Mandolin

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$30 and under
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Southern
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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FF
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mandolin was recommended to me by a friend and it was a good recommendation. Great atmosphere, good food and like that the menu changes so much. The wait staff understood the balance of service while not being either overbearing and bothersome or being completely absent. It made for a wonderful dinning experience that took the appropriate amount of time for a nice meal.

BJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

When I arrived at the restraunat I was the first guest to be seated in the main dining room. And even though I had a reservation, I was given a seat at the back of the house. I didn't pay attention because I had to run to the ladies' room. WhenI returned and noticed there were better seating options I was angry. I would usually ask to be moved but waited until the rest of my party arrived to see if they wanted to move. We stayed where we were but I did feel some kinda way.

The biscuits that were served were cold and couldn't even melt the butter. And they didn't taste freshly made. Both my guest and I ordered the sourdough waffles served with apples. The waffles were cold and the so were the apples. We both had to send them back. They came out quickly enough but still were only ok at best. The side of bacon we ordered certainly wasn't the quality I would expect for the cost. Our server was kind enough but we don't need to visit again. And it was only on our way out we notice the rating of 93.5. Had I paid attention when we came in to the sign, we would have left.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal in Raleigh! And our waitress was as exceptional!

K
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Mandolin in years. We enjoyed it very much The ambiance, the food, and the service was great.

OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday. All the food was delicious, especially the chocolate soufflé.

MR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love how they accommodate to my Paleo diet. Christopher was so nice!

AJ
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience at Mandolin. Our server Christopher was extremely attentive and positive, and everything we had was quite good. Only two negatives I can think of are that the pork chop was more fatty than expected and the prices are on the high side - but still very reasonable for the level of experience and food quality. Will definitely be back and 100% recommend for any “foodie” or non-connoisseur alike.

NH
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service. A little pricey, well worth it though.

OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, from the food to the service to the drinks!

c
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After hearing about Mandolin for several years, we finally made the drive from Durham and we were not disappointed. The service we received from the staff and the food were outstanding. Anna took great care to explain the history of the location and answered all questions we had about the menu. My only regret is that we waited so long to dine at Mandolin. We will be back soon.

AG
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful atmosphere, beautifully decorated and very thoughtful staff. It was a perfect evening out. Thank you for a lovely dinner. We will be back many times in the future.

B
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was my first visit to this restaurant and was looking forward to bring my three friends, I had heard the noise level was high, but I was not expecting this high level of noise, When I left I saw the room that was on my left which I assumed was a private dining room but there were several tables with people. I will ask for this room if available if I would come back. The main dining room is simple to noisy for me and my three friends. I would not come back and eat in this room. The food and the service were great but you can not have fine dining with this noise level. I hope you will address this issue so I and others can again enjoy your restaurant. Blake D. Aydlett

LE
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Nice small place with some very fresh recipes.

BC
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Mandolin many times over the years and they never disappoint. The food is fresh and delicious, the staff is friendly and inviting, and the wine list offers a variety of options to suit most any pallet.

JD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner and Priya was outstanding as was the food!!

EN
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot! Food was delicious, drinks were great! Perfect for a special occasion or just a casual brunch out.

AB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love supporting local Farm to Table restaurants and Mandolin did not disappoint. The atmosphere was rustic yet modern, the food was fresh, and the service was friendly! (and those biscuits, my word they are delicious!) The only critique I have is the noise level. Although very lively and energetic, it was hard to converse with our Waiter. Other than that, no complaints at all!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. The noise levels are pretty loud for conversation.
The parking situation is terrible

CH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall its a great restaurant. We had a group of 6 people. Got to restaurant 30 mins early and our table was ready. Apps and Entrees were delicious! Dessert was yummy too. The only complaint was it took forever to get a drink from the bar for entire dinner. Apparently they were short staffed so we understood--Things happen! But we will definitely be back!!

LD
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Extremely loud environment. Service was less than professional. My food was mediocre (plate wasn't complete, temp was somewhere between warm and room temp). My dining companion enjoyed her main dish. Based on my recent (first time) experience, I will never return.

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and the food was good. A bit pricey and a lot of upsell, but over all positive experience.

JC
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite farm-to-table spot in the Triangle, with a fantastic and innovative cocktail program, as well!

LW
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal and great ambience.

DH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect service. Dinner selection was great, and even worked for some picky teenagers. Thanks Mandolin!

G
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 1

Great food

SS
Raleigh
45 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Love the oysters.

G
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived just as they opened for brunch on Sunday. We were served water, ordered our drinks, and we were served a delicious hot homemade biscuit with peach jam. So yummy. Our drinks were perfect as was our food. My grandson order the fried chicken with a biscuit and his girlfriend ordered shrimp and grits. They actually shared the two plates and said they were delicious.

I had the country breakfast with scrambled egg, bacon, toast (delicious bread) and hash browns. We were full and very pleased with everything about Mandolin. We ordered four biscuits for takeout to enjoy later in the day. I'm lucky because Mandolin is just around the corner from my house and I can pop in almost any time, which I do.

P
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent drinks.
Delicious food.
Knowledgeable waiter.
Wonderful dining experience on all levels.

M
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my wife’s first time here and Mandolin did not disappoint! Great service and atmosphere. My wife got the snapper and I got the chicken n’ waffles. Both dishes were amazing! I highly recommend Mandolin!

OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! The food was perfectly prepared and fresh. Service is outstanding..

OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mandolin was incredible! The food was amazing

M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a nice experience, the wine we ordered was very good and I loved the chocolate soufflé.
I’d like to share my opinion on the Grilled pressed watermelon dish, which I didn’t like and I think the taste of the grilled watermelon was not pleasant.
The Panzanella salad was ok.
Fish was excellent - my other guests said.
It’s good to know there is a lot of attention around the food they serve, starting from the origin of it and it’s beautiful to see how proud they are when describing their dishes.
Therefor I guess it’s ok to create a not-so-great dish as the grilled watermelon. Again is my personal taste.
Thanks.

CG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Love everything about this restaurant

MC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food great people perfect for anniversary date night.

LS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is farm to table and it shows. Sunday brunch omelets with the freshest eggs! Yum!

AK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mandolin restaurant was absolutely amazing. The food was very fresh and very delicious, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for great food.
I love the look of the restaurant as well because it is very clean, very organized and I love that it has a homey feeling to it! Definitely recommend!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

While the food was incredible we had a waiter that completely disappeared for 30 minutes between cocktail and wine, between every course and between dinner and dessert. He never apologized. Very disappointed the level of service did not match the quality of food.

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. Chicken and waffles are amazing. The tuna was perfectly cooked. Chocolate soufflé best I’ve ever had.

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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