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Mandolin

4.6
1108 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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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
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(919) 322-0365
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Fowler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Oberlin
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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.
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Our private dining room is perfect for group dinners, intimate parties, meetings, and rehearsal dinners.
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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

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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.

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What 1108 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NRFoodie (Salt Lake City)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

We went to Mandolin for a birthday brunch on Sunday late morning. We all had the chicken salad sandwich...it was fabulously tasty... amount on the sandwich was a bit skimpy and noticeably so perhaps because the bread was absolutely delectable.
We were disappointed that no desserts are offered at brunch, especially because we were ther to celebrate a birthday.
Overall, a neat place with some unique and tasty food! {I would not recommend this restaurant to diners who have difficulty hearing, especially at brunch and happy hour.}

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

I was rather disappointed that the dish that I specifically came for (the trout florentine) was not available, but I understand these things happen. However, we were also quite disappointed with the service. Our waiter forgot to bring the waters we ordered, multiple times answered questions we asked with "What?" (there are more courteous ways of asking someone to repeat a question), didn't bring syrup with the waffles (and looked at us like we were incredibly strange for asking for him to bring some), didn't offer to refill coffees, and all around was simply not of the caliber of server you would expect at a higher end establishment. Additionally, $14 for one waffle is terribly high. I will have trouble recommending Mandolin to friends for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Delicious! Our server was knowledgeable and polite, and gave us just enough time to decide on food before coming back.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Awesome food. Chef Fowler knocks it out again.

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MarieT 
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Pros:
Food is fresh, tasty & well seasoned. We had French onion soup & Oysters Mandolin for appetizers. French onion soup was amazing. Oysters mandolin were good. The deep fried pork belly that came with the oysters were the star of the dish. I would totally rename that dish to reflect that... (personal opinion)

Cons:
Service was courteous, but slow. We had to look for our waiter several times to ask for service, such as water/drink refill, and steak knives, etc.

The main issue that we have with this restaurant and the reason why we are reluctant to recommend this place to a friend or to even come back is because we found a “plastic wrap” in our steak. We told the waiter about it and he brought it to the kitchen to show the executive chef. Normally, we would expect an apology from the kitchen, or some acknowledgment, or gesture to make it whole, but none of that happened, and that’s truly awful for a restaurant of such tenure and reputation.

We were being discreet about the incident and also stopped eating our food, paid our bill in full, and left the restaurant. We definitely wrote a review afterwards to address this issue, in the hopes that it would get the owners’s attention. We think that this is disrespectful towards customers, and a bit unprofessional.

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HokiePokie (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

I eat a plant-based diet and was overwhelming pleased with every aspect of my meal from the first course to the dessert. I am often disappointed with the vegan options at fine eateries but not this time. My compliments to the chef!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Very impressed! You can tell they take pride in their food and buy fresh ingredients. Mandolin is up there with some of Raleigh’s best; I will definitely be going back!

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trvan1104 (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We've gone several times (Wife and I) it's our favorite spot in Raleigh to do date night. Duck breast when it's on the menu is awesome. Chicken and waffles also delicious, but the menu has some cool stuff on it so I kind of feel bad about ordering something like that (but they do it right). It's also a very fair price point, not the cheapest place but fair for what you have to choose from, 3 courses you'll spend $40 or more depending on if you're having any drinks (we do :D )
Server was on point, kept glasses full and the drinks coming, let us eat when the food came, answered all of our questions and was generally everything you want in a server.

We will be back again for sure!

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vipMerryXmas (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Good for all occasion s. Best brunch in town....no doubt about it!

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LAKelly (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Met up with friends for Saturday Brunch in Raleigh, first-time visiting Mandolin. We booked ahead, that morning, for a brunch time - I would suggest reserving ahead on weekends as the layout of the restaurant can cater to large groups and there were several large groups that day. The service is quick, warm and genuine. The food is wonderful! I got the Pork Madame - highly recommend! The menu is well thought out with options to mix and match. Great new spot on our restaurant rotation!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Delightful atmosphere, informed and attentive wait staff all contribute to a good experience!

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Cindy (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was excellent. We will definitely go again. The ingredients were unique.

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vipletsgo (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic food and service in a well-designed space.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic date night spot!

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Scallywag (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Outstanding food and excellent service with knowledgeable wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I was excited to finally eat at Mandolin, as I pass it almost every day. I enjoyed the atmosphere very much and the wine and appetizers we ordered. I ordered the chicken and dumplings, being well aware they would not be my grandmother's dumplings, but was I love all the ingredients, so I ordered anyway. The flavor was nice, but I bit into several knobbly bits (chicken cartilage) that really put me off. I know many people don't mind all parts of certain animals, but I can't stomach those parts. Oh well.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The Smoked Sunburst Trout Florentine, biscuits and apple butter, and fresh squeezed orange juice all surpassed my expectations! Love this place for Sunday brunch.

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LolitaW (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

My children loved it , but old Maw and Paw 😜 were bothered by the noise. My husband actually lost his voice speaking loud enough so others in the party of six could hear. Most loved the food. I heard very little during the whole meal. We had to wait more than 30 minutes for our reserved table. Our service was excellent. The restaurant was cute and the cocktails were delicious. Maybe, try acoustical panels on the ceiling and walls?

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Very loud
Waited 30 minutes to be seated, even with reservation
Wine order placed first, came out after bread and appetizers
Absurdly expensive for value of food and service
Wait staff was very friendly

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Cathy was great as usual and Chef was on point!

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