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1 Exchange Plz, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.777758 -78.638678
Atmosphere, Food and Location – I cannot say enough good things about this place. The wine selection is excellent and comparably priced. The staff is knowledgable but not hovering. The bar upstaris is excellent and the drink prices are little steep but it is a downtown place. The food was excellent and the chef was more than accomodating. I ordered off the menu but asked for some modificatoins. HE came out and asked if he understood what I was asking for and I recieved just what I wanted. It is not just food you can get that anywhere. It is a date night experience and if you like the speedy run of the mill place you will not like this and you should stick wtih applebee's and Panera...
Wonderful evening – I went to the Mint on 9/17/2011, and can not say enough positive things about it. I wanted a romantic night out and the ambiance was perfect. We started with a cocktail upstairs in the bar which was lovely. the musician was fair but enjoyable. We then went downstairs for dinner.
We were in one of the booths in the back and it was quiet and romantic. Matt was our server and was excellent. He was attentive but not over bearing. He had wonderful suggestions.
we started with the duck small plate and it was delicious. I'm not the biggest fan of duck, but it was cooked perfectly and was very good.
I ordered the flounder with mushroom risotto. The best risotto I've had and the flounder was excellent as well. My date had the ribeye with perfect marbilization. The side of mushrooms with the red wine reduction was an amazing pairing. The drawn butter on the side added a richness to the whole meal. Everything was cooked perfectly and amazing.
The wine list is great and the dessert was fabulous as well. We had the chocolate cake, which I can never resist.
Yes, it is a bit on the pricey side but so worth it. Lovely ambiance, amazing food, and great service. The only thing that made it better was the company I was with!
Go check it out.
Seem to get by on their name, definitely not by the food... – My husband and I went to The Mint twice in December, about a week apart. We had been there for a drink on the patio when they had a guitarist playing, and loved that experience. Unfortunately, we'll be sticking to just ordering drinks from now on....the food, both times, was sub-par, which was incredibly disappointing. We don't mind spending a bit of money on good food, but overdone steaks and lobster aren't worth the $130 and $150 we payed each time. The other problem that I have is that things don't come out according to what is on the menu. The first time my husband ordered the lamb which is according to the menu "baby lamb, bone-in, with baby carrots". When it arrived he took two bites and, after first saying it was overdone, realized that it had a mustard sauce on it- and he hates mustard. If only that had been on the menu (especially since mustard is one of those condiments that people either love or hate). The rest of the food was just okay- nothing special, and nothing particulary great.
We really hoped that our first experience was just a fluke and that we would really be wowed the second time. I was especially disappointed with the lobster on our second visit. We asked the waiter if anything came on the lobster, learning from our first experience to ask, and were told no, it's just grilled and served with butter. Perfect! That's what the menu said as well, so we both ordered it as well as a baked potato. Nope, it came out with heaps of pesto on top, and was incredibly overdone- no taste and chewy, as if someone had forgotten they were being cooked and left them on way too long. I'm not sure why one would want to mask the sweet, natural flavor of lobster tail with pesto either.
So, after two visits in two weeks, trying to have a good experience since we like the atmosphere so much, we have crossed it off our list. It may be a good place for a martini on the patio, but we we'll find food elsewhere.
Not what we expected – We went for dinner at the Mint during Triangle Restaurant Week and ordered their $30 3-course menu. The starter course all four of us loved: the guys had the mac and cheese with truffle oil and the girls had the mixed greens and the yellow tomato soup which was amazing. For the entree however, I was the only one who thoroughly enjoyed their meal. I had the stuffed chicken breast over risotto with marinara sauce; it was delicious. My boyfriend had the lamb shank and unfortunately half of it tasted like fish and parts of it were tough. The other guy with us had the prosciutto wrapped salmon but wasn't all that impressed and his wife had the ramen noodles with salmon. Her salmon was dry and fairly tough on the outside. Needless to say we were a bit disappointed that everything wasn't quite up to what a restaurant like this should be serving.
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN RALEIGH – The Mint is truly a spectacular place to have lunch or dinner! I eat at the restaurant often, was one of the first customers on its opening night 3 years ago, and I've never been disappointed! The Mint offers a variety of menu options, that change occasionally, and if you like Mac and Cheese, they have the very best truffled mac and cheese, I've ever eaten anywhere in the world! The atmosphere is elegant and glamarous, the staff is friendly and polite, the service is very attentive, and the food is simply incredible! If you're looking for a place to impress a date or a place to have a family celebration meal, or just a place to have a drink in the upstairs bar, The Mint offers something for everyone! Published by Kevin Coats Raleigh NC
These reviewers are ridiculous – I eat at the Mint nearly once a week, and have never felt the need to write a review because everything is always good, but I came across these reviews, and felt the need to defend one of my favorite restaurants...
First of all, the portions are appropriate. Have you people ever traveled outside of the United States? The portions in this country are disgusting, and the amount of food that the Mint offers is what a person should be eating. Granted, the appetizers are not as big as your head, but I think that is ok, because who needs to get their daily allowance of calories in their appetizer? Further more, the salmon that one reviewer mentions is my favorite thing on the menu, and it is delicious, and the potato portion is about the size of a baked potato, in mashed form. This salmon is also a part of their 3 course menu, which is only $30. $30!!! At a fine dining restaurant! Even if all you get is a salad with salad dressing and dinner and a dessert, at a fine dining restaurant, that is still a great deal. If you are looking for a dinner with huge portions of food and bargain prices, there are plenty of great restaurants out there. If you want to go somewhere trying to offer you a superior dining experience in a beautiful place, ignore the reviews and give the Mint a try...
The Mint costs a mint. Portions are the size of a mint. – Portions are teeny tiny. A $10 salad consisted of a small head of romaine (still intact) wrapped with a single chive with less than a 1/4 teaspoon of balsamic on top. Nothing else. No other salad ingredients or dressing. Total rip-off.
Asked for more bread and they said they'd have to charge $2. Came with olive oil to "dip"... it was more like a single wipe. Salmon was delicious with soy glaze, but along with the piece of fish was <2 tablespoons of mashed potatoes, 2 slivers of squash, one sliver of carrot. That's it. Lots of white space on the plate. Even with the delicious Mac n cheese as a $7 side order, I was actually hungry after my dinner. Apple tart sounded yummy but was lukewarm when served. Ice cream didn't even melt on it.
After dessert, a guy came out to serve another two fresh plates with our dinner...they couldn't even keep track of the orders. About 3 different people stopped by the table to ask us how we were doing. They immediately smiled and walked away without really listening. The waiter (Richard) was nice, friendly and attentive. Beautiful surroundings. Very relaxing. Overall, would not recommend it except for anorexics.
THE WORST EVER!!!!!!! – Some girlfriends,and myself dined at the Mint twice! Each time was horrific, I would never recommend to anyone. The manager Betty was the worst,she was very rude,and rushed us the entire time. We were unable to enjoy ourselves from conversing about the terrible treatment we were getting!
awesome place for a great lunch OR dinner! – Went for lunch first, and was pleased with the prix fix menu. The tomatoe soup was delicious and the scallop salad was fresh and very tasty. Surroundings are without compare on "Fayetteville Street" and could not be any happier with the service. My brother's in law own 7 restaraunts in Oregon from Eugene to Bend and THEY would be impressed!!
Perfect – The food was perfect. Our service was not annoying but attentive. The outdoor seating is great for watching folks mill around Fayetteville Street.
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