Mint

★★★★☆

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

3
★★★★★

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

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Super food! Super atmosphere! We celebrated our five year anniversary at the Mint. The food was amazing.

5
★★★★★

Super food! Super atmosphere! We celebrated our five year anniversary at the Mint. The food was amazing.

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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,

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★★★★★

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,

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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...

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★★★★★

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...

Pros: Excellent service. good food, REASONABLE prices!

Cons: Apparently mean customers

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, tasty food, nice waiter

Cons: Charged for bread, portions microscopic, felt cheap

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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!

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★☆☆☆☆

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!

Pros: ambiance

Cons: pricey, rude management,horrible food

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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!!

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★★★★★

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!!

Pros: THE best pear martini in town.

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We haven't actually checked out the menu yet - but we've been here quite a few times to sit in the upstairs bar and try the martini menu. The martinis are great - and the atmosphere upstairs is a bit more casual than the formal dining room downstairs. We're looking forward to coming back and having dinner!

3
★★★☆☆

We haven't actually checked out the menu yet - but we've been here quite a few times to sit in the upstairs bar and try the martini menu. The martinis are great - and the atmosphere upstairs is a bit more casual than the formal dining room downstairs. We're looking forward to coming back and having dinner!

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The food was perfect. Our service was not annoying but attentive. The outdoor seating is great for watching folks mill around Fayetteville Street.

2
★★★★☆

The food was perfect. Our service was not annoying but attentive. The outdoor seating is great for watching folks mill around Fayetteville Street.

Pros: Food and atmosphere

Cons: a little pricey

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We had dinner at Mint, last night. It was our anniversary and we had planned to go to Lantern, but saw that Mint was open and ended up there instead. I'm glad we did (and not just because they gave us a free anniversary dessert.) The place is beautiful, the service was outstanding and the food was good. The bill for two dinners, naan, samosas, and a glass of wine was $33.

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★★★★★

We had dinner at Mint, last night. It was our anniversary and we had planned to go to Lantern, but saw that Mint was open and ended up there instead. I'm glad we did (and not just because they gave us a free anniversary dessert.) The place is beautiful, the service was outstanding and the food was good. The bill for two dinners, naan, samosas, and a glass of wine was $33.

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$6 per scallop on the lunch plate. Need I say more? Turkey wrap was huge, but bland and uninspired. Truffle macaroni and cheese is very, very nice.

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★★☆☆☆

$6 per scallop on the lunch plate. Need I say more? Turkey wrap was huge, but bland and uninspired. Truffle macaroni and cheese is very, very nice.

Pros: Tasty, nice presentation, reasonable prix fix

Cons: Overpriced

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Recently I attended a national conference held in Raleigh. Thursday night, five long-time friends and I made a 6:30 reservation at the Mint. We??ve attended the same conference held in various locations for over six years and eaten together during these meetings. We were seated promptly and our waiter promptly started pushing a drink order. We should have ordered drinks I think. It would have made the evening go more quickly. Five of us ordered the three-course dinner. Our sixth friend thought the three-course would be too much food. He was wrong. It took over an hour for our appetizers to appear, most were cold or barely warm. I had the truffle-mac and cheese. There is nothing worse than cold mac and cheese. The shrimp and grits weren??t much warmer. Another hour wait for our entrees. A third hour wait for our desserts. The restaurant was busy, but tables filled and were served around ours. We were like an island in the ocean. Our waiter disappeared. When contacted, a man who identified himself as the manager offered to take 10% off our bill. Very spotty service, small portions, high prices. You make the call! Our conference next year is in Colorado Springs. Yea!

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★☆☆☆☆

Recently I attended a national conference held in Raleigh. Thursday night, five long-time friends and I made a 6:30 reservation at the Mint. We??ve attended the same conference held in various locations for over six years and eaten together during these meetings. We were seated promptly and our waiter promptly started pushing a drink order. We should have ordered drinks I think. It would have made the evening go more quickly. Five of us ordered the three-course dinner. Our sixth friend thought the three-course would be too much food. He was wrong. It took over an hour for our appetizers to appear, most were cold or barely warm. I had the truffle-mac and cheese. There is nothing worse than cold mac and cheese. The shrimp and grits weren??t much warmer. Another hour wait for our entrees. A third hour wait for our desserts. The restaurant was busy, but tables filled and were served around ours. We were like an island in the ocean. Our waiter disappeared. When contacted, a man who identified himself as the manager offered to take 10% off our bill. Very spotty service, small portions, high prices. You make the call! Our conference next year is in Colorado Springs. Yea!

Pros: Atmosphtere, live music

Cons: poor service, cold food

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My husband and I went with friends to The Mint Saturday night. We had a wonderful waitress, attentive but not pushy. We enjoyed the Flight of Your Fancy wine option (three 2oz. glasses of wine from their wine by the glass menu). Everyone ordered different meals, both from the fixed price menu, the small plates and the large plates section. The appetizers and entrees were wonderful, I will caution that the "large" plate isn't so large so you'll want to order a side with it. Both the coconut cake and banana bread pudding were perfect but stear clear of the chocolate lava cake, it was way over baked leaving it dry and bitter. Overall, it was a wonderful meal and we will be back.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I went with friends to The Mint Saturday night. We had a wonderful waitress, attentive but not pushy. We enjoyed the Flight of Your Fancy wine option (three 2oz. glasses of wine from their wine by the glass menu). Everyone ordered different meals, both from the fixed price menu, the small plates and the large plates section. The appetizers and entrees were wonderful, I will caution that the "large" plate isn't so large so you'll want to order a side with it. Both the coconut cake and banana bread pudding were perfect but stear clear of the chocolate lava cake, it was way over baked leaving it dry and bitter. Overall, it was a wonderful meal and we will be back.

Pros: Great food, good atmosphere

Cons: Pricey so will reserve for special occasions

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we went to the mint with some good friends because we had heard it was great. we were totally not impressed. the food was bland, the waiters and hosts pretentious, and the portions were extremely small. our waiter talked to us like we were idiots, yet mispronounced half the words he used. when we asked questions about the menu, he had to go in for reinforcements. meanwhile, our friend ordered a meal that came with a side of brussels sprouts, and when it came, there were 1.5. he asked for more, and they brought more, 20 minutes later. the experience was just not good. the bill, however, was quite large. i agree with the other reviewer who said they had put so much effort and money into the appearance of the place, there was little left for the actual food. overall i would say--don't waste your time here--there are many better places to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

we went to the mint with some good friends because we had heard it was great. we were totally not impressed. the food was bland, the waiters and hosts pretentious, and the portions were extremely small. our waiter talked to us like we were idiots, yet mispronounced half the words he used. when we asked questions about the menu, he had to go in for reinforcements. meanwhile, our friend ordered a meal that came with a side of brussels sprouts, and when it came, there were 1.5. he asked for more, and they brought more, 20 minutes later. the experience was just not good. the bill, however, was quite large. i agree with the other reviewer who said they had put so much effort and money into the appearance of the place, there was little left for the actual food. overall i would say--don't waste your time here--there are many better places to go.

Pros: the decor

Cons: overpriced, snooty and pretentious

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This is money well spent. The food is local or organic. The combinations are fantastic. Wine selection and ambiance makes it a great date night or girls night out.
They also have a great lunch menu with reasonable prices.

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★★★★★

This is money well spent. The food is local or organic. The combinations are fantastic. Wine selection and ambiance makes it a great date night or girls night out.
They also have a great lunch menu with reasonable prices.

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I've traveled the world, eaten in 4 and 5 star restaurants and spent years cooking professionally. I know good food.

The chef's tasting at The Mint, together with the expert service made for the best meal my wife and I have ever had. I'm glad our favorite food destination in the world is only 45 minutes from our home.

If you haven't been to The Mint, you absolutely must. If you're feeling shy, you can test the water by sampling dishes from the brilliant bar menu. The beef tartare, black truffle mac and cheese and the fois gras are among the amazing dishes on the "lounge menu" that will bring you back for a full meal.

Trust me, you'll be a better person for the experience.

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★★★★★

I've traveled the world, eaten in 4 and 5 star restaurants and spent years cooking professionally. I know good food.

The chef's tasting at The Mint, together with the expert service made for the best meal my wife and I have ever had. I'm glad our favorite food destination in the world is only 45 minutes from our home.

If you haven't been to The Mint, you absolutely must. If you're feeling shy, you can test the water by sampling dishes from the brilliant bar menu. The beef tartare, black truffle mac and cheese and the fois gras are among the amazing dishes on the "lounge menu" that will bring you back for a full meal.

Trust me, you'll be a better person for the experience.

Pros: genius food, amazing service, ambience

Cons: none whatsoever

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Me and my girlfriend had the pleasure to visit The Mint over the summer and we were completely impressed with the service, decor and the food. The service was prompt and very attentive, they were very happy to answer questions and talk to us about the menu. The decor was amazing and the live music was an added bonus. I had the Filet Mignon and my girlfriend had the salmon. The salmon dish was served with a form, yet it didn't add much flavor to the dish, but it was perfectly cooked. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly and extremely tasty. We tried the Chocolate cake and Creme Brulee for desert and were both pleased with the flavor of the dishes. A very great place to have a special occasion dinner.

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★★★★☆

Me and my girlfriend had the pleasure to visit The Mint over the summer and we were completely impressed with the service, decor and the food. The service was prompt and very attentive, they were very happy to answer questions and talk to us about the menu. The decor was amazing and the live music was an added bonus. I had the Filet Mignon and my girlfriend had the salmon. The salmon dish was served with a form, yet it didn't add much flavor to the dish, but it was perfectly cooked. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly and extremely tasty. We tried the Chocolate cake and Creme Brulee for desert and were both pleased with the flavor of the dishes. A very great place to have a special occasion dinner.

Pros: Service, flavor, decor

Cons: Pricey

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First of all I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. The food is not what you pay for. You get bland tasteless food, and not much of it. I believe they put way too much money into making the restaurant look good, and not enough into the food. I don't know about others, but I go out to eat for the food, I would much rather go to a standard place with great food than a place that is pretty with horrible food. The service is another thing. They have 4 people stand at the front door. When you go in no one greets you. When we entered they were all standing around and a fat guy in a suit (manager maybe) just looked at us, as if to say what do you need? He didn't move or say anything, but nodded to a host, who, in turn, passed us to yet another that took us to the table. I have never written a bad review, but I felt I needed to give everyone an idea of how this place works. I will never eat there again, not only because of the food, but because of the manager at the front, I have never had such a rude welcoming.

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★☆☆☆☆

First of all I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. The food is not what you pay for. You get bland tasteless food, and not much of it. I believe they put way too much money into making the restaurant look good, and not enough into the food. I don't know about others, but I go out to eat for the food, I would much rather go to a standard place with great food than a place that is pretty with horrible food. The service is another thing. They have 4 people stand at the front door. When you go in no one greets you. When we entered they were all standing around and a fat guy in a suit (manager maybe) just looked at us, as if to say what do you need? He didn't move or say anything, but nodded to a host, who, in turn, passed us to yet another that took us to the table. I have never written a bad review, but I felt I needed to give everyone an idea of how this place works. I will never eat there again, not only because of the food, but because of the manager at the front, I have never had such a rude welcoming.

Pros: Leaving

Cons: The food and service

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This restaurant is absolutely marvelous. It is like something you see in the movies. Big round booths covered in exquisite fabric, with the high backs; beautiful china, glassware and flatware. The menu is fabulous and they have live jazz on the weekends outside the restaurant which is downtown on the Fayetteville Street Mall in Raleigh. There is a lounge upstairs for dancing. It's just beautiful- you must go.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is absolutely marvelous. It is like something you see in the movies. Big round booths covered in exquisite fabric, with the high backs; beautiful china, glassware and flatware. The menu is fabulous and they have live jazz on the weekends outside the restaurant which is downtown on the Fayetteville Street Mall in Raleigh. There is a lounge upstairs for dancing. It's just beautiful- you must go.

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The food and service is simply amazing. There is a bar upstairs too that can be pretty busy. The decor is absolutely stunning. This is definitely the place to go if you're looking for a great meal in a wonderful environment.

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★★★★★

The food and service is simply amazing. There is a bar upstairs too that can be pretty busy. The decor is absolutely stunning. This is definitely the place to go if you're looking for a great meal in a wonderful environment.

Pros: valet parking

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The decor was very elegant, luxurious, and modern. Our server Matt was extremely knowledgeable, and vividly described his favorite entrees and how they were prepared using molecular techniques such as dehydrating and pickling watermelon.
My favorite appetizer, The Butter Poached Lobster with pureed popcorn, miso caramel, and peanut butter was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
We also sampled the Duck Foie Gras with huckleberries, the Watermelon Gazpacho which is served chilled out of a tea kettle, and both the Baby Lettuce and Crab Salad. Even if you never accept freshly ground pepper on your salad, you absolutely have to at The Mint just to experience how truly awesome their pepper grinder is. I don't want to ruin the surprise just trust me and accept the pepper, or you'll instantly regret it when you see someone else get it.
For our entree we shared the Filet Mignon, and Matt offered to have it split for us on separate plates. Wow. It was so buttery and just melted into my mouth. The accompanying beet sauce and hollandaise were incredible with the foraged mushrooms. All of the plates were eclectic, and beautiful works of art.
My Husband and I both agreed that we were way too full for dessert but ordered the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake anyway, which is made from scratch and baked while you wait. Now, normally in most situations you would not want to wait fifteen minutes for dessert at a restaurant. But it was a wonderful idea, since we sipped our espressos and let the overwhelming "fullness" subside. With the rich raspberry sauce, subtle citrus and vanilla notes it was both simple, light, and seductively decadent.
Chef Jeremy Clayman knows what he is doing, and we enjoyed our dinner so much I felt like I was on vacation and forgot that I was in Raleigh. Matt was a great server, and all of the staff that we met really went out of their way for us. It was a magical evening.

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★★★★☆

The decor was very elegant, luxurious, and modern. Our server Matt was extremely knowledgeable, and vividly described his favorite entrees and how they were prepared using molecular techniques such as dehydrating and pickling watermelon.
My favorite appetizer, The Butter Poached Lobster with pureed popcorn, miso caramel, and peanut butter was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
We also sampled the Duck Foie Gras with huckleberries, the Watermelon Gazpacho which is served chilled out of a tea kettle, and both the Baby Lettuce and Crab Salad. Even if you never accept freshly ground pepper on your salad, you absolutely have to at The Mint just to experience how truly awesome their pepper grinder is. I don't want to ruin the surprise just trust me and accept the pepper, or you'll instantly regret it when you see someone else get it.
For our entree we shared the Filet Mignon, and Matt offered to have it split for us on separate plates. Wow. It was so buttery and just melted into my mouth. The accompanying beet sauce and hollandaise were incredible with the foraged mushrooms. All of the plates were eclectic, and beautiful works of art.
My Husband and I both agreed that we were way too full for dessert but ordered the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake anyway, which is made from scratch and baked while you wait. Now, normally in most situations you would not want to wait fifteen minutes for dessert at a restaurant. But it was a wonderful idea, since we sipped our espressos and let the overwhelming "fullness" subside. With the rich raspberry sauce, subtle citrus and vanilla notes it was both simple, light, and seductively decadent.
Chef Jeremy Clayman knows what he is doing, and we enjoyed our dinner so much I felt like I was on vacation and forgot that I was in Raleigh. Matt was a great server, and all of the staff that we met really went out of their way for us. It was a magical evening.

Pros: Valet, Ambience, Food Presentation

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The Mint is okay. Not stellar, but okay if you are looking to spend twice too much for average food and service. Let's face it folks, small food on gigantic plates is not the only measure of culinary chic. Based on the hype, stellar is the expectation.

We arrived for our reservation and were shown to the absolute worst table in the place, underneath the stairwell and next to the private dining room in a high traffic pattern. Think Harry Potter before his owl from Hogwart's arrived. We asked for alternative seating and were accommodated.

At the new table, the flatware was soiled. I pointed this out to our waiter who whisked it away and returned with replacement utensil cuddled in a fresh linen napkin. For the atmosphere they try and project here, the waitstaff should insure impeccable tables. The menus were distributed, much ado was made over the choice of lap napkins (available in black for the ladies in dark attire) and the wine book presented. Our waiter described the flavors of the day and left. We're thinking, maybe a drink order would be nice while we're selecting our courses?

The first course of salads and buffalo mozzarella was enjoyable. The entree course was a pleasing attempt at fine presentation. Big white plates for a canvas with food pleasantly arranged. Everyone felt a salt shaker on the table would help the otherwise bland seasoning. My tuna arrived very rare, not medium rare as requested. It was an average cut with some stringiness. For the cost, I anticipated sashimi-grade which it was not.

Dessert, unfortunately, was a joke. Strawberry shortcake was 3 berries sliced in half, two mint leaves, a tablespoon of shortcake crumbs, a tablespoon of frozen mascarpone , dressed atop a round of sheet gelatin served on a 12-inch plate. The coconut cake was more traditional and better received.

Atmosphere: Upscale, well done
Value for the price: Huhn-uh
Go back again: Nope
Best part: Free valet parking and extensive wine list

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★★★☆☆

The Mint is okay. Not stellar, but okay if you are looking to spend twice too much for average food and service. Let's face it folks, small food on gigantic plates is not the only measure of culinary chic. Based on the hype, stellar is the expectation.

We arrived for our reservation and were shown to the absolute worst table in the place, underneath the stairwell and next to the private dining room in a high traffic pattern. Think Harry Potter before his owl from Hogwart's arrived. We asked for alternative seating and were accommodated.

At the new table, the flatware was soiled. I pointed this out to our waiter who whisked it away and returned with replacement utensil cuddled in a fresh linen napkin. For the atmosphere they try and project here, the waitstaff should insure impeccable tables. The menus were distributed, much ado was made over the choice of lap napkins (available in black for the ladies in dark attire) and the wine book presented. Our waiter described the flavors of the day and left. We're thinking, maybe a drink order would be nice while we're selecting our courses?

The first course of salads and buffalo mozzarella was enjoyable. The entree course was a pleasing attempt at fine presentation. Big white plates for a canvas with food pleasantly arranged. Everyone felt a salt shaker on the table would help the otherwise bland seasoning. My tuna arrived very rare, not medium rare as requested. It was an average cut with some stringiness. For the cost, I anticipated sashimi-grade which it was not.

Dessert, unfortunately, was a joke. Strawberry shortcake was 3 berries sliced in half, two mint leaves, a tablespoon of shortcake crumbs, a tablespoon of frozen mascarpone , dressed atop a round of sheet gelatin served on a 12-inch plate. The coconut cake was more traditional and better received.

Atmosphere: Upscale, well done
Value for the price: Huhn-uh
Go back again: Nope
Best part: Free valet parking and extensive wine list

Pros: Free valet parking, wine list

Cons: Pretentious

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My husband and I have visited this restaurant twice now, once for lunch and once for dinner. I have been very pleased. The food was wonderful and our server was amazing. We enjoyed the outdoor seating for lunch (before it became blistering hot out) and sat inside for our dinner. I really appreciated our seats indoors as they were in a rather intimate nook which was great for out evening out without the children, celebrating our anniversary. I highly suggest that anyone interested in this restaurant check it out and ask to sit at one of Bryan's tables. Bryan (our server) was the chief reason we decided to go back to the mint for our celebration instead of another top restaurant. His service is impeccable. With three months between our visits, he remembered our names and most of what we had ordered before. He somehow manages to balance feeling absolutely friendly, approachable, and like someone you've known forever with being absolutely professional and polite. Observing some of the other wait staff around us, it was clear that he is much more suited to a four or five star restaurant . One of the other wait staff I observed seemed to be quite friendly, but at the expense of professionalism. I would highly recommend this restaurant, with Bryan as server, to anyone who appreciates good service about as much as good food. (I cannot speak for the rest of the wait staff, as I have never experienced them.)

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★★★★★

My husband and I have visited this restaurant twice now, once for lunch and once for dinner. I have been very pleased. The food was wonderful and our server was amazing. We enjoyed the outdoor seating for lunch (before it became blistering hot out) and sat inside for our dinner. I really appreciated our seats indoors as they were in a rather intimate nook which was great for out evening out without the children, celebrating our anniversary. I highly suggest that anyone interested in this restaurant check it out and ask to sit at one of Bryan's tables. Bryan (our server) was the chief reason we decided to go back to the mint for our celebration instead of another top restaurant. His service is impeccable. With three months between our visits, he remembered our names and most of what we had ordered before. He somehow manages to balance feeling absolutely friendly, approachable, and like someone you've known forever with being absolutely professional and polite. Observing some of the other wait staff around us, it was clear that he is much more suited to a four or five star restaurant . One of the other wait staff I observed seemed to be quite friendly, but at the expense of professionalism. I would highly recommend this restaurant, with Bryan as server, to anyone who appreciates good service about as much as good food. (I cannot speak for the rest of the wait staff, as I have never experienced them.)

Pros: food, Bryan (wait staff), wine, downtown

Cons: parking

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My wife and I visited the Mint on a Saturday night and found our new favorite place to eat in Raleigh. We don't get the chance to dine out frequently, but have had the pleasure of eating in quite a few top notch restaurants all over this country in our lives, any the Mint is at the top of that list. I don't understand the previous bad reviews this restaurant has received; and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I'm here to tell you don't believe everything you read. The food was superb, the service was the best in town, and the atmosphere is amazing. Maybe the other reviewers weren't ready for what the Mint delivers, great food. Don't take my word for it though, give it a try.

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★★★★★

My wife and I visited the Mint on a Saturday night and found our new favorite place to eat in Raleigh. We don't get the chance to dine out frequently, but have had the pleasure of eating in quite a few top notch restaurants all over this country in our lives, any the Mint is at the top of that list. I don't understand the previous bad reviews this restaurant has received; and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I'm here to tell you don't believe everything you read. The food was superb, the service was the best in town, and the atmosphere is amazing. Maybe the other reviewers weren't ready for what the Mint delivers, great food. Don't take my word for it though, give it a try.

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: Not closer to my house

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I went to the Mint for lunch with my boyfriend last week. I was met at the door by the hostess who seemed to have a bit of an attitude problem. She seated us far too close to a table of young men talking about business on their lunch break who seemed a bit uncomfortable with us that close, as well. The room we were in was empty, mind you. The decor was beautiful and very fitting. We were greeted by our server. Since we'd never been before, she gave both of us recommendations: strawberry gazpacho for an appetizer for both of us, tuna for my boyfriend and the steak sandwich for me. The food was perfect. It took a little while to arrive, but was more than worth it. The sandwich was amazing as was the salmon. My boyfriend still hasn't stopped talking about it. People who say the portions are too small are crazy. After the appetizer and half of my sandwich, I was already full. The staff, minus the one rude hostess, were very accommodating and wonderful. Our server checked on us constantly and she made sure our drinks were never less than 2/3 full. All in all, completely worth the money spent for the amazing food and great service!

2
★★★★★

I went to the Mint for lunch with my boyfriend last week. I was met at the door by the hostess who seemed to have a bit of an attitude problem. She seated us far too close to a table of young men talking about business on their lunch break who seemed a bit uncomfortable with us that close, as well. The room we were in was empty, mind you. The decor was beautiful and very fitting. We were greeted by our server. Since we'd never been before, she gave both of us recommendations: strawberry gazpacho for an appetizer for both of us, tuna for my boyfriend and the steak sandwich for me. The food was perfect. It took a little while to arrive, but was more than worth it. The sandwich was amazing as was the salmon. My boyfriend still hasn't stopped talking about it. People who say the portions are too small are crazy. After the appetizer and half of my sandwich, I was already full. The staff, minus the one rude hostess, were very accommodating and wonderful. Our server checked on us constantly and she made sure our drinks were never less than 2/3 full. All in all, completely worth the money spent for the amazing food and great service!

Pros: FOOD, servers, atmosphere

Cons: rude hostess, bad seating, parking

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My co-worker and I came for lunch and found our first time at The Mint to be a thoroughly enjoyable and pleasant experience. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. She gave us excellent recommendations as to what to order. We saw a red soup come out and asked what it was, turns out it is a gazpacho, she let us have a taste and it was absolutely delicious. I found the menu to be very well thought out and the lunch prices are extremely reasonable. It is a nice retreat to grab a bite to eat. Service was excellent. There is no other place in Raleigh by far. I will be coming back!!!

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★★★★★

My co-worker and I came for lunch and found our first time at The Mint to be a thoroughly enjoyable and pleasant experience. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. She gave us excellent recommendations as to what to order. We saw a red soup come out and asked what it was, turns out it is a gazpacho, she let us have a taste and it was absolutely delicious. I found the menu to be very well thought out and the lunch prices are extremely reasonable. It is a nice retreat to grab a bite to eat. Service was excellent. There is no other place in Raleigh by far. I will be coming back!!!

Pros: Attentive service, Unique menu

Cons: Parking

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My wife and I tried the mint the other night and really were very underwhelmed. The portions were small and not at all tasty. Amazingly, our plate was burning hot but the food on it was cold. How does that happen? My wife had a steak and found it to be chewy and tough (as well as undercooked) Our server was nice but the host staff and manager at the door were not very welcoming and in fact made us feel like they were doing us a favor by seating us when the restaurant was pretty much empty. We wanted to check it out for ourselves but think that most of the unfavorable reviews on here were fairly accurate considering our experience as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I tried the mint the other night and really were very underwhelmed. The portions were small and not at all tasty. Amazingly, our plate was burning hot but the food on it was cold. How does that happen? My wife had a steak and found it to be chewy and tough (as well as undercooked) Our server was nice but the host staff and manager at the door were not very welcoming and in fact made us feel like they were doing us a favor by seating us when the restaurant was pretty much empty. We wanted to check it out for ourselves but think that most of the unfavorable reviews on here were fairly accurate considering our experience as well.

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My wife and I tried the mint on tuesday night and really were very underwhelmed. The portions were small and not at all tasty. Amazingly, our plate was burning hot but the food on it was cold. How does that happen? My wife had a steak and found it to be chewy and tough (as well as undercooked) Our server was nice but the host staff and manager at the door were not very welcoming and in fact made us feel like they were doing us a favor by seating us when the restaurant was pretty much empty. We wanted to check it out for ourselves but think that most of the unfavorable reviews on here were fairly accurate considering our experience as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I tried the mint on tuesday night and really were very underwhelmed. The portions were small and not at all tasty. Amazingly, our plate was burning hot but the food on it was cold. How does that happen? My wife had a steak and found it to be chewy and tough (as well as undercooked) Our server was nice but the host staff and manager at the door were not very welcoming and in fact made us feel like they were doing us a favor by seating us when the restaurant was pretty much empty. We wanted to check it out for ourselves but think that most of the unfavorable reviews on here were fairly accurate considering our experience as well.

Pros: I'm struggling with this one.

Cons: Bad, cold and overpriced food, unfriendly manager and hosts.

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Are you kidding me? I ate at the mint for the first time last week. Before we get to the food: It has to be one of the most ostentatious places I've ever stepped into (particularly for Raleigh)! I mean, are they trying to rub it in everyones faces how much money they dumped into it(along with the tax payer dollars as well), or are they just so tasteless that they think that this glitz and bling is actually beautiful?? It looks like a cheesey vegas buffet!

Now to the food: Wow, where do I start. I'll keep it brief. I've had better meals at Outback, Burger King and Taco Bell (and I hate all of the places I just mentioned) Save your money, go to 2nd Empire, J Betskis, Fins, or 18 Seboard before wasting your $$ at the Mint!

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★☆☆☆☆

Are you kidding me? I ate at the mint for the first time last week. Before we get to the food: It has to be one of the most ostentatious places I've ever stepped into (particularly for Raleigh)! I mean, are they trying to rub it in everyones faces how much money they dumped into it(along with the tax payer dollars as well), or are they just so tasteless that they think that this glitz and bling is actually beautiful?? It looks like a cheesey vegas buffet!

Now to the food: Wow, where do I start. I'll keep it brief. I've had better meals at Outback, Burger King and Taco Bell (and I hate all of the places I just mentioned) Save your money, go to 2nd Empire, J Betskis, Fins, or 18 Seboard before wasting your $$ at the Mint!

Pros: none that I can think of.....

Cons: please see my review!

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I've been here for lunch on Secretary's Day with my coworkers, and then on a Saturday night for pre-dinner show.

First off - they have FREE valet parking! We just tipped a few bucks.

This is a great place to go if you enjoy an upscale environment and fine food. It is NOT a good place to go if you have a huge appetite, are impatient, or are starving! I don't mean to offend, but you see mostly fit, trim people eating there...the type of people who want a 2 pound steak and bloomin onion will be shocked by the very small portions on the very big plates. The food is high quality, but low volume. The wine is pricey, but the selection is very good. I had a thai-style pasta dish with shrimp for lunch, and a duck breast for dinner, and both were excellent.

The service can be a little unpredictable...the waitstaff is trying very, very hard to be top rate, but they seem to be learning. Or maybe it's the kitchen's fault. Either way, we found the waitstaff's efforts to be earnest and charming...they are very friendly and are trying their best to make this a top-rate restaurant.

I understand there is jazz on Saturday nights and one weekday (can't remember which one).

We had a great time here. I would strongly recommend it for a romantic dinner or a business meal to impress. (I do not recommend it to lovers of Outback Steakhouse and all-you-can-eat buffet's.)

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★★★★★

I've been here for lunch on Secretary's Day with my coworkers, and then on a Saturday night for pre-dinner show.

First off - they have FREE valet parking! We just tipped a few bucks.

This is a great place to go if you enjoy an upscale environment and fine food. It is NOT a good place to go if you have a huge appetite, are impatient, or are starving! I don't mean to offend, but you see mostly fit, trim people eating there...the type of people who want a 2 pound steak and bloomin onion will be shocked by the very small portions on the very big plates. The food is high quality, but low volume. The wine is pricey, but the selection is very good. I had a thai-style pasta dish with shrimp for lunch, and a duck breast for dinner, and both were excellent.

The service can be a little unpredictable...the waitstaff is trying very, very hard to be top rate, but they seem to be learning. Or maybe it's the kitchen's fault. Either way, we found the waitstaff's efforts to be earnest and charming...they are very friendly and are trying their best to make this a top-rate restaurant.

I understand there is jazz on Saturday nights and one weekday (can't remember which one).

We had a great time here. I would strongly recommend it for a romantic dinner or a business meal to impress. (I do not recommend it to lovers of Outback Steakhouse and all-you-can-eat buffet's.)

Pros: Classy, high quality food, earnest service, fun location

Cons: Service can be slow, expensive

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I took my wife there for the first time Thursday night and had an exceptioanl meal. The place is breathtakinly beautiful. The food, service and wine were all top notch and definetly up there with the best I've ever had! Scored major points with the wife as well for taking her to such a beautful spot (hint hint guys) We will return often!

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★★★★★

I took my wife there for the first time Thursday night and had an exceptioanl meal. The place is breathtakinly beautiful. The food, service and wine were all top notch and definetly up there with the best I've ever had! Scored major points with the wife as well for taking her to such a beautful spot (hint hint guys) We will return often!

Pros: FREE Valet Parking, Amazing Service, Food, Wine and Space

Cons: none that I can think of

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My experience at The Mint was no less than outstanding! It was a very metropolitan feel unlike any other in Raleigh, We need new places like this to continue to enhance our opportunites for great evenings out. It touched all the senses. Highly recommend for a fun night of dining! Got to try the Lobster app.

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★★★★★

My experience at The Mint was no less than outstanding! It was a very metropolitan feel unlike any other in Raleigh, We need new places like this to continue to enhance our opportunites for great evenings out. It touched all the senses. Highly recommend for a fun night of dining! Got to try the Lobster app.

Pros: Awesome look, comp. valet park, outside dining

Cons: undiscovered

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Went to the Mint a few days ago with a group of friends to celebrate a special occasion. Mint is defintiely nicely decorated , with a noveau rich-kindda-vibe. Service was good but other than that I wouldnt recommend it. Mint is overrated and over priced. You can only do so much with a nice ambience but the food needs to stand out.
The food --Ugh! Forget about ordering the steaks! The steaks were either tough or have no flavor at all. If youre in for a good steak , your better off going to a REAL steak house like Ruth Chris or The Angus Barn. A friend ordered a steak but it came out wrong twice! He ended up not having any dinner because by the time everyone else had finished eating , his steak wasnt out yet ! Apparently it takes 17 minutes to cook a steak so go figure if you cant make it right the first go around. The ala cart sides were good but the serving size was small.
Service was good and the wait staff was apologetic about the mistakes but by that time the whole dining experience was already ruined.
If the empty tables that night were and indication of Mint's success, I think the Raleigh's tax money was money wasted.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to the Mint a few days ago with a group of friends to celebrate a special occasion. Mint is defintiely nicely decorated , with a noveau rich-kindda-vibe. Service was good but other than that I wouldnt recommend it. Mint is overrated and over priced. You can only do so much with a nice ambience but the food needs to stand out.
The food --Ugh! Forget about ordering the steaks! The steaks were either tough or have no flavor at all. If youre in for a good steak , your better off going to a REAL steak house like Ruth Chris or The Angus Barn. A friend ordered a steak but it came out wrong twice! He ended up not having any dinner because by the time everyone else had finished eating , his steak wasnt out yet ! Apparently it takes 17 minutes to cook a steak so go figure if you cant make it right the first go around. The ala cart sides were good but the serving size was small.
Service was good and the wait staff was apologetic about the mistakes but by that time the whole dining experience was already ruined.
If the empty tables that night were and indication of Mint's success, I think the Raleigh's tax money was money wasted.

Pros: decor, "uber-rich feel", good service

Cons: small servings, subprime steaks

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What a tool! I actually asked the waiter if the guy was for real. While decanting our wine it was obvious that he loved the sound of his own voice. What's the problem with wine people in general? They seem to all use the same terms while flailing their arms around in ecstasy. It's wine. Shut up and pour it please! Anyway the guy seemed to be speaking down to us and then went away with a smirk after we didn't fully understand what he was talking about. Aside from that the food was excellent. The pork chop was outstanding. Pricey but good. The waiter was nice. The decor pretty. Valet parking and polite hostesses. I'd dine there again. But I'd skip the wine service and get a cocktail instead.

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★★★☆☆

What a tool! I actually asked the waiter if the guy was for real. While decanting our wine it was obvious that he loved the sound of his own voice. What's the problem with wine people in general? They seem to all use the same terms while flailing their arms around in ecstasy. It's wine. Shut up and pour it please! Anyway the guy seemed to be speaking down to us and then went away with a smirk after we didn't fully understand what he was talking about. Aside from that the food was excellent. The pork chop was outstanding. Pricey but good. The waiter was nice. The decor pretty. Valet parking and polite hostesses. I'd dine there again. But I'd skip the wine service and get a cocktail instead.

Pros: valet parking, nice food

Cons: Poor wine service.

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Finally made it to the Mint after all of the hype and was very disappointed. Upon entering the decor and ambiance is awsome. This is where it ends as far as 5 star is concerned. The hostess was not friendly at all and acted like we should be thankful to be in the Miiiint. It took 10 minutes or more for our waitress to greet us. We ordered wine after asking multiple questions, which could not be answered about any of the wines from our waitress. The person who opened our wine, who was not our waitress, broke the cork and did not offer to decant it. Upon asking questions about the menu the waitress acted clueless. She did not know if the Salmon was farmraised or wild and did not even try to find out. My wife and I ordered the famous lobster appetizer, salads and our entrees. The salads came out first and then our entrees. NO famous lobster and no one offered to take our entree's back and get the lobster. 15 minutes into our entrees the manager approached our table and said " I am sorry your appetizers did not come out before your entrees, but the lobster appetizer is great after any entree. Let me know if you are still hungry and I will have your waitress bring it out." I eat dessert after my entrees not appetizers. We ordered dessert and then quickly asked for the check. The desserts were not even comped. The best part of the night was seeing a colleague on the way out. If you want a 5 star restaurant go to Herons at the Umpstead Hotel and do not give this place a second thought.

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★★☆☆☆


Finally made it to the Mint after all of the hype and was very disappointed. Upon entering the decor and ambiance is awsome. This is where it ends as far as 5 star is concerned. The hostess was not friendly at all and acted like we should be thankful to be in the Miiiint. It took 10 minutes or more for our waitress to greet us. We ordered wine after asking multiple questions, which could not be answered about any of the wines from our waitress. The person who opened our wine, who was not our waitress, broke the cork and did not offer to decant it. Upon asking questions about the menu the waitress acted clueless. She did not know if the Salmon was farmraised or wild and did not even try to find out. My wife and I ordered the famous lobster appetizer, salads and our entrees. The salads came out first and then our entrees. NO famous lobster and no one offered to take our entree's back and get the lobster. 15 minutes into our entrees the manager approached our table and said " I am sorry your appetizers did not come out before your entrees, but the lobster appetizer is great after any entree. Let me know if you are still hungry and I will have your waitress bring it out." I eat dessert after my entrees not appetizers. We ordered dessert and then quickly asked for the check. The desserts were not even comped. The best part of the night was seeing a colleague on the way out. If you want a 5 star restaurant go to Herons at the Umpstead Hotel and do not give this place a second thought.

Pros: ambaince

Cons: service and prices

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Wow, were we dissapointed. The food is ok. it's plated beautifully, but too salty and over cooked. We had a lovely server...Jodi i think, but the wine server was a pompus A_ _. He was already in a bad mood wneh he came to the table and then proceeded to make our friends feel like idiots becasuse we didn't understand "the wine service"? Give me a break, we're in Raleigh for goodness sake having an avarage bottle of wine. ...thank god we didn't let him spoil our evening. no dessert thank you...we're otta here!
The plus is vallet parking...that's it. I think we'll stick with who we know for excellent food, friendly atmoshere, and helpful wine stewards... Mo's Diner, Fins, Cafe Luna, Nana's,....too many to mention.

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★★★☆☆

Wow, were we dissapointed. The food is ok. it's plated beautifully, but too salty and over cooked. We had a lovely server...Jodi i think, but the wine server was a pompus A_ _. He was already in a bad mood wneh he came to the table and then proceeded to make our friends feel like idiots becasuse we didn't understand "the wine service"? Give me a break, we're in Raleigh for goodness sake having an avarage bottle of wine. ...thank god we didn't let him spoil our evening. no dessert thank you...we're otta here!
The plus is vallet parking...that's it. I think we'll stick with who we know for excellent food, friendly atmoshere, and helpful wine stewards... Mo's Diner, Fins, Cafe Luna, Nana's,....too many to mention.

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We go regularly to restaurants in Raleigh on our way to NC Symphony Concerts, often with friends. Four of us went to the Mint tonight, and the evening was superb. To cut to the chase, this is one of the two or three best restaurants in the Triangle (with Magnolia Grill and Fearrington House). We were seated promptly. The amuse bouche was a tiny cube of Tasmanian salmon and mushroom. The tastes were surprisingly complex. The wine list is superb, particularly since we love Oregon & California Pinot Noirs and they have roughly 40 available. The sommelier was friendly and helpful - he knows his stuff. Two of us had crab cakes and they were much more interesting that usual, mostly due to the spices. Our main course was duck (and yes, it was perfect with the Shea Vineyard Pinot), with parsnips, and a pear with a gorganzola based filling. The person who had lamb and risotto was also very impressed. Desserts were fine, not quite a match to the wine list, appetizers, and entrees, but fine. Service - uniformly excellent. Setting - quietly elegant. A place for special occasions? Absolutely. We'll be back. Expensive, but worth it.

2
★★★★★

We go regularly to restaurants in Raleigh on our way to NC Symphony Concerts, often with friends. Four of us went to the Mint tonight, and the evening was superb. To cut to the chase, this is one of the two or three best restaurants in the Triangle (with Magnolia Grill and Fearrington House). We were seated promptly. The amuse bouche was a tiny cube of Tasmanian salmon and mushroom. The tastes were surprisingly complex. The wine list is superb, particularly since we love Oregon & California Pinot Noirs and they have roughly 40 available. The sommelier was friendly and helpful - he knows his stuff. Two of us had crab cakes and they were much more interesting that usual, mostly due to the spices. Our main course was duck (and yes, it was perfect with the Shea Vineyard Pinot), with parsnips, and a pear with a gorganzola based filling. The person who had lamb and risotto was also very impressed. Desserts were fine, not quite a match to the wine list, appetizers, and entrees, but fine. Service - uniformly excellent. Setting - quietly elegant. A place for special occasions? Absolutely. We'll be back. Expensive, but worth it.

Pros: Food. Lengthy & well chosen wine list. Ambience.

Cons: It's expensive....

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I had dinner at the Mint with my girlfriend last week, and it was by far the best fine dining experience I have had in Raleigh. I take my hat off to the chef, because it is clear that he is many steps ahead of any other premier restaurant in the Triangle. Every dish was excellent, both in taste and presentation. I had the mushroom soup and the tuna, both of which were amazing. You can tell they use the freshest of ingredients, and the wait staff is also very accommodating. This restaurant should be a wake up call for other four-stars, as they need to seriously step their game up. Prices were a lot more reasonable than I had anticipated! I plan on returning to the Mint very soon.

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★★★★★

I had dinner at the Mint with my girlfriend last week, and it was by far the best fine dining experience I have had in Raleigh. I take my hat off to the chef, because it is clear that he is many steps ahead of any other premier restaurant in the Triangle. Every dish was excellent, both in taste and presentation. I had the mushroom soup and the tuna, both of which were amazing. You can tell they use the freshest of ingredients, and the wait staff is also very accommodating. This restaurant should be a wake up call for other four-stars, as they need to seriously step their game up. Prices were a lot more reasonable than I had anticipated! I plan on returning to the Mint very soon.

Pros: Valet Parking

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I wen to the mint for cocktails and appetizers. The food was bland, expensive, and small portioned. The service was unattentive and very slow. The only good thing about the mint is the free valet parking. I will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

I wen to the mint for cocktails and appetizers. The food was bland, expensive, and small portioned. The service was unattentive and very slow. The only good thing about the mint is the free valet parking. I will not be returning.

Pros: free valet

Cons: expensive

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I am not a prolific review writer, but I did want to express my gratitude and share my good experiences I had at my first visit to The Mint.
A friend of mine and I came in for a beer and an appetizer a few weekends ago during the late evening. I was strongly impressed by all aspects of my experience there.
We were greeted very warmly upon entering, as if old friends, and were promply seated. The grand spiral staircase was beautiful and we took our time just taking the atmosphere in. Everything was visually stunning. Shortly after being seated, we were warmly greeted by our waiter. We each ordered a beer and an appetizer (I, the Foraged Mushroom Soup, and my friend, the Beef Tartare) which were absolutely outstanding.
I was so impressed that my wife and I have dinner reservations for this weekend. If my last experience is any indication of what I have in store, I highly anticipate the full dining experience at The Mint and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fine dining experience where you feel like a truly welcomed guest.

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★★★★★

I am not a prolific review writer, but I did want to express my gratitude and share my good experiences I had at my first visit to The Mint.
A friend of mine and I came in for a beer and an appetizer a few weekends ago during the late evening. I was strongly impressed by all aspects of my experience there.
We were greeted very warmly upon entering, as if old friends, and were promply seated. The grand spiral staircase was beautiful and we took our time just taking the atmosphere in. Everything was visually stunning. Shortly after being seated, we were warmly greeted by our waiter. We each ordered a beer and an appetizer (I, the Foraged Mushroom Soup, and my friend, the Beef Tartare) which were absolutely outstanding.
I was so impressed that my wife and I have dinner reservations for this weekend. If my last experience is any indication of what I have in store, I highly anticipate the full dining experience at The Mint and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a fine dining experience where you feel like a truly welcomed guest.

Pros: Visually stunning, kind and timely waitstaff, excellent food

Cons: If you valet park you're okay, but if not then parking can be difficult

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The overly hyped, The Mint, is not worth the money nor the time. I don't mind paying the high prices for fine food but if The Mint calls that 'fine' food, we have major issues. The night we went, the restaurant was pretty emptied. Yet they sat us at the table right next to the stairs. We found that odd but didn't say anything. Then I ordered the forage of mushroom soup thinking that I would get chunks of exotic mushrooms. WRONG. What I got was, overly cornstarched soup with a splash of mushroom flavor. My spouse ordered the lobster...first, it wasn't cooked and the portion you get for the price won't even feed an anorexic!! Going back to the smell...we noticed that perhaps the kitchen doesn't have a good ventilation/hood system. We told the host about it, he went to check it out, came back and told us that someone had accidentially turned off the 'air freshener." WHAT? Air freshener? So, needless to say, we walked out of the 'fine' restaurant smelling like we had just pan seared seafood in our own house without turning on the fan/hood system. The bar didn't impress us one bit. It actually looks, "cheap." I agree with some of the other comments about having much better bars and foods in the downtown area. We will certainly not go back. At least one writer got a bottle of champagne. We got nothing but, "Someone forgot to turn on the 'air freshener.'"

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★☆☆☆☆

The overly hyped, The Mint, is not worth the money nor the time. I don't mind paying the high prices for fine food but if The Mint calls that 'fine' food, we have major issues. The night we went, the restaurant was pretty emptied. Yet they sat us at the table right next to the stairs. We found that odd but didn't say anything. Then I ordered the forage of mushroom soup thinking that I would get chunks of exotic mushrooms. WRONG. What I got was, overly cornstarched soup with a splash of mushroom flavor. My spouse ordered the lobster...first, it wasn't cooked and the portion you get for the price won't even feed an anorexic!! Going back to the smell...we noticed that perhaps the kitchen doesn't have a good ventilation/hood system. We told the host about it, he went to check it out, came back and told us that someone had accidentially turned off the 'air freshener." WHAT? Air freshener? So, needless to say, we walked out of the 'fine' restaurant smelling like we had just pan seared seafood in our own house without turning on the fan/hood system. The bar didn't impress us one bit. It actually looks, "cheap." I agree with some of the other comments about having much better bars and foods in the downtown area. We will certainly not go back. At least one writer got a bottle of champagne. We got nothing but, "Someone forgot to turn on the 'air freshener.'"

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I went to the Mint of Friday evening for my boyfriend's birthday last evening. We were a party of 5 and we were seated promptly to our table. The decor of the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. The bar is not as big of a "wow" as the main dining room is but either way the restaurant's interior was beautiful. It did take awhile for our server to greet us and our appetizers did take a bit longer, but from being a manager in a fine dining restaurant and my guests, and my boyfriend all of whom work in a fine dining restauran, we know how it goes. After the appetizers came to our table, everything went smoothingly after that. The wine the server suggested was great. The appetizers were delicious especially the Beef Tartare. That is a phenomenal dish, absolutely fantastic. My boyfriend enjoyed it immensely. I had the shrimp and grits, and it was good, not great but good. I had the NY strip listed on the menu and I have to say that it was one of the best steaks I have had in a long time. Was cooked perfectly and the sliced it in half so that you can see what temperature your steak is. We skipped dessert since we had birthday cake at home but for a restaurant that has just been opened a little under a month, the food and service is definitely there. Just a few little touch ups and that place will be more than amazing. We WILL be back.

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★★★★★

I went to the Mint of Friday evening for my boyfriend's birthday last evening. We were a party of 5 and we were seated promptly to our table. The decor of the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. The bar is not as big of a "wow" as the main dining room is but either way the restaurant's interior was beautiful. It did take awhile for our server to greet us and our appetizers did take a bit longer, but from being a manager in a fine dining restaurant and my guests, and my boyfriend all of whom work in a fine dining restauran, we know how it goes. After the appetizers came to our table, everything went smoothingly after that. The wine the server suggested was great. The appetizers were delicious especially the Beef Tartare. That is a phenomenal dish, absolutely fantastic. My boyfriend enjoyed it immensely. I had the shrimp and grits, and it was good, not great but good. I had the NY strip listed on the menu and I have to say that it was one of the best steaks I have had in a long time. Was cooked perfectly and the sliced it in half so that you can see what temperature your steak is. We skipped dessert since we had birthday cake at home but for a restaurant that has just been opened a little under a month, the food and service is definitely there. Just a few little touch ups and that place will be more than amazing. We WILL be back.

Pros: Food, Decor

Cons: Table too close to the door...very cold

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We finally went to Mint the other night, and I cannot begin to tell you how underwhelming the experience was. We went early on a Friday night only to have a few drinks and appetizers in the bar, and even that was apparently too much to ask. After sitting down, it took at least 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. Then it took another 10 minutes before we got to look at any drink or food menus, and another 10 minutes to get our drinks. Over 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks!!! The slow service would have been understandable had the bar been busy, but we were surrounded by empty tables. Things only got worse when the food finally came. The shrimp and grits appetizer was exactly that - a single, lonely shrimp in a puddle of bland grits. And the place has the audacity to charge $15 for one shrimp. The crab cake appetizer wasn't any better - two tiny, bland, mushy lumps of something that kind of resembled crab. The other apps were likewise tiny, bland, and overpriced. To be fair, the atmosphere is very nice, but nothing else about the place inspires me to go back. There are several restaurants in the downtown area which could teach Mint a few things. In my opinion, you are better off heading down the street to Fins.

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★☆☆☆☆

We finally went to Mint the other night, and I cannot begin to tell you how underwhelming the experience was. We went early on a Friday night only to have a few drinks and appetizers in the bar, and even that was apparently too much to ask. After sitting down, it took at least 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. Then it took another 10 minutes before we got to look at any drink or food menus, and another 10 minutes to get our drinks. Over 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks!!! The slow service would have been understandable had the bar been busy, but we were surrounded by empty tables. Things only got worse when the food finally came. The shrimp and grits appetizer was exactly that - a single, lonely shrimp in a puddle of bland grits. And the place has the audacity to charge $15 for one shrimp. The crab cake appetizer wasn't any better - two tiny, bland, mushy lumps of something that kind of resembled crab. The other apps were likewise tiny, bland, and overpriced. To be fair, the atmosphere is very nice, but nothing else about the place inspires me to go back. There are several restaurants in the downtown area which could teach Mint a few things. In my opinion, you are better off heading down the street to Fins.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced, slow service, bland food

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I live downtown and frequent most of the restaurants and bars in search of healthy food, creative cocktails, live music, and trendy people. I discovered the Mint a few weeks ago and was excited to have such a classy environment in our Capital city. I think the restaurant will be a tremendous asset for the new convention center and the Marriot Hotel, which will open this year. The Mint has only been open a couple of weeks and I've had two dinners and stopped in three or four times for a beer in the upstairs bar. The service has been attentive and polite. The food is creative and certainly impressive. I'm really looking forward to the outside dining once the weather warms up.

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★★★★★

I live downtown and frequent most of the restaurants and bars in search of healthy food, creative cocktails, live music, and trendy people. I discovered the Mint a few weeks ago and was excited to have such a classy environment in our Capital city. I think the restaurant will be a tremendous asset for the new convention center and the Marriot Hotel, which will open this year. The Mint has only been open a couple of weeks and I've had two dinners and stopped in three or four times for a beer in the upstairs bar. The service has been attentive and polite. The food is creative and certainly impressive. I'm really looking forward to the outside dining once the weather warms up.

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Lets be clear, Im no rube when it comes to fine dining. And, I may not frequent all of the "in" spots in Raleigh but, Ive been around enough to know what is good & what is not. When considering The Mint, you must have an open mind: If it is your intention to be pretentious in an elegant setting devoid of any culinary imagination, then this place is for you. Personally, some of the bars down the street offer more diversity with their menu & they have Wii! I was impressed with everything about the restaurant but the food & the service. In a party of 14, it took over an hour to seat us & close to another for "small food" masquerading as entrees to arrive (our wait staff all but disppeared). The flatiron steak was nothing short of a poached roast without the personality. Plates of the filet mignon showed without any presentation what so ever. No greenery. No cave paintings done in a burgundy reduction...just a piece of meat in the middle of a oversized white plate - THAT WAS IT!! Was this reality TV? Where was Gordon Ramsay? We were then insulted by someone who showed up with a bottle of champagne to wash away any hard feelings - are you kidding me??! My martini cost more than that ! Again, all is forgiven if a waitress shows & apologizes for the delays; if the food were not bland renditions of so-called southern fare; if, The Mint lived up to its own hype. Some of the guest enjoyed the duck, the seared grouper & the lamb. And, I must admit the lobster appetizer was superb. The Mint is new, this is obvious. Perhaps once they hammer out a decent menu worthy of their million dollar price tag, they may garner some respect from those of us not willing to kiss them for perks. Until then, if you just need to spend insane amounts of money for food, visit other high end restaurants in the area, at least you'll be full when you leave - seriously, we had to stop at a hotdog vendor afterward.

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★★☆☆☆

Lets be clear, Im no rube when it comes to fine dining. And, I may not frequent all of the "in" spots in Raleigh but, Ive been around enough to know what is good & what is not. When considering The Mint, you must have an open mind: If it is your intention to be pretentious in an elegant setting devoid of any culinary imagination, then this place is for you. Personally, some of the bars down the street offer more diversity with their menu & they have Wii! I was impressed with everything about the restaurant but the food & the service. In a party of 14, it took over an hour to seat us & close to another for "small food" masquerading as entrees to arrive (our wait staff all but disppeared). The flatiron steak was nothing short of a poached roast without the personality. Plates of the filet mignon showed without any presentation what so ever. No greenery. No cave paintings done in a burgundy reduction...just a piece of meat in the middle of a oversized white plate - THAT WAS IT!! Was this reality TV? Where was Gordon Ramsay? We were then insulted by someone who showed up with a bottle of champagne to wash away any hard feelings - are you kidding me??! My martini cost more than that ! Again, all is forgiven if a waitress shows & apologizes for the delays; if the food were not bland renditions of so-called southern fare; if, The Mint lived up to its own hype. Some of the guest enjoyed the duck, the seared grouper & the lamb. And, I must admit the lobster appetizer was superb. The Mint is new, this is obvious. Perhaps once they hammer out a decent menu worthy of their million dollar price tag, they may garner some respect from those of us not willing to kiss them for perks. Until then, if you just need to spend insane amounts of money for food, visit other high end restaurants in the area, at least you'll be full when you leave - seriously, we had to stop at a hotdog vendor afterward.

Pros: Atmosphere, Possibilities

Cons: Pricey, Small Food, Poor Service, Single stall facilities

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Just wanted to get on and say that once again, I had an amazing experience at The Mint. My husband and I went for an "early" valentine's day dinner and were very pleased we chose The Mint. I had the scallops and a ceasar salad, my husband had the strip and the crab cakes. Great experience all around! Staff is personable as well as knowledgeable. We have grown fond of this place, and will be back every chance we get!

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★★★★★

Just wanted to get on and say that once again, I had an amazing experience at The Mint. My husband and I went for an "early" valentine's day dinner and were very pleased we chose The Mint. I had the scallops and a ceasar salad, my husband had the strip and the crab cakes. Great experience all around! Staff is personable as well as knowledgeable. We have grown fond of this place, and will be back every chance we get!

Pros: friendly staff, excellent food

Cons: none

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My wife and I have dined at the Mint twice. Once in the bar area for appetizers and cocktails as well as once in the dining room for the full experience and we will be going back often! The server took great care in making sure that my wife's allergies were attended to and really took the time to explain the menu to us when we had questions. The beef they are using is free range organic beef and it it truly yummy (I had the NY Strip entree)! The wine list is very well chosen and quite unique. All in all a great experience and one we felt obliged to share with other people.

I've read the negative reviews on here and have to say that not a single employee that we encountered was the slightest bit rude, in fact they all went out of their way to be extremely nice and professional. The other negative comment I read complained about portion size and I'm not sure what they ordered but our dinners and appetizers were way more then adequate (so much so that my wife took home her dinner for lunch the next day)

In short, we will be going back and can say with full confidence that it is our new favorite spot in Raleigh! Kudos to the Mint staff!!!

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★★★★★

My wife and I have dined at the Mint twice. Once in the bar area for appetizers and cocktails as well as once in the dining room for the full experience and we will be going back often! The server took great care in making sure that my wife's allergies were attended to and really took the time to explain the menu to us when we had questions. The beef they are using is free range organic beef and it it truly yummy (I had the NY Strip entree)! The wine list is very well chosen and quite unique. All in all a great experience and one we felt obliged to share with other people.

I've read the negative reviews on here and have to say that not a single employee that we encountered was the slightest bit rude, in fact they all went out of their way to be extremely nice and professional. The other negative comment I read complained about portion size and I'm not sure what they ordered but our dinners and appetizers were way more then adequate (so much so that my wife took home her dinner for lunch the next day)

In short, we will be going back and can say with full confidence that it is our new favorite spot in Raleigh! Kudos to the Mint staff!!!

Pros: Amazing atmosphere, professional, friendly service, awesome food!

Cons: mmmm....wish they were closer to our home in Durham!!

 

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