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Mandolin Aegean Bistro
Posted by creative designer on 02/04/2013
I have been here several times recently and really enjoy the atmosphere, quality of service, and fantastic food. The setting is so relaxing and transports you to a small café in the Greek Isles. The wine list changes all the time as they obtain small batches of wonderful wines, but the values are fantastic. Recommend the Turkish sampler, mussels (HUGE serving), Lamb chops, and Mousaka (best ever!!) The portions are huge...appetizers are meant to be shared. Have had different servers each time that I have been, but they all are very patient and helpful and great to talk with....many are from the isles and/or Turkey and love to talk about their experiences. HIGHLY recommend!!
Posted by MattyB on 01/17/2013
After much deliberation, research and reading of local restaurant reviews, I decided to take my girlfriend of 3 years to Mandolin for her birthday last night. Was our first time checking out this bistro, and it did NOT disappoint. Everything we ordered (Apps: meatballs and Turkish sampler; Mains: pasta with bechamel sauce and chicken kebabs) was cooked and seasoned expertly, and the portions were surprisingly large for the swanky feel of the spot. And that does not even touch on the ambiance of the restaurant, which, in and of itself, is a reason to go here if you haven't been before. Despite almost every table being full, we had a very intimate, romantic and seemingly private dining experience. The wait staff was very attentive without being annoying, and the atmosphere and attitudes were very laid back despite being an upscale bistro. As a side note, it was also nice to look around the back patio area and see some familiar celebrity faces, including Miami restauranteur and famed actor, Michael Caine. One final note --- MAKE A RESERVATION. If you just show up, don't complain about getting a table off to the side or having to wait. Heard two people griping and did not feel bad one bit. This is a quality restaurant so treat it like one... Will definitely recommend this restaurant and will definitely go again. Currently, taking time away from my busy life as a Miami attorney solely to post this review. People need to know! Hope this was as helpful as the many reviews I read prior to going.
Posted by Andy on 01/13/2012
Great authentic Greek food in beautifully lanterned terrace , in an atmosphere that reminds you of the islands. Real home cooked high quality produce; the chicken kebab was divine as was the lamb chops, washed down with quality affordable wine. Highly recommended but book to avoid long wait.
Posted by apollos on 08/23/2011
amazing food with great wine and music.
Posted by Michelle Menanzi on 12/30/2009
Was there on Monday night. Ordered a Greek sample plate. So delicious. Octopus is a killer. Ohhh their homemade bread rocks.. The atmosphere with lanterns on trees must see. Great restaurant.
Posted by miamigourmet on 12/27/2009
everything here is tasty but do not miss these... Leeks in olive oil grilled octopus Sucuk Kefte kopoglu