Ashley Christensen Restaurants

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Jul 3 — We will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 5th.  Have a fun and safe holiday!

Jun 21 — We're thrilled to announce that the Poole's Diner cookbook is now available for pre-order! The book is due out from Ten Speed Press on September 20th.

May 30 — We are open for regular dinner service this Memorial Day!

Feb 15 — We will be closed this evening, 2/15, for our staff party. See you tomorrow!

Jan 25 — We are now accepting reservations for our Valentine's Day dinner service. The three-course pre-fixe offering is $60++ per person. To make a reservation, email with your full name, phone number, desired reservation time and number of people in your party. You can see the full menu here.

Jan 22 — We will be open for dinner service on Friday, January 22, but will be closing at 9 p.m. Travel safely!

Jan 14 — We're honored to be named on's annual Eater 38, a list of the most essential restaurants in the country. Read the full list here.

Dec 5 — We're now taking reservations for New Year's Eve!  We will be offering a 3-course menu ($75++) with multiple options within each course.  Reserve your seat by calling 919-832-4477 or emailing

Nov 24 — We will be closed on Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving. We will re-open for normal business hours on Friday, November 27th, and look forward to seeing you then!

Jul 3 — We will be open during regular business hours on the 4th of July! Come visit us as part of your Independence Day celebration!

Jan 29 — Greetings! We will be closed on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st, for our annual AC Restaurants holiday celebration. We wish you a safe Super Bowl and we look forward to seeing you for our regular hours of operation on Monday, February 2nd. Cheers!


Jan 7There are few tickets available to this Sunday, January 11th's Stir the Pot dinner with guest chef Christopher Kostow from Meadowood in Napa!  Get a sneak peek of Chris's beautiful food here and purchase your ticket here!

Dec 19 — Poole's New Years Eve reservations are now open! Holiday hours + more info can be found here.

Nov 26Friends, Poole's Diner will be closed on Thursday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Friday, November 28th during normal business hours.

Jul 2 — We'll be hosting our 2014 Summer Stir the Pot event at Poole's on Sunday, July 13th. Stir the Pot was conceived as a way to bridge our community with others through shared food and fellowship; for each installment, we invite an out-of-town chef to come to Raleigh as part of a special two-night experience. This Sunday, July 13th we're bringing TWO chefs: Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy in Memphis, Tennessee. They'll be preparing a tasting menu at Poole's on Sunday, starting at 7pm. Seating is limited. Tickets on sale here. On Monday July 14th, we invite you to join us in one of our favorite time-honored traditions: the Southern potluck. Starting at 7pm at CAM Raleigh, we will celebrate our guest chefs by preparing a main dish, and we invite you to bring a dish to share. Tickets may be purchased here.  

Jun 22 — We will be closed on Sunday, June 22nd so that we can help end childhood hunger with Team No Kid Hungry.  For more information on this incredible organization, and to find out about charitable events taking place in your area, please click here.

Jun 15 — All AC Restaurants will be closed starting at 4:00 on Monday, June, 16.   We are taking the night to gather together and celebrate our recent James Beard Award for Best TEAM Southeast!  We'll re-open at 5:00 on Tuesday, and can't wait to cook for you then. Cheers, AC + The AC Restaurant Crew

May 8 — We are thrilled to have celebrated the James Beard Awards in such great company with friends, family, and fellow nominees.

Mar 22 — Tonight at Poole's: Braised White Oak Pastures lamb neck tart with Fromage Blanc, chimichurri, and a sunny egg! Also, our first halibut of the season has hit, and it's gorgeous.

Feb 6 — This month marks the 21st anniversary of the Triangle Wine Experience, a three-day event benefitting the wonderful children of the Frankie Lemmon School. This is an incredible cause, providing tuition-free, life-changing education for developmentally challenged children. As huge fans of this cause, Poole’s will be closed this Thursday for a special dinner benefitting the event. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we can’t resist being a part of such a heartwarming cause.

Jan 13 — We will be closed on Monday January 13th so that we can celebrate  the holidays as one big (and getting bigger) family.  We thank you for a great 2013 and can't wait to cook for you in 2014.  CHEERS!

Dec 27 — On December 31 we will feature a special New Year's Eve three-course menu for $65 per person, with the option of additional supplemental wine pairings. The menu-which includes brown butter roasted Japanese sea bass, prime "heart of ribeye" with braised beef cheek Yorkshire pudding, and fresh truffle gnocchi-includes multiple choices within each course. For reservations to the Poole's Diner New Year's Eve dinner, email Poole's Diner will be closed on New Year's Day.

Dec 18 — Poole's will be open for our first Christmas Eve dinner ever! We'll be serving dinner from 5:30pm to 9pm, with a full seasonal menu as well as a few Christmas Eve features (look out for a rev'd up oyster stew and spiked egg nog!). We're looking forward to welcoming friends home, and giving all of you "Santas" a break from your Christmas shopping.

Dec 17 — We would like to officially welcome Raleigh's Trophy Brewing and Ponysaurus Brewing of Durham to our taps! We will be featuring "Trophy Wife" and "Biere de Garde" through the holiday season, and we think you're going to love them as much as we do.

Nov 25 — Happy Thanksgiving! Poole's will be open for regular business hours all week, with the exception of Thursday. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to be thankful in the company of our loved ones. As always, we are thankful to be a part of your community.

Nov 7 — In the spirit of fall, we are featuring some lovely menu items: Butternut squash soup with local honey and preserved black truffle. Also, local lettuces with charred brussels sprouts, Pecorino, pomegranate, red onion and white balsamic vinaigrette.

Nov 7 — This weekend we will be featuring Heritage Farm's bone-in pork loin with creamed turnip and mustard greens, apples and Brandy. We recommend you enjoy it with Beauregard sweet potatoes, served with thyme and local honey.

Nov 7 — Sweater weather is upon is a sipper for you! A Classic Palmetto- Mount Gay Extra Old aged rum, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and orange bitters.

Sep 27 — The Poole's dinner menu is known for its seasonality, but we don't stop there. Tonight we will unveil some great new cocktails as well: Aereo-Mexicano - Tequila, lime, honey, Avinyo Cava; Sir Isaac Newton - Apple Brandy, house made apple-cinnamon syrup, lemon, bitters; Little Italy - Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Di Sarrono Amaretto; Rum Plum Punch Pitcher - Mount Gay Rum, NC Plum Puree, fresh citrus  

Jun 27Great chefs from NYC, Atlanta, Charleston, and Boston will be cooking at Poole's July 15 in support of No Kid Hungry. Please join us for this amazing cause!

Jun 26 — If you haven't already, try Fern's latest Sangria masterpiece: macerated NC strawberries with fresh ginger and white wine, topped with a splash of ginger ale and served over ice. Best served on a late and wonderfully humid Raleigh evening.

Apr 14 — As of today, we are officially open seven nights a week! Tonight will be our first Monday dinner and we can't wait to cook for you.

Mar 4 — Sunday Night dinner service is coming to Poole's! Our last Brunch will be March 24 and we'll begin Sunday dinner service March 31. Loyal brunch folk, worry not! Our new project, Joule Coffee, will be offering a brunch featuring some of the Poole's brunch menu classics.

426 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601 • [919] 832-4477 • Seven Days a Week • Dinner: 5:30 pm–Midnight • Bar opens at 5 pm

News and Events
  • Spring Stir the Pot with Steven Satterfield

    Our next Stir the Pot event will be May 19, with guest chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta. More information on this incredible event can be found here.

  • Poole's Sunday Night dinner service

    Sunday Night dinner service is coming to Poole's! Our last Brunch will be March 24 and we'll begin Sunday dinner service March 31. Loyal brunch folk, worry not! Our new project, Joule Coffee, will be offering a brunch featuring some of the Poole's brunch menu classics.

  • Matteo Corregia Wine Dinner

    Join us March 18 at Poole's for a four course wine dinner, welcoming our friends from Matteo Corregia. $75++, seating is limited. Please call Poole's at 919-832-4477 to reserve a spot.

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