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109 W Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3205
17:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
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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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked in - loved the atmosphere. Ordered wine and waited 20 minutes with no apology. Ordered a cheese plate and a shrimp dish at the same time. Shrimp dish came about 15 minutes before cheese plate. Shrimp was delicious. When cheese plate came out, we were not told what kind of cheeses they were. Also when they brought the cheese... More 

Thank Rand4
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try the bone marrow and the arros with duck and butternut squash! The deviled eggs and dates were great appetizers. Yum! Every dish was superb!

Thank Carolyn P
Durham, North Carolina
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent tapas, with a huge blackboard of choices. I took an out-of-town friend from California. We were both impressed with our choices--we selected meats, veggies and cheese. I highly recommend as I've been many times since it opened. Make reservations for this popular dining spot!

Thank DYHGarden
Scottsdale, Arizona
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed my experience here, and loved the variety of dishes. Has a nice vibe for a date, and I could hear my wife well over the background noise. We had to wait 25 mins to be seated, but the food was worth it. Try the sweetbreads :)

Thank LagartaGCB
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great tapas place with a happy, active vibe. A wonderful selection with something for everyone, including great damon, beers and cocktails

Thank John M
Weston, Florida
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall we had a great experience. Started waiting for seats at the bar as we were early. Condescending service at the bar but great drinks & appetiser tapas. Lively environment. Ate our meal upstairs, less atmosphere but much better service. Every tapas dish we had was excellent.

Thank thomasmob
Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had the pleasure of enjoying Mateo recently for a birthday dinner with my wife. The ambiance was lively and waitstaff was outstanding as was the food. My recommendation would be to order a round of carefully crafted cocktails and let your waiter/waitress walk you through the menu. Their thorough knowledge of ingredients and how to course out the experience add... More 

Thank cory w
Durham, North Carolina
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Never tried tapas before, but now I'm a fan. Most dishes have enough for 4 people to try it. Had 4 in our group so it was perfect. If you're not sure what some of the items are, I'd recommend looking them up or asking the waiter as some dishes are quite adventurous. Luckily they had plenty of delicious, non-adventurous... More 

Thank lamer14
Hickory, NC
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170 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The wait time for a table was 20 minutes at 8:00 pm on a Thursday night so we settled into four chairs at the bar and ordered.This is a tapas restaurant. We had the remolacha(beet salad), the pollo frito and the gambas(garlic shrimp). The pollo frito was a fried chicken breast with pickles. I know this sounds like Chick a... More 

Thank stems22
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This place is so fun, but be in the mood to tolerate a LOT of noise. But no problem 'cuz you're too busy enjoying the sensational tapas. A bit expensive, perhaps, but well worth it. Creative and succulent!!

Thank David S

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