Very nice brunch
We went for Father's day brunch. The prices were very reasonable and the food had a very nice presentation. We brought three children and the restaurant was very accomodating (our kids are good eaters and generally well behaved). We would like to try it for dinner sometime.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and Satisfying
Each dish had unique and bold flavors that blended well. The food was very fresh, made with care, and offered in satisfying portion sizes. Also, the handle of my table knife was magnetized. I highly recommend Mandolin.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thorougly enjoyed our meal at Mandolin. The food was excellent as well as the service. We had been mourning the closing of Magnolia Grill since that had been our favorite restaurant in the area, but now that we have found Mandolin we feel we have found a spot that is equally as delicious. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates really innovative dishes all prepared with local ingredients.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was wonderful
The food and service was wonderful but it was LOUD. I look forward to returning.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great. Very relaxing,
The food was great. Very relaxing, the waitress did not rush us through. Very nice atmosphere and very friendly service. The hostess was great, very cheerful, upbeat, and answered any question that we had. The waitress was very knowlegedable of the items on the menu. The waitress was friendly and kept checked on us without making us feel rushed.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mandolin Sunday Brunch
We found Mandolin to be a wonderful experience. It took a little bit longer than your average brunch-But it really was worth it!!
Everything was prepared right then and was extremely fresh. It felt like visiting a great friend and watching them prepare a meal
with love. Great food and relaxing atmosphere.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food; lovely atmosphere.
This is a very good restaurant in all respects: nice atmosphere, excellent food that is nicely presented, very good service. All four of the people in our group had an excellent meal and we will go back.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great cocktail list, attentive service and creative, flavorful, contemporary southern cooking.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner this time. Great!!!
We had eaten brunch here the other week and were looking forward to having dinner, and we were not disappointed. And they had dessert with dinner unlike brunch. So I had the blueberry cobbler with ice cream, and I highly recommend it. Others in the party had the chocolate souffle which I sampled and boy is it good. Next time!!!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good, but not great
The first courses were delicious. I had the scallops and then sirloin and she had the gazpacho and cauliflower steak. Service was really exceptional. The dessert was a complete and total let-down though. We shared blueberry cobbler and peach bread pudding. The pudding was bland and too solid. It just had no flavor to speak of. The cobbler was blueberries in a tiny cast-iron pot, baked and topped with a sweet butter and small pieces of sandy textured "topping." The blueberries were fine, but otherwise it was not great. In fact, I would much rather have had plain blueberries, uncooked. And I love cobblers and fruit things and bread pudding. Compare to dessert at Guglehupf, or even at the Remedy Diner. It just doesn't measure up.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good meal
I really enjoyed Mandolin - very good service - excellent food.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are excited to have such
We are excited to have such a high quality restaurant in our neighborhood!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mandolin is a great mix of American cuisine mixed with local produce and meats. I had a NY strip with a worstershire peanut sauce that was amazing. It also came with a grilled potato and pickled quail eggs. My girlfriend had the chicken pot pie and it is the best we have had in Raleigh. They also have excellent dessert. We had a peach bread pudding that really was outstanding. Prices are not bad either. The first time we went I had chicken and waffles. They are the only place I have had it that does it right.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good little neighborhood restuaraun
We went to Mandolin with another couple for my wife's birthday. The food was fresh and very good and the cocktails were top notch.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Fabulous....Service Wanting...
Hubby and I were looking forward to a great time at Mandolin and all WAS wonderful except our server's timing could have been (a lot) better. We suspected they were short one server that night. Anyway, in the process of the server trying to be unobtrusive, she ended up being pretty inattentive. When we told her that we were ready to wrap it up quickly after our main course and dessert, she fell flat and ended up getting us out of there over 1.0 hour after we told her to hasten the process. She apologized and did not charge us for the desserts but we just wished she'd listened to us in the first place. BTW, the food WAS fabulous. Nice job to Sean and his gracious wife, the hostess!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mandolin- 5 STARS
There are a lot of people in Raleigh and Greater Triangle area that I speak with who have not tried Mandolin yet. Advice: try it NOW, you'll be hooked too!
The staff makes you feel so welcome and the food is outstanding- fresh, local, interesting combinations and twists on classics. Dinner or brunch, both experiences are awesome.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our meal and experience.
We enjoyed our meal and experience. We would recommend it to others and will return in the future.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st time @ Mandolin
We found Mandolin on Open Table at the last minute on a Saturday night. What a great find! The food, wine and service were excellent. All of the food is fresh from their garden and nothing has ever been frozen. They create a very unique menu every week based on what foods are available. The owners, Lizzie and Sean even took time from their busy night to visit with us. We found that we have mutual friends and they may try a product that we sell in the bar. We will definitely continue to go back. Thank you for a fabulous dinner!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, great service, cute
My parents & I had a wonderful meal here the other night. Love the emphasis on local foods/farms. My dad ordered the pork chop: huge & amazing. I had chicken & waffles: also great - the truffle honey was the most unexpectedly delicious addition. My mom had chicken pot pie: good, but nothing special. Extensive wine list with several available by the glass. Cocktails were unique & delicious. Also had a blueberry crumble: good, tho quite simple. Owner was very friendly right when we walked in. Our waitress was fine, not overly friendly by any stretch, but no actual complaints. Interior is really pretty, well thought out. Can't wait to come back & see what delicious & inventive things will be on the menu next! My parents will be back, as well.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, the service was
As always, the service was excellent, the Fowlers know how to make you feel at home. Had many choices for brunch to please anyone.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our second trip for a special night. Excellent - as we had hoped it would be. Scallop/fig appetizer and the grouper entree were the stars of this visit. The blueberry cobbler was perfect, peach bread pudding a close second. Service was first rate, have not seen any better...very knowledgeable on ingredients and preparation of the selections.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great attention to detail (a birthday celebration); service appeared slow at first but they were attentive throughout.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fantastic find
I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Mandolin is located in a cute part of town with good parking on the street. The menu was all farm fresh and of superb quality. I admit that my first impression upon walking in was that it was a bit noisy, but it calmed down quickly. The food was some of the best I'd eaten, and the wait staff constantly made sure we had everything we needed and that everything was to our liking. I definitely felt taken care of. The wine list was extensive and varied and they also had good selection of beers and cocktails. I will certainly be recommending this place to my friends looking for a great date night.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
glad to have found this spot
This is the kind of restaurant I thought I could only find in Durham, not North Raleigh -- it was a really amazing experience for my husband's birthday. The charcuterie plate was a great adventure, the Mint Collins was fantastic and the peach bread pudding with homemade mint ice cream totally slayed me!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Mandolin numerous times and it always exceeds expectations. I had a chilled corn bisque that was so delicious that I'm still thinking about it 2 days later...wishing I could have it again. I took a friend there for his birthday and he ordered the pork and loved it. I had the trout, which has never been my go-to fish, but it was so expertly prepared that I have a new appreciation for it. Choose Mandolin and you will be a very happy diner. Service is top-notch!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Mandolin on Friday night. This was our first visit and certainly won't be our last. The food was delicious and service was great. We had a wonderful night out!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and beautifully presented food (I had the grilled shrimp, he had the trout - both excellent), friendly and attentive service, and a upscale but relaxed ambiance made for a night to remember. Bravo Mandolin! We will be back!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
One in a few
There are VERY few restaurants serving food worth remembering. Every dish has such unique flavor combinations. Reasonable prices for the level provided. Highly recommended.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely phenomenal!! We
Absolutely phenomenal!! We will definitely return.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived and were greeted warmly by staff. We sat at a beautiful table by the window, however there appear to be no bad tables. Atmosphere, warm, welcoming, lively. Our server, Kathy, was knowledgeable, informative, warm, and made wonderful suggestions at our request. The wine was superb - food was excellent. The quality of the food and presentation and service is impeccable and I will definitely return.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely a Keeper
Without doubt, will return to this sweet restaurant! Everyone in my party raved about their meal, from presentation to taste. All in all, a memorable experience. Only negative aspect was the noise level. Halfway thru our meal, a party of 8 was seated closeby...from that point on, table conversation was so difficult, we were tempted to request another table, but didn't due to obvious unavailability of a quieter area. Still, must end this review by saying, everything else about the dining experience was spot-on perfect. Mandolin has definitely been added to my list of BEST RESTURANTS in Raleigh.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Experience! The
Wonderful Experience! The bartender and server were great-very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was exceptional, as good as we've found in the area. Mandolin's commitment to locally sourced, fresh ingredients shined through in each of our dishes. Great wine list, too. Can't wait to come back!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sean Fowler, chef of Mandolin is my hero! Sean is extremely creative in use of only local, fresh ingredients. It is a notable accomplishment in and of itself to run a restaurant of this size without a freezer. Living in Atlanta, I am blessed to be surrounded by arguably the best culinary minds, the Food Network, and generally a terminus for culinary trends. I must say that Mandolin puts many of the cutting-edge Atlanta restaurants to shame in both its use of local ingredients, presentation, execution, and service. Like the instrument, Mandolin offers a cacophony of unique flavors from natural places of the past causing it to stand out from the rest of the music.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anytime day or night!
Been there for special evenings, and this time it was for my 19 year old son's birthday. Perfect choice. We all enjoyed a tantalizing brunch and left very pleased with out choice.
9/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great chef- a few kinks to work out
I believe this restaurant is still fairly new. They pride themselves on all fresh, locally sourced food.
The first courses we had were amazing- so much better even than their descriptions, just outstanding. It was a busy Saturday but we did have to wait a long time after the first courses to get our entrees. The chicken and waffles got rave reviews. Two other dishes were tasty but overcooked and the pork chop was tough. But we will go back because these are the type of "kinks" that can be worked out when a restaurant is still young- but the chef here is clearly talented and inventive.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Business dinner
Went with 5 of my co-workers -2 of wich were local to Raleigh but had not been here yet. A perfect place to introduce NC fare to those living outside of NC & the US ( one in our party was from France). The service was excellent! Great suggestions from the waiter. Everyone enjoyed their apps & entrees and said it was a restaurant to come back to.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had been to Mandolin once before, just to the bar, and was astounded at the price point. I saw other patrons getting really small plates that appeared to be very expensive. This visit I took two friends and we all got three courses. It was indeed expensive, but we felt the quality and quantity of the food made for a great value. The panzanella salad was just what I needed that evening, and the pork chop was perfect. Really friendly, helpful server too.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My second time at Mandolin. Won't be the last. Food is locally sourced and served to perfection. Doesn't get much better in Raleigh.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been meaning to try this for a while, so for my birthday dinner my husband and I booked a Saturday night reservation. We came about 40 minutes early, so we could have a few drinks. We sat at the bar, and enjoyed a few different house made specialty cocktails. They were amazing, worth the price. Sitting for dinner, we each did 2 courses. Me the scallops then brisket, him the panzanella and chicken pot pie. All the food was great, but we agreed that the first course were our favorites.Wines by glass was a good selection,but small pours. I probably waited a few minutes too long between getting asked if I wanted another glass.The star of Mandolin is their ambiance. If I lived close by I would probably frequent the bar on a regular basis.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find inside the beltline
Excellent food and service in a very nice neighborhood restaurant. Upscale feel. Innovative menu. A bit expensive perhaps but worth it.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
they don't open for brunch until 10:30am, so you can't do an early Sunday breakfast here. But the food, service everything was outstanding. Very friendly, welcoming staff, food came quickly and very delicious.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food! Loved the service! Loved the bar selection! Will definitely be back!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a date!
My boyfriend & I tried Mandolin for the first time. I've heard great things about it since it opened, but I have never made it in. The drink selection was excellent. Mandolin is well known for its wine list, & I was not disappointed. I really liked that there were so many wines by the glass--great when the bf doesn't feel like splitting a bottle. Service was impeccable. We had a leisurely dinner with the right amount of attention. Great for our celebratory, romantic evening. We tried the bone marrow app--wouldn't get it again, but it was worth trying. Presentation was amazing. I had shrimp and grits for my entree, one of the best I've ever had, and great leftover the next day. BF loved the beef brisket. Good serving size. We'll be back!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
On recommendations from a friend, we dined at Mandolin for Sunday Brunch. What a treat!! The food was fantastic. The biscuit was amazing and I could have eaten a truckload of them! The food and presentation was gourmet all the way. Yet, the setting was very comfortable and welcoming. Décor is a wonderful combo of rustic and modern to blend in perfectly. Service was top-notch and our needs were met without asking. I highly recommend Mandolin.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took our college sophomore for Birthday brunch, and we were all delighted. Hank, our server helped us ease into brunch on Saturday, and all of our choices were beyond compare. Loved every minute.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had so much fun, definitely want to come back!! The food was excellent and very well prepared, thank you!!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us were visiting and looking for something local and boy, did we hit a home run here. Stunning food served quickly, beautifully and with plenty of southern hospitality.
This is classic southern food served with extra special care. Highly recommend it for locals and travelled.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it. Can get loud so go early before the masses show up.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
so glad we found it
Everything was wonderful! The food was innovative and we loved the emphasis on local, southern food. Cocktails and appetizers were especially amazing. We will certainly go again.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A perfect dinner!
First time to Mandolin. It looked charming from the street... got better as we entered and were warmly greeted by the owner. The menu was all about local foods, and everyone took great pride in the fresh offerings. The lightly curried Cauliflower soup with fried okra on top was delicious, as were the scallops on the small plate selections. The chicken and waffles are not to be missed! Delicious tender fried boneless chicken breast atop greens with some sautéed mushrooms. A light-as-a-feather waffle with a side of just sweet enough "syrup". Finally, the chocolate soufflé we shared was reminiscent of the Fearrington's... slightly smaller, which made it just the right size! We will be back!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM