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Mandolin, Raleigh, NC
Mandolin, Raleigh, NC
Mandolin, Raleigh, NC
Mandolin, Raleigh, NC
Mandolin, Raleigh, NC

Mandolin

4.5
4.5
2704 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (919) 322-0365
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Sean Fowler
  • Private party facilities
    Mandolin is located in the charming Hayes Barton neighborhood of Raleigh, NC. Featuring a soulful, modern farmhouse aesthetic and celebrated contemporary southern cuisine, Mandolin is the perfect backdrop for any gathering.
  • Private party contact
    Events Coordinator: (984) 212-0311
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Cross street
    Oberlin
  • Parking details
    We have street parking in front of the restaurant on Fairview Rd. We also have use of the parking lot behind State Farm and Hungry Howie with its entrance on Oberlin Rd. We also offer parking at the offices, located on the opposite side of the Oberlin-Fariview intersection from the Mandolin. Valet Service available Friday & Saturday nights.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,704 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighborhood gem

  • Raleigh

    Neighborhood gem

2,704 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience dining at Mandolin for my mom’s birthday! A few things to note: Charcuterie board is teensie tiny; we had 6 guests and wish we would have ordered another. It would have been nice if our server had mentioned how small it was. Dirty vodka martini tasted off.. almost like pickle juice instead of olive. Not sure if they have a different recipe, but it was undrinkable. Was forced to send it back. Four of our six guests ordered the Steak Frites medium well; for whatever reason, mine seemed to be almost a Blue rare which was far from edible. Also sent this back, but they were able to bring out an actual medium well steak within just a dewy minutes! Despite these minor inconveniences, it was a wonderful meal with great ambiance. Our server was more than amicable and happy to help us out. Overall it was very enjoyable!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience here was absolutely fantastic. Everything from the food, to the service, to the ambiance was stellar. I can’t rave enough about the chocolate soufflé - it is a MUST try. This was my first time here, and by the looks of it, it certainly won’t be my last. Kudos to Mandolin for upholding its already wonderful reputation.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service are outstanding. The figgy pudding is a must ! A bit loud inside but had a fun experience.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Do not get the bone in heritage Aberdeen ribeye. It was so bland and had a smoked aftertaste. This was a $200 ribeye since the smallest they offer is 52oz. I don’t mind paying for a good ribeye but this was so overpriced and disappointing. The cornbread was some of the driest cornbread I have ever had. The sides that came with the ribeye were also such a letdown. We did enjoy the oysters and the service was good. I unfortunately will not be back and hope others have a better experience.

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  5. frankpc

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grouper was excellent. The artichoke sides were super tasty. Mushroom soup great. But order the Chocolate soufflé Or even order two. It will change your life

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I have been here a few times, and it’s one of the very few places we always have an exceptional experience from start to finish. Our server Caitlin (sorry if it’s misspelled!) was very kind, gave us time to decide on our meals before drinks (it matters!), suggested tea for me since I’m dealing with sinuses, and even brought out a candle for my husband since we didn’t want dessert — it’s his birthday! We shared the cornbread and I had the root vegetable salad and chicken + waffles, while my husband had the mandolin oysters and steak frites. The salad was honestly one of the best I’ve had in a long time, and my husband couldn’t stop talking about how great the oysters were. Our entrees were phenomenal! We always recommend Mandolin to anyone who asks and look forward to dining here again in the future!

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  7. StacieJ

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The brunch food was average at best. I was disappointed.

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  8. EdiP

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    For the price, the food was average at best. If your menu is that small, everything on it should be stellar! No cheese on the charcuterie board??? Disappointed evening out.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    To be honest the food was bland and the duck overcooked. It was overpriced for what they offered

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  10. Italiangirl

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, service was excellent. Nice ambience. It’s pricy.

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  11. CarolineH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely easter dinner, with family and kids. Food was amazing.

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  12. AH11

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were very good. Would recommend and return.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Easter Sunday, even though they were busy, we didn’t feel rushed. It was very relaxing. The service, food and ambience were all excellent.

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  14. Knowgoodfood

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The catch of the day” Stripped Bass” very moist and flavorful! Server knowledgeable and timely! Chocolate Soufflé is really special!!! Wines are reasonably priced !

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was such a great find. I was looking for excellent food and comfortable ambiance. Mandolin has a calm, quiet vibe that is comfortable without being stuffy. The cocktails are refreshing and the chicken and dumplings were delicious. I can’t wait to come back.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Dinner experience: Lovely restaurant and the food is good. Great service. However, the decor and ambiance of this restaurant is really lacking , in my opinion. The energy in this restaurant is overall very low and sparse. We found the dining experience, outside of the good service and food, to be sub-par.

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  17. Stephen

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed; I had wanted to try Mandolin for a long time, but was unable to get a reservation . The food was mediocre . I had stripped bass which was $44. Too expensive to be just fair...

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  18. StevenS

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Skip the cornbread. Everything else was incredible.

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  19. Temerario1

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good not great. The panzanella shouldn’t be advertised as such - just a salad with croutons. Bummed the ribeye didn’t come in portions smaller than 42 oz. Also odd there are no sides to order. Ps - overhead lights are WAY too bright for evening and caliber of restaurant!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails and dinner were delicious coupled with great service and ambiance made it an overall great experience. It’s now one of our favorite restaurants when we’re in Raleigh.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service, fresh ingredients and beautiful atmosphere

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  22. GaryF

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal. Salad was inventive and entree was very good all around. Did not have dessert because of good size portions. Wine list was on point. We live in NorCal and have access to very good restaurants. Mandolin would hold its own in a bigger market. Good value as well.

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  23. lovingfreedom

    Raleigh

    99 reviews

    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a winner! Love Mandolin for brunch and dinner. Their biscuits are to die for! We drive an hour to eat here and it is truly worth it!

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  24. Digthegoodfood

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good - cornbread is very good and the specialty drinks were delightful. Pretty noisy atmosphere but in a good way

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  25. newhampshire

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The experience was terrific. Great waiter. Our table was the most quiet in the restaurant but it was still loud for old people. Otherwise great.

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  26. AnneA

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious no matter what you order! Always leave very happy

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  27. NewPlace

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the seasonal menu and the chicken and buckwheat waffle w local honey is a staple! The chicken and dumplings was tasty and the service is always great!

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  28. RaleighJacket

    Raleigh

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a small, intimate business dinner. Food excellent, service attentive and ambiance very nice.

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  29. Eddie

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food served by a friendly and attentive team.

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  30. DCEats

    Raleigh

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another excellent experience at one of our favorite local spots! Service was attentive and engaging, the the food preparation and experience fantastic! We were so grateful to once again enjoy the hospitality and ambiance of Mandolin and the wonderful way they create a memorable dining experience!

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  31. MikeR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive food and without the wow factor. Food was nice without being great.

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  32. BBdiner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious! Highly recommend cornbread, catch of the day (puree was divine), duck confit and mushroom soup. Waiter was friendly and professional. Lively ambience. Follow directions on their website for parking. Great place!

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  33. PedroR

    Mexico City

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Invited my granddaughter for dinner for her birthday, it was a very nice experience

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  34. TheaG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have always had excellent food and service here. Noce variety of items and attentive service.

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  35. Brunching

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Literally everything we tasted at Brunch was amazing!!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent however, some selections were somewhat saturated with vinegar based marinade which made in a tad bit more potent to my liking (i.e. the collards greens…). But the overall experience and dish chosen was satisfying! I purchased the Chicken and Waffles in which the chicken breast was quite tender and flavorful. 4.5 stars from my girlfriend and myself!

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  37. JaniceM

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We brought another couple with us to celebrate Valentine’s as we recommended Mandolin. I made the reservation weeks ago and requested the smaller room with moderate sound level versus the larger room with “energetic” ie loud, level. When I asked the hostess about our request, she became rude and the couple we brought recognized her anger or grumpiness. Seated in the larger room, our waiter, Michael T, more than made up for rude hostess. The food, as always, was wonderful. Great wine list and delicious desserts. Would recommend Mandolin for a lovely evening.

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  38. Dolly

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael, our waiter, was incredible! He knew every dish, every wine, every bourbon that Mandolin serves in-house. His energy was fantastic and we had a wonderful night as a result. By the way, his recommendation of the Figgy Pudding was spot on! No wonder it shows up in Christmas lore!

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  39. RickS

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael and his trainee, Amber, were very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly. I think we took every one of his suggestions and were not disappointed. I am a bourbon drinker and was delighted that Mandolin had both Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Food in town, great selection of wine and amazing desserts.

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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 4.5 stars by 2704 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Mandolin

2519 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Oberlin
  • Neighborhood
    Raleigh
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We have street parking in front of the restaurant on Fairview Rd. We also have use of the parking lot behind State Farm and Hungry Howie with its entrance on Oberlin Rd. We also offer parking at the offices, located on the opposite side of the Oberlin-Fariview intersection from the Mandolin. Valet Service available Friday & Saturday nights.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sean Fowler
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (919) 322-0365
  • Private party facilities
    Mandolin is located in the charming Hayes Barton neighborhood of Raleigh, NC. Featuring a soulful, modern farmhouse aesthetic and celebrated contemporary southern cuisine, Mandolin is the perfect backdrop for any gathering.
  • Private party contact
    Events Coordinator: (984) 212-0311
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