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About Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
Mulino provides a dining experience that takes the curious on a richly rewarding gastronomic journey across the Italian culinary landscape and rewards the intrepid adventurer with simple yet sumptuous cuisine, wines, and a complementary culinary education in the history of Italian cuisine all in a very cozy environment.
Located in downtown Raleigh and minutes from the Raleigh Convention Center, Mulino can accommodate parties from 2-250.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Dessert
Hours of Operation:
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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We offer On-premise catering to wedding facilities, conference centers, clubs and other venues.
Free 74 slots parking spaces-Complimentary valet on Friday and Saturday
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Open to corporate events, weddings and private VIP functions
Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar is perfect for your next private event. With four different private dining areas, there is a room to capture a memorable private dining experience.
Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews
Food was great but service was slow, probably because a wedding reception was going on upstairs. Very loud and vibrant with cool ambiance. The only white wine they serve is Italian so if you are a chardonnay drinker there is not one wine on the menu you will enjoy. Overall, a great place but sadly we won't return because we love a good chardonnay with our dinner.
It was a first time at Mulino for everyone at our table and we all left with the same feeling- disappointed. We had high expectations as the waitress explained the menu and gave great reviews of certain dishes. We ordered a bottle of wine and had pre-Dinner cocktails which was very good. We started with the arancini and they were good, but nothing fabulous. We then split the gnocchi and I had pork, my husband had the steak. Our friends got the salmon special and lasagna. We all had the same general thoughts, that the food was just “OK.” One issue was that each plate had whole cloves of garlic- not one, multiple cloves on each plate. Sure, it’s a sort of edible garnish, but it really led to an overbearing flavor that took over each dish. My pork was dry and flavorless and my husband said his steak was just OK. The ambiance is beautiful and the service was great, but for the price point, there are much better Italian restaurants in Raleigh. We probably would not go here again.
This place is a gateway to downtown if you're coming from the north and we have forever wanted to try it. Dined there last Friday night and it was a TOP NOTCH experience. Funky 150 year old building with great funky decor. Not an extensive menu but well appointed. My wife had a fabulous boneless breast of chicken that was artistically served with the bone-in wing drumette attached....excellent potatoes and string bean accompaniment. I had the house made pasta with bolognese - fabulous. Friendly, prompt, informative server. Prices don't break the bank. We will be back.
Poor Food all around. We had lamb shank with something I think was supposed to be risotto but apparently it was some other indigestible starchy accompaniment. The bruschetta was not even grilled .Lasagna was runny and something I would have been better off getting in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
This place is really a nice venue but incredibly disappointing
Beautiful space inside and out. The food is authentic Italian and delicious (the seafood pasta dish I ordered didn’t have much flavor but I sampled everyone else’s entree and we also ordered countless apps and I was extremely pleased with everything else). Each person we interacted with went above and beyond with customer service.
Let me preface this by saying that the food was delicious, and, Eric our waiter was very good. Three of us went for a birthday dinner and a special evening as we're old friends who don't get together that often. We arrived at 7:00 and told him we weren't in a hurry but after we had cocktails and appetizers, we ordered our dinners around 7:45. It was almost 1 1/2 hours until our meals were served. People came in, were seated and ate, payed and left and we still didn't have entrees. Eric came back one time and asked again what we had ordered as he thought there was a mix up in the kitchen. Time passed and he brought us a complimentary drink. Another waiter and the manager came by and we explained to each we still hadn't received our dinners. More time passed and finally we were served our meals (which were delicious)The staff were nice as they could be and granted the restaurant was busy but that shouldn't have caused that type of delay. By the time we finished it was 10:00. They even comped dessert but when 3 people spend $225 for dinner you shouldn't have to wait that long to eat. Luckily we weren't in a hurry. Overall, enjoyed the experience but given all the dining options in the Triangle I'm doubtful I would return.
We have dined here several times now and have never been disappointed, the service, the food, have always been excellent. Also their bartender’s make excellent cocktails. The restaurant has a cozy feel inside, and out one of the best patios for dining in the state. Our favorites on the menu are lamb shank, spaghetti carbonara, Lasagna, and Zuppa.
The service was, by far, some of the best we’ve had. We loved how the owners worked with their staff - no job was too small for them. They served us wine, they brought dinners to patrons personally and they wiped down tables (all in very nice suits!).
The staff was friendly, helpful, lively and honest. If something wasn’t their favorite, they told us. Our waitress was attentive and upbeat.
The food was great. The lasagna was the best I’ve ever had and we will return solely for that dish. Oh and of course the charcuterie plate and desserts were incredible as well!! We truly enjoyed ourselves.
This place is a true gem! The service staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The bartender (Chazz or Chase I can't remember) is friendly and helpful. The GM Giuseppe remembers you from the previous visit. The Chef Paolo is one of the best Italian food chefs in the Triangle. The wine list is one of the best Italian wine lists I have seen in a while. This is the closest one could get to authentic Italian food outside of Italy.
Dishes to try: Rigatoni Amatriciana, Octopus, Lamb Shank and any dessert they offer
Food was excellent. Octopus appetizer, Bolognese pasta with Egg Noodles!, pizza, drinks, tiramisu!
Negative is that they advertise bread basket but had to beg for it and noticed most tables around us never got any. And I was shamed for asking for butter. They did bring it and it was wonderful and garlic flavored but really if I don't like oil why do I have to apologize and be told not to tell the Matre D that I asked for butter. Yes he's from Italy but I'm from US and I like butter over liquid oil.
Octopus was very good but not served as pictured at all. Was chunks in a sauce not a full laid out fish.
Waiter was excellent, attentive, suggestive.
Spanish guitar live music. Outside very romantic. Inside very noisy so we went outside. Negative outside is that even though we had a reservation which requested a booth we were told no booths and no regular tables. Had to sit at a bar top with backless straw (yes backless straw!) stools for a $150 dinner! Husband did go over and take a stool with a back and carry it over himself. Normal bar stools were just lined up against the wall not being used?
So basically, food is wonderful, atmosphere excellent, music good, waiter good but customer is "not always right".
It was the worst experience I have had ever in any restaurant. We waited for more than fifteen minutes after being seated for our server to grace us with his/her presence but I guess it’s not enough to be a paying customer at this restaurant to expect such luxuries. No one showed up but they were quick to greet and serve another guest immediately after their arrival ignoring us being seated next to them. This was unacceptable and we decided to leave. I also took the trouble to let the hostess know about this but she seemed to have better things to do than to have the decency to apologize. Forget about being sorry, she didn’t think it important enough to make use of her vocal cords to respond to my complaint. I strongly urge other patrons to not waste their valueable time in even considering this place. Absolutely disgraceful behavior on the part of the restaurant.
This is a special restaurant, one to put on your Raleigh “must-do” list. First, the setting is special and very inviting. Second, the menu is authentic Italian, meaning the meal is traditional in that it is intended ( and best received) in phases. So plan on an appetizer, a primi and a second I, as well as a dolce at the end. This is NOT American Italian — this is a beautiful slice of Italy in Raleigh. We will be back whenever we visit!
Four of us dined at Mulino this past Wednesday. One of our party had been there before and recommended the restaurant. We were not disappointed. We had outdoor seating (as requested) overlooking the large pool, some of the Raleigh skyline and a huge fall moon. A perfect setting for a long-overdue get together. Although we were outdoors we were able to have a conversation easily. Our server was very attentive and professional. We didn't feel rushed and were given ample time to eat, drink and talk. We tried several appetizers, four different entrees as well as all of the desserts! We were able to taste each other's selections so we have an idea what we would like to order the next time we visit Mulino. The restaurant is not inexpensive and the portions are not large but the prices are in keeping with an upscale downtown restaurant. The atmosphere and location (a bit tricky to find) and the availability of onsite parking is a big plus. We will be back!
Three couples dining out and we had a great time at Mulino. The food and service were excellent. The inside, where we sat is lovely and quiet. There is also seating outside on the patio which is very pretty. The parking lot was crowded due to a wedding reception going on upstairs but there is Valet Parking. All in all I highly recommend Mulino for a delicious meal and a fun night out in Raleigh.
We were wowed by the ambience and the appetizers. After that it went downhill. Although the waiter made a point to explain the menu was authentic Italian, we only fully understood when our pasta dishes arrived in a much smaller
portion than expected. I guess in Italy the pasta dishes aren’t entrees. We ended up ordering a pizza because we were still hungry and were even more disappointed when it arrived looking weighted down with greasy cheese. I would only return for appetizers and drinks.
We were very disappointed in the place. The heaters were too hot, the meals were cold, the steak was awful, the pasta dry, I can go on..but it is not Babylon and the background music was loud. The waitress tried but I am sure this place will not survive as is. This was my 2nd meal there..and the menu is mediocre. I usually dont write negative stuff but they sent me an email to review so here it is.
The ambiance is great, a reclaimed factory making the internal restaurant look like a classic Italian Hotspot. An outdoor sitting area that's heated. The wines are mostly Italian. The food though is bland at best, lacking in flavor or creativity. The bruscetta was one with cherry tomatoes but others with just cheese or pancetta. Tomatoes were sour, tomato sauce had no flavor. Avoid, unless you want to have your boys revoke dinner choice privileges.
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