Mandolin Aegean Bistro

4312 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
305-749-9140
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Mandolin Aegean Bistro +

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Details

  • Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm Sun 12pm-10pm
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
The teeny Mandolin Aegean Bistro is housed in a former 1940s home adorably adorned in blue and white; quaintness fills the air as tangibly as extra-virgin Greek olive oil fills vials on each table. There are just 17 seats indoors, but the outdoor garden patio in back seats twice that number. Homemade pide bread precedes the fare, described as "simple, rustic, and authentic to the villages of Greece and Turkey." The dozen-plus mezes include steamed mussels, fried calamari, flamed cheese saganaki, and some Turkish delights such as a stunningly flavorful tomato-walnut dip, one of three spreads in the "Turkish sampler." Mandolin performs straightforward cooking best, whether it be an assertively grilled whole yellowtail, whose pristine white flakes are primped with lemon and olive oil, or a sweet, tender curlicue of grilled octopus misted with the same Mediterranean lubricants. Even chicken kebab, which is usually just menu fodder for timid eaters, turned out to be unexpectedly rousing: five huge, juicy hunks of deliciously grilled white meat enhanced further when dipped into a side dish of tzatziki. Moussaka was middling at best, which makes the $17 cost that much harder to swallow, especially at lunchtime. Don't miss the rousing Greek salad: large ripe wedges of tomato, cucumber, and green peppers mingled with smaller shots of red onion, capers, and Kalamata olives, the radiant medley grabbing shade under a wide white plank of feta cheese. Chocolate cake, on the other hand, is eminently miss-able. A few such inconsistencies aside, beneath Mandolin's bright-eyed façade beats a sweet spirit and some tasty fare. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/mandolin-aegean-bistro-brings-greek-to-miami-6366370

Related Stories (20)

  • UberEats Launches in Miami Today
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 8:56 a.m. by Laine Doss

    Chances are you're an Uber user. Now, the same people who give you a ride to and from your favorite restaurant can also pick up a meal for you and deliver it to your home or office through its restaurant delivery arm. UberEats launc...

  • The Five Greenest Restaurants in Miami for Earth Day
    Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. by Julie Harans

    Eateries claiming to be “sustainable” and “eco-friendly are a dime a dozen, and separating the posers from the honestly passionate can be tricky. At these local restaurants, Earth-friendly initiatives aren’t just a PR strategy; thei...

  • The Five Best Restaurants in Miami to Take Out-of-Towners
    Friday, March 25, 2016 at 10:01 a.m. by Valeria Nekhim Lease

    Whether you like it or not, people love to visit Miami. And when they do, it's the job of their local hosts to show them the best the city has to offer. It's a big responsibility, no doubt, but fortunately we've narrowed it down to ...

  • The Ten Best Greek Restaurants in Miami
    Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:01 a.m. by Maureen Aimee Mariano

    More often than not, we tend to forget about all the brilliant contributions that the Greeks gave to this world. Looking way back to ancient Greece, it was the birthplace of world-famous mathematicians and  the foundation of my...

Load More Articles
View All

More Greek Restaurants in Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

View All

More Greek Restaurants in Miami

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >