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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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“mac and cheese” (103 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 3 weeks ago

Excellent menu options, and great setting. The scallop dish was yummy-definitely would go back again!

Thank VC63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In addition to good menu selections and good service, I also rate the ambience of the restaurant as another factor when dining out. The atmosphere in Poole’s Diner was extremely loud and unpleasant. Granted I expect loud music to overwhelm my senses in an Applebee’s...More

1  Thank Julia1138
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

One if the hot places in town . The settings part old dinner . An evolving menu with about 6 apps , salads , mains , sides and deserts . Prepare to wait a bit limited waiting area but they will text you when it...More

Thank Russ V
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Our family had a bday dinner here for our daughter. Thank goodness we got there before the mega Sunday dinner crowd! We all enjoyed our food. My daughter's NC Tuna. Hubby & son had the 10oz open-face Royale. And I had the roasted chicken w/Yukon...More

Thank Liza N
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Literally every single thing about our meal was amazing. We started with the baguette, which was perfect and fresh. My husband ordered a scallops dish and I ordered a tuna dish. Both were cooked to perfection. Our sides were macaroni and greens that we shared....More

Thank Kayla F
Reviewed 15 January 2018

An eclectic place with outstanding food. My wife had their signature mac and cheese au gratin -- fabulous. I had fish and it was equally good. This restaurant fills up quickly so get there early.Will definitely go back the next time we are in Raleigh.

Thank AJosephD
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

I loved the flair, the friendly service, the unique selection of dishes. Everything we ordered was amazing! The kitchen made a tiny mistake with our order but did more than fix it and we were speechless with the food and the fun we had at...More

Thank MaureenJK
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

A great restaurant is a restaurant who consistently provides outstanding food, atmosphere and service with a smile. Poole’s is exactly that... Inventive cuisine..yet you will find entrees that comfort the soul. A very Lively and active vibe awaits. When you need to know your meal...More

Thank Wayne W
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Great experience. The food was wonderful but did not resemble food in a diner. I had the short ribs. The wait staff accidentally gave 2 of our dishes to the wrong table. At the end of the meal, they explained what happened and brought us...More

Thank Peggy M
Reviewed 8 December 2017 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
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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
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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
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