Opened in 2001 in Boulder, Colorado, Mateo is a Chef and Owner operated restaurant, featuring simple dishes inspired by the Provence Region in Europe. The wine list focuses on small batch French and Italian Varietals and compliments the seasonally changing menu. 

Matthew Jansen, Chef/Owner


Matthew grew up in Boulder and earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado. While attending school and participating as a member of the National Ski Team, Matthew was consistently a part of Boulder’s burgeoning dining scene.

In the early nineties, during his tenure at Laudisio, Matthew earned his sommelier certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers of London, England. In 1996, he left Boulder to experience a sample of the best restaurants across the country. Shortly after his departure, Matthew found a position as sommelier and captain at the highly acclaimed Valentino restaurant in Santa Monica, California.

With one of the most extensive wine lists in the world and the country’s top-rated Italian cuisine, he was able to refine his skills and gain invaluable insight into the world of fine dining. After a year in Santa Monica, he moved to San Francisco, where he found an immediate position as general manager and sommelier with Next Century Restaurant Group, whose portfolio of restaurants includes Aqua, Aqua at the Bellagio (Las Vegas), Charles Nob Hill, Nob Hill (Las Vegas), Pisces, Strip Steak, and Restaurant Michael Mina.

Continuing his work with the Next Century Group, Matthew went on to hold leading roles at well-known local establishments such as Aqua, Aqua Bellagio, and Charles Nob Hill in San Francisco and Las Vegas, as well as two new restaurant openings in 2000 at Pisces and Restaurant Michael Mina. In 2001, Matthew opened Mateo to both local and national acclaim.