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US$30 - US$30
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 10 July 2021 via mobile

Completely delicious! Literally everything we ate was delicious. I’m vegetarian and was a little worried there wouldn’t be enough for me to eat, but we order an entirely vegetarian meal and I was stuffed! Make sure you save room for dessert too!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 15 May 2021 via mobile

Good food but didn't stand out. Paella was cooked properly but didn't have that nice chared rice stuck to the pan. The bone marrow was tasty but again, didn't stand out. Stay away from the corn based churrios which is missing the nice chewy flavor...you would expect.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 15 March 2020

We had stayed in Durham for a period of time due to treatments at Duke Cancer Instiute and had reviewed this dining establishment. However, didn't dine until the treatments were complete due to crowds and taste. Delighted we didn't miss as one of the best...findes in Durham. Very unique and outstanding service and food.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

Not only did it take 45 minutes to get the first part of our order (party of 4) - they all came out at different times - one at a time. When mine finally arrived - last- it was cold. When I asked the bartender...to simply re-heat it he said they could not do it and would have to "fire" another one and it would likely take an additional 45 mins! When I said, I didn't want to wait another 45 he shrugged his shoulders! When I asked them to take it off the bill he said he would have to take the full plate away - or I could pay to eat cold food. He took it away and removed it from the bill. Our entire party will never return to the restaurant and will never take our friends or family.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 13 February 2020

We had a family meal here - 3 of us, with 3 beers from their local on-tap offerings - and the tab was well over a Benjamin, but every dish we ordered was fabulous, as they say, "finger-lickin'-good." I esp liked the chicken croquettes, the...shrimp, and the red beans and rice. Don't bother with the pork ribs - mostly bones and very tiny.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 February 2020 via mobile

We love all this group’s concepts. The decor upstairs and down, service and food are just tops. We loved every dish and. I thing was weak. And with tapas, one can keep trying new dishes all the time. One tiny issue, and this is true...of any genuine Spanish restaurant here or in Spain, the menu is heavy on pork. I could easily order around that personal issue. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020 via mobile

Fabulous freshly prepared and creative tapas, great service and wonderful seafront location. Will definitely go again!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 28 January 2020

But...it was WONDERFUL! We have a group of 8 ladies called "the Supper Club." We don't cook at home but instead travel around this area to eat in restaurants where we may never have been but hear they're noteworthy. Mateo was our choice this month....Before our visit, as I was reviewing the menu, I was a bit baffled as to what some of the dishes were but thanks to the excellent guidance of our waitperson...the 3 dishes I ordered were incredible!! There was quite a bit of sharing and the consensus of the group was EVERYTHING was incredible! I capped off my meal with a chocolate martini and it was heavenly!! The service was first rate as well. Because there are 8 of us...we always need separate checks. Sometimes this presents problems at some restaurants...but not Mateo. It was handled with ease. I'll definitely be returning soon.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 15 January 2020

I’ve been several times and Mateo’s never disappoints. Cool space, delicious food! Please order the fried rice and the ribeye!

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 4 January 2020

Went here for lunch. Found service really casual but stylistically, maybe that is just Durham. Not unfriendly but not overly friendly. Just very chill. Food was good. As good as in Spain. We tried a variety of tapas: chicken croqueta, gambas, patatas bravas, calamari and...pork ribs. All the food was tasty and tasted very authentic. Food came out pretty quick. Would go back and probably a very busy place at dinner time.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Mateo Bar De Tapas is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4