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Mandolin

4.8
4.8
2307 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional American (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 p.m.


Booked 29 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Regional American (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

  • Neighbourhood

    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 2,307 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Brunch

  • Raleigh

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. c

    celial

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This neighborhood spot (for us) is consistently outstanding in every aspect. Amazing specialty drinks and creative use of locally sourced ingredients always. Love the vibe and the friendly staff. I had the seared duck breast last night and my husband had the catch of the day. Chefs 💋
  2. J

    courtneyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my fiancé here for her 27th birthday and we were very satisfied with the food. Everything was delicious.
  3. K

    Kyra

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was fantastic, while the servers seemed either new or stressed out, which is totally normal. The lights are a bit bright and the music is a little quiet. Overall, the food and wine made it a great experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal!
  5. TH

    TylerH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were in town for a night, and made a last minute decision to give Mandolin a try. We were so pleased with everything! The food pairings were lovely, the flavors were so unique. My husband said it was the best meal he has ever had, and I would agree. We savored everything. We’ll be making a trip back SOON!
  6. BF

    BlairF

    Tucson

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Despite the storm, the rain, the lights flickering, everything was superb. The cocktails were yummy and the wine recommendation was spot on. Would describe what we ate but because the menu is seasonal, would not be meaningful. But the food was exquisite. Be sure to save room for the soufflé. Paired with a glass of port, the perfect finish.
  7. Q

    Quiana

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. The catch of the day in the coconut broth is literally the best meal I've ever had.
  8. CM

    CMoore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Great location and great service.
  9. B

    Bemused

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    $100 for a $30 steak. The rest of the food was ok.
  10. K

    Knowgoodfood

    Atlanta

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pork Chop was juicy and very flavorful! Fried okra appetizer was crunchy and perfectly seasoned! Heirloom tomatoes salad was great and squash cappricio was unique and delicious!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Went for Sunday brunch - 1 pm reservation. Was seated at 1:25 and generally ignored by the hostess. Server was abrupt and harried. Food was good, not great. Lots of uncleared, dirty tables. Screaming children that was disruptive. Not really a Restaurant for children. Overall not a good customer experience.
  12. RP

    RyanP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Went for Brunch. The duck confit hash was unbelievably good. It was one of those plates you will remember for a long time. Will definitely be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose to come to Mandolin for our last ever dinner out in Raleigh before leaving the country. We had an offline offer and wanted to treat ourselves before heading out. Our server had phenomenal recommendations. She was so personable and kind and accommodating. We ordered the squash appetizer, the seared duck and pork chop. Both entrees and the app were incredible, we were so impressed. For dessert we got the 5 point cake. Honestly one of our favorite restaurant experiences in Raleigh. Thank you for such a great night!
  14. D

    Dlanning

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We saw Chef Sean's restaurant and Mandolin Farm featured on Spectrum News, so we wanted to try it out. He grows his own vegetables for the restaurant as well as farm fresh eggs. The Striped Bass and Risotto we ordered was out of this world (the app is not letting me add photos)! He knows what he is doing, to the point of constantly tasting the food. If you have ever watched a show with Chef Ramsey, you will know what I mean. We will definitely be back!
  15. K

    Knowgoodfood

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heirloom Tomatoes!👍 Bone in Rib-eye was Fantastic! Striped Bass catch of day was cooked perfectly and it was excellent!
  16. MR

    MaishaR

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chicken and waffles for the win!
  17. l

    laurenashlei

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was amazing! Restaurant is very cute and sanity. Food was GREAT!
  18. GM

    GinaM

    Raleigh

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed brunch!!! We like it, best time to come Sunday’s
  19. JK

    JaneK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience. Marvelous food and service and ambience. Can’t wait to return!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty cocktails and the best pork chop I’ve ever had. Everything was delicious. Top quality meal and experience.
  21. KC

    KCLJAR

    Raleigh

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was our first time to eat at Mandolin it's just a small place off Glenwood, easy to miss if you don't know it's there. we decided to try it based on the reviews. When we arrived we were seated right away and drink orders taken. I had asked for sweet tea and got unsweet BLAH LOL. Our waiter fixed it right away. The menu is pretty small, but the ingredients are local and the menu changes seasonally. My wife decided to have the duck breast and I got the catch of the day, which was snapper. We also decided to share a tomato salad. The salad was very good, we really liked the dressing. They also brought out 2 slices of bread and 2 small muffins for us which we also enjoyed, but that's all you get. Our meals came out shortly after we finished our salad. The duck breast came out sliced and was cooked to perfection. It tasted great, but, it was almost just barely warm which was a disappointment. My fish on the other hand came out steaming hot. It came in a large bowl with some diced veggies and a thick broth. The fish was very good as were the veggies and broth, but the portion was pretty small, for what we paid. We are usually too full to get dessert, but this was not the case here so we tried the 5 points cakes. It was a dense cake with chocolate, peanuts, pretzels, brown sugar and a small scoop of ice cream. It was good, but not very moist. We are glad we came here, we love trying local places. The food was very good, but not plentiful. I think the biggest disappointment, though, was the duck, just because it was not hot when it came out. It will be a while before we return as there are so many other places to try.
  22. TH

    TarHealTraveller

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary on a Thursday evening. We had previously been to the restaurant only on weekends. We were not seated in the main dining room but a side room facing the street. This was a very nice setting as we were away from the noise of the main dining room. The service was excellent. Our meals were excellent. Overall this was a great experience and really enhanced our anniversary. We will definitely be back. We particularly enjoyed the relaxed setting and excellent food.
  23. GE

    GretaE

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff was welcoming even though we were early and showed us right in. Our server was bright and very very sweet, and made sure to check with the kitchen about ingredients for one of our party who has an unusual food allergy. We never felt rushed or ignored, and the food and drinks were generous and excellently done. Would absolutely recommend and will be back.
  24. CL

    CatherineL

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & creative cocktails
  25. CM

    CindyM

    Raleigh

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal dining experience. Mandolin is outstanding from the service, the food which is a culinary experience, and the small boutique restaurant environment. We started with a new cocktail that Luke (excellent server) recommended which was seasonal, so beautiful and freshening. Then had the fresh tomato salad which was divine with flavors I would never have put together yet were so tasty I ate every morsel. The pork chop with gnocchi is one of my favorite dishes here which says a lot since I never order pork anywhere yet here it is tender and rich in flavor, only wish I had asked for more gnocchi as I ate every last one. Then shared the chocolate soufflé which is beyond words to describe how decadent it is. Everyone absolutely loved every course they ordered, no one had anything but the highest praise for their food. After dining so many places this is by far one of the absolute best restaurants.
  26. SS

    StevenS

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom’s birthday. Good time had by all.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the pork chop- it was great. The catch of the day - red snapper was really good too. Our server was great. She was polite, friendly, and helpful.
  28. TA

    ThayerA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent drinks, wine and food. Great waitress and management/team work....although kitchen was much slower than we would have expected. Thankfully, we were not in a hurry but the whole dining experience took almost 2.5 hours. Would go back.
  29. c

    chris

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Servers were great. My wife loved her dish. Mine wasn’t as spectacular but still good. Wine, salad and oysters were very good. Very nice atmosphere. Would go back
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Fun evening out. Great cocktails and attentive service from our waiter. Really enjoyed the roasted okra risotto as well as the two desserts we shared
  31. BG

    BrianGGG

    Raleigh

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great birthday dinner with excellent service. Parking is the only down side. Sometimes difficult.
  32. BD

    8BitDiner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went during the always dicey Sunday Brunch time-frame (1pm). But no worries as we were seated and served quickly. Food was outstanding as usual (the biscuits, OMG). Just can't go wrong with The Mandolin.
  33. SZ

    SteveZ

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere with excellent food and attentive service.
  34. E

    Edie

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal. The duck breast and pork chop entrees were excellent. The squash carpaccio was creative and delicious.
  35. DS

    DavidS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you enjoy neighborhood, retro venues, with outstanding food and service, come here. Some menus changes since we last dined here (probably 4-6 weeks ago) were welcome and delicious. Just a great place to eat, drink and relax!
  36. RE

    RikaEata

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our experience at Mandolin was lovely. The house cocktails were delicious, oysters were fresh and served with a delicious not-too-vinegary minionette sauce. The duck and pork chop were both phenomenal (they will make it into my dreams, I'm sure), with good vegetable pairings. We finished off the night with the Five Points cake--I wished for more pretzels and peanuts on it, but still tasty! The only downsides: Parking in the back parking lot was kind of icky (there's some construction or something and the dumpster is in the middle of the lot, and smells as such). I would recommend street parking if it's available. Also, there was a private party in the separate dining room the night that we went who insisted on bleeding into the dining room with loud chatting/general in-the-way-ness (but I'm sure they're not always there). Our server was wonderful, friendly, and provided a dinner experience we won't forget. Also, the patio looks like a great place to dine, weather-permitting. We sat inside.
  37. S

    Stephanie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined here for the first time for my partner's birthday. The entire staff did a wonderful job of making our experience enjoyable and making us feel very welcome. Our server, Kirstin, was wonderful, made great suggestions on drinks, wine and food. The cocktails were incredible and the food was delicious. We will definitely return.
  38. KL

    KendallL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small so a bit noisy, tight seating, but food and service was out of this world. We will be back for sure.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was great!
  40. RH

    RHG1

    Greensboro

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding menu and service. One of the best Raleigh restaurants.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised 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 4.8 stars by 2307 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 p.m.


Booked 29 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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

    Regional American (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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