Mandolin

4.5
2008 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience2

The food was pretty good, but our waitress wasn’t attentive at all, took forever. Also our table was the only one without a flower so we asked if we could have the one from the empty table next to us and proceeded to say “well no, I’m sorry, we’ve been having a lot of instances of broken glasses.” Like what?? You gave us water glasses and a other glasses for our drinks… but don’t trust us with the small flower vase? It was just so odd, along with not filling our water glasses when they were visibly empty and just not being polite.

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vipArgenti
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place for brunch. Very friendly staff. Service was excellent
And a variety of brunch choices some of which are not what you’d typically see on the menu. The biscuits brought to the table as a starter with jam are delicious. Light fluffy not greasy and I’m not a biscuit eater. Enjoyed mine ! Eggs Benedict on rye was very good. We’ll definitely go back

MJ
MichaelJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible - won’t be going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Sat outside. We were only table. Took forever to get drink refills of alcohol and soda. After over 30 minutes spoke with manager and finally go drinks. That said, food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We love Mandolin but this evening our server was not what we are accustomed to. We ordered wine with our meal. Our appetizer arrived, no wine had yet appeared and our water glasses were empty. We had to ask for water (unusual for Mandolin, typically), and our waitress stated, I’m still waiting for the wine. After more than 15 minutes, our server came back and said that the computer was “ghosting” and the order hadn’t been received. We said that was fine, but we’d like our meal to be held up until the wine arrived. She then came back and said that the wine was not available at all. So, we ordered another bottle, and within 2 minutes our meal was at our table. My husband said again that we wanted to have the meal with the wine and that appeared to upset our waitress. All of that isn’t really a big deal. Wine came, served by a great guy who was apologetic and understood. Again, not a big deal. What was disappointing was that our server never made eye contact with us, didn’t check on us at all, walked by the table several times and ignored us. She barely spoke when she brought the check. She made us feel like we were wrong or bad people. It wasn’t a big deal to us, all that was required was acknowledgment and a simple “so sorry about that”. Instead we were treated by our waitress as if we weren’t there. Again, the other staff were kind and gracious. We will be back, but will be sure to sit in someone else’s section.

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RobertB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The grouper could have been a better cut for the price.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a bit concerned bc the menu was small, and nothing jumped out at me, but all the food we ordered was excellent.

JB
JoshuaB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was alright. Not a big menu, took 45mins to get our food on a Tuesday. Made a reservation and they had to find us a table.

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

Delicious food and great service. Very reasonably priced for brunch! Definitely recommend.

MW
vipMarieeW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow and inattentive. Disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff were very friendly and helpful. Desert was awesome! I guess I expected more from the Catch of the Day item on the menu. It wasn't bad or disappointing but it wasn't fantastic either. Would definitely give it another chance in the future.

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DavidF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful place to hold employee recognition dinner. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Excellent food, drinks and service.
Attention to detail!!

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vipFoodiegirl1
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband had the bone in ribeye and it was wonderful. We also had the charcuterie to begin and it along with the bread service was delicious. I had the chicken and waffles and the waffles were great as were the collard greens and mushrooms, but the chicken was super salty and overcooked:/ We enjoyed our first visit and will try it again.
Loved that fresh ingredients are used. I loved the rose I had as well.

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TimothyW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, drinks were awesome!!! Great place, definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Service was fantastic- attentive, sweet, helpful, informative.
Food was mediocre with not really any vegetarian options (the waffles weren’t available).
Ordered the biscuits and gravy, the potatoes were crispy fried which is normally good but they were soooo fried they were super dry and the side salad was really small and the lettuce was hot bc the potatoes were piled directly on it. There was barely enough gravy for the biscuits.

The eggs Benedict was decent but once again barely enough sauce and there was barely any country ham, the eggs were teeny weeny and each egg was served on a half slice of toast.
The ambiance felt like an attempt at fine dining but had no warmth, and the dining room had no music or any sound absorption.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. It was a little loud. Other than that very enjoyable evening

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CharlesP
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb food, cocktails, and service. Will be dining there again soon!

CK
vipChristopherK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots! Delicious food and creative cocktails. Staff is warm and welcoming.

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RobertW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to stand out in new American/french style genre but Mandolin does, with a southern twist and with class and quiet sophistication.

Wonderful food, local, very fresh, with a delightful and friendly atmosphere. Just moved from NYC looking for great food and this is definitely a place that will become a regular on our places to go. It's humble in the subtle qualities of the cuisine, which demonstrate great technic and flavor. The feel of the dinning room is nicely laid out, familiar and elevates the dinning experience. The kitchen is as open as the staff, who are knowledgeable, polite and complete the experience.

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Kevin
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and fun for my daughter's 13th birthday. Excellent service from Nora. We'll be back!

CM
vipCindyM
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this restaurant, both the food and service was outstanding. We had a wide variety of items from appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts and absolutely everything was perfectly prepared. The food was flavorful, creative and fresh. I thought the BLT salad was perfect and definitely an upgrade spin on a favorite of mine. Everyone said the caramel cake decadent. Can’t wait to go back.

MW
MonicaW
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my cousin birthday. She really enjoyed her meal, drinks and the overall experience.

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edisto
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

My fiancé and I visited Mandolin over the weekend and were excited to try a restaurant that had solid reviews. Our table wasn't ready at our reservation time which was explained to us immediately that a kitchen staff member had called out and food was taking longer to prepare. Not an issue, this happens, especially considering some of the labor shortages in the food/bev industry.

We waited while the host "bought" time for the kitchen staff for about 20 minutes. Not a big deal, we were seated and had order some appetizers and a bottle of wine. Appetizers were excellent (gazpacho and panzanella salad) but the main courses were the worst dishes we have ever been served at any restaurant.

I had the pork chop and she had the catch of the day. Both dishes were burnt to a crisp. I do not know how someone plated such blatantly burnt food and thought, "yeah, this can go out". Those plates would get stopped at any chain restaurant. I couldn't believe it and still can't believe it.

The head chef was working that night.

DB
DanB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. We went when it was very busy, a good sign. Service was a little slow, but that's fine since I'd rather not be rushed.

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NicholeB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was very slow and our waitress was overwhelmed. It took a long time to get our food. The ambiance was nice. Noise level made it sometimes difficult to hear.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time visit to Mandolin! Hats off to the whole crew, front and back of the house. The post pandemic world is wide open and restaurants are slammed…this team is handling it with grace. The food & drink quality is incredible!

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LV4FOOD
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Tough night for the restaurant. They were obviously down kitchen staff. We waited more than an hour after the first course. Couldn’t sit any longer. Would have liked to try the desserts.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Said they had problems in the kitchen, but just wasn’t a great experience. Medium rare steak was well done. Everything seemed over seasoned and lots of dill, so if you love dill, this might be the place for you. They were very proud of their French fries that were hard and cold. We tried to hit up several of the nicer fine dining-esque restaurants while we were visiting Raleigh and this wasn’t one we would go back to.

KB
vipKatherineB
Greensboro
207 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Stopped in for dessert. Enjoyed the soufflé.

JM
JanM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, ambiance, and entire experience was excellent. The only issue we experienced at our visit is that the music was a little to loud. That was somewhat attributable to our table location near the speakers. We loved the old rock and roll music, but our experience would have been excellent had the music been a little softer.

JE
vipJeffE
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

One of our favorite places where we have dined numerous times. The experience has always been great…food, staff, ambiance, and service. However last night must have caught them short handed, with a full house and not enough kitchen and waitstaff. Excruciatingly long wait time for courses to be served and waiter was over extended so we just didn’t get their usual fine service. We’ll write this off as an unfortunate aberration, and be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We were there for a birthday celebration. It took us 40 minutes to get our first drinks. After that, the service was excellent. The food was delicious.

RM
RachelM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! Never a bad experience at Mandolin. Food, service, atmosphere is top notch!

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vipJimN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it. Fun creative menu with fresh local farm ingredients. Slow dining experience for our business dinner, but it was good. Other tables of 4 and two were in and out.

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Jsgm
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service excellent food and excellent ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fathers day

JM
JessicaM
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The restaurant is cute & has a nice quiet vibe to it. The service was great. The food was bland & overpriced for what it is.

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nc23
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It is always so fresh, the food is so good, and the service is awesome. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone for any meal!

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raleighlocale
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Menu is hit or miss. portion size fine. can expand appitizer menu. multiple items on menu not avialable based on time of dining

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 2008 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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