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Mandolin

4.6
4.6
2403 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 40 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 2,403 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. GN

    GarnerNC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed brunch with good friends there. Wait staff was great and the food was delicious.
  2. A

    Allen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was amazing and the food was even better!
  3. D

    Danny

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Small, nice place. Food was very good - particularly the cornbread.
  4. CW

    CharleneW

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun family dinner Great food and service Loud but we’ll worth the trip
  5. BB

    BillyBoy

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a very comfortable restaurant with a small menu with great variety. The quality was excellent. The ambiance gave me a welcoming feeling. I will be visiting again with my next raleigh visit.
  6. G

    Grth

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Not a Basic Brunch. Food is great for the price. Ingredients challenged the normal breakfast flavor profiles while honoring the classic dishes themselves Cocktails had inventive spins outside the standard mosas and bloodies. Parking can be a pain, but well rounded, not too rowdy atmosphere accommodating patrons of all ages.
  7. G

    Guest

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Went for brunch. The menu looked great, but food was just so so. Service impeccable,. Very loud inside due to high ceilings. Might come back for dinner but wouldn’t be our first choice.
  8. KK

    KyleK

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Braised Pork Cheeks excellent Oyster risotto especially great
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I agree that this was the best meal we’ve had in Raleigh in a long time and our new favorite restaurant. Food, service, and environment were all excellent.
  10. n

    ncpipe

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bummer no dessert available.
  11. BP

    BrianP

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    As always great ambience and a creative menu. Desert items (sorbets) were average at best and seemed over the top. Ie. Strawberry and Basil as a combo etc. While the complexity of the menu entrees was more than adequate it seemed the Sorbets were more froufrou.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A friend and I came here for brunch and the atmosphere was just perfect. Shout out to all of the staff working on New Year’s because they were all so nice and helpful and really helped create a great experience! It was the perfect way to start the year. Shoutout to Alex and Luke. They’re the best.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Mandolin for New Years Eve. Outstanding as usual!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time for our anniversary dinner. The craft cocktail was exceptional. We had the apple salad to start (with the obligatory corn bread). The salad was awesome. The tangy Peanut dressing with the sweetness and crispness of apple slices were the perfect complement. Our 2nd course was great. The duck breast was grilled to perfect medium rare and was probably the best duck breast I have ever had. Crispy skin, juicy and great pan sauce with it. My creamed Swiss chard was a pleasant surprise and southern star. We stayed for dessert and enjoyed ourselves with all the homemade goodness. We had a small table that barely fit us and our late made reservation got us a table right next to hostess. It was a little drafty. They were extremely busy on a Friday evening so we felt lucky to just get any table. All in all a wonderful southern inspired dinner with top notch execution. We will be back.
  15. MI

    MICHELLEG

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Service was SUPERB! Exceptional leadership from Jasmine should be used for training future managers
  16. NG

    NicoleG

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was great but the service was not like it usually is. Our waitress seemed irritated that we were there and was not super attentive. We had to wait a long time for her to come back and ask if we wanted another drink, then the sparkling rosè I ordered was not sparkling but rather the still rosè on the drink menu. Couldn’t send it back because she wasn’t around for me to let her know. Overall the service was very unsatisfactory!
  17. f

    foodie

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely neighborhood restaurant with reliably good service and delicious cocktails and food. The cornbread with sorghum is a must! We thoroughly enjoyed the duck breast and the flounder served with oyster risotto.
  18. SC

    StevenC

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything we had was very well prepared and tasted great. Will definitely revisit this place again.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and wonderful service from Luke
  20. RM

    RaeMW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter was absolutely fantastic. He was knowledgeable, attentive, helpful, and enthusiastic about the food. We ordered 2 cocktails; the Buddy System with Gin, Kiwi, Elderflower, Lime, Primitivo (our waiter recommended cucumber gin) was bright and fun, Noon @ Night with Bourbon, Chai, Almond just tasted like a glass of bourbon. The parsnip soup was delightful, and its mushrooms were terrific . I absolutely loved the spaetzle; I loved that it was made by slotted spoon as opposed to a noodle. The herb blend was fantastic. The pork cheeks were phenomenal, melting off the fork with a wonderful sauce, though they needed a different side/garnish. Dessert was disappointing. The chorchata creme brulee crust was far too thick and the gingerbread cookie it came with wasn't worthwhile. The sweet potato mille-feuille was not a enjoyable to eat- the mixed textures and understated flavor made it a flop. However, the buttermilk ice cream was a unique and refreshing addition. We really enjoyed the staff and atmosphere. The simple elegant decor was very relaxing. The menu had many unique and fresh items. We definitely recommend Mandolin and are excited to return as the menu changes, coinciding with seasonal items and themes.
  21. EA

    EdwardA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A busy Friday night, so busy you might think they didn't have time for the little things, but they did. Service by Mo and Jamal (and others) was outstanding. Our party of 6 was wined and dined and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. Wine list is not posted online, but is well curated and like the menu is limited but thorough. Make reservations well in advance if you want to eat here.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, but nothing to write home about. $29 for a non-premium bourbon cocktail. Crowded so much that a waitress knocked over a glass at the table behind her while waiting the table in front of her. Overall it was crowded, loud, and kind of over-priced.
  23. LH

    LarryH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent, noise level bothersome - this was during Sunday brunch so very busy.
  24. OW

    OWL1

    Cleveland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is our new favorite place in Raleigh.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a lovely gift exchange Christmas brunch! Always an enjoyable and delicious meal at Mandolin!
  26. k

    knitsallgood

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic brunch with the best biscuits and house smoked bacon we’ve ever had. Top notch service, incredible food and a remarkably affordable meal.
  27. JS

    JamieS

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Not impressed with being seated. Server slow to get to table. Food was overly salty. But the cheese plate was Great!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex the server was great. Food was cooked perfectly (ribeye). Cornbread was a little dry. The wine recommended was delicious!
  29. RR

    RaleighResident

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, creative menu. Great service. Tight spacing, loud acoustics.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Great ambiance! Great food! Great everything! My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and they made it perfect! The food was great and they provided free chocolate soufflé and it was awesome! Will go back and will recommend to all of our friends!!
  31. TR

    TRich

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I don't know where to begin but everything was amazingly good. The food was fantastic!!! I can't wait to go back again and I look forward to trying their dinner menu next!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been a while since we’ve dined here and shame on us! We had a great meal, great service and introduced our good friends to this Raleigh gem. Glad to be back!
  33. E

    Efsoclt

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mandolin is a lovely space. The service was great. The food was good, but quite salty. Both of our meals were heavy with salt.
  34. G

    Grayson

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Reservation slots offered until 9:30PM, we made ours the day of for 9:15PM. We were called immediately and asked to come earlier for a more”relaxing” experience which was a bit odd. We arrived 30 minutes earlier than expected and they were able to seat us within 20 minutes. Otherwise the food was fantastic, drinks were good, server was helpful, and ambiance was incredible.
  35. SE

    SEDEP

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We love the Mandolin!! The food is always so creative! One of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh!!
  36. DS

    DavidS

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb waiter and best meal we have ever eaten there, and one of best in Raleigh- catch of day, grilled trout over oyster risotto and spinach. Just outstanding!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great evening, and the wonderful lady, Alex, who took care of us did an excellent job! We will be back, and ask for Alex!!
  38. KW

    KimW

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food, service and atmosphere were spectacular!
  39. M

    Matt

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mandolin is a five-star meal in an elevated neighborhood setting. We went on a weeknight for my wife’s birthday. And despite being the only children in the restaurant, our 5 and 8 year olds loved not just the food but the experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Overall, we were pleased with Mandolin. The food was amazing! The ambiance was tasteful and delightful. The portion sizes were good. However, the service was terribly slow. It took 20 minutes after ordering to get our first round of drinks and then almost 45 minutes before we got our appetizer. Dinner came about another 30/35 minutes after our appetizer. The wait from sitting down until we got any food was unacceptably long. That seemed to be the case for others around us, too. The cocktail list could use a better variety as well. Dessert was quite yummy. The amazing taste and quality of the food is what is saving Mandolin to get another try from us — it was undeniably delicious, once it was served.

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 2403 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 40 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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