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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.

309 N Dawson St
Raleigh, NC 27603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Lane Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 838-8595

Website:
http://www.mulinonraleigh.com/

Entertainment:
Current Events:

For more information visit:
www.babylonraleigh.com

Catering:
We offer On-premise catering to wedding facilities, conference centers, clubs and other venues.

Parking Details:
Free 74 slots parking spaces-Complimentary valet on Friday and Saturday

Executive Chef:
Samad Hachby

Additional:
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

Private Dining

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (25)
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Romantic (25)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Fun (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Business Meals (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Scenic View (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Tapas (3)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Went for a date. Great atmosphere and service. I highly recommend the lamb!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our meals were all very good. Cocktail was well done and the bottle of wine excellent also. Look forward to returning when it's warmer out and the patio is open.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

First time there, not one single complaint! Very elegant restaurant with a classy yet fun vibe. The staff was very friendly and professional. Drinks, food and desserts were great for everyone at the table, decently priced for very good quality food.

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We we're celebrating three November birthdays for our visit. we all enjoyed our food and it was nice to get a birthday dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Birthday celebration, great experience! Food and service was very good. Have already discussed going back.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was okay... House salad very acidic and fish special (yellowtail snapper) flavorful but dry. No moist veggies on the menu. A choice of more sides would be helpful.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Back room isn’t ideal for dinner

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Really great whole snapper as the fish of the day. Carbonara was outstanding.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Went here for a birthday party with 10 ladies. Great ambiance, good food and nice service! Would have liked for the bread to come out sooner and not just with meal. Wish each entree came with a small salad but it was still yummy and I’d go back.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We were there for our anniversary, and they treated us so well. Best homemade pasta we’ve ever had!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was SPECTACULAR!! Service was a bit slow (beverages arriving after food) but the quality of the food more than made up for it. Delicious-- we will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Octopus appetizer was outstanding. Carbonara pasta bland. Wine list interesting.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The service was outstanding, second only to the food which was stellar. The ambiance was perfect. This is now one of our highest regarded restaurants in the Raleigh area and we frequent many.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

It was beautiful. We sat outside and watched the sunset. Thank you for a wonderful evening

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

WaitStaff was great. We got there early and they were able to seat us

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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".

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

sub par food, expensive , did not let you customize at all, service was slow. The pizza was boring at best - dont waste your money

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Really enjoyed the atmosphere - Food was delish! Definitely will be visiting again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was wonderful. The only negative was there was a wedding party they’re ,very loud. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food, wine and atmosphere were fabulous! Definitely recommend

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First visit here and I was left with one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I’ve ever had. The food, service, and atmosphere were first rate. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing food, service and ambiance.
Love this place and will be back!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Like being in a different city, great experience!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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