Mandolin
Mandolin

Mandolin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mandolinraleigh.com/
  • Phone: 9193220365x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:30am- 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Fowler
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Mandolin offers a refined, intimate private dining experience for parties ranging from 10-18 people for lunch and dinner. We have a secluded dining room that is equipped with a 46" LCD television for presentations and slide shows. We offer special prixe fixe menus for private parties, as well as passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktail hours. Please allow at least three weeks notice to reserve our private dining room. We require a credit card to reserve this room and to book parties of 10 and more, and we charge a fee for cancellations made less than 24 hours before a reservation. We look forward to helping you celebrate your company parties, birthdays, rehearsal diners, and graduations.
  • Private Party Contact: Lizzy Fisher 9193220365x
  • Entertainment: Live music Tuesday Night!
  • Special Events: Our private dining room is perfect for group dinners, intimate parties, meetings, and rehearsal dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oberlin
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have ample parking in multiple locations as well as Valet Service on Friday and Saturday nights. We have street parking in front of the restaurant on Fairview Rd. We have a parking lot beside the Red Dragon. We also have use of the parking lot behind State Farm and Hungry Howie"s with its entrance on Oberlin Rd. Finally, after 5:00 PM and all day on the weekends, we offer parking at the offices, located on the opposite side of the Oberlin-Fariview intersection from the Mandolin.
A word from Mandolin
Mandolin is a breath of fresh air to the Raleigh dining scene, combining a casual atmosphere with fresh, contemporary, Southern fare. Mandolin uses the highest quality local ingredients to create seasonal menus that resonate with foodies and casual diners, alike. We share our food in a relaxed, cozy atmosphere that replaces the stuffiness of fine-dining with Southern charm. The menu and ambiance reflect the character of Raleigh itself- a blend of rustic and refined, contemporary and traditional, rural and metropolitan. Mandolin, like the City of Oaks, is Southern at its roots, but draws influences from around the world. We love our new home in Hayes Barton, just a stone's throw from Five Points, on the corner of Oberlin and Fairview.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Mandolin reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (118)neighborhood gem (115)special occasion (89)romantic (57)notable wine list (54)great for brunch (46)good for groups (36)great for outdoor dining (21)hot spot (16)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Always great
    Diner2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Never disappoints. Food always great! Best in Raleigh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mandolin - refreshing
    luvfood
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great restaurant with a unique menu. Loved the chicken and waffles and looking forward to trying other dishes. The service was outstanding. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    Seattleswede
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Was in Raleigh attending a conference. Had dinner with a colleague one night and it was so spectacular, I took a group of 8 back the next night. Was going to try for a third night but that will have to wait for my next visit to Raleigh. Outstanding food, farm to fork, prepared well and presented beautifully. A must visit when in Raleigh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    Outstanding
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    wonderful food and service in a neighborhood kind of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    TwoFoodies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We loved the ambiance. The ambiance totally fits the theme. Very appropriate. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will dine there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I celebrated my wedding day with my daughters and girlfriends at Mandolin. We had a beautifully prepared lunch with the most amazing bottle of Meursault. Nick and the rest of the service staff took wonderful care of us, even stopping to snap a few pictures. We will most certainly return for many more amazing meals, thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Elaine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We came in from out of town and wanted a fine meal without any fuss. Mandolin fit the bill beautifully. Our waiter made excellent recommendations and everything we ate was delicious: cream of cauliflower soup, chicken and waffles and duck breast entree. All the details of the dishes were perfect. The dining room was about half full and we could hear each other speak without too much problem. But if it had been full, I think the noise level would have been overwhelming due to brick floor and high ceiling. The only thing we might criticize is that the cocktails were somewhat flat: not much alcohol, and the Muleskinner seemed a bit heavy on the cinnamon and too light on the ginger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    MemphisRed
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our first time to dine with Mandolin. We'll definitely return. My partner had the chicken and waffles. The chicken was cooked perfectly and tasted great. The accompanying greens were well seasoned and the buckwheat waffles were different. I had the duck breast with potatoes, mushrooms, and greens. I have to say it was the best duck I have ever eaten. Sometime duck can be gamey tasting but this breast was delicious with it's crispy skin. We had the moon pie and sorbet trio for dessert. The moon pie was good but difficult to eat. I think the cookie and marshmallow filling were too hard. The accompanying banana ice cream was excellent. The sorbet trio was a muscadine, apple, and African tea. They were all very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit underwhelmed
    ElizVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was my second visit to a Mandolin . The first was Mother's Day brunch, which left me very disappointed. I decided to get it another try, this time for dinner. On the positive side, the ambience is very appealing, soothing, yet lively and our waiter was excellent, very personable and had an impressive knowledge of the menu. The down side was the food. My husband, son and myself were underwhelmed. We tried a variety of dishes and the only one I would try again was the delicious cauliflower soup. The "moon pie" dessert was hard, crumby and lacked flavor; however the banana ice cream served with it was full of favor. I hope the kitchen improves, I really want this restaurant to be a success.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful place for celebrations
    JandH
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We celebrated a special occasion with friends, lovely food, lovely service, lovely atmosphere. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Service.
    Timb
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The first course had a variety of interesting choices. We had two and both were outstanding. Dinner choices were also far from mundane. Our waiter was was knowledgeable and attentive. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Place
    LeoJ
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Whether I am with business associates or family from out of town this is my favorite place to bring folks. The quality of the food is always outstanding. This time I had someone with me with a dietary issue and the chef was able to remove one ingredient that made all the difference to my guest. With a specialized menu, that has specific ingredients, this kind of change is not always easy to do. But that care that the chef took made the difference to my guest. I really appreciated it. I come here not only for the quality of the food but the friendliness staff. We are always greeted warmly when we come as if we were family. Mandolin is sure to become a local gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fit for foodie family!
    run2eatchocolate
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We enjoyed dining at Mandolin... our food was amazing and we would come back again with friends, family or as a date night for two of us. The chicken and waffles were yummy-licious (is that a word?) and the pork belly appetizer was pork-heaven. Love love love the Mandolin!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique dining experience
    Dick
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Use of local ingredients and every day is a new menu. Nice offering of unique dishes with little attention to being a red meat expert. Great example of a neighborhood gourmet offering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first trip was a winner
    JoCoDiner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife and I made our first trip to Mandolin this weekend and it was a great experience. We were met by one of the owners, who invited us in and welcomed us to our debut at her establishment. We received a nice windowside seat and were treated to prompt service and an excellent dinner and desert. The wine list was fantastic and our meals arrived promptly, hot and fresh. I ordered the shrimp and grits and they were delicious. We had a great evening out and we'll be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations!
    JenkVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I recently discovered Mandolin for brunch, having been in the neighborhood and wanting to find a nice place to unwind. It met my expectations so much so that I decided return for my husband's birthday several weeks later. We were not disappointed!! The food was outstanding (best cream of cauliflower soup ever, and I don't like cauliflowers!), and the service was first class, starting with our host when we arrived, to our wonderful waitress and other servers, we had a great experience and feel we have really found a great local restaurant much like those we had in Chicago and Cleveland. What a Raleigh gem!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service and food
    splash
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is a great neighborhood new southern food restaurant, with excellent service, food and staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming
    KathyackVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is the kind of place I wish I lived by, so that I could walk to it regularly, and enjoy a great dinner among friends! The decor is simple (canning jars on the shelves and potted herbs on each table, brick flooring), the staff well-trained and efficient. The menu offers far-ranging choices, all prepared in inventive combinations emphasizing the farm to table philosophy. All that being said... the Chicken and Waffles are amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellence
    boundary
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Another excellent meal - the restaurant keeps to a very high standard
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Anna
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've driven past Mandolin so many times. I'm so glad my husband and I finally made a point to go. When we arrived at Mandolin, the hostess gave us some backstory on the restaurant. She said that she and her husband had opened the restaurant three years ago and that they "prided themselves on not having a freezer." Loved that. Everything was so fresh and locally sourced, included the seafood which was caught on the NC coast. Excellent, and I mean EXCELLENT, service. Attentive and knowledgeable, the staff went above and beyond to provide us with an excellent dining experience. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food; bad wine recommendations
    Tracey
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good, nicely done food; good variety of choices. Waitress recommended wine that was way too sweet! BUT do not pass up the chocolate souffle!!! Worth the few minutes extra!!!! I'd go back for that alone!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was my second trip to Mandolin. It was just as amazing this time!! The service was impeccable and our waiter was very helpful in our entree decisions. Everyone in our party had an amazing meal...chicken & waffles, pork chop, hangar steak, and lamb were delicious. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Dined here recently with my spouse and was a bit disappointed. We've been there several times before and had previously enjoyed our food very much. This time, each of the three dishes we ordered were disappointing. I don't know if there is a new chef or what. The soup of the day was a cauliflower soup with mushrooms and fried chicken skin strips ... very little flavor. Then ordered fish of the day, which has caper berries on it ... ooh, bad decision to add those very bitter / very strong caper berries to the dish. My spouse ordered lamb entree which was served like a stew with large beans. The taste was okay but it was a strange combination and consistency. We'll likely try again but not soon. Service & atmosphere were good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to detail
    Dave29
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    All aspects of the restaurant seem to be consciously arranged from the décor to the food. Cocktails are creative and fresh and the wine list is made up of well structured wines thoughtfully selected to accompany the dishes created by the chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    JenkVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by this quaint yet chic restaurant. The food (brunch) was terrific and the staff pleasant and attentive. I will definitely return for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romance
    Marinetommy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Celebrated our 15 anniversary. They treat you well. Food was great! A little loud but it looks like we picked a night when they had a bachelorette party. We'll be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farm to Table Quality
    JHG8VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A lovely choice for the F/T crowd. Excellent wine list, beautiful food well presented. Service was paced - a rarity today. Server recognized our in depth personal conversation and allowed the food to flow slowly. Two hour meal on Thursday evening - what a gem. We shall return. Even good parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fancy Tuesday Night Dinner
    LaFoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    For a regular ole Tuesday night dinner...it sure was divine! The Tuna Tartar and Sea Scallops were impeccable, and an addof a simple side salad was the perfect meal! The other meals at my table were wonderful as well! Thanks Mandolin for a prefect Tuesday Night Birthday Dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slaj
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dined with 6, and everyone was very pleased Had absolutely delicious pork chop dish. Really nice chocolate soufflé.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood vibe!
    nfsp
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch. The food was really good and the service was excellent! I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    Davis
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    2nd time here. Would recommend this place for groups, couples or families. For the most part, food was very good as was service (particularly shrimp and grits this time). Beignets need some work - they were kind of heavy and not very sweet. But overall, would recommend this place for brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Have only been able to enjoy brunch at Mandolin. The Country Ham Eggs Benedict are delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 7 for Bunch
    Realheels
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Everyone really enjoyed the bunch. The food, service and atmosphere was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    LongtimeRaleighResident
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Intriguing food combinations. Good flavors. Enjoyed everything we ordered. Want to go back to try some more of the food. Good staff worked well as a team.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected elegance
    NoFoLauraVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Took a team member here for dinner while I was in town. Beautiful room, though it could use some fabrics or panels to absorb sound. It can get loud even when only half full. Our service team was excellent, whisking away an overcooked hanger steak. The replacement, though perfectly seasoned was not a nice a cut. The fig dessert sounded amazing, but was good. My companion loved his fish. Overall a nice meal, but not out of the park, and for the area the prices were high for this caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just love it here
    2010boxsterVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. A little loud but....One of our favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best birthday dinner ever!
    tpage
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Beautiful fresh nc flounder, tasty veggies from my husbands home "town", perfect cocktails and wine recommendations! Absolutely everything I was looking for ina farm to table rerestaurant. This place is seriously one of the best kept secrets in raleigh! I cant wait to try their brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so, will not return
    jpljrVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Thought the food was overrated. Could tell by the wait staff that the chef is very rigid about any changes in anything having to do with his dishes. Menu very limited. Had been there for lunch and it was so so. But was encouraged by the newspaper ranking. Don't know what they ate, but it was not what we are. Will never return.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very-very good! Food is extremely fresh and delicious, service outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Food Since Moving to Raleigh
    capm
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This dinner was my wife's birthday and my getting a big order combo celebration. We will be back. Service from entrance to exit was perfect. The staff cooperates so we had numerous encounters with the folks who gave us a first class experience that was simply seamless. Folks at a nearby table broke a glass and the service glided into place making this a total non incident. It amplified the deep down excellence of Mandolin. Food? Perfect from first to last, but we were so satisfied after course one and course two that we decided to have course three on our next visit. The scallops appetizer was superb. The best we have ever enjoyed and dinner accelerated from there. Our goal is to explore everything on the menu. The joy is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.