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Mandolin

4.7
4.7
2272 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

11:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 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: (855) 734-8363

  • 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 2,272 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was great!
  2. RH

    RHG1

    Greensboro

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding menu and service. One of the best Raleigh restaurants.
  3. JH

    JenniferH

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch without the side of booziness. Sometimes brunch gets a bad reputation and can be unruly. This place was bustling and lively but this restaurant’s set-up makes it seem intimate at the same time. Everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves! The food and cocktail menu have flair while remaining true to the family friendly & local roots.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We simply love their brunch! Real cau
  5. JR

    JenninRaleigh

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    This brunch was very disappointing from a food perspective. I ordered the Panzanella salad along with my friend. I had this salad about a month or so prior at the restaurant and it was completely different from a size (this one was served a plate this time) and quality as well as ingredients. The salad was almost entirely bread and very little other ingredients other than beets. My shrimp were incredibly overcooked and my friend's chicken was basically breading. My other friend got the shrimp and grits minus shrimp due to an allergy and instead got "more" sausage. It was a bit like soup and did not have a lot of flavor and was very heavy cream. Our drinks were good though and the service was fine, but we barely ate our food and there was not an ask how it was. Also, the biscuits came out almost raw.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We had a moderate experience for brunch. Probably won’t revisit for awhile? The service was relatively slow and one of the food runners dropped our food on the table (so firmly that the blueberry compote from the waffles splashed off onto the table). It wasn’t bad per se, and most restaurants are short staffed these days with servers that are overworked- don’t want to discount that. Overall a pretty underwhelming experience.
  7. D

    Deenie

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Mandolin with some friends and everything was perfect. Our server was knowledgeable, the food was impeccable, the courses were perfectly paced, and the cocktails were pristine. 10/10 will go again and bring friends and family.
  8. d

    dandrea

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, knowledgeable server and the restaurant is immaculately clean. The entree they made special for vegetarian was a small portion, not very filling, the mushrooms were too chewy and the gnocchi was good but the ratio to mushrooms overtook the dish. The chocolate soufflé for desert was amazing. Overall nice experience considerate staff caring and a lot of individual attention. Beautiful part of town, very picturesque. We will be back.
  9. DG

    DrGDM

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After seeing Mandolin on Flavor NC, we decided to give it a try for our 25th wedding anniversary. Definitely were not disappointed. We shared the charcuterie plate as our appetizer. The pâté made from the special chicken that originated in France did not disappoint with a distinct tangy aftertaste. I had the can’t-go-to-Mandolin-without-trying chicken and waffles. Wow! The chicken was so moist and flavorful. My husband had the pork chop and it, too, was full of yum. We were treated to champagne and watermelon sorbet for our anniversary as the finishing touch to a terrific meal. Hope I don’t have to wait another 25 years to return.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    It was pretty expensive and the service was not all that great.. I feel like it used to be better at this place
  11. MR

    MikeR

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal all around!! Food quality and service were phenomenal. The pri$$e was a bit on the high side but did feel good overall based on the food quality.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    33rd Anniversary
  13. A

    Awesome

    Mexico City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, great service, cocktails were delicious
  14. A

    Annie

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service - from the hostess to our waitress- it was lovely
  15. HS

    HollySpringsFoodie

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Two family birthdays. Just…meh. Not as special as it once was.
  16. BF

    BrianF

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have not dined at Mandolin since their fist year of business. It was a pleasant reintroduction and will definitely put this on a regular rotation.
  17. BR

    BenReviews

    Charlotte

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall, our brunch was a nice experience. The menu is good.......not much vegetarian /vegan options though. Food is good, though plates could have been plated a tad better for the level of restaurant. Service was excellent though and would recommend for brunch. Wanting to try it for dinner next
  18. AL

    AlexL

    Charleston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, first time with this awesome dining experience in North Carolina
  19. E

    Eddixon

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience was great. Enjoyed the food, service and the atmosphere. The sever was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided good recommendations. I will likely dine again, next time trying the brunch.
  20. r

    rebeccam

    Raleigh

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since moving to Raleigh-Durham, there haven't been that many times when I was enjoying a dinner at a beautiful restaurant with loved ones where I looked around me, and thought, "Yes. THIS." Our dinner last night at Mandolin was one of those near-spiritual experiences when the food, the people, and the atmosphere take on such significance that you know you will always remember. Once upon a time, I did more serious food/wine writing back in my home state of Texas, but I've since chosen to focus on more steady work in high tech. Mandolin is so special that I really want to call on my former writing endeavors to narrate the experience as best I can while staying brief. So here goes: the atmosphere - minimalist and soothing; the food - elegant, nuanced, and inspired; the service - professional and friendly. This was the last fine-dining experience we shared with our daughter before her two-year move to Germany, and I'm so glad Mandolin was the place where we chose to acknowledge this special moment. Thank you, Chef Sean, and our server for gifting us with a lovely dinner. I know it might sometime feel like just "another day in the office" for you, but like the late, great Kerry Simon once told me, when people put their knees under your table and you cook for them, you create a community. That's what you do for us here in Raleigh, and we all felt it.
  21. MA

    MACKT

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Kylie our server was great! The food was delicious. We wish there were some of the things we initially wanted on the menu but overall great food, drinks, and service!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, excellent service, fun energy, creative cocktails
  23. TA

    ToddA

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I was on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network.....the Johnston Co Country Ham Benedict would be what I would show off!!!!
  24. JJ

    JerryJ

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We had sunday brunch. Good biscuits, but they were out of jam, but then our server found some. Also out of the special whiskey for one of their signature cocktails. The room was noisy...hard surfaces on floor and ceiling echoes all the noise...a little hard to have pleasant conversation. The food was tasty, especially the pulled pork sandwich. I would frequent this place if I lived in the area. Our server was really great.
  25. w

    williamh

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This now our "go to" for entertaining, especially out-of-town guests. Wonderful brunch and just what we expected.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience3
    I have been there before couple times also before covid hit. And it was always got for the price. But yesterday the first time i had the feeling the service went down for the price.usually it was a basket with bread. Yesterday everyone got a plate with one bread-slice . It was never before like this. And is always loud you can hear the conversation from other tables. Food was delicious like always.
  27. K

    Knowgoodfood

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck breast and duck confit were both excellent and new Risotto dish was perfect!
  28. AH

    AlexanderH

    Raleigh

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Entrees, appetizers, and cocktails were all top notch. Cheese plate for dessert was amazing! Fresh oysters also.
  29. SS

    StevenS

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly, my wife and I had never been to this restaurant but had a gift card from a friend. We tried it in a date night and were blown away by the experience. We’ll be back for sure.
  30. BS

    BrianS

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant's interpretation on Southern cuisine is marvelous and the service couldn't be better. It's clearly a popular spot.
  31. KM

    KateMc

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best waiter and experience. The food was great and I cannot wait to go back.
  32. KD

    KarenD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Such a cute little place to have a nice dinner
  33. JW

    JoelleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, wonderful service. Would highly recommend this restaurant for brunch as well as dinner. Love that they use local ingredients.
  34. Y

    Yummy

    Kansas City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food as always! Best shrimp and grits in Raleigh. The biscuits are top notch too!
  35. TW

    ThomasW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good brunch. Good food good service. Pleasant atmosphere except the room we were in was small and became very full. And we able to hear everyone’s conversations. Or maybe they were all talking too loud. We will be back
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent-
  37. l

    luv2dine

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as usual. Always a treat to dine here.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was great!
  39. D

    Dr54

    Pinehurst

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and amazing service from Kirstin! Well done!
  40. CA

    ClaireA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Our Server Kayla was extremely professional and courteous.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.7 stars by 2272 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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: (855) 734-8363

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