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Poole's Diner

#55 of 1,254 Restaurants in Raleigh
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426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 832-4477
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 123
    Excellent
  • 66
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Sublime simplicity

I’ve tried a few of the other establishments in Ashley’s empire and was glad to finally go to Poole’s. Went early, 5:15 and was seated at 5:35. Ordered the lettuces and spareribs and shared a Mac ‘n Cheese. The lettuces were light and crispy and perfectly dressed and was a nice counter to the spare... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Flyingpig666
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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246 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I’ve tried a few of the other establishments in Ashley’s empire and was glad to finally go to Poole’s. Went early, 5:15 and was seated at 5:35. Ordered the lettuces and spareribs and shared a Mac ‘n Cheese. The lettuces were light and crispy and perfectly dressed and was a nice counter to the spare ribs which were flavorful and... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We dined at Poole's on a Wednesday evening for the first time and the restaurant was packed. It is obviously a cash flow gold mine for the owner. Upon our arrival, the hostess took my name and directed us to the glass counter to order a drink prior to dinner. We headed over there and waited 15 minutes until an... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This was my first time to dine at this restaurant. Friends warned us to go early as they do not take reservations so we did. We were told they don't seat you before 5:30pm so we arrived with another couple at 5:50pm only to be told to wait at the entrance as the third couple joining us was not yet... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Awesome place to go for a drink or very early light dinner. Personally, I like the social atmosphere and not having to deal with other peoples kids running wild. I have eaten there twice, however, both times the dinner was "okay" and somewhat overpriced. I would recommend Pools for the experience.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

First, leave any predisposition you may have at the door: This is not your typical restaurant experience. No reservations allowed, just show up and hope there's not a long wait. No hand menus, just crane your neck and order off the chalkboards hung on the walls around you. And no online menus; the options change everyday so show up and... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Ambiance is a 10 out of 10 and food is an 11. Everything was excellent. Duck Confit is out of this world. I would definitely come back here.

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NC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Got there early, sat at bar. The no menu/chalkboard this is cute, but seems a bit awkward to see many people getting up from their tables to be able to read it. Oyster tart was very good, beets with burrata equally so. Charred Brussels salad was very little Brussels, very little char, mostly greens. Service very good.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Creative dishes served with style. good service, but can be a long wait because it's a very small diner.Try one of their special drinks, you'll be pleased

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Kentucky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Not inviting from the outside as it is on a recluse type street. The inside is noisy but very happy kind of noise. The wine list is loaded with good choices. There are several different plates of food offered as an entree. I am sure the choice would be good with any of them. I chose the fish which was... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Oh my gosh - best mac n cheese EVER IN THE WORLD! And my mom makes some amazing mac n cheese so that's saying something. The wait was quite long but once you sat down the food was divine. I loved all of it. I went with my fiance and we ended up sharing everything (which was smart after seeing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: (919) 832-4477

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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