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Bumping and thumping with Latin beats and boasting a festive atmosphere four nights a week, Mateo's is like the rowdier brother of its adjacent sister restaurant Sylvia's La Canasta. Decked out with a colorful cornucopia of Chicano artwork, Spanish colonial décor, and unique antiques, this lounge-like party playground offers live entertainment and more than two-dozen different tequilas. During the daytime, specials on Mexican brews are offered while both fútbol and football are broadcast on numerous televisions. On Fridays, the place becomes the stomping ground for local office workers looking to loosen up their ties, kick off their heels, and enjoy the fun of happy hour. As dusk draws the day into night, however, the nightlife starts to arrive, including guys dressed in sharper duds and ladies clad in clingier club clothing. DJs begin pumping the sound system full of old school, hip-hop, merengue, and cumbia hits, and the dance floor begins generating a serious buzz of activity as patrons shake their collective moneymakers all night.
Mateos should be operated as a bar only, although I think they could fail at that. My visit on Dec 31 2011 for lunch was terrible. We waited to be seated which was not long and asked to sit on the patio. The hostess threw a couple of menus at us and we sat ourselves, no biggie. We ordered after a very brief wait. So far so good. Our drinks came all but for my wife’s drink from the bar which came after a long 20 minute wait for our food. I ordered the carne asada tacos, big proportions , (this always puts up a red flag) the tacos had dry tough meat, stale tortias, and a salsa that way over powered everything. The beans tasted like lard, the rice was so so. My wife’s lunch was not much better. We never saw our server again, not even to give us the bill, which was way to much for this meal. I would not recommend the high prices they charge for poor food.
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