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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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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (34)
Good for a Date (30)
Special Occasion (29)
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Local Ingredients (28)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Brunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Seasonal (13)
Business Meals (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Authentic (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Organic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Casual (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 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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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We very much enjoyed our time at Mandolin. Everything is made with fresh local ingredients and it is a nice quiet spot in Raleigh

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I cannot recommend Mandolin simply because of the noise level. It is a nice place, staff are friendly and helpful. Food was presentation was nice. They take reservations so that was convenient. But that does not offset the noise factor. Sorry guys.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We’ve been wanting to try Mandolin for a while because of the ever changing menu and we’re very happy we did.
At first we felt a bit ignored by our waitress until we realized that she was one of two and had her hands full. Both of us have worked in the service industry and know what that’s like. Furthermore, she was always pleasant, helpful and apologetic so she more than made up for it.
For the appetizer we had roasted cauliflower which was superb. The flavors popped and the portion size was perfect. For dinner I had the fish and substituted potatoes for brussel sprouts (I don’t eat complex carbs) and my husband had the pheasant. Both dishes were STUNNING in presentation and again, the portion size was perfect. Both of us had some reservations when we read the menu and saw the combination of flavors however we were pleasantly surprised. The chefs aren’t afraid to experiment and really know what they’re doing!
All in all, we really enjoyed Mandolin and plan to return to see what’s on their menu next time!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food and friendly service!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went for brunch, so I can't quite comment on their regular menu, but was very pleased with my experience. Brunch was a good value, especially considering their regular menu. All our food was absolutely delicious (my omelette and my friend's eggs benedict) and their biscuits should be illegal (in a good way). Service was also excellent, where I usually find that brunch service at restaurants can be a crapshoot. It was VERY quiet inside, but we arrived very shortly after they opened.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

La comida no me gusto pero el ambiente y el lugar vale la pena. Si no sos exigente con la comida el lugar es hermoso para comer al aire libre un día lindo!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, limited in appeal menu, well executed, very solid group dinner evening. Not as good as the top tier in the area, but worth trying

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Mandolin is a charming setting with excellent food! We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went for anniversary dinner. Food was salty, peacan pie was hard and dry and waiter seemed disinterested. Should have went to Second Empire.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great place to meet two others for a casual business dinner. I really enjoyed the creative and unique menu and the sheepshead I had was amazing! I also like the cocktail I ordered. My guests had chicken & waffles (finished it all), I tried a taste and it was great. My other guest had the mushroom entrée and cleaned their plate. Nice atmosphere and unique style. Bathroom was very clean, always a plus!

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was birthday celebration for my sister. Started with the eggplant soup which had a smokiness and was delicious. For dinner both of us decided to try their Chicken and Waffles which I had not tried in in previous visits. Best fried chicken I had in a long time. The waiter said it is the brining. Will definitely order this again. For dessert, tried the sorbet trio - OMG the Muscadine was by far my favorite! The apple and lime were excellent too. If you haven't tried Mandolin, you should go soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good food. Our service was a little slow, but I think we had a new server. Everyone has to start somewhere! Didn't mind since we had some awesome mimosas and biscuits to hold us over.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was excellent from our valet greeting us to the person who seated us and wait person who served us. Food was delicious and well presented. Will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was outstanding. We had a lovely experience in the bar and in the dining room. The only reason I gave 4 stars for food was my choice in main course. While it was probably executed beautifully, I wish I would have ordered something else as the fish dish was too fishy and a touch too salty for me. My mom had the steak and it was absolutely delicious. Wine suggestions by our server were perfect. Desert was phenomenal! Their caramel cake just can’t be beat. Again, the service and ambiance was wonderful. Mandolin is one of our favorite places.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent food, great service, lovely ambience. Both entrees were outstanding. Cake with caramel icing and buttermilk ice cream was PERFECT. I’ve been to the best, and this place rates.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was my second visit to Mandolin and even better than the first! Food is excellent. I had the hangar steak and panzanella salad, both were expertly prepared and delicious. If the caramel cake with buttermilk ice cream is on the menu, be sure to have it. We ordered one for the table and my husband ended up ordering a 2nd slice for himself! It was that good. The chocolate souffle is also extraordinary. The service is expert, accommodating, and friendly. We had different waiters on both occasions and they both knew the menu well. We'll definitely be going back!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful brunch. Service was professional and friendly. Decor is inviting and comfortable. Nice bar area plus outside seating -weather permitting. Menu had a very nice selection of brunch and lunch dishes that were both visually appealing and delicious. Would defintaly return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My girlfriend and I recently had dinner and it was absolutely amazing! From the service down to drink suggestions and food itself. The 40 plus ounce steak special is my favorite thing ever, really knock it out of the park with it. Will definitely be back and love the fact it’s right down walking distance in the neighborhood. Keep it up Mandolin!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have been to Mandolin 4 or 5 times in the last year. The food ranges from outstanding to very good but the service is consistently just ok or worse. I would probably eat here once or twice a month if not for that.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great service. Exceptional meal.

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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch here. Can’t wait to return for dinner sometime!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We loved our wonderful meal at Mandolin. The sweet breads were out of this world and the squash - fabulous! Everyone enjoyed their entrées which included the pork tenderloin, chicken & waffles and the scallops.

And the service is always top notch!

We will be back again soon. It’s one of our local favorites !!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was excellent both in preparation and presentation. I've eaten here often since it first opened and it's a favorite spot for dining on any occasion. This night I had the Tomato salad, followed by Hanger Steak and dessert was coffee with their wonderful Caramel Cake. My mates had the Panzanella salad, the leg of chicken and another, the scallops, followed by the Videiri Chocolate Soufflé. Kathy served us and she was the perfect person to guide and take care of us as it was an excellent night out.
As is the case with too many restaurants, the restaurant's ambient noise level became bothersome as the night and numbers of Mandolin guests progressed. Better noise dampening would be welcomed

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely dinner with my mother and aunt for their birthdays. We really loved the entire experience. The waiter was also knowledgable and gave wonderful insight into menu options.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Hanger steak was one of the most incredible meals I've ever had. This is one of our most favorite restaurants!! Food and service are always excellent!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was One of the best meals we have had at Mandolin. We enjoyed the scallops and the Mizo Chicken...and the caramel cake topped it off perfectly. Thanks for a great meal!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unlike many farm to table restaurants I didn't leave hungry! I loved the atmosphere, food and service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great service and food!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great place for a date. Delicious appetizers and quiet ambiance.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Meals at Mandolin are always perfect. We've never had a bad entrée, and the sides are always inventive and perfectly paired with the meal. We only have one complaint… the noise level. Whether there's 10 people or 50 in the restaurant, it seems to be so loud much of the time that it detracts from an otherwise lovely evening out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This restaurant really delivers on food, character and service. My hubby and I celebrated our recent wedding anniversary and I got the chicken and waffles and my hubby got the steak. It was so amazing and flavorful.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Mandolin is one our favorite restaurants. Everything was great as usual.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Bone in Ribeye was absolutely awesome! Cooked perfectly intense beef flavor , juicy, Tender! Buckwheat pasta starter was cooked just right and had great flavor!
Cathy was server and she was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Mandolin is one of our favorite Raleigh restaurants. They were really hitting on all cylinders at our most recent dinner. Superb service, nice wine list, usual restrained ambience. All dishes were excellent. I can particularly recommend the chicken and waffles, one of their staples, but the red drum was also excellent. Oysters were fresh and nicely saline, and the soufflé is memorably delicious. Very highly recommended!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Thank you, Open Table, for recommending Mandolin. We liked it very much and will go there again. Our waiter was a lovely young man who took good care of us and engaged in just the right amount of conversation. He was ideal. We knew the chef by reputation and were not disappointed.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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