Mandolin

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1524 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner. Atmosphere perfectly peaceful; food, delectable.

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LP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great for any special romantic occasion!

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AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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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Raleigh
17 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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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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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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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is reliably good and innovative. The service is superb! We like how the chef presents new items but also maintains a stable core of favorite dishes.

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DM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing. This is definitely a top 10 restaurant in Raleigh right up there with Pooles, Crawford, Bida, Bhavana, Stanbury, and Garland.

Mandolin
Responded on June 8, 2019

David...we certainly appreciate your high praise and look forward to being able to serve you again in the future!

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

Amazing dining experience! Honestly one of the best meal we have had in RTP. Everything is fresh and cooked to perfection. A must go!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Sean is a Southern Master.

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WU
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Our request for seating that could accommodate hearing issues was totally ignored. The only seat we were offered was within sight of the kitchen. We have eaten at Mandolin on several occasions before and were accommodated well. No one who goes to the trouble of making a reservation should be seated by the kitchen. We will think twice about visiting this restaurant again.

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time there. The Bar menu was extremely high quality food at an affordable price. Our server was super nice.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We’ve been here a number of times. Very mixed evening. We ordered fresh snapper as first course given the huge ribeye was supposed to take 30+ minutes. Both came out at the same time. A bit disappointing.

Mandolin
Responded on May 25, 2019

Thank you so much for your patronage at Mandolin. I appreciate you taking the time to share about your experience on Tuesday. I am terribly sorry for the mix-up with the pacing of your meal. We take what we do very seriously, but we occasionally fall short of our mark. I hope that you enjoyed the snapper and the ribeye and will offer us the opportunity to serve you again and make up for this past experience. Sincerely, Sean Fowler Chef-Owner

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AT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful ambience with low lighting. The menu is purposely limited, but the food is outstanding. Very extensive wine list!

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YD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall, we like other places better that aren't as pricey and haughty. Charcuterie board's duck prosciutto and assorted pickles were favorites. Whole (really - head, fins, whole) "vermillion" (isn't that just red?) snapper was boney and buttery. First time for chicken and (buckwheat) waffles did not create a fan, although I liked the sound of the truffle- honey when I read it on the menu.

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A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I were in Raleigh for a wedding. We always do some research and talk with the locals wherever we go for recommendations on where to eat, which is how we found Mandolin. This restaurant exceeded our (already high) expectations in every way. So much so that we would take the 8 hour drive from Philadelphia to come back to Raleigh to eat at Mandolin again. Everything from the cocktails through dessert was so carefully crafted and the flavor profile of each dish was so very on point. We are grateful to have had Doug as our waiter who enhanced the whole experience for us from the moment we walked in! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fresh, local, amazing meal in Raleigh!

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l
Raleigh
76 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorite places in the triangle for brunch. Love the farm fresh ingredients and eggs. Steak and eggs is one of my favorites. The biscuits are awesome!

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MH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic anniversary dinner. Loved our waitress Kathy! Can’t wait to come back again soon!

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V
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal I have ever had, everything was perfect. I can’t wait to return.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation celebration and it was Devine.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was outstanding. Would definitely come back again.

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E
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

None of the wine we ordered was in stock. We asked for 6 different wines. They had one and we confirmed that they a second bottle but then it had disappeared when we ordered it. Plus it took forever for the server to advise us of each wine that we couldn’t get. That was really disappointing. The wines were on the list but not available.

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H
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch was delicious and quick service.

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AS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, anticipating our needs. Food was wonderful, as always.

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RK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the brunch menu with my family. Disappointed that Open Table allowed a 2:15 reservation, but their kitchen closes at 2:30. We had to hurry to order. The bloody mary was watery, will not order again. Steak and eggs was ordered, but I didn't get a choice of type of cook on eggs nor steak. Disappointing. Overall it was a nice time, but I expected more.

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