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Poole's Diner

#17 of 1,140 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1727
+1 919-832-4477
17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Southport, North Carolina
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First time at this restaurant but not Ashleys other establishments,Agreat selection of craft beers,bottle and tap.The mac and cheese is one of the best I've tasted,a single serving will do for 4 as an appy.our party had pork shank,short rib and a fabulous entree called RABBIT SLICK,sort of a stew,I highly recommend it

Thank fourflo
Morrisville, North Carolina
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I couldn't wait to try Poole's Diner to taste Ashley Christensen's famous fare, which I would have to rate only fair, at best. The long wait was expected, but the food was certainly not worth it. The menu was very limited and they had already run out of one of the specials by the time we were seated. The mac... More 

Thank WolfpackJack01
Williamsburg, Virginia
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Poole's diner has a wonderful atmosphere, the attentive service was the best I've seen in a long while and the food selection was unusual and was very good. If you order the mac and cheese as a side, plan to share it.

Thank CH47Hokie
Raleigh, North Carolina
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Date night and dinner before a play. Got here early enough to get a seat right away (not a big place; plan out your arrival). What a great place! Server took drink orders right away - very good beer and wine selection. Anyone who serves Mother Earth Silent Night has my vote. Started out with their Pimento cheese appetizer. Excellent.... More 

Thank jwellsman
Cary, North Carolina
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wonderful dinner last night for our first visit to this restaurant. Arrived at 5pm for 5:30 seating and got first table. Started by sharing the beet/prosciutto salad, then I had the most wonderful herbed chicken dish that was so moist and flavorful. Hubby had the pork shank which he declared the best he'd ever had. Cauliflower side dish was really... More 

Thank Marannstar
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I have been to Pooles many times and am never disappointed. don't let the outside deter you. Walk in and be amazed. its an old diner that is now a really good restaurant. Try the Mac and Cheese. Its the best I have ever eaten

Thank matt r
Lewisville, North Carolina
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We dined here on a week night and arrived early. Apparently, it is busy every night. Service is good, menu options change frequently and are interesting. Not much choice for a vegetarian, but the mac and cheese is popular and a huge serving. Could be shared with a salad. We both ordered bass whch was delicious...small portions and vegetables that... More 

Thank Terryp514
Raleigh, North Carolina
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

If in Raleigh, you must eat here. Just the best food. Be ready to wait, no reservations. Also crowded and noisy, but worth it.

Thank John L
Wilmington, North Carolina
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64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Went there on a recommendation of a friend. So we missed the place driving by. It is very unassuming. We did find it, thank goodness. My wife had the mussels with a fresh baguette and I had the crispy pork shoulder with butternut squash grits and pepino seeds. One word for both. PHENOMENAL. The menu does change on a regular... More 

Thank Ralph R
Raleigh, NC
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Our visit had to be one of the most fun dinner experience we have had. First, you have to step out on a limb if you are one of those diners that have to have their own table. SIT AT THE BAR! We had exceptional service. We met the people sitting next to us on both sides. We even shared... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
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
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?