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About Mandolin

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.

2519 Fairview Rd
Raleigh, NC 27608
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Oberlin

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 322-0365

Website:
http://www.mandolinraleigh.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Sean Fowler

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Our private dining room is perfect for group dinners, intimate parties, meetings, and rehearsal dinners.

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Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM

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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.

Mandolin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for a Date (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
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Special Occasion (29)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Great for Brunch (17)
Seasonal (17)
Business Meals (15)
Romantic (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Authentic (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Cozy (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Organic (8)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Most delicious dinner out in a long time. Entree were well prepared.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

First of all, the place was extremely noisy. It was difficult to have a conversation in a normal tone of voice. The service was good, but the food was only fair. The Country Ham Benedict was served on toast that was tough and difficult to cut. The fat had not been trimmed from the country ham...okay if it's served by itself but not in a benedict. The Mandolin Bowl was tasty but eventually got sort of boring. Bread service was very skimpy. No salt and pepper on the table, which seems to be a trend everywhere these days. I don't think we'll be back.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Eaten here several times. Always fantastic!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food choices are limited, overpriced and underwhelming.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Lovely day

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Familiar yet inventive menu with great entree and side dish pairings. Everything we ordered was superb and the wine list is one of the best around. Looking forward to our next visit soon to try the other delicious-sounding dishes!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Organic, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great service and great food. Our server was absolutely amazing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch and thought the meal was underwhelming. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll return here for brunch.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Took my wife for our 16th Anniversary, enjoyed it very much. Food was excellent as was the service. Noise level was acceptable as most of the pre-Christmas crowds and partiers were gone.

Really enjoyed and would recommend. Will go back when the menu changes in the spring.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

nice but too noisy- A big room with many large parties.
1 group at a table 50' away was so loud( shouting down the length of their table) that we couldn't hear each other-
management apparently unwilling to ask group to quiet down
generally spoiled the ambiance.
food not as good as last visit, 6 months prior
Chicken & waffles as uninteresting as the usual local version( hoped for a creative variation0
Panzanella salad unlike any other panzanella salad on earth( not a good thing)

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great night, always good to be at Mandolin. Cathy was an excellent server.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Another wonderful meal at one of our favorite restaurants in the triangle. The carrot cavatini with pheasant was incredible! We always end our dining experience with their fabulous chocolate soufflé!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Never disappoints!
Once again our food and service was awesome. My family was here from Florida and we enjoyed a spectacular meal together. My son and husband enjoyed the impressive 32 oz Ribeye.
We always enjoy Mandolin. It’s well worth the drive from Holly Springs. Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Mandolin was a wonderful experience. The food was phenomenal and the service excellent. We hope to go back again soon.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Went there for a Christmas date with my SO. The service was great and the food was excellent!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good seasonal menu. Wait staff was attentive but not overly so.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We're so happy that we live close to Mandolin. We visit regularly, if not often. But with every visit, we're reminded why we like the restaurant so much.

The dishes are always very well prepared and served. Last night my wife had soup (forgot which one) and the hanger steak. I enjoyed the pork belly and oyster appetizer and had the pork shank for the main. We enjoyed every bite. Our only disappointment was that we didn't have room for a dessert.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

The ambiance was nice and the food was very tasty. However, the portions are extremely small for the price you are paying.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Too loud. Serving sizes very small for what we paid. On this survey why no box for "too loud"?

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We felt a bit rushed during our meal. Unfortunately we didn't find much on the menu that suited our tastes. Not the best experience for the price of the meal.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Brunch was absolutely delicious!!! I got the Mandolin Skillet. I’m going to be dreaming about it. Bloody Mary was good too. Service was very slow but the food made up for it. Plus, we got to see Santa!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food and super cute place. Felt a little rushed but overall I recommend.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Never disappointed with our dining experience. Food, focused on local ingredients, is always well presented and delicious. Staff is attentive, knowledgeable and gracious but not overly formal or intrusive. Always a pleasure to dine at Mandolin

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We always enjoy Mandolin. It is a neighbhood gem we good food and service

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We love Mandolin, it’s become our favorite place to go on special occasions. We rated ambiance as 4 star because we feel the music could be hipper.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We very much enjoyed our time at Mandolin. Everything is made with fresh local ingredients and it is a nice quiet spot in Raleigh

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I cannot recommend Mandolin simply because of the noise level. It is a nice place, staff are friendly and helpful. Food was presentation was nice. They take reservations so that was convenient. But that does not offset the noise factor. Sorry guys.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We’ve been wanting to try Mandolin for a while because of the ever changing menu and we’re very happy we did.
At first we felt a bit ignored by our waitress until we realized that she was one of two and had her hands full. Both of us have worked in the service industry and know what that’s like. Furthermore, she was always pleasant, helpful and apologetic so she more than made up for it.
For the appetizer we had roasted cauliflower which was superb. The flavors popped and the portion size was perfect. For dinner I had the fish and substituted potatoes for brussel sprouts (I don’t eat complex carbs) and my husband had the pheasant. Both dishes were STUNNING in presentation and again, the portion size was perfect. Both of us had some reservations when we read the menu and saw the combination of flavors however we were pleasantly surprised. The chefs aren’t afraid to experiment and really know what they’re doing!
All in all, we really enjoyed Mandolin and plan to return to see what’s on their menu next time!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food and friendly service!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Went for brunch, so I can't quite comment on their regular menu, but was very pleased with my experience. Brunch was a good value, especially considering their regular menu. All our food was absolutely delicious (my omelette and my friend's eggs benedict) and their biscuits should be illegal (in a good way). Service was also excellent, where I usually find that brunch service at restaurants can be a crapshoot. It was VERY quiet inside, but we arrived very shortly after they opened.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

La comida no me gusto pero el ambiente y el lugar vale la pena. Si no sos exigente con la comida el lugar es hermoso para comer al aire libre un día lindo!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service, limited in appeal menu, well executed, very solid group dinner evening. Not as good as the top tier in the area, but worth trying

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Mandolin is a charming setting with excellent food! We will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went for anniversary dinner. Food was salty, peacan pie was hard and dry and waiter seemed disinterested. Should have went to Second Empire.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great place to meet two others for a casual business dinner. I really enjoyed the creative and unique menu and the sheepshead I had was amazing! I also like the cocktail I ordered. My guests had chicken & waffles (finished it all), I tried a taste and it was great. My other guest had the mushroom entrée and cleaned their plate. Nice atmosphere and unique style. Bathroom was very clean, always a plus!

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was birthday celebration for my sister. Started with the eggplant soup which had a smokiness and was delicious. For dinner both of us decided to try their Chicken and Waffles which I had not tried in in previous visits. Best fried chicken I had in a long time. The waiter said it is the brining. Will definitely order this again. For dessert, tried the sorbet trio - OMG the Muscadine was by far my favorite! The apple and lime were excellent too. If you haven't tried Mandolin, you should go soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good food. Our service was a little slow, but I think we had a new server. Everyone has to start somewhere! Didn't mind since we had some awesome mimosas and biscuits to hold us over.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was excellent from our valet greeting us to the person who seated us and wait person who served us. Food was delicious and well presented. Will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was outstanding. We had a lovely experience in the bar and in the dining room. The only reason I gave 4 stars for food was my choice in main course. While it was probably executed beautifully, I wish I would have ordered something else as the fish dish was too fishy and a touch too salty for me. My mom had the steak and it was absolutely delicious. Wine suggestions by our server were perfect. Desert was phenomenal! Their caramel cake just can’t be beat. Again, the service and ambiance was wonderful. Mandolin is one of our favorite places.

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