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“Fresh, Delicious Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mo's Diner

Mo's Diner
306 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1436
919-856-9938
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Ranked #282 of 1,236 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fresh, Delicious Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Everything on the menu is cooked fresh. The atmosphere is delightful in an old house in downtown Raleigh. Service is superb.

Visited September 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Calm before Bluegrass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Mo's consistently pleases those seeking great food and a calm downtown atmosphere. It is like going to a fabulous chef's home for dinner. The seating is placed throughout the home to offer privacy, views and encourages conversations. All of our dishes from apps to dessert were wonderful, but the favorite was the melt in our mouth rack of lamb! the ingredients are always fresh and local. Holly's desserts are incredible, so be sure to save room ~ so worth the calories!! Delightful evening that will leave you asking why has it been so long since my last visit?!?

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I visited mo's for the first time a few days ago, and the food was absolutely amazing. We started with the carb cake app, grilled romaine salad, and pear Gorgonzola salad. All three were outstanding but the grilled romaine salad really stood out. It was so delicious and the dressing was like none we had ever eaten. It was very smoky and complemented the salad well. The crab cake had a nice crab flavor with a delicious remoulade sauce. The pear Gorgonzola salad was probably our least favorite but was still good. For entrees my wife had the shrimp chicken andouille rice and spicy tomatoes while I had the lamb chops. Our waiter, Juan-Carlos, actually recommended my wife's dish over the dry rubbed steak so we knew it had to be delicious, but it totally blew us away. It was absolutely amazing. It was sorta like a jambalaya but the flavors were so complex and layered perfectly. My lamb chops were also very good and came with some delicious garlic mashed potatoes and fried spinach. For dessert we shared the banana napoleon which was like a banana pudding only better. It was banana slices layered in phyllo dough with a sweet custard layered in. It was to die for. Overall this is probably one of the best meals we have had over the past 4 years of living in raleigh and I can't believe it took us this long to find such a great restaurant.

As for some of the previous reviews about the parking situation. There are multiple signs inside the restaurant stating the parking lot does not belong to the restaurant, even the back page of the menu is a huge statement about not parking in that lot. If people can't read the signs outside the lot, inside the restaurant, and on the menu then they deserve a ticket.

Visited September 2013
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“Great food and service, unique atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had dinner recently at Mo's and I was reminded again of what a nice and unique place it is. The owner has a Raleigh family history in the restaurant business and it shows in how the restaurant is run and the friendly, efficient service. The food is absolutely delicious and reasonable. Best of all, the restaurant is nice, but relaxed. You can eat inside and enjoy a great atmosphere or have a table on the front porch, which is fabulous in the Fall and Spring weather. When you go to Mo's you feel a bit transported to a more relaxed time in downtown Raleigh and you get to enjoy that a gourmet chef has moved into your neighborhood.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Syosset, NY
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Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Unique house in downtown near park. Nice local specials - not so much southern as fresh local”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Table indoors by window/porch with view. Lovely porch available buy a bit warm for that our night.

Had local fish dishes, a shrimp, chicken and andouille sausage in finely spiced sauce with rice, a variation on jambalaya.

Favorite part was the banana napoleon - very unique special feuilles (leaves) and loaded with sweet bananas.

Very cordial host/waiter served us cordially and attentively. Casual decorated atmosphere is very relaxing.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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