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Poole's Diner

426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1727
+1 919-832-4477
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (22 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (100 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1727
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Pool’s is a great place with a rotating menu based on what’s fresh and seasonally available. They also have a really nice selection of wines, craft beers, and great cocktails. It has great ambiance, with the front section of the restaurant being old style diner...More

Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have much time to waste it absolutely you can come to Poole's Diner.Who talk about the kindness.

Thank Zeki S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate at Poole’s for the first time last night for our wedding anniversary. We arrived around 7 and did have about a half hour wait, which we spent walking around downtown until they texted us.

Thank marrim42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1) I went here on a Monday night at 9pm 2) Staff was more interested in sitting around eating their free entrees of the night than engaging the customers 3) Every menu scribbled on chalkboards overheard that if you don't have the greatest eyes or...More

Thank Zach F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever I come into Raleigh from NY , I eat at Pooles. I only go on week nights not on the weekends to avoid the crowds. They open at 5 pm and it’s a score if you get there when it opens. I have eaten...More

Thank scottyh77
Reviewed 2 November 2017

OMG!!! There are not enough adjectives in our language to describe just how awesome the food is at Poole's Diner!! We had to wait for a table ( there was open seating at their diner counter) but visited their bar to help us pass the...More

1  Thank evildwarf
Reviewed 1 November 2017

At Poole's Diner, you can't reserve. You have to go down there and wait with all of the other people who want to eat there. We were told it would be about a 45 minute wait. This turned out to be a bit of a...More

Thank Leslie O
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

That Ashley Christensen is a god is unquestioned. That this initial Mt Olympus of hers is worth climbing to dine at the feet of the gods is why I write. Yes, oh my god, yes. I've been to Poole's since the day it opened and...More

Thank JMark S
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

This is my go to place for when friends come into town. Such a unique place and killer food. Small menu but who cares. It’s loud and hard to hear but the food is very good. I had pan fried halibut, macaroni and colifkower and...More

Thank Kent H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I went with a group for Sunday brunch, with all the hype about Ashley Christensen, I expected more from my experience. There will be a line so get there early as the restaurant is small. It is also noisy. We were put at tables pushed...More

Thank NCTraveler2015
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Questions & Answers
25 November 2016|
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Response from Kent H | Reviewed this property |
No wait at 530. After that depends on evening. We have always gone early because we have heard it could be an hour wait
27 June 2016|
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Response from James N | Reviewed this property |
Casual They want you to enjoy the food. It's not about the place or the special decor. It's the food that's the feature.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1727
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-832-4477
  • E-mail
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