Mandolin

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1678 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.3
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I have eaten at Mandolin many times. The service is always spot on. This was a Saturday brunch, and the food was less than mediocre. The salad was over dressed, the chicken over breaded and cold, which was unexpected. The wine, recommended by our server, was outstanding. I will go back, but found this visit really disappointing.

OB
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pork chop was not very good ie: very tough!!

C
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and helped us through our first time there. Went through specials and let us know the most popular dishes. Ended up with the Oysters and Shrimp Toast apps, Braised Short Rib and Seared Pork Chop entrées and Soufflé dessert. Ambiance was great, romantic setting but casual at the same time. Would definitely like to go back again.

l
Raleigh
84 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of our favorite restaurants in the triangle. Love the farm fresh foods and the house churned butter. Their biscuits are awesome and they serve organic Boulted bread! What’s not to love?

G
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

HS
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good is always stellar. Honestly, should be able to swap home fries for grits with breakfast entrees!! This is s goodie place so you should uphold such a choice.

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I had a great experience dining at Mandolin. Went for a date and we were definitely satisfied with the food and overall service of the restaurant. It’s in a neat spot in Raleigh and we will definitely be back. It was only my second time coming to Raleigh and this place made it worth while. I highly recommend!

SB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a great place for intimate conversation. The noise level was incredibly high, however, the food and service were good.

BR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The overall experience was very good, but the noise level was very high, and unpleasant.

KF
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite place. I can’t wait to come here on date night, any night, birthday night!!! LOVE!!!!

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nicely prepared food all made in house, decent cocktail, good coffee. Service was good also.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good experience. Room was cold though. Maybe floor tiles doesnt help kipping dining room warm enough in winter.

R
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Sunday brunch has become consistently excellent- fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosas and a solid Bloody Mary. The fried chicken biscuit is right up there with AC’s Mrs. Beasleys, and the shrimp and grits is probably about as good as this can be.

PK
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal, our waiter was exceptional

KW
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just always delicious food and superb service! One of our most favorite restaurants!!

AL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We enjoyed our oysters on the half shell as well as the beef. However, we felt like there wasn't a great selection of sides - potatoes and broccoli rabe was it. We're not big potato lovers and wanted something more interesting. We were disappointed in our experience with the wine. Again, seemed like they would have a bigger selection and provide more direction by asking what we wanted and making recommendations. I think our server was new and he wasn't very inquisitive, either with us or asking his colleagues whether or not the chef might be willing to do something different for us. This was my first time at Mandolin but my date had been before and liked it. We both left saying we should have gone to Glenwood Grill where we sort of know what to expect - consistently good solid food for a lot less. I'll admit that I'm a tough customer having just moved from California.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top quality food and service.

WB
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was OK. The beet salad was minuscule the sides with my short ribs were not cooked. my wife’s dinner was good. The price is a bit steep for what it is, especially the wines by the glass.
As always the chocolate soufflé is delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Mandolin for dinner on Christmas Eve and it was lovely. The food was phenomenal and the ambience was perfect for a quiet holiday dinner. We will definitely be returning!

MC
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal in this neighborhood gem.

BA
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

J
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas gathering- good is always great - service from Doug was excellent

JH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening. Food was awesome. Service was exceptional. Very memorable birthday celebration.

JE
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their chicken and waffles, and the braised chicken leg my wife liked. Rated value down a notch because prices for wine, $18 for a 6oz glass of Cab, is way too high.

DN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Graduation Dinner!

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate our 13 anniversary and was a really great experience, the food was amazing we had the fried oyster, pork chop and salad and everything taste great, the ambiance was pretty good too. We would definitely will be back soon.

J
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch!

AN
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am elated to have found this jewel! We made the reservation for birthday brunch and it was phenomenal. Everything was perfect. I had the Smoked Sunburst Trout Florentine. Others in my party had the Short Rib Hash, Pork Madame and Joyce Farms Fried Chicken Biscuits.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. Thanks!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , ambiance and energy! Our waiter was awesome’ I forgot her name but she was super southern .... my boyfriend had chicken and waffles and I had pork chops... would highly highly recommend for date night! I will be back there next visit to Raleigh! Compliments to the award winning chef!

EW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The noise level was unbearable. Otherwise the service and food were great.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Mandolin is absolutely spectacular. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal the first time I went, and I thoroughly enjoyed it the second time around. The attention to detail, the flavor, the thought and the preparation that goes into each dish makes Mandolin one of a kind.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet Monday evening with great service and attention from the staff. Food was spot on. I’ll be going back.

f
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mandolin never, ever disappoints! And don't miss the chicken!....or the chocolate souffle!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently great, we always have wonderful service and the food is delicious!

SR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I ordered a steak. Seeing that all other items on the menu were $20-$30, I did not expect the steak (presented as a special) would be $80 when the bill came. Would not have had an issue with it if our waiter had told me that up front. The food was still great, but somehow wasn't as quite as good as when we went last year.

F
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a chance and went somewhere new. It was wonderful. Our waiter explained the history to us which was very interesting. The food and drinks were to die for. The service was excellent. Already booked our second reservations.

TF
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to have a fabulous place to go on a Sunday. Excellent service and options for all tastes. Loved the Videri Chocolate Souffle.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Not overly crowded. Solid diversity of selections.

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