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Poole's Diner

#16 of 1,144 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We read the reviews and they were right! This place is fantastic! We had the eggs Benedict and the Croque Madam which is a breakfast sandwich on crossaunt bread with bernaise sauce. Menu items change a little from week to week, but we have gone twice and both times we said it was one of the best meals we have... More 

Thank Sharon R
Sun City, AZ
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the top chefs in Raleigh will amaze your taste buds. The menu changes often, using local produce and meats as the seasons change. The choices were fabulous and all written on chalkboard. They also have an extensive wine list. We shared the Mussels, fresh bread and Local Lettuce Salad with roasted brussels, pomegranate, pecorino and topped with white... More 

Thank AZMima
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Conveniently located near the Convention Ctr., and on a Saturday night at 8:30pm, we snagged two seats right away. It's a cozy neighborhood spot, but the food is definitely upscale. Wine selection is modest and affordable. We ordered the Braised Short Ribs and the Mac n Cheese. Both were phenonenal!!!! Short Ribs boasted a crispy carmelized outside and fork tender... More 

Thank Karen L
Fraser, United States
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was excellent. The place is not overly large and you can expect to have a little wait, but it’s worth it. The menu is on the wall and it appears that everything served is very good. The only knock on the place is that it can get a little noisy.

Thank Gary S
Denton, Texas
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No reservations required. But the wait is worth it. Simple but warm and cozy atmosphere. Excellent wine collection and macaroni and cheese to die for. The menu is written on the wall chalkboard style and doesn't lack in variety or creativity. This chef pulled off a winner in this upscale classy cafe. We loved the soft shell crab and avocado... More 

Thank buckmet
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got there just in time on a Friday night and got a table it is fun that the menu is on blackboards the mac and cheese is amazing but so is the clarified butter we left full

Thank L B
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136 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Poole's diner for my daughter's birthday. Since they do not take reservations, we planned our visit mid week and on the early side (6-6:30 PM). There were a few tables available, but the restaurant filled up quickly. The menu is presented on a blackboard. I ordered the NC Bass, which was wonderful and my daughter had the... More 

Thank Momalita
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86 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So just an update to my previous review. Mac n cheese still good but woah, the salty flavor was almost overwhelming. Not sure what happened. Beet salad was good but the pool of vinaigrette made the dish seem soupy. Lastly, and I do remember this from last time, the glare from the white building across the street made it literally... More 

Thank webbervee
Southport, North Carolina
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

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
Reviewed 11 March 2017

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 

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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?