Mandolin

4.7
1545 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fabulous and the food was amazing. Also enjoyed the great bottle of wine recommended by the head bartender!

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P
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seasonal. Fresh. Delicious.

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NM
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised by this little gem!

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DR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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VA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The waiter forgot to serve us bread, but otherwise the food was pretty good.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent Tilefish entree!

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CE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mandolin never disappoints! we've always had great dining experiences here.

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BN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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LS
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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!

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JB
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mandolin was everything that other reviewers described... and more. Would highly recommend the restaurant and looking forward to making it our "go to place."

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ER
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

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.

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SN
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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LB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

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.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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h
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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MD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food! Great ambience! Will certainly return!

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GT
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly well prepared dinners, perfect skin on chicken and crisp summer veggies. Great wine and service. This will be a favorite.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Atmosphere perfectly peaceful; food, delectable.

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service! I would definitely go back & recommend to friends.

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R
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

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BS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

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PI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for any special romantic occasion!

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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d
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were friendly and helpful. They gave us just the right amount of service.

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DC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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TJ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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t
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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.

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LJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Perfect brunch spot. The food and service were excellent! We all really enjoyed our meal.

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LS
Raleigh
65 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Farm fresh food! Very southern. It’s not easy to be gluten free, though. Need to navigate with care. Fresh, beautiful, tasty food.

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MC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly atmosphere, excellent quality food at a very reasonable price. Nuff said...

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s
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

food and oysters are top notch. Wines tend to be on the strong side. Service attentive and sincere, but a bit overbearing.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was attentive ,knowledgeable and passionate about the restaurant. Food was superb. Decor and ambiance were quite good for a date.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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