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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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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1727
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I recently had brunch at Poole's on a Saturday afternoon. We have eaten dinner at Poole's numerous times and the food is always fantastic, but we had never tried their brunch menu. As expected, our meals were great. My wife had a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here two years ago and really enjoyed the whole experience. So we came back again last Saturday. The food is excellent, the local brew is excellent, and the service was excellent. This restaurant is the total package.

Thank 1chevy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Third visit to Poole's. Love the décor and menu offerings are exciting. The food this time was nothing special, unlike previous visits. Maybe resting on laurels? Would consider other local options next trip.

Thank bigdumbandugly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Raleigh for the weekend and wanted a nice dinner. After reading several positive reviews we chose Poole's Diner. This place is quirky (old diner) with dim lighting that provided AMAZING FOOD. I had the Chicken and the Wife had Halibut both cooked perfectly !!!...More

Thank medaille16
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Went here a couple of times during a recent stay in Raleigh. The menu is not very extensive and there were only a couple of choices for vegetarians but what we did have was absolutely delicious!! Definitely try the tomatoes and the macaroni cheese is...More

Thank short_scuba_diver
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Seven went for brunch, the menu was an experience in "what's that". One person had a pancake that tasted like a falafel you would get at the carnival, 3 got a breakfast plate with beans ( which didn't get eaten) the rest got eggs Benedict....More

Thank wyomingannie
Reviewed 20 August 2017

One of the highlights of the 12 day road trip eating adventure. And it takes top prize of the best taste for real food(not desert a donut place won that). We met our niece and her husband at Poole’s Diner and it was so much...More

Thank chefluee
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Interesting menu. Is it only me or did it seem over priced? Good service from the staff. Wierd portion sizes.

Thank JimboNorth
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Wow, just wow. Will not take reservations. Worth the wait. the food was so good and just hit the spot. No menus just chalk board full of good food sourced local

Thank Rod0530
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We have been driving past Poles for several years and always seeing a line and a long waiting time and never stayed. We were able to get the last two seats on a Monday night and WOW what an experience. We started off with the...More

Thank Ron R
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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
US$6 - US$30
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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
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