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Our server was fabulous and the food was amazing. Also enjoyed the great bottle of wine recommended by the head bartender!
Seasonal. Fresh. Delicious.
Pleasantly surprised by this little gem!
This is a terrific farm to table restaurant. The food is always fresh and thoughtfully prepared. Our server. Katie, was great. She was so kind to bring us extra corn muffins, hot out of the oven! We always feel very pampered when we dine there.
The waiter forgot to serve us bread, but otherwise the food was pretty good.
Excellent Tilefish entree!
It was our first visit to Mandolin but won't be the last. The food was fresh, interesting and delicious. The service was prompt, helpful and knowledgeable. The ambiance was bright and comfortable. Although we live in New Jersey, we visit NC pretty regularly. Mandolin will become one of our new traditions!
Mandolin never disappoints! we've always had great dining experiences here.
This was our first time eating at Mandolin and it was a wonderful experience. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the ambiance was really good. I highly recommend this restaurant and we will be returning for sure.
Our food was delicious, but our waiter left a little to be desired. He was slow getting our drinks to us and just seemed a bit "in the weeds" for most of our dining experience. We will definitely be back for more of the tasty menu though!
Great food in a nice relaxed atmosphere. Service also very good - knowledgeable and efficient. Charcuterie board recommended highly. Steak was very good, as was the fried chicken. Chocolate soufflé was heavenly. Wines not necessarily easily recognizable, but were more than appropriate for the food.
Mandolin was everything that other reviewers described... and more. Would highly recommend the restaurant and looking forward to making it our "go to place."
I want to preface this review and just say that I have never sent food back before. I had to send two separate dishes back at Mandolin. First, the ribeye because not only was it closer to well done than rare but it tasted terrible. I don't know if the seasonings were mixed up or what but it was really bad. I then asked to replace it with the chicken leg, which I thought was a safe bet. The chicken leg is described as coming with "dill ricotta" but there must have been at least 3 tablespoons of dill on the entire dish bc it was so overwhelming that neither my husband nor I could take more than 1 bite. The only reason I lowered the service rating was bc, despite me being extremely apologetic about having an issue with the second dish, our waiter was still a bit huffy and acted like he did not believe me. We have eaten there quite a few times over the years and so this was a very disappointing experience.
Lovely evening with excellent service & great food. Limited. Menu options, but there was one option for every diet, including vegetarian. Portions are moderate, so no need to worry about leftovers.
Acoustics are poor. Noise level is EXCESSIVE and almost painful. Bring ear plugs, or better yet, eat outside, weather permitting. Food and service, very good to excellent.
The atmosphere, staff, and food at Mandolin were all beyond expectation. Raleigh is a hard place to make it as a restaurant; it seems like we've got James Beard winners on every corner! Nothing about Mandolin is overdone or over stated.
The staff isn't trying to prove anything. They seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs, so they come across as genuinely nice. The hostess chatted my parents up about how great the bacon smelled and how it made her hungry because my mom brought it up while we were waiting for her table. A simple, kind interaction that set a positive mood from the start.
Our waiter was educated about the menu, kind, willing to explain things, but very down to earth. I have some food allergies so instead of messing up their carefully crafted entrees, I ordered sides. I ordered grits, bacon, and a fruit bowl. Everything was perfect because it was done simply and done well- and with high quality. I often order a collection of sides, and it's been a very long time since I've enjoyed brunch as much as I did at Mandolin. Before I even left the building I had texted two friends to say "we must come here for dinner".
Mandolin definitely won my foodie family over!
We were very impressed with our evening at mandolin. Please do yourself a favor and plan on eating here.
One of the more special evenings dining in North Carolina with wonderful service, menu, presentation, and price value relationship.
Avoid all of the hype around other restaurants and visit this one! They are doing what others only talk about doing. And if the Caramel cake is on the menu get it, maybe even twice
Lovely food! Great ambience! Will certainly return!
Incredibly well prepared dinners, perfect skin on chicken and crisp summer veggies. Great wine and service. This will be a favorite.
Anniversary dinner. Atmosphere perfectly peaceful; food, delectable.
Amazing food and great service! I would definitely go back & recommend to friends.
Our first trip. Really nice brunch. Interesting selections including some chef's specials for the day. Our server was sincere and made us feel welcome. We'll go back for sure.
Father's Day brunch was amazing, there server was very friendly and knowledgeable and since was our first time there he gave us good recommendations.. Definitely coming back
We had brunch at Mandolin to celebrate Father’s Day. We dined there a few times in the past for both personal and business occasions. Always enjoyed our meals and locally sourced menu items.
Wish Mandolin would make an exception to there no dessert at brunch policy. Especially on a holiday like Father’s Day. It was disappointing.
Otherwise service and food were great!
A few weeks ago my wife and I had a lovely dinner at Mandolin. I returned with the whole family and my sister and niece that were visiting and it was a marginal experience. Could have been a number of things, location of the table, overall noise level, a favored selection not available. The wait staff did their best, but it was just an ok evening.
Great for any special romantic occasion!
We really enjoyed our evening at Mandolin. The food was fresh and delicious. The size of the dish for the price was impressive. We would definitely recommend!
The staff were friendly and helpful. They gave us just the right amount of service.
There was a private party going on and they could have used more wait staff and an extra bartender for the regular dining room. Service was ultra slow. Ordered the $32 NY strip steak which had good flavor but was chewy and tough with lots of gristle. Was entirely dissatisfied and probably won’t go back.
Very delicious went on a date , sat at the bar , yum yum. Dollar oysters 5:30-6:30
Delicious food , great bartender , not busy on sundays so big groups, come on!
Brunch was fine but not over the top. Advertised Bloody Mary with okra was only served with olive and the waiter did not share this when we ordered. First disappointment. Felt rushed to order as we could not enjoy our drinks first. Then the potatoes with the omelette were tasteless and dry. Trout omelette was delicious! So I would give this restaurant another try, but not for brunch.
Lovely restaurant. Perfect brunch spot. The food and service were excellent! We all really enjoyed our meal.
Farm fresh food! Very southern. It’s not easy to be gluten free, though. Need to navigate with care. Fresh, beautiful, tasty food.
Great service, friendly atmosphere, excellent quality food at a very reasonable price. Nuff said...
food and oysters are top notch. Wines tend to be on the strong side. Service attentive and sincere, but a bit overbearing.
Like the booking was fast and easy got to the restaurant did not realize it was a farm-to-table restaurant only had six options for a meal was able to make it customized to what we could eat a little expensive for what you got but overall would recommend the place
The food was absolutely phenomenal. It was so fresh and the menu was unique. Massive wine selection! Our waiter Doug was so personable and did such a great job explaining the menu and the background. We’ll definitely go there again. I would recommend the valet parking as parking nearby is scarce, but totally worth it. It’s such a unique experience.
Great food, great service, great atmosphere!!
There was another party at a nearby table who were very noisy, the host had no issue moving us to a different table further away from the overly energetic customers :)
Wait staff was attentive ,knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant. Food was superb. Decor and ambiance were quite good for a date.
Great experience! The food was cooked to perfection and the staff was very responsive and helpful with item selections. We can’t wait to come back! Hubs and I
would drive from Charlotte and get a hotel for night just to eat here again.