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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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "You can never go wrong with this place! From start to finish, everything was simply perfect!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to go for any occasion! Love Irregardless and have for years!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was very good, but it was over ruled by the tables being WAY TOO close and they lost our order and we had to wait an extra 30 minutes"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been to Irregardless many times and have never been disappointed in the Food, Service, Entertainment and Atmosphere. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Was delighted to have so many options that were either vegetarian or vegan AND gluten free!! Usually I am stuck with a salad, but this menu was so different that I had a hard time choosing. The Vegan Sex small plate was unique and delicious. The stuffed acorn squash was good, but the squash itself was scant. My dining partner had the chili relleno....YUM! The wine list is not generous, but I had the Juan Gil Jumilla Red 2011 and it was very nice! Cant wait to go back and try something else."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have been to Irregardless many times over our 20 years in Raleigh. Things have changed. The music was so loud we could not hear our server explain the specials, even though we were on the far side of the restaurant from the band. We felt rushed the entire short evening. Our food came so fast after ordering, it seemed like it must have been prepared in advance. Most people seated near us were finished in 45 minutes or less. We managed to delay things and stayed just over an hour. We will not be going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Irregardless has expanded their menu to include more beef dishes since I had been there last. It was excellent! The portions were large enough that my daughter and I brought half our dinners home! We come to the Irregardless for special occasions and were treated to the same wonderful dining experience that we always get here."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My Wife, Daughter and I had a very nice, relaxing meal with great food. Ambiance was really cool."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been in Raleigh since 1988 and have never been to the irregardless until now. The menu is very impressive as is the knowledge of our server. The food was simply Devine and we cannot wait to return. There are many choices for both vegeterians as well as meat lovers. Plenty of chicken, beef ,and pork options as well as a vegan category that will please non vegs."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Waiter tried but was overwhelmied with other tables. Said he was bringing cooler for our white wine -- never did. Well into the meal, we had to ask a passing waiter for the bread basket that is normally provided with the drinks before. Small restaurant with tightly packed tables which were full on a Sat. night so noise level was high. Difficult to appreciate the live music. Next time we will come during week."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Irregardless Cafe is always awesome! The food and the service are spectacular! We celebrated our son's birthday in style! Many thanks for making it special."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have eaten at Irregardless since it opened. It continues to be my favorite restaurant. It feels like home. I know I will get a great meal and great service. My husband and I consider Irregardless to be our special place."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food but way too loud. I had to lean towards and shout to the people at my table to have a conversation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "we got the booth we requested and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Wait staff was very friendly. The owner came out to say hello which is a nice touch. Food was good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Creative menu with many healthy, fresh options. Mellow jazz enhanced the meal. Morgan St. chicken, spanakopita and flourless chocolate torte were outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife chose a Seafood Linguini - she enjoyed it, although she commented that she had never seen mussels as small as those included in the dish, Also it was a bit overdone on the liquid - the bowl was almost half full of the seafood/saucy liquid when she had finished. I chose the Duck A L'Orange - it was awful. The pieces of duck were undercooked, fatty, and grisly; the underlying duck confit was dry, chewy, and tasteless. We also thought the entrees were very much overpriced. This was our 2nd visit to this restaurant - the food on the 1st visit was very good, although we still thought it was expensive - so this 2nd visit leaves us with a 50/50 experience. On the whole, I don't think we'll plan on returning for a 3rd attempt."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had an enjoyable meal for our daughter's birthday. The service was fantastic and the food was even better. So many things I would like to try! It isn't a "romantic" spot but we weren't going there for that. The music was an added bonus. Not TOO loud that we coudn't converse."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Once again our anniversary evening at Irregardless was wonderful. Food, service, and music were all delightful....even the hostess read and remembered our request about a table close to music. Manager was always present to insure wonderful service. We enjoyed our "complimentary anniversary wine" Thanks, Irregardless. We loved the music duo."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "It was a good dining experience. The staff was courteous and friendly. The food was very good. I would dine there again."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Greeted by a very friendly hostess at the door, and our server was polite and helpful, if a little busy. We had a great round table for the six of us. We were sat near the guitar player so it was a bit too loud to hear each other speak across the table, but we loved the chance to have a live performance while we ate. We enjoyed being able to select locally brewed beers, and a lot of the food is grown locally too. The veggie-friendly menu went down a storm, even with the meat eaters."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Coming to Raleigh from other parts, the Cafe is a great place to meet friends who live in the Triangle, especially vegetarians. The portions are generous. Parking is tricky, but manageable if you turn down the sidestreet."
    Dined on 9/3/2013
  • "This is the best dining room operation in town. Service staff is happy, attentive, pleasant, effective, and efficient. Interior decor/design is attractive and sophisticated. It runs like a well oiled machine -- no surprises and everything is congenial. The food is very nice with attractive presentation. I recommend the chicken kabob small plate for those without gargantuan appetites. The bartenders are masters of all cocktails. The live jazz is very fine and smooths out the entire restaurant experience. All in all, it is the most pleasant dining experience around."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Dinner was delicious. I like the option of 'small' plates. We then had room for an appetizer and dessert. All was lovely to look at and delicious to eat."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food. Too many tables and people with a lot of noise"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Arthur Gordon, Chef/Owner consistently provides a great overall dining experience. The food is always outstanding, fresh and tasty. Wait Staff is professional and always on. The ambience is quite pleasant and relaxing, with really nice textures, colors and lighting. There's many good reasons why the Irregardless has been in business for over 35 years. Check I it out, you'll be glad you did"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been going to Irregardless for 25+ years and went back after they had the fire years ago. They maintained their excellent food and service and if you don't eat at this restaurant then you are missing a culinary delight."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Whether it's a casual dinner, special occasion, or late night dessert we always have fun. We enjoy taking our out of town guests here for the local food, music and art. Also, they have something for everyone on their menu. The live music is well suited to the dining atmosphere and their staff goes above and beyond. Vegan chilli has a nice little kick, eggplant moussaka thick and saucy (don't miss the cheese at all), Morgan street chicken absolutely my favorite, and flourless chocolate torte for dessert. So decadent!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our favorite local restaurant let us down Friday night. We ordered the special ribeye steak. Without a doubt, both steaks were the worse we've eaten anywhere: tough, too much fat, no flavor. A major disappointment. Had this been our first experience at IRREGARDLESS, we'd never go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were there for our anniversary. As always our experience was fun and the food was excellent, fresh and right on time! Our Waiter Lee couldn't have been nicer."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We continue to have wonderful meals and wonderful smiles at Irregardless. We look forward to our next opportunity to dine with the folks of Irregardless."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our group of six thoroughly enjoyed our meal....the salmon special and the chile relleno were big hits. Love the ambience and all of the staff at this restaurant that has managed to keep its heart and soul and delicious and varied menu choices for many decades. It's the favorite in our family for special occasions and great food."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I have an onion sensitivity and other than salad and the duck entree there was nothing on the menu that did not contain onions and/ or onion in the marinade. It was very disappointing since it was my second restaurant week pick and I was looking forward to eating there. Unfortunately they do not list the ingredients in their dishes."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food and service has always been great! And I love the live music."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Good variety, well prepared and presented. We had four different meals and all were tasty, hot and had great flavor."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our family met at Irregardless for our youngest daughter's birthday. We traveled one hour from the east and one daughter traveled one hour from the west. It was worth the trip! The food was delicious and the options were numerous for our vegetarians and meat eaters. We enjoyed the creme brulee as a birthday dessert! The atmosphere was relaxing and the live music was not so loud that we couldn't carry on a conversation. Lovely evening!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This was our 1st time at Irregardless Cafe and for sure we look to dine there many more times. Food, service & atmosphere was exceptional. I ordered the vegetable Shepards pie and my wife ordered the chicken kabobs. Both were awesome."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was okay at best. Over priced. Worth giving it a shot since everyone raves about it, but I know that I will not be returning for a second visit."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Consistently interesting, delicious, fresh, healthy choices with great service in a lively yet cozy environment. What is not to love?"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our family has been dining at Irregardless since 1975. We keep returning so you know they must be doing things right!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014