Mandolin

4.4
2042 Reviews
$30 and under
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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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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WesB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food and atmospheric were really good, but service was lacking a bit. Maybe service staff was still in process of getting trained. Would definitely go back, but just a little disappointed.

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vipAshvlfoodie65
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loud outside due to loud cars. Hard to hear. Not the restaurant’s fault.
Service very good but a little slow.
Great menu and lovely lemon verbena crème brûlée!!

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SelinaA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. I'm glad that we decided to dine here to celebrate being cancer free for 4 years. The amazing staff rolled out the red carpet for me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had been looking forward to going here for a long time and it was worth the wait. Delicious food, creatively made. I’ll be back!

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vipPpbjpl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was phenomenal! Wine pours a little small!
Will definitely be back.

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AaronS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great night. Ingredients....

Helpful engaging staff and wonderful food ...get the BLT salad. You can thank me later.

The Steak Frittes was amazing (love the surprise of mint )

The Chicken and Waffles -delish.

Dessert -Choc souffle and creme fresh+ coffee

Sit outside if you love dogs like we do... every one walks their dogs by 👍

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ElizabethG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food was absolutely delicious! we will definitely go back when we are in raleigh again. highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the perfect experience at Mandolin for our anniversary dinner!

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vipDCDRaleigh
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Southern cuisine deliciously and thoughtfully elevated. Excellent preparation and layered flavors. A few service mistakes corrected promptly and with grace. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcomed by a wonderful host and the smell of smoked ham. Seated quickly and we had good options for our rumbling bellies after a two hour commute to Mandolin. Much to our pleasant expectations, the eggs Benedict came out supreme and salty and tender toast as one would only dream for. My wife had the chicken biscuit, only rival to the ones her great grandmother made her at the age of 2 which was her first memory from birth.

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BryanW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be back. It's always a pleasure, the food is always great, and the server was appropriately sassy ;-) (I'm a sassy customer)

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vipRickR
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

May have caught them on an off night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

A pretty restaurant with great service but the food was subpar and they were quite stingy on their wine pours. The Buttermilk salad was quite disappointing, especially at the price. It had little flavor and was a strange combination with the fried shrimp. The food came out very quickly but not in a good way. The medium rare steak was served at room temperature and my pasta was over salted. Maybe the kitchen was off that night, I have heard good things from others who have gone.

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Laura
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, eclectic dishes. Went there for a birthday celebration and it was quite the treat. Their Brunch is excellent too. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I gave this review less than 5 stars because we made the mistake of sitting outside in the summertime. There were so many flies that it killed any ambiance. We will definitely be going back as the food and indoor dining experience are 5 stars, but we won’t be sitting outside ever again.

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vipStevenK
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I like everything about this charming little restaurant. They could expand the menu a smidge... two or three different items. Otherwise, I would highly recommend it.

Mandolin
Responded on September 20, 2021

Thank you so much Steven! We're so glad you enjoyed. We definitely agree about the size of the menu. We're currently offering a sized down menu to deliver a seamless experience for all of our guests while working with a smaller team due to staffing shortages. We can't wait to broaden our offerings and for the end of the pandemic!

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Islandguy66
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was never able to experience the food, ambiance, service, etc. Having booked dinner reservations for a special birthday dinner a week prior, I arrived the day of the reservation (Sunday), only to find Mandolin was closed. I was completely confused. Had I mistakenly booked the reservation for the wrong day? I retrieved the confirmation...and I had the date correct. I called Mandolin and got a recording they had temporarily canceled serving dinner on Sunday/Monday nights. I had never received a call/email of the change. I had to scramble to find a seat at a comparable restaurant. I have called Mandolin (left a message), and sent them an email, but have yet to receive any communication from them. I am beyond disappointed with a business with the stature of Mandolin.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The butter lettuce salad with the shrimp was outstanding! I hope they keep it on the menu

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Brian
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is as good as it gets! Just awesome!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was ok. Nothing was exceptional?

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Andy
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food was pretty underwhelming. I got the chicken biscuit and it’s pretty much two fried chicken tenders not actual fried chicken. The biscuits almost taste like a combo of corn bread and regular ones. Another friend got the waffle of the day and said it was pretty basic. Also, our waitress was horrible. She was having a rough day and kept forgetting things and messing up drink orders. I’ll give the place another try but not for brunch.

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vipMadamQueen
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We had an average dinner at Mandolin last night. The menu is very small and all of us had a hard time finding something that sounded appealing to us. (some strange food combinations and unusual choices) After ordering the server came back to tell is that they were out of the fish dish that three of us ordered. They did have another fish to substitute but it was a less desirable. It turned our to be good....not great. Our husbands changed their dish to the chicken leg which when serve both were undercooked and pink and had to be sent back.
We had heard so much about this restaurant and we where excited to have dinner there. Not sure we'll be back.

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vipFood4Me
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is without a doubt, always a pleasant experience all the way around. Very thankful for Mandolin:)

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vipDiner2
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavatelli was outstanding and Steak Frites were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our reservation was for 6:30 and we were not seated until 7:25pm. We actually think they forgot about us until we reminded the front desk.

Service was extremely slow. They were super busy with a private function and maybe this delayed things?

Food was “ok”, as the chicken and waffles were not as good as the hype. The server was extremely sweet and she is not to blame for the pace of dinner.

However, overall it was only an “average” experience, at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal with you all last Friday. My sisters were here from NY & very much enjoyed your restaurant.

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leec
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A Two-top table with the chair on kitchen side “out” in the walkway somewhat—did not particularly like that..

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RandiF
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch at Mandolin was excellent! We will be back as soon as possible!

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linda
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, on a nice block, the food was delicious and nicely presented

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MaryG
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Although limited menu everything we ordered was delicious. Freaks farm to table ingredients made salad’s delightful. Large dining room pretty noisy but side room with fewer tables a good option.

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DanielT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming spot, with great food, ambiance and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Sat outside because of covid. Have a major issue with flies. The charcuterie platter was mainly pork based (we don’t eat pork) but it did have chicken Oliver pate. Asked if we could order cheese plate and pay extra to have the chicken liver pate added (would pay additional) chef refused. Ordered our soufflé when we ordered all our food (I was dining with a child) server didn’t put soufflé order in until our entree dishes were cleared so we had to wait quite a while for dessert. This is usually one of my favorite restaurants but I was extremely dissatisfied with this visit and not sure if I will go back again

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!! Two in the party had the chicken & waffles and they could not stop raving about it! Another in the party had the steak frites also delicious! I had a blt open sandwich....tomatoes were so fresh!!! Clean plates all around

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McMillenD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly bar staff who arranged pre-dinner drinks while waiting for other guests. Attentive but not over-bearing wait staff made ordering, refills, and answering questions a breeze. 10/10 will be returning ASAP!

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Anonymous
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect and food was delicious! We will definitely be back!

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luv2dine
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was excellent with the exception of the noise level

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MonicaG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Incredible food as always. Portions are a little smaller than I remember - should have ordered appetizers to round out the meal. Comfortable environment, great service, very loud on a Friday night.

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KatherineL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious as always but the service was very disappointing. I’m unsure when I’ll visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was cold and not really good. service slow and inattentive. Will not go back or recommend

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mandolin using the Order Online button. Mandolin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 322-0365.

Mandolin is rated 4.4 stars by 2042 OpenTable diners.

Mandolin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.mandolinraleigh.com/store/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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