durham, North Carolina
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our 5th visit to Mateo! We have also dined here with out of town friends and family. Great place for treating others to some of the best food Durham has to offer. Downstairs is a bit more lively and noisy, with tables very close to each other (on a previous visit our neighbors at the adjacent table offered... More 

Thank Joy G
Bristol, Tennessee
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100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The flavors and textures of each dish are complex,intense and delicious. This is genuine Spanish tapas service in a lovely repurposed setting located in downtown Durham. Our server was outstanding and most helpful in navigating the menu and the room is very inviting. We had a spectacular dining experience.

Thank Claude F
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98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow. I just dropped in this place with hunger and thirst. What a great find. Super nice staff and the food in absolutely delicious. The greens on the salad were picked perfect with the right amount of vinigarette dressing. The pork sandwich melted in my mouth and the Spanish beer was cold and crisp. If you are in downtown Durham... More 

Thank Alan27605
Durham, North Carolina
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93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight was my second trip to Mateo- and I have loved it both times. Such a fun and relaxing atmosphere- where you are encouraged to savor your meal a few small tapas plates at a time. The food was all superb. The butternut squash with harissa, honey, and a farmer's type cheese was to die for! The service was excellent-... More 

Thank Carol M
Durham, NC
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First timers to this restaurant. Locals. This is a good one and you should try it!!! Reservations are recommended and preferred for dining. The bar is full service and walk ups I understand. We used OpenTable and visited on Christmas Eve - 2 early diners when they opened, 5pm. Seating location on the 1st floor dining is very snug and... More 

Thank TarheelBill
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When he posted on facebook that "Mateo in Durham NC is the best tapas bar in the US". FINALLY were able to try Mateo for our anniversary and we were not disappointed at all. The food, atmosphere, service and selection were all on point. We got there a little early so we had a couple drinks while we waited. The... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here on a whim with some friends after an exhibit opening. I've always loved tapas and Mateo did not disappoint. Every dish was exceptional.

Thank AhsiaSands
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346 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I finally got to try Mateo. We went for our anniversary, and it was worth the wait. I was apprehensive about the cost, having been to tapas places in the past and racking up charges left and right. The prices here, though, were reasonable. Downstairs, it’s a bit loud and lively. Luckily, we were seated upstairs. The chairs there were... More 

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?