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Mandolin

4.6
4.6
2202 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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Booked 22 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

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Menu

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What 2,202 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. EB

    EsraB

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Their biscuit was the best. It was super soft. Delicious

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely amazing!

  3. OD

    OmanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was fantastic, especially as a Mother’s Day brunch. No complaints, will definitely be back

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mothers Day. This is the place we come every year!

  5. AG

    AndrewG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best brunches in Raleigh hands down. I will be back.

  6. K

    Katy

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service!

  7. AW

    AnsleyW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you Mandolin for a great meal! Jordan took great care of us and everything we had from food to drinks was amazing.

  8. CE

    ChrisE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    Although the service was outstanding, the noise level exceeded 'energetic,' and made it difficult to hear your tablemates. The Videri souffle was spectacular, but the dinner meals were just adequate.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent. Service was great!

  10. c

    colinbear

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sean Fowler and his staff do not miss a beat. Service was impeccable and the food was something that we have missed for so long. We started with the Panzanella Salad (amazing!) then moved on to the grilled octopus (perfectly charred with the peanut sauce and crème; to die for). The highlight of the night was the soft shell crab. First week in season and I cannot describe how much we enjoyed that dish. This team puts on the most casual, relaxed fine dining experience you could ask for. Mandolin is a gem in the Raleigh food scene and should never be overlooked. Thank you so much!

  11. BF

    BradF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Very creative chef! We go there for special occasions and they never disappoint

  12. r

    rgrs

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I invited a very special out of town guest to join us at Mandolin Thursday evening, and we all thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the dinner. The cuisine and service were exceptional, and we thank the Mandolin team for the world class dining experiences at Mandolin that we continue to enjoy and highly recommend to friends.

  13. j

    jsacreative

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our entire experience at Mandolin was outstanding. The soft shell crab dish I ordered was to die for and my friends ordered the pork chop, which they loved. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive without being obtrusive. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation.

  14. AM

    AlexM

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Anton, was excellent and friendly. We really only saw him when we needed to, which is my preference when going out to eat. I had never been to Mandolin before but I appreciate the decor and ambience. For the food, we got the oysters, octopus, and panzanella salad to start, all of which were excellent. My partner got the ribeye and I got the pork chop, which was incredible. If you are ordering dessert, you have to get the chocolate souffle. Wonderful experience, will absolutely be back to try more of the menu!

  15. A

    Aireybollox

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great for a date. Bright, airy restaurant. Fabulous service and food.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was wonderful. My date had the chicken and waffles and I had the bass. Perfect martinis

  17. SB

    SarahB

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    When full this place is very loud and it was difficult to have a conversation with my husband on our anniversary.

  18. DS

    DavisS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very chiq, very fun. All three courses were amazing! Perfect date night spot for my girlfriend & me

  19. SF

    SusanF

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service. Creative Menu. Loud for conversations.

  20. j

    jamapa

    Atlanta

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We loved the look and feel of this great neighborhood restaurant and love that they source local products.

  21. K

    Kerwood

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    Service was extreme slow and did not greet me for over 10 minutes. Did not give complementary biscuit and jelly. Another 10 minutes until order and gave order to an aware server - not ours- who saw we needed assistance. Food was excellent! Ambience lovely! Host was exceptionally welcoming. Will definitely return - our server could have simply been “in the weeds” which can happen in the restaurant business.

  22. W

    josephW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The soft shell crab was the best I ever had. The pickled ginger Caesar salad was outstanding. Liked the browned bread crumbs on the salad in place of ordinary croutons. Our waitress (Jordan) was cheerful and helpful. Overall a delightful evening.

  23. K

    Knowgoodfood

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Soft shell crabs excellent!

  24. MW

    MackenzieW

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Mandolin is a cute restaurant in downtown Raleigh! Food was local and fresh.

  25. RW

    RW22

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service

  26. QG

    QuincyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Maybe try putting sugar in warm lemonade so sugar can dissolve. The lemonade that was made , had sugar settling at the bottom of glass.

  27. C

    Cager

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were excellent. I appreciate the Chef Fowler checking to make certain I and my party were pleased. We were!

  28. MW

    MackenzieW

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    It was a nice meal with limited menu options. Not many selections if you are vegetarian or vegan. Desserts were delicious!

  29. MA

    MaryAnneD

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    awesome food. Get there early if you want a more quiet experience. Its a great place!

  30. r

    richardw

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Caitlyn our server was attentive and helpful. A delightful afternoon. Food was delicious.

  31. WV

    WVU79

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious food. Pleasant staff.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Sunday Brunch!

  33. DF

    DeronneF

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The environment was quaint, romantic, and intimate. Will definitely plan to go back.

  34. s

    scot

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easter brunch was lovely The restaurant was not crowded which was amazing for Easter brunch Great service and atmosphere

  35. PM

    PhilM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. A delightful ambiance and good value for money!!!

  36. S

    Simsim

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We love Mandolin. The food and service are consistently great. Something for every taste on the menu. We appreciate the quality of the meats and seafood and the wonderful flavor profiles that the chef creates.

  37. l

    luv2dine

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Overall food was excellent. However we had oysters oysters on half shell that were extremely grainy of which thorough rinsing would have cured. Also noise level was extremely loud.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and well presented.

  39. EG

    EmilyG

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Extremely quaint with great quality food and farm sourced ingredients. Awesome staff too!

  40. CT

    CharlotteT

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience1

    The food and service are very good, but it is so loud that it’s impossible to have any conversation

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Waiting staff 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 2202 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Mandolin

2519 Fairview Rd Raleigh, NC 27608

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Oberlin

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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