Ashley Christensen Restaurants

Poole's Diner

A Modern Diner With Reimagined Comfort Food

A Modern Diner With Reimagined Comfort Food

Limited Dine-In Service Available 426 S. Mcdowell St., Raleigh NC, 27601
We will be closed for summer vacation from August 2nd to August 10th.


"Life is short, eat dessert first."

John Poole may have taken Winston Churchill's words to heart when he opened Poole's Pie Shop in 1945 at 426 S. McDowell Street. For six years the cozy spot was a veritable holy grail of pies–all sweet–but soon their patrons wanted more. In the early 1950's, "chicken slick," sandwiches, and a daily "hot plate" made their way onto the Poole's menu, and the line to be served wrapped around the corner. The pie shop moved out, as Poole's Pies became Poole's Luncheonette, and a downtown hot-spot was born. We'd like to think it was the first.

In its latest incarnation Poole's has returned to its diner roots under the ownership of Chef Ashley Christensen. Marrying a clean aesthetic with retro-chic charm, Christensen restored and even highlighted the "bones" of the original restaurant, including the double horseshoe bar and red leather banquettes, pairing it with modern elements like Lucite chairs and oversized blackboard menus that change daily based on season and availability.

  • Hours









    4PM - 8PM


    4PM - 9PM


    4PM - 9PM


    4PM - 8PM



426 S. Mcdowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601 [919] 832-4477

Parking is Available in the lot Across the Street Weekdays from 5PM–2AM and on Saturday and Sunday During the day and Night. Please be Sure to Park in Lined Spaces.

James Beard Award 2019Outstanding Chef James Beard Award 2014Best Chef: Southeast
2019 James Beard AwardOutstanding Chef 2014 James Beard AwardBest Chef: Southeast
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