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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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 and have never been disappointed in the Food, Service, Entertainment and Atmosphere. You will not be disappointed."
    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
  • "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
  • "One of my favorite places to go for any occasion! Love Irregardless and have for years!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "we got the booth we requested and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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