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Irregardless Cafe
Irregardless Cafe

Irregardless Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.irregardless.com/
  • Phone: (919) 833-8898 x0
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday

    11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch

    5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, dinner


    11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch

    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, dinner


    10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

    5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, dinner (Live Music Speakeasy 10pm - midnight)


    10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Executive Chef: Arthur Gordon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Since 1975, Irregardless Catering has been serving "award winning" hand-crafted meals featuring local and organic ingredients at catered events throughout the Triangle. And while great food is the Cafe's claim to fame, Irregardless offers full service catering which includes: event planning & wedding coordination (décor, flowers, music & entertainment,) all bar needs (fine wines, craft beers, cocktails & mixed drinks,) and all location rental needs. Our professional staff will ensure that your event will be a success. Please contact our catering manager at (919) 610-0872.
  • Entertainment: Since the Cafe opened in 1975, the Irregardless has featured the Triangle’s best musicians each night. Currently more than a hundred musicians perform jazz, bluegrass, folk, traditional and dance music on a two month rotation. Go to www.irregardless.com or www.reverbnation.com/venue/irregardlesscafe to see who is performing this evening. We also have live music during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Live musical entertainment nightly. Being Well: Monthly Talks on Wellness, the last Tuesday of each month. The Well Fed Community Garden supplies Café with local organic produce.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Raleigh's CAT bus stops at the corner of West Morgan Street and Tryon Hill, just across the street from the Cafe.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is across the street and 2 doors north of the Cafe (closer to the round-about, near the cross walk.) In addition, there is ample street parking on both sides of West Morgan Street and on side streets.
A word from Irregardless Cafe
An authentic Raleigh experience! When the Irregardless opened in 1975, it was known as the hippie, vegetarian place. In the 80s, it was the first restaurant in NC to ban smoking. Today, the Cafe is the longest operating restaurant in Raleigh with the original owner. It has changed much over the years but its core values have remained the same. It’s award winning, hand-crafted meals feature local and organic ingredients. A casual fine dining restaurant, the Irregardless offers fresh seafood, meats, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items - which all respect the environment. We also have a list of unique wines and craft beers as well as espressos, cappuccinos and 25 loose teas.
Live music is performed nightly. Our large stable of musicians play everything from jazz to bluegrass. These groups are listed on our website. Larger bands play on Saturday evenings for dancing.

The Irregardless Cafe is the place where friends dine regularly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Another repeat performance of great food, service, and love the ambiance of live music. Arthur is always gracious to chat with tables around the room and share his joy for life! Our son's birthday was celebrated at his all time favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Irregarless is one of my favorite dining establishments in Raleigh. It is great for those special occasions or a regular night out with your loved one. The food is always spot on and the service warm and friendly."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great acoustics in an intimate setting. Menu includes choices for all kinds of tastes, including vegetarian. Good for grabbing a bite to eat before a concert or show."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Nothing like this place - simple, no fancy tables, no fancy chairs to wow you .. they wow you with service and food ... it is simply my favourite in the triangle"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Only glitch was we were sitting outside and the table was wobbly. We had to ask the server to fix it twice. They also had indoor music which was not overly loud but would have interfered with conversation. Fortunately we were able to sit outside."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Made reservations for a first date. No issues reserving or finding parking. I actually called ahead and asked if we could be seated sooner than I had made the reservation for - no problems with that. The waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Made suggestions. Didn't push us to order. Always had a smile on his face. Great service. Music was a gentle playing guitar and singing. Nice, nice, nice. Ended up there from 5:30pm until 9:30pm. Never felt pushed to leave. Fantastic place for a first, second, third date. oh....and the food was good too."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "first time i had been there and loved it! great food! appreciate the menu have gluten free and vegan labels on everything. the live music was really cool too! did not like our waitress, only downside but that will not keep me from going back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent food and fast service. Reservations were at 6:45 and the music was too loud at that time"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The quality of the food has always been consistently good at Irregardless Cafe. Sevice was to notch too and we enjoyed the Jazz Duo that performed through the dinner hour. The place is noisy and the prices are such that it has become more of a special occasion restaurant. We couldn't afford to dine here frequently."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Ate at Irregardless for a celebration dinner. The dining atmosphere was fantastic with light live music in the background. Great variety with the menu and the food was tasty. A nice place for any type of meal."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've lived here for 13 months now and am a big "foodie". I enjoy finding really well-prepared cuisine and nobody can really beat Irregardless. They source most of their ingredients from the local farmer's market and the menu changes pretty regularly. I was a vegan for 6 months (no longer) but I do appreciate their high quality, almost gourmet-level menu that is also very healthy. That's something you won't find everywhere in the South, but you can rest assured Irregardless will not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We tried it because of the live music and we're not disappointed. I loved that it was not too loud - we could enjoy the music and have dinner conversation. We are thoroughly carnivorous but my husband and I had an entirely vegetarian dinner and LOVED IT. Everything was delicious, especially the warm goat cheese salad. I've heard lots of people rave about the desserts, but although I have a serious sweet tooth, it was not my favorite part."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "From start to finish, it's ALWAYS GREAT! From the appetizer, to the salad and to the entree, like I said, it's ALWAYS GREAT!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food, excellent wait staff, lots of energy - we enjoyed our meal and the music. Make a reservation on weekend nights! We had done so, and were seated promptly, but walk-ins had an hour or more wait even at 6PM."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great food and service. Only thing bad was the noise level. For the price I paid for the meal, romance out the window. It's just loud. When the music started, it was even worse. Great food just not a place for romance."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Good selection of vegetarian dishes. At full capacity (and with the live music) the noise level is pretty high so conversation is sometimes difficult."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything we had was fantastic. And every dish we saw going to other tables looked fantastic. We shared a special salad and it was delivered already separated on two plates. Nice touch! Then we shared a few small plates. Definitely need to go back to sample the entrees."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We have dined at The Irregardless Cafe on special occasions for almost thirty years. This restaurant has never failed to serve up wonderful food. We mostly eat the vegetarian fare but have had some of the lam and beef dishes. The atmosphere of the restaurant is always wonderful. They have very good wines. These days they almost always have music and it has always been very nice for our visits. As time goes by we hope to continue to visit this wonderful venue."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Love Irregardless Café - have never had a less than stellar meal. This visit the shrimp & grits, flourless chocolate cake & vegan eggplant moussaka were standouts. Wonderful jazz playing during our visit, though between the music and the conversations from the crowded dining room it got quite noisy. All in all, a lovely experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a delightful evening at this iconic Raleigh establishment! We choose Saturday night for the jazz band, and it was lovely music to dine by. :) The restaurant was VERY busy and a bit loud, but in a positive, energetic way. The food was just fabulous! The quinoa salad was SO tasty and filling. The chicken was super tender and delicious. Portions were generous! I will not wait so long to go back again!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Love the freshness of Irregardless Cafe meals. Very innovative. The nightly live music is always pleasurable."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Raleigh for good reason - the service is always friendly and the food is always amazing. Not great - AMAZING. This particular time my husband and I went for their charity beer dinner and not only was the food amazing but the company was great too! They sort of seat you family-style so we made new friends while enjoying the food and beer!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was my first time here. Sitting outside was nice. I really liked the menu selections - gluten free and vegan options were great. The food was good. It was pretty expensive though. My son and I both got specials (I got a salad and he got a steak) and they ended up being more expensive than any of the menu items. I guess we should have asked how much they were before ordering them because we were surprised at the price difference."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We made our reservations for a group of 6 and when we arrived, we were seated right away. This was a special night as we had a foreign guest visiting the USA for the first time. We ordered a great wine from their wine list. The list was extensive as well as the beer list. I ordered their special which was trout served with a watermelon salsa. The presentation and serving size was perfect. Everyone in our party ordered something different and all agreed that it was one of the best meals served. The ambience was also very nice. Lots of tables but not too crowded. We enjoyed the jazz entertainment and around 9, they pushed the front tables aside to open up a dance floor."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The decor has changed only slightly over the years, the food has been consistently good, and the ambiance has probably gotten even better over time. Lively, eclectic clientele. A small outdoor dining area. Music, of course. And good, to very good, food. A great Saturday night."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a very nice early dinner recently and as always the food was excellent and the staff competent and attentive! They are always helpful if we want to try a new wine or menu item. We are from Greenville and try to enjoy a meal at Irregardless when we are in town. Always a treat!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Shrimp & Grits amazing! Mild as opposed to way Cajun-y most everywhere else. Waitress rushed us and rushed us and rushed us even more. That was unpleasant. The live music so loud we couldn't enjoy conversation with our guests without practically sitting on the table. Since this was a long-awaited opportunity to get to know our guests it was a disappointing ambiance."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "First time here. Enjoyed celebrating anniversary and the complimentary bottle of wine was nice. Staff very accommodating and the table in front of stage was perfect (loved the entertainment). Great ambience, delicious food and excellent service. We shall return."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The vegetarian moussaka was delicious. Welcoming staff and helpful, appropriately attentive wait service. Pleasant atmosphere with quality artwork on the walls. Live music adds to the ambiance."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The menu is really different, many choices that all sound good. Don't miss ordering the pita and humus appetizer, fantastic warm pita. We will definitely return here, many times I hope."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I have heard about Irregardless Cafe, but no specific details. After looking at the menu and reading about the live music my family and I were anticipating a great birthday celebration for my mother. All of our expectations were met and more. The food was excellent as well as the service and entertainment. I highly recommend it to others looking for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I was on a search for a great way to end my wife's birthday as she wanted to go to a nice restaurant that hosted good jazz music. My cousin encouraged me to try Irregardless. After experiencing the romantic and "jazzy" atmosphere/music, the fantastic and flavorful food, the warm & generous hospitality of our serve Gabriell...I was very glad that my cousin told me about Irregardless and I earned MANY brownie points from my wife!!! This is our new favorite spot!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food here is consistently good but not great. The menu could use a little updating. The prices are a bit high for the quality. The music is nice when they have the live band."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lovely setting and music and good food provide a nice ambience for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wonderful selection of entrees on the menu with a great chef selection of grass fed steak with a crab sauce and baby asparagus"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Irregardless enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the very earliest fine dining experiences in the Triangle area. We are fans from its opening days close to 40 years ago! Fine music adds to its popularity. When the fire closed it for more than a year, there was a foodie desert in west Raleigh. We wish Arthur & family & staff many more years of success!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Let me start by saying that my husband and I LOVE Irreguardless, and we have dined there many times. The food is always divine. We went there for our anniversary which was a Friday night. Our table for 2 was squeezed between 2 other tables making it easy for us to hear our neighbors' conversations, and I am sure theirs ours. While we did not have complicated food orders, our waitress was not quite on top of it; for example, she asked us a third time if we wanted bread before dinner, and we said yes for the third time; however, the bread came during the meal. Our food was great but the service and ambiance was not what we had experienced in the past."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I'm not a big fan of the live music. Each time I've been thee in the past year it's been more intrusive. For this reason alone, I will be reluctant to return with anyone I enjoy talking to while dining."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The Irregardless is consistently a superb dining experience. On this Thursday night having dinner with out of town firends and wanting to visit and catch up, the live music was simply to loud and was a distraction from an otherwise outstanding meal. We arrived at 6:30 and it was less noticeable but by 7:30 pm it seemed we were shouting across the table to hear one another. The group was talented and their effort apprecaited but I really do not expect a Janis Jopilin performance until a little later in the evening."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "You can never go wrong with this place! From start to finish, everything was simply perfect!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014