Durham, North Carolina, is widely known for its intricate architecture and captivating cathedrals. However, visitors to this college town should not miss another gorgeous gem—Mateo Bar de Tapas, a restaurant on West Chapel Hill Street that is the talk of the town. Located in the old Book Exchange building, the eatery features a modern rustic décor and an inviting atmosphere, making it the ideal place to grab a drink with friends at the polished wood bar or settle into one of the plush booths to bask in the restaurant’s warm glow.
Chef Matthew Kelly combines Spanish tapas classics with beloved Southern dishes for a unique menu of shareable portions. Every dish is carefully crafted and each bite more delicious than the last. The restaurant also offers an expansive Spanish wine list and one of the largest selections of sherry in the country. Be sure to make a reservation. With food this good, the seats fill up fast.