Mandolin

4.7
1830 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEatme
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Maybe they are trying too hard with some of their combinations.

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Jasmine
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service great! Soup, salad, ribeye and red drum and those little cornbreads. Might suggest a pad/ cushion on the out door metal seating-in the fall weather that metal is cold to sit on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food (Pork and Rice) was cold.

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MeganM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was very over seasoned and the portions were really small compared to the cost. We were both really disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great time. We had the pork belly first course. I had the chicken and waffles as my second. Yes that one belongs on the menu forever. The cornbread was sweet like I like it, and the drink I ordered was delicious with the right amount of kick. I’ll go again!

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goinout
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Classy atmosphere with seasonal farm to table food.

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vipaknlw
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic oyster starter, followed by a delicious beet salad. Entree was the chicken and waffles and it was amazing. Great service, love this local spot!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a perfect night, the food was outstanding and the wine selection was impressive. I love Spanish wines and they have so many to choose from by the glass or bottle. The server was too good we just happened to be low key and the server was very attentive. In these times of uncertainty it was a lovely night at an amazing restaurant. They clearly are taking everyone’s health and safety into consideration while also creating a space where you can enjoy the night with someone you love. 10/10!

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AdventuresInFoodRaleigh
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Went for dinner and I was disappointed. The food lacked flavor and freshness. Oysters did not taste as fresh as some other dining establishments with similar cuisine. The best part was dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was my Birthday

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FanofMand
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible: highlights include the pork belly, sweet potato soup, and shrimp risotto. The service was great. Well spaced out for COVID comfort and good protocols for everyone's safety.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I felt very comfortable with the layout of the restaurant given the pandemic requirements. The ambience of the restaurant may have suffered a bit from being less crowded. But overall it was a very nice evening.

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Iatethereonetime
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were outstanding and the red drum was spectacular! Great service too!

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JM123
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was fine, service was sloooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww took us 2 hours. Won't be coming back.

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mimil
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

overall ok . maybe the main dinner came out to fast. shrimp appetizer to salty. Beans missing in beef tartare

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Mandy
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great value. Staff was warm and inviting.

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EricT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Got the 32oz steak and loved every bite. Our server had us a new drink before it was half empty and was very impressed. Atomostphere was very nice. I celebrated a milestone birthday and would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything about our experience was absolutely phenomenal.

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vipAlinRaleigh
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mandolin is one of our favorite places to eat and this time did not disappoint! We all had the chicken and waffles for the main dish with shrimp risotto and pork belly for 1st courses. Lots of flavor (my favorite food characteristic) in everything we ate.

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vipDBCB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Don't hesitate to make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time eating out in sometime and we had a very nice experience. They have the social distancing set up down and the food and service were excellent.

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SRowat
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first experience! We went for our anniversary and it was delightful. The food was superb with a devoted emphasis to local and seasonal ingredients. Our server was knowledgable and gave excellent service. One opportunity for improvement (though we made a same day reservation and these are strange times) was that we went for our anniversary which we put on the reservation and one of the party is vegan; but they seemed unaware of these details and made no acknowledgement of either. Our server did help out a great deal with the vegan option selection, but something for our anniversary would have made this an exceptional night.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The biscuits and gravy with the fried chicken add on was so delicious!

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Sallie
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! We really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great waiter (Branden), social distancing, and an overall amazing restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible dinner the very expensive 22 0z steak was not edible!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Decent time

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cathy was amazing. She was receptive, made celebrating my brother’s birthday.

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BrianK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I tried Mandolin for the first time for supper and we were not disappointed! I had the Pork Belly and it was magnificent. All of the sauces and sides had very gourmet flavors that you just can't buy off the shelf. It was such a great change of pace. The staff was also very friendly and down to earth while at the same time very professional. The prices weron the upper end of the spectrum but the value was very high. Worth every penny.

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KimberlyM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and very knowledgable staff! Food was interesting and delicious. Our party was Very satisfied!

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vipAnnetteR
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant small neighborhood restaurant. Social distancing was observed between the tables, so it lent a comfortable atmosphere during this time. We arrived at our reservation time, and were warmly greeted and taken to our table. The restaurant decor is upscale and interesting. The food menu selections were limited but that’s ok given the culinary nature and experience one would expect from this type of specialty boutique restaurant. The wine, beer and cocktail menu was interesting and extensive, as were the desserts. Our waitperson was excellent. Informed and attentive at just the right times. The food was delicious and freshly/well prepared. It was such an enjoyable experience and one we highly recommend.

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ExtremelyPleased
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mandolin never ceases to be better than the fond memories we have of it. We had moved away from the area and not been in about 2 years and the experience was better than the very excellent experiences we remembered. Our son generally does not like mushrooms or collards, but he loved them at Mandolin. The service was perfect, food amazing, and they made the effort to adjust for my wife's food allergies. I highly recommend Mandolin. It is our favorite dining experience in Raleigh.

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MitchM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The Booking/reservation process was a little different as they require you to put a 20 dollars a person hold on your credit card that you are charged if you do not cancel within a time frame. They also tell you to be there 10 mins early for your reservation for risk of losing it. We got there early per their instructions. We were sat 25 mins after our reservation was set for. I know sometimes this is hard to move tables but with their strict requirements on the patrons I would expect more from them on their side. The server and food on the other hand were one of the best we have had in Raleigh. Kathy was nothing short of perfect on making sure all our needs were met. Even with the rougher start we look forward to coming back because of the service Kathy gave us and the food was excellent.

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vipBarbara
Raleigh
72 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Drinks, service and foof

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DiningDiva
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Stacey really rocked our first experience there! Food, ambiamce, service all fantastic!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant had a lovely neighborhood ambience. The service was excellent and the food was very good but the choices were limited.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Have been a long time customer of mandolin, it i has been my favorite restaurant since I moved to Raleigh in 2014. However, last night it was obvious that things have changed. Service and food were still excellent, but we could hear an employee YELLING from the kitchen. Constantly yelling out food orders and overheard multiple times being condescending to staff. He had the same tongs used to handle food, shoved inside his shirt when not in use. Also observed to be handling food with bare hands and no gloves- Covid is still a thing. The constant yelling out food orders just completely killed the ambience and reputation Mandolin has always had- we felt like we were paying top price while dining at 5 guys. I have also always gotten a survey with my check- maybe the surveys aren’t event read, but it makes customer feedback seem valuable. No survey this time. One last thing to add is that I heard 3 servers arguing over which tables they had about 15 feet away from our table. We were celebrating our anniversary. Disappointing and I hope Mandolin returns to the classy restaurant I know and love.

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BrookeW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with an attentive wait staff

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janjan
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprised my husband with a reservation at Mandolin for our anniversary. He is one who doesn't like to try new places so it was my chance to not ask- just try! We ate outside because was a nice evening. I had the evenings fish special- red drum with grits and vegetable. He had a beet salad and a special burger from the bar menue. Everything was excellent. Service was great!

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vipDeniseT
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I dined here tonight and I swear, it was the best meal I've had all year since Covid.

The four of us started with and shared the Shrimp Risotto and Beet Salad and it went well with the bottle of Riesling my step-dad asked for.

I had the Cornmeal Crusted Red Drum (today's catch) for my entree and I just could stop eating it. So, so good.

Dessert was the Chocolate Chess pie and a glass of Tawny port. Perfect way to end my meal.

For the members of my family this was their first time and they couldn't get over how beautifully prepared the food was and how friendly the staff was.

Mandolin, you are one of the shining food jewels of Raleigh.

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 1830 OpenTable diners.

Mandolin does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.mandolinraleigh.com/store/.

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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