will returnStaff was very friendly and inviting. Nice ambience. Creative dishes. I had the scallop appetizer and the trout entrée. Had to take half of my entrée home. It was so good I ate it the next day for breakfast. Good wine list. Overall very happy and will return!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMCreative Fresh Local FoodThis dinner was the celebration of our 51st wedding anniversary. We eat out a lot. When we had finished, my wife said that it was the best meal she had ever eaten. Our server was very attentive to our needs even when the place was filling up with guests. The combination of tastes and textures is what set this restaurant above most others.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat dining experiencewe had a great dinner for four, drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Selection was great, and the use of local/fresh ingredients was a plus. nice atmosphere, able to eat and have a conversation. we all had custom cocktails which were delicious, and the wine/beer selection was nice. We wanted a special night to celebrate a 40th birthday and Mandolin delivered!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMDeliciousI went for brunch with my boyfriend and another couple and everyone's food was delicious. They have a lot of unique menu items which is also a plus for me.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding Dining ExperienceWe just love this restaurant. Their focus on farm to table is a great way to write a menu. The food is so fresh and so well prepared. I had the panzanella salad which was divine. The beets and caper berries were the perfect combination. My husband had the classic caesar which he enjoyed. My husband ordered the swordfish which was caught the previous day. It was grilled and was mouth watering delicious. I had the vegetable plate which is one of the best I have had anywhere. We finished the night by sharing the strawberry shortcake. Fabulous. Our waiter was outstanding and the service was amazing. Will definately be returning.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and drinkImaginative, well prepared and delicious food. Nice drink and wine list. Mixed drinks were different and very well made.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMSouthern food with a spin!What an absolutely beautiful restaurant! The flowers, the table clothes, the canned goods used as decoration...the free valet! It's all just such a wonderful scene! The food, such as the Duck Three Ways, and the NC Grilled Swordfish were amazing! Very pricey, but worth it!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious SpotThe food was outstanding. I ordered the fried chicken and waffle dish, while the rest of my party ate the chicken pot pie. Both were delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Neighborhood FindFresh farm to table restaurant that supports it's local farmers. The food is always very fresh and very tasty. Perfect for a special night out!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time eating at MandolinFirst time eating at Mandolin and the experience did not dissappoint. Service was excellent and Mandolin provided a great choice of entries. I've eaten at many resturants throughout the Research Triangle area and this restaraunt rank right up there with the best. Thanks for the great dining experience.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMandolin - a treat for the sensesApproaching the restaurant in the Five Points area, one is enticed by the aroma of hickory smoke, inviting us in to a warm and friendly greeting by our hostess, Lizzy Fowler, wife of chef/owner, Sean Fowler. Lizzy welcomes everyone in with a bright smile and offers the attention to detail that made our anniversary dinner a very special occasion. From the start, we felt cared for and pampered by our server, Meredith. The food was marvelous, creative, unique, and fresh, much of it coming from local growers. The decor is simple and classy, white table clothes, fresh flowers, candlelight in the dining room. Sean came out to visit as we lingered over our chocolate souffle and the best coffee I've ever had in a restaurant. We'll be back!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food and atmosphereHad dinner with my spouse and food was delicious. Quality of food is very good, portion size is fair but for the price it could be more. Wait staff was good. Rolls were awesome and dessert was delicious (portion size for dessert was better for the price than the entree size). This was our second time in past six months and a place we would certainly go to again.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGrace, Warmth & awesome foodOur doctor recommended this restaurant to us as a special treat. And what a treat it was! We went there to celebrate our first anniversary. The hostess was warm and welcoming and celebrated us with 1/2 flute of champagne each. The waitress Kathy (sp?) was a gem. Her recommendations were top notch. And she made us, and the evening a special dining experience. Thank you one and all. We will definitely be back!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe people and service wereThe people and service were fantastic. House cocktails were amazing - Suggest the Pims cup or the Mint drink. The chicken and waffles are a wonderful signature item. Ambience is very nice as well. The chefs clearly take pride in their work - very professional. You get the sense everyone is passionate about working there. I plan to come back.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWOW! The food was fabulous!WOW! The food was fabulous! Such a fun dining experience!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat gluten free option!I had read about Mandolin in a local paper and was very interested in checking it out. I went after a long day and we had a lovely cocktail, fabulous food and good wine. The menu is original and fresh. I have a son with Celiac disease and there were many items already gluten free. I would highly recommend this restaurant!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food in relaxed environment.Good food in relaxed environment. It was a great place for brunch where we celebrated a friend's engagement. Champagne was a great touch. Chef does a great job with the seasonal menu. Love the pulled pork mandamme.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good. SomeThe food was very good. Some items like the Charcuterie were excellent. We have the sommelier a tough job given the meals we were ordering and he picked out a great wine just in our price range. The bar did a fantastic job with the mixed drinks (the Old Fashioned was the best ever). Oddly, however, our waiter was insistent on not letting us order the Charcuterie as we were deciding on the rest of our meal: he said it was critical that we order all together so the kitchen coule better pace the evening. He also seemed more interested in controlling the evening than helping elevate it. It was not a huge deal but totally out of keeping with the everything else. This was a fun place with good food.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMandolin is one of my favoriteMandolin is one of my favorite places. I can always find a great wine or cocktail! Lizzy is always friendly and inviting when you walk through the door!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEaster Brunch Spectacular!My first visit here, and was for Easter Sunday brunch. What a fabulous experience! From entry to exit, customer service was consistently top notch. The food was very well prepared and presented, and just divine.
This restaurant certainly delivers - a great atmosphere, easy to find and park. It will remain on the top of the must go again list!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous! Food and ServiceFabulous! Food and Service - Highly Recommend !
mj3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Restaurant, Accurate PortionsThe atmosphere was great and the restaurant is in a terrific location. The waitstaff was very nice and we had no problems. The only thing that caught us by surprise was how some of the food options were inconsistent with the menu descriptions. We also went for brunch, and the portions are "accurate" but feel small. Other than that, the place was great.I'd go there again, but would know what to expect.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMReally enjoyed our meal atReally enjoyed our meal at Mandolin. Was different and eclectic while not being completely over the top. Really my only complaint would be that there is red meat in nearly every dish so the selection was a bit small but other than that, wonderful!3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMHaute Southern FoodReally innovative and delicious food. It reminds me of Magnolia, when it was still around and at the top of its game.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMPellet ice in the old fashionedPellet ice in the old fashioned was the only turnoff.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMNice experience, but w bothNice experience, but w both pros and cons. Pros : warm, accommodating service exemplary in every way ; a sense of class and clearly fine dining ; great blend and variety of flavors in menu items. Cons : rich food w virtually no options for anyone attentive to diet and esp cholesterol counts ; ambiance a bit sterile and austere and VERY noisy when crowded ; too pricey for the average diner except for the most special occasion.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM