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About Mandolin

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.

2519 Fairview Rd
Raleigh, NC 27608
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 10:30am- 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm

Cross Street:
Oberlin

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 322-0365

Website:
http://www.mandolinraleigh.com/

Parking Details:
We have ample parking in multiple locations as well as Valet Service on Friday and Saturday nights. We have street parking in front of the restaurant on Fairview Rd. We have a parking lot beside the Red Dragon. We also have use of the parking lot behind State Farm and Hungry Howie"s with its entrance on Oberlin Rd. Finally, after 5:00 PM and all day on the weekends, we offer parking at the offices, located on the opposite side of the Oberlin-Fariview intersection from the Mandolin.

Executive Chef:
Sean Fowler

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our private dining room is perfect for group dinners, intimate parties, meetings, and rehearsal dinners.

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Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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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.

Mandolin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Local Ingredients (33)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
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Special Occasion (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Business Meals (17)
Seasonal (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Authentic (14)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Healthy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Organic (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Casual (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 20 hours ago

Delicious! Our server was knowledgeable and polite, and gave us just enough time to decide on food before coming back.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 21 hours ago

Awesome food. Chef Fowler knocks it out again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

We've gone several times (Wife and I) it's our favorite spot in Raleigh to do date night. Duck breast when it's on the menu is awesome. Chicken and waffles also delicious, but the menu has some cool stuff on it so I kind of feel bad about ordering something like that (but they do it right). It's also a very fair price point, not the cheapest place but fair for what you have to choose from, 3 courses you'll spend $40 or more depending on if you're having any drinks (we do :D )
Server was on point, kept glasses full and the drinks coming, let us eat when the food came, answered all of our questions and was generally everything you want in a server.

We will be back again for sure!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Good for all occasion s. Best brunch in town....no doubt about it!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Met up with friends for Saturday Brunch in Raleigh, first-time visiting Mandolin. We booked ahead, that morning, for a brunch time - I would suggest reserving ahead on weekends as the layout of the restaurant can cater to large groups and there were several large groups that day. The service is quick, warm and genuine. The food is wonderful! I got the Pork Madame - highly recommend! The menu is well thought out with options to mix and match. Great new spot on our restaurant rotation!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Delightful atmosphere, informed and attentive wait staff all contribute to a good experience!

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ambience5
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was excellent. We will definitely go again. The ingredients were unique.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic food and service in a well-designed space.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic date night spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Outstanding food and excellent service with knowledgeable wait staff.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I was excited to finally eat at Mandolin, as I pass it almost every day. I enjoyed the atmosphere very much and the wine and appetizers we ordered. I ordered the chicken and dumplings, being well aware they would not be my grandmother's dumplings, but was I love all the ingredients, so I ordered anyway. The flavor was nice, but I bit into several knobbly bits (chicken cartilage) that really put me off. I know many people don't mind all parts of certain animals, but I can't stomach those parts. Oh well.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The Smoked Sunburst Trout Florentine, biscuits and apple butter, and fresh squeezed orange juice all surpassed my expectations! Love this place for Sunday brunch.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My children loved it , but old Maw and Paw 😜 were bothered by the noise. My husband actually lost his voice speaking loud enough so others in the party of six could hear. Most loved the food. I heard very little during the whole meal. We had to wait more than 30 minutes for our reserved table. Our service was excellent. The restaurant was cute and the cocktails were delicious. Maybe, try acoustical panels on the ceiling and walls?

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very loud
Waited 30 minutes to be seated, even with reservation
Wine order placed first, came out after bread and appetizers
Absurdly expensive for value of food and service
Wait staff was very friendly

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Cathy was great as usual and Chef was on point!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Most delicious dinner out in a long time. Entree were well prepared.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

First of all, the place was extremely noisy. It was difficult to have a conversation in a normal tone of voice. The service was good, but the food was only fair. The Country Ham Benedict was served on toast that was tough and difficult to cut. The fat had not been trimmed from the country ham...okay if it's served by itself but not in a benedict. The Mandolin Bowl was tasty but eventually got sort of boring. Bread service was very skimpy. No salt and pepper on the table, which seems to be a trend everywhere these days. I don't think we'll be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Eaten here several times. Always fantastic!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food choices are limited, overpriced and underwhelming.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Lovely day

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Familiar yet inventive menu with great entree and side dish pairings. Everything we ordered was superb and the wine list is one of the best around. Looking forward to our next visit soon to try the other delicious-sounding dishes!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Organic, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great service and great food. Our server was absolutely amazing.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch and thought the meal was underwhelming. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll return here for brunch.

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food3
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Took my wife for our 16th Anniversary, enjoyed it very much. Food was excellent as was the service. Noise level was acceptable as most of the pre-Christmas crowds and partiers were gone.

Really enjoyed and would recommend. Will go back when the menu changes in the spring.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

nice but too noisy- A big room with many large parties.
1 group at a table 50' away was so loud( shouting down the length of their table) that we couldn't hear each other-
management apparently unwilling to ask group to quiet down
generally spoiled the ambiance.
food not as good as last visit, 6 months prior
Chicken & waffles as uninteresting as the usual local version( hoped for a creative variation0
Panzanella salad unlike any other panzanella salad on earth( not a good thing)

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great night, always good to be at Mandolin. Cathy was an excellent server.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Another wonderful meal at one of our favorite restaurants in the triangle. The carrot cavatini with pheasant was incredible! We always end our dining experience with their fabulous chocolate soufflé!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Never disappoints!
Once again our food and service was awesome. My family was here from Florida and we enjoyed a spectacular meal together. My son and husband enjoyed the impressive 32 oz Ribeye.
We always enjoy Mandolin. It’s well worth the drive from Holly Springs. Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Mandolin was a wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and the service excellent. We hope to go back again soon.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Went there for a Christmas date with my SO. The service was great and the food was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Good seasonal menu. Wait staff was attentive but not overly so.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We're so happy that we live close to Mandolin. We visit regularly, if not often. But with every visit, we're reminded why we like the restaurant so much.

The dishes are always very well prepared and served. Last night my wife had soup (forgot which one) and the hanger steak. I enjoyed the pork belly and oyster appetizer and had the pork shank for the main. We enjoyed every bite. Our only disappointment was that we didn't have room for a dessert.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The ambiance was nice and the food was very tasty. However, the portions are extremely small for the price you are paying.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Too loud. Serving sizes very small for what we paid. On this survey why no box for "too loud"?

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We felt a bit rushed during our meal. Unfortunately we didn't find much on the menu that suited our tastes. Not the best experience for the price of the meal.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Brunch was absolutely delicious!!! I got the Mandolin Skillet. I’m going to be dreaming about it. Bloody Mary was good too. Service was very slow but the food made up for it. Plus, we got to see Santa!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food and super cute place. Felt a little rushed but overall I recommend.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Never disappointed with our dining experience. Food, focused on local ingredients, is always well presented and delicious. Staff is attentive, knowledgeable and gracious but not overly formal or intrusive. Always a pleasure to dine at Mandolin

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We always enjoy Mandolin. It is a neighbhood gem we good food and service

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love Mandolin, it’s become our favorite place to go on special occasions. We rated ambiance as 4 star because we feel the music could be hipper.

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