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Poole's Downtown Diner



426 South McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

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(919) 832-4477

Cuisine: American Restaurants


4.8 of 5.0 from 53 reviews

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Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
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  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
  • Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, NC
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  • Rebecca Gomez Farrell on Jul 26, 2013

    At the end of the evening, I was convinced that Poole's designation as a required stop for Triangle foodies is earned, but I questioned whether the inconveniences would make it worthwhile for the average patron who just wants a good meal.

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  • Harbinger D.Good cocktails, mac&cheese soufle is amaz!

    55555 by Harbinger D.


  • R.E.D. PropertiesEnough can not be said about this place! Outstanding, fresh food and truly eclectic and creative cocktails! Menu is always changing but if you get the chance their Mac N Cheese is a MUST!

    55555 by R.E.D. Properties


  • Michael R.First time I have ever been in a 5 Star diner. Great atmosphere and taste with amazing wine pairings. Service was top notch. I will be back.

    55555 by Michael R.


  • Joe O.Nice bar. Interesting beer selection. I didn't eat but the menu looked promising.

    33333 by Joe O.


  • Bob E.The $10 mac and cheese is rich and tangy with enough calories to feed an entire village in Bangladesh.

    55555 by Bob E.


  • J.J. E.They don't take reservations so plan on either getting there when they open at 530 or much later at night. Very limited seating.

    33333 by J.J. E.


  • Emilie M.The pork cassoulet was amazing-so many flavors. Also enjoyed the pimento cheese appetizer, and my date had the steak. Pimm's cup was very delicious and refreshing, as well. Great date spot.

    55555 by Emilie M.


  • Barbara M.What a culinary delight especially when shared with friends sitting at the counter.

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Mystery J.Take a pic of the menu (it's all written on the chalkboard) to make ordering from your seat easier.

    33333 by Mystery J.


  • Ryan G.Bibb salad, it's the best salad in Raleigh.

    55555 by Ryan G.


  • Kate D.Mac And Cheese is the best I've ever had! Must order. Also the dark chocolate dessert with cookie crumbs and buttermilk ice cream is heavenly!

    55555 by Kate D.


  • maureen h.The macaroni au gratin is amazing

    55555 by maureen h.


  • Nano S.You pretty much can't go wrong here.

    55555 by Nano S.


  • John H.Burger only offered on Sundays... As of today.

    55555 by John H.


  • Contessa C.Macaroni au gratin. That's all.

    55555 by Contessa C.


  • SamanthaDark & Stormy - Goslings Black Seal Rum, Fresh Lime, Jalapeño - Ginger Syrup, and Soda Water

    55555 by Samantha


  • Rebecca S.Just had the Crispy NC Oysters with roasted tomato slaw. Amazing!!!!!

    55555 by Rebecca S.


  • Mital P.Mac and cheese! And anything else

    55555 by Mital P.


  • Ray G.If this place fell into a sinkhole, by the time the contents of this place made it to the bottom, you would have a pretty big naked hipster avalanche to clean up.

    33333 by Ray G.


  • Marty L.They sell Strohs so... Don't really know what to say about that

    55555 by Marty L.


  • Kate W.Favorite restaurant in Raleigh! Oh, what the hell, favorite restaurant, period.

    55555 by Kate W.


  • Mitch O.Wonderful food. Get there early.

    55555 by Mitch O.


  • Kate O.Prices are through the roof here. $20 minimum for an entree, $10 minimum for a drink. Great place to eat, just bring the bank!

    55555 by Kate O.


  • Patty G.Yum. Get the beet salad!

    55555 by Patty G.


  • The News & ObserverTry some pie - lemon cream with boysenberry honey, roasted banana cream, or chocolate hazelnut chess. The all-pie dessert menu is a tribute to Poole's original incarnation in the 1940s as a pie shop.

    55555 by The News & Observer


  • Michelle H.Not ideal if there are 4+ people in your group.

    33333 by Michelle H.


  • Renaissance HotelsFind out how good fried green tomatoes and mac ‘n’ cheese can be when made by a brilliant chef. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out www.renhotels.com.

    55555 by Renaissance Hotels


  • Barbara M.Try the blueberry French toast gratin.

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Open Air PublishingOrder the smoked bacon deviled eggs with pickled okra. Then check out "The Better Bacon Book" created for iPads to learn how to make these yourself. http://oapub.co/9a4d0f5d

    55555 by Open Air Publishing


  • Open Air P.Order the Smoked Bacon Deviled Eggs with Pickled Okra. Then check out "The Better Bacon Book" created for iPads to learn how to make these yourself. http://bit.ly/foursq_bacon

    55555 by Open Air P.


  • Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalYou'll be feeling some Southern Chemistry at this year's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival May 10-13! We're happy to have Chef Ashley Christensen hosting a demo and a dinner, Shepherd to Chef!

    55555 by Atlanta Food & Wine Festival


  • Barbara M.What is NOT to like here? The Pooles team, drinks & food are FA-u-lous!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Barbara M.Try the roasted beets and baby kale salad! Relish!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • JoAnn D.Everything is great here!

    55555 by JoAnn D.


  • Barbara M.Try the grits! Relish!!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Barbara M.The Poole team are so professional friendly and delightful!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Barbara M.Hotcakes! Hotcakes! Hotcakes! Yum!! Today's banana peanut but my fav is sweet potato!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • James B.Mac and cheese

    55555 by James B.


  • Barbara M.The hotcakes, grits, biscuits are delis--but what isn't here? Fabulous team who work here too!:-)

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Barbara M.The hotcakes are incredible!!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Jermaine L.The menu is on the chalkboards. If you have the megapixels, just take a picture with your phone and take it to your table.

    33333 by Jermaine L.


  • Ann-Cabell A.The Mac + Cheese ROCKS - share it with the whole table!

    55555 by Ann-Cabell A.


  • Jenn B.Get the Macaroni Au Gratin! Also the salads look delicious and that may be the best burger I ever ate.

    55555 by Jenn B.


  • Barbara M.Great for Sunday brunch too!

    55555 by Barbara M.


  • Tammy G.Short ribs & Mac n Cheese are money. Bartenders Choice was fun, but if flummoxed, choose the Dark n Stormy!

    55555 by Tammy G.


  • Randall R.A must visit in the Triangle.....

    55555 by Randall R.


  • David B.The mac n cheese and the sunday bloody mary are mouthtastic!

    55555 by David B.


  • Angela H.Pim's Punch..refreshing with a little fizz! Loved it!

    55555 by Angela H.


  • Charlie L.While everything here is beyond incredible, my top choices would have to be the mac and cheese and pimento cheese. The eggs benedict are great for Sunday Brunch!

    55555 by Charlie L.


  • Chris V.I was really impressed with how the olives were worked into the halibut dish. If you're here for more than the mac 'n cheese, give that one try.

    55555 by Chris V.


  • Bryan D.Royal with "Cheese"!

    55555 by Bryan D.


  • Jenna R.Way more than just Mac & Cheese. Try the pâté!

    55555 by Jenna R.


  • Madi G.Sit at the counter and order a bev from two of the best bartenders in Raleigh

    55555 by Madi G.


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