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Mandolin

4.6
4.6
2350 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 322-0365

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sean Fowler

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (855) 734-8363

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    Oberlin

  • Parking details

    We have street parking in front of the restaurant on Fairview Rd. We also have use of the parking lot behind State Farm and Hungry Howie with its entrance on Oberlin Rd. We also offer parking at the offices, located on the opposite side of the Oberlin-Fariview intersection from the Mandolin. Valet Service available Friday & Saturday nights.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,350 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Food was delicious, service on the other hand was poor at best. 15 minutes to be acknowledged after seating, drinks took another 10 minutes and the server never checked on us after our mains arrived.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a really great time! The food was amazing, the drinks were great and service was awesome! I sat at the bar because I came alone and wanted a more casual dining experience, and the bartender was really great, I wish I caught her name. I got the corn bread, duck leg, and the Mille feuille. All were amazing!! I will absolutely come back and will bring friends.
  3. r

    relayprincess

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food and drinks were great. Cozy. Parking can be a challenge. Will definitely be a regular!
  4. EM

    EricM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant. Always has consistently great food and excellent service.
  5. p

    philb

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking is the only concern. The evening was really nice
  6. A

    Amusebouche

    Raleigh

    33 reviews

    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    No reason to return. to start, we were not seated when we arrived, and eventually, were seated at a table that was open and already set when we walked in the door. ok, so they need to stagger the timing. we did not order apps, and main courses did not arrive until we had been sitting for an hour at the table. was it to sell additional drinks? fish special consisted of an excellent sea bass prepared perfectly, everything else on the plate a bit weird. pork chop fine, nothing special, lukewarm upon arrival. maybe it's post covid lack of help. staff was very apologetic about the wait. just be prepared, as some other diners have mentioned, to wait a long time for your food.
  7. TA

    TammyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible evening! The food was outstanding. Every dish was cooked/prepared to perfection - from the fresh oysters, sea bass, chicken and waffles, shrimp toast, and divine oyster risotto, we were in culinary heaven. The craft cocktails were a special treat too! And Michaela, our server, was top notch.
  8. EL

    EmmaL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The food was fine but the waitstaff and service was subpar. We had to remind our waiter that we had ordered an appetizer 40 minutes after we decided on one, and then had to ask multiple time for water refills and alerted him to when we wanted to order our main course. It was a very... European experience, if you know what I mean. $400 for four people, with food quality that I could have made at home... we won't be returning to Mandolin.
  9. PJ

    PamelaJ

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good farm to table food and experience. Would definitely recommend.
  10. JG

    JustinG

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I am willing to accept and understand the inherent flaws of dining in for Sunday brunch — I’ll be served the dregs (the week’s leftovers); I’ll have to suffer hordes of loud (food-dumb) young people; I’ll be outfitted with an overworked, over-tired server — but I will not tolerate the extreme level of ineptitude and rudeness that the servers we engaged with Nov. 13, 2022, exhibited. Our assigned server — who was generically nice — disappeared for long periods of time, seemed inconvenienced by our presence and couldn’t muster basic questions, like “Are you finished?” or “May I take your plate?” The other server — who brought our food — was the exact type of person who should not work in a restaurant and who the restaurant should be embarrassed to employ. When asked (by my 82-year-old dad) if she could bring more butter, she pointed at the nearly empty metal cup and walked away. When asked another question — because our server was off contemplating the complexities of time management or the origin of lint — she scoffed and rolled her eyes and tried to stare me down the next time she passed (which isn’t advisable when dealing with a born-and-bred New Yorker, just a word to the not-so-wise). While not the highlight of our bad experience, it bears mentioning that my meal was less of an omelette and more of a thin, flat vessel transporting the creamed kale-cheddar-tomato soup the menu dared call a filling. I think it’s safe to say that Mandolin needs to correct the behavior of it servers and facilitate some upskilling. I’m sure there are plenty of kids who could teach them how to treat people and maybe even the concept of a paying customer and that whole tip-earning thing. It’s also safe to say that I (nor anyone in my family) will ever spend another dime on any type of meal at Mandolin for the rest of its mediocre-at-best existence.
  11. AS

    AnthonyS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Cornbread was the only thing that was worth getting
  12. B

    Breanna

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Our waiter did a great job answering our questions and made great recommendations.
  13. TE

    TazE

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was unparalleled!!!! Our waiter was a bit…not energetic…but we love going here!!! Will never stop.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great unique food and great service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food. Awesome wine.
  16. SL

    ShannonLovell

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch experience! We all had trouble deciding what to eat as there are a few great options. Everyone was happy with their meal. Service was A+. We will definitely return ASAP.
  17. KL

    KateL

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    This last visit to Mandolin was completely unacceptable and utterly disappointing from start to finish. Service was very slow. Our server was overworked and disinterested in us when he was around. There were times when we felt ignored, if not invisible. The only saving grace to our meal was the food itself. It was delicious. In the past, Mandolin has been a wonderful neighborhood restaurant to visit and Jenny especially was outstanding. I have noticed recent staff turnover recently and this has drastically changed the overall dining experience. Unfortunately, this poor dining experience affected my mood for the remainder of the day.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service was good. Restaurant was nice. Taste of food not great. Had a salad that had a spicy and super sour not good. Desserts look good but not great, the chocolate soufflé was ok and the cream brûlée was ok too. There was a flaky cake that didn’t have much taste at all. The plates weren’t great for the price. Sorry don’t think I’ll comeback.
  19. JO

    JoshuaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I did not think the steak was worth $115 dollars I paid for it, I've had better at other places for less. However, the service and everything else was up to par. I sat at the bar and the bartenders M'Kayla and Kayla were great!
  20. A

    Annie

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food.
  21. K

    Kyle

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is outstanding here. Fantastic bar. Pretty darn perfect.
  22. c

    cek123

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Friday night of drinks and dinner! Mandolin is a fantastic restaurant
  23. CB

    CaliforniaBob

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to Mandolin for their burger on the bar menu. It is an excellent burger, meat, cheese, etc., as you would expect from Mandolin. Of course, the main menu is excellent, but we are hooked on the burger. Warm, convivail ambience, service has just the right touch.
  24. SF

    SheldonF

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal to celebrate a birthday. Always enjoy coming to Mandolin.
  25. A

    Andrew

    New York Area

    304 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    304 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience!
  26. J

    Jules

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. My husbands dinner was spaetzl and it was salty and warm at best. I had the catch of the day which was good. Not fantastic. A bit salty as well. The service was good, but it did take a long time to get our meal. It was my birthday so we ordered 5 point cake which was dry and just average. The ice cream that came with it was a literal spoonful and not a heaping one. We went because of the reputation but that won’t last if they stay on this path. A bit bummed about the experience overall.
  27. n

    notagain

    Wilmington

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    First, despite splitting an entree and a dessert, the bill was $172 before the tip for 2 people. We each also had a cup of soup and a martini. The food was nothing special. The chocolate souflee may have been worst I have had. Boxed versions are better. Also, they had a loud political event that took over 1/3 of the restaurant with speeches and clapping with a group of about 25 people. Management didn't force the group to use their private room and the waitress was complaining to us about it! The kitchen was painfully slow and it took :45 to bring out our entrees. The ambiance isn't great either. I have no idea how this restaurant has such high ratings. Never again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we tried was delicious. I am not going to mention what we had because I am positive everything there is prepared with the same love.
  29. SC

    SoozenC

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this place! Went with a baby and everyone was super nice. The food was great! Best flounder ever. Highly recommended.
  30. DP

    DillonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mandolin is one of the best Restaurants in Raleigh.
  31. HS

    HeatherS

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. The service at dinner was less than expected and not as good as it typically is.
  32. PM

    PattyM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice choices on the menu. Excellent quality of the food and preparation. Same with the service. A tad too noisy for comfortable dining!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great from start to finish!! The environment really nice and we were able to have a nice dinner!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience celebrating my fiancé's birthday!
  35. D

    Durbs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall it was solid but a couple things to note. We asked for a booth in our reservation and were seated at the most ‘in the middle’ and ‘front and center’ table in the house. It was odd and we requested to move which they allowed no problem. They gave free champagne for our anniversary which was great! One complaint was the lack of options for the steak. By the time we ordered, they only had a 42 oz left which came to about $130. Ridiculous in my opinion to not have smaller portions available. Desserts were the highlight and my boyfriend and I loved the 5 point cake and chocolate soufflé. Overall pretty good but food was overpriced for what it was in my opinion.
  36. P

    Penelope

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Raleigh location for a relaxing and delicious brunch!
  37. AB

    ABecker

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Mandolin! Everything is always delicious. Southern charm at its best. Fresh and farm to table. A favorite spot.
  38. M

    Melanie

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was delicious, but over priced for the small portion that was served. The menu was interesting, but limited. It would have been nice to have bread served. The wine selection is also very limited.
  39. m

    moist

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Took forever to get seated. It was probably an off day. Everything was very very slow. We didn’t get checked on, like ever.
  40. MD

    MitchD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food although our waiter couldn't get us out fast enough to turn over the table.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mandolin using the Order Online button. Mandolin also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 322-0365.

Mandolin is rated 4.6 stars by 2350 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mandolin

2519 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oberlin

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have street parking in front of the restaurant on Fairview Rd. We also have use of the parking lot behind State Farm and Hungry Howie with its entrance on Oberlin Rd. We also offer parking at the offices, located on the opposite side of the Oberlin-Fariview intersection from the Mandolin. Valet Service available Friday & Saturday nights.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sean Fowler

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 322-0365

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (855) 734-8363

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