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Out & About


Categories: Restaurants & Bars, American, Downtown
2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608
Hours: Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM; Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm-10pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11am-2:30pm; Sunday: 10:30am-2:30pm
(919) 322-0365
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Raleigh native, Sean Fowler, returned home to open Mandolin, his debut restaurant. In fact, he has returned to his boyhood stomping grounds on the corner of Fairview and Oberlin Road.  He remembers bellying up to the old Johnson’s Pharmacy lunch counter and washing down a grilled cheese with an ice cold limeade, after a long afternoon of riding bikes.  A quarter century later, Sean’s culinary journey has come full circle, landing him back at the very same location.  Years after Johnson’s Pharmacy closed its doors, Sean’s love for the fresh Southern foods that filled his childhood home, led him to train in some of the country’s top restaurants. Most recently, Sean was a Chef at the AAA 5 Diamond, Fearrington House, in Pittsboro, NC.

Over the past ten years Sean has fine-tuned his cooking and his concept for Mandolin. Like the City of Oaks itself, Mandolin is Southern at its roots, but draws influences from around the world.  The food is fresh and local, the music is American, and the restaurant is home to a family with a passion for serving world class food, wine, and spirits in a soulful, comforting atmosphere.

Mandolin uses the highest quality local ingredients to create seasonal menus that represent a fresh take on Southern food. We source our meats, poultry, seafood, produce, and specialty products from a bounty of North Carolina farmers, ranchers, and artisans whenever possible.  We keep our cooking and our ambiance close to home.  At Mandolin, seasonality, sustainability, and buying local are culinary and business philosophies based on our core values of preparing the best food, using the best ingredients, supporting our local economy, and conserving our natural resources.

Mandolin is located in the Hayes Barton neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from Five Points, on the corner of Oberlin and Fairview.


Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Dinner 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Friday and Saturday Dinner 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Now Open for Brunch!

Saturday11:00am-2:30pm and Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm

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Alicia X. Jun 17, 2017
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I have been here for a few times and I am really confused. Sometimes, the food here is so amazing, but sometimes it's just mediocre​. We ordered the same... (more)
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Diane W. Jun 11, 2017
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Three of us came for dinner after work. The restaurant wasn't too crowded, and was not very loud (very nice). The restaurant interior is modern with... (more)
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Steven W. Jun 10, 2017
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This place is always outstanding. Good is not praiseworthy enough to describe Mandolin. Every entree I've tried could be the exemplar for that entree. The... (more)

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