Mandolin

4.5
2070 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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HollyH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for anniversary dinner! Food was sublime and service was impeccable. Lisa was the best server! We will definitely be going back!

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MargaretK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My meal was excellent, and our server couldn’t have been nicer.

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Giorgio
Raleigh
48 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good if you like southern fare. The Grouper was delicious. The volume of sound made conversation difficult. Biggest negative is the parking situation. There was no valet although you advertise valet. Two of the 3 parking lots were full and the fourth, across the street has no sidewalk to get to the intersection that must be crossed to get to the restaurant.

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vipWesD
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was our first time here. We ordered (1) panzanella salad, (2) sweet potato soup, (3) butternut squash and grits, and (4) caramel cake. The soup and squash and grits were both very good. The panzanella salad was OK; we thought the pickles were too salty and overpowering. The caramel cake was different from what we were expecting; we did not expect such a heavy frosting. I would recommend the soup and grits dish. We may try again for brunch to determine if we can recommend to others.

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SaraH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mandolin overall is great however we had a poor experience this time with a long wait for food and cold waffles as the food finally arrived. Unfortunately this visit did not live up to our expectations.

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vipJillH
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mandolin never disappoints!!!! Brunch was incredible! I love this place!!

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JackW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The ribeye minimum size the night we were there was 48 oz....LOL !

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RaleighLocal
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Ok. Not a good place for a steak so don't order that. Better restaurants in Raleigh for the $.

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ARTR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and bar menu. Service was outstanding.

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SarahJones
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from start to finish was incredible! My husband and I left feeling full, but not uncomfortable. Michel was our server and he is absolutely fantastic.

We started with the Panzanella Salad and the Oyster/Pork Belly Special as appetizers. Both of the plates were cleaned within a few minutes. My husband got the Chicken & Waffles and I got the Catch of the Day- both equally incredible in their own ways with nothing left behind again. To top of the evening, I got the soufflé and he got the caramel cake.

Throughout the night and after we left, we could not stop talking about how amazing everything was! The pictures do no justice for the dishes. This is on our Top 3 list for places in Raleigh. Thanks for a great experience!!

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vipGymshoe
Charlotte
233 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful restaurant. The ambiance is perfect, the service impeccable, the wine choices were plentiful, and the food was delicious. I had the snowy grouper special which was fantastic. We also had the charcuterie and my guest had the butternut squash and grits. I highly recommend giving it serious consideration.

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TracyK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was top notch. Would definitely go back

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vipWayneH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From Jennie at the front desk to table side service by Lyndi—excellent!
Food was very good as expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We decided to try the restaurant for my daughters 25th bday. It took an hour after we were served apps to get main entree. When I received my hanger steak entree it was lukewarm the other people in our party except for the pasta dish also said that there dishes were luke warm. Flavors were good but temperature was disappointing. We will probably not return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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StefanieP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was our second time here and we took my dad from Houston. Chef Fowler's food is excellent, very thought out, everything blends and works well together and is delicious. Our wine selection was also very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!!
Look forward to going back soon.

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WilliamB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Had earlier pleasant experiences at Mandolin. This night was different: our table was skipped by bread service; a fork taken after appetizers was replaced with a pepper shaker instead of another fork; no ground pepper provided; coffee for dessert took forever to brew. Not a good experience.

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BreeS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly best experience ever!!! Friendliest staff, AMAZING food & quality and the price point is wonderful!

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RobM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday brunch. The restaurant is charming and has a nice ambiance. We had brunch cocktails that were yummy. The food was well prepared and the service was prompt but relaxed - no pressure to leave. All in all a great experience

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Sarah
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mandilin never fails to impress. My hanger steak was perfectly cooked and tender and tasty. Roasted pumpkin and grits for a starter was heavenly. One person at our table had never had grits before and she is now a fan. Our server was great--she did not hover but she seemed to intuitively know when we needed something. The only negative for us was a number of overly energetic tables nearby so at times we were yelling our conversation. Otherwise it was wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family “reunion”

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KremlingW
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The host was a bit of a snob and we immediately did not feel welcome - but waitstaff was great and food was delicious. Will go back sometime, but not in any hurry due to cold greeting. Same experience a few years ago when we tried it out.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food took over an hour to get. I did order the bone in ribeye but no one said it was going to take extra time to cook.

Menu is very limited, not a lot of selection.

Not worth the price. Would not recommend or go again

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VickiH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently extraordinary!
Fresh flowers, delightful waitstaff and beautifully prepared food!
Never a disappointment! Our favorite Raleigh restaurant

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was great. Perfect way to end our birthday celebration for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. Food was very fresh albeit a little salty. All in all a good meal.

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vipjoeyde
Raleigh
109 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly by the hostess and given paper menus which are appreciated by our age group. Our server Cameron was there as soon as we were seated to welcome us and take drink orders. He did an excellent job all evening. Drinks were excellent. Dinner and dessert were also excellent. The only complaint was the noise level is very high and it was difficult to carry on a conversation with the other couple we were with. Wonderful evening. We’ll be back.

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JamesH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service great. My 3rd time there. No disappointment again. A bit noisy from the bar crowd though.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The smallest ribeye cut was 3 pounds so that wasn’t an option. The flank steak wasn’t available (they offered flat iron instead). Wanted a gin and tonic but had no tonic, so that wasn’t an option either. Settled with the chicken and waffles but asked for a potato of any kind rather than collards, she said that wasn’t an option.

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WillP
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolutely wonderful experience. The service was amazing and the food, as always, was stellar. I love that the menu always has some old favorites and rotating dishes that showcase the season and have a good degree of whimsy.

It's refined, creative, well executed, but unpretentious.

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WesB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
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 on October 14, 2021
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 on October 12, 2021
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
2 reviews
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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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 2070 OpenTable diners.

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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