Mandolin

4.7
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1801 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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What 1801 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KimberlyM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
3 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
2 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
26 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.

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ErinH
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks! Our server was amazing!

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JoanneD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant, tables were spaced well apart for social distancing.
Nice choices for brunch, very good food.
Our table was close to the kitchen so it was a bit Noisy, next time will request a high top table which is not near the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service, and the staff did amazing following COVID protocols and making us feel safe

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foody
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was really good. Food was good but didn't blow me away. Not a place I will go out of my way to dine again.

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viplovingfreedom
Raleigh
89 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love the Excellent farm to fork dinner. This was our first time here with a table of four and we all enjoyed our food. The simple chicken dinner was delicious. A very unexpected beef-based broth. The only downside was the level of noise in the restaurant. Not sure why they want the music so loud? It took away from the enjoyment of our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy restaurant, classier experience.. phenomenal food really outdone with premium, quality service. A MUST consider for a special night out

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MaryB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The noise level is very loud especially if you sit closer to the kitchen. The cheese tray was very sparse with only a little cheese and 4 crackers. We asked for more crackers and only got 4 more! Otherwise, we liked Mandolin.

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AnniversaryDinner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Mandolin for special occasions. Food is always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the fish. I am not a fish guy. Wow. Red drum over grits.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. The fries are amazing and the wine selection is awesome. The soufflé was delicious.

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vipLovesWine
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, seated promptly. Good value. Menu was local, fresh and creative.

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RealtorCarla
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mandolin is one of my favorite Farm to table restaurants. We had brunch there recently and they did a great job distancing the tables inside the restaurant. The service was quick and servers wore mask. As always, the food was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner at Mandolin on Saturday night. The food and service were both great. I wanted some of their homemade pickles which were not on the dining room menu, but they are on the bar menu so I was able to order them. We had the steak frites and the steak was perfectly medium rare and the fries were great. They had a powdery substance on them that we couldn't figure out. Turns out it is powdered duck fat! So good. e enjoyed a cheese plate for dessert while we finished our bottle of wine. It as o nice to be out enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant!

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Lisac
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious. Looking forward to another visit

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vipJohn
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrees were different and very good, the pork madame was one of the best things I've had in a while.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

We went for brunch and the food was so salty you almost couldn’t eat it. We all left more than half of our dishes and found it comical when the table next to us started talking amongst themselves about how salty the food was! I had been before for dinner and had a good experience but I will not be back nor would I be able to recommend.

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vipjackiemac58
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with their COVID protocol. Comprehensive and unobtrusive. The food was outstanding; we both ordered red drum and it was prepared perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was terrific!! Great way to spend a birthday!!

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ArielT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, local ingredient inspired food. Fun and eclectic wine list. Set up well for social distancing. I felt comfortable and safe.

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BethO
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific wait staff. Quiet at first. Impeccable presentation. Delicious food. Unique place.

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vipBobbyB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service!

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vipKate
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL food and service! Chicken and waffles and the steak frites were on point!

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CathyR
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farm to table deliciousness! We will definitely be back!

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vipFoodieGirl
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mandolin is consistent and the food is always good. We came to celebrate a birthday and we had a good time. The fish special was delicious and the chicken and waffles was good (I think the waffles are always overcooked but I continue to order most times LOL). Quaint and quiet. Mandolin won’t disappoint unless you are looking for an over the top experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious daily features- good service!

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TinaD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were great! My husband and I both had the steak frites for dinner. The steaks we're tender and delicious.
My husband had the caramel cake for dessert-- it's wonderful! Mandolin is our new favorite place to go.

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HunterJ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome, great service, food and atmosphere. Our waitress really made the night , great knowledge of the menu and suggestions since we had never been there. Would totally go again

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freakishly good brunch!

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BritT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal time! Doug took excellent care of us and every dish was delicious. We started with the red drum ceviche & the heirloom tomato salad. Then we got the red drum special entree, the steak & frites and the ribs special entree. And we got coconut flan and the strawberry shortcake for dessert. Truly a fantastic dinner. We will be back!

FAQs

Mandolin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 322-0365.

Mandolin is rated 4.7 stars by 1801 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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