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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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“brunch” (22 reviews)
“mac cheese” (70 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 1 week ago

I was in town by myself and figured this would be a good place to grab a very good dinner on a Thursday. I showed up at 7:30 and it was packed. Even for a single person I only had the choice of two places....More

Thank Shawn D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my family here a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed some amazing food, great conversation with others and an overall wonderful experience; very eclectic and fun. Parking may be a little hard to come by but found a spot a block away. The...More

Thank kurupt71
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun and interesting menu and flavors. The mac au gratin is a must try, along with the beet salad, Brussel sprouts and mushrooms. Scallop entre was not as good as expected, lukewarm and a rather skimpy portion for the price. Overall a very good dining...More

Thank GreatPoint
Reviewed 26 February 2018

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

Thank VC63
Reviewed 18 February 2018 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 28 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 14 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 11 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
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24 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
26 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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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
  • E-mail
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