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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

    Friday

    11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch

    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, dinner

    Saturday

    10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

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

    Sunday

    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
  • "Great menu, wine and beer choices. Stuffed acorn squash provided variety in taste, texture and temperature. Attentive wait staff."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Thursday night 6:30pm reservation: All around we were glad we dines at IC, but it wasn't up to par. Service was super slow due to not enough staff. Most of us were happy with our dishes, but we all have come to expect better. Definitely go back, but won't be any time soon."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "We LOVE this place. We drove all the way from Carrboro for a special birthday dinner. This was the first time we brought our 2 year old son with us. As gluten-free vegetarians, there are plenty of options. My husband and I both had the Chili Relleno which our son also helped delightedly devour. Given how delicious and creative this veg-friendly restaurant is, I'd hoped that their kid's menu might also be a bit more inventive than the usual grilled cheese and noodle options, unfortunately it was not. So this would be my one request of Irregardless, to think of a few more inventive healthy kid-friendly options to put on their kids menu. Oh, I do have one more request, consider opening a restaurant in Carrboro ;-)."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Still my favorite, and I've been going since they opened!"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "It was our first trip to the Cafe. We ate dinner on a Sunday night, so it was quiet overall. They have live music every night - I was worried, music is often too loud that you cannot visit with your company. The singer/guitarist sound was kept to a minimum and was actually fairly nice to listen to. The food was outstanding. For vegetarians, we were in heaven with so many options. The service was great - attentive and fast. We will definitely be coming back for future trips."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Satisfaction for the entire family. A yummy experience, especially for the vegetarian and vegan in our family."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We have enjoyed making a special occasion dine out at Irregardless. Saturday evening was no exception. If we had any complaints, it was very noisy and hard to hear the jazz quartet."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "was poor....we waited & waited to place our drink order and then had to remind our server to bring them! As for ordering a second round, forget it--we had just about finished our meal before he came back. Other than that, we enjoyed ourselves and will come back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food was very good, service as usual was great. Have been going there for ages and never disappointed."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This restaurant is my new favorite for gluten free and vegan choices. I highly recommend it to people who need to monitor ingredients in their dishes. So many options and not the same old, same old!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Dinner was very good. All of our food was delicious. Service was attentive and the music was not too loud."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Irregardless has a menu that fits non-gluten, vegan, vegetarian and standard dinners. This was restaurant week In Raleigh and we had one of the week specials. The food was good but nothing spectacular. The potato kugel side dish I had was not as flavorful as I would have expected."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We ended up a table right in front of the stage, but the music was perfect! Not too loud! And the good was so delicious! Calm atmosphere but not too laid back—service was great, and there were a mix of couples, large groups & small groups at the same time. Nice to see a restaurant that doesn't exist entirely in a niche! And, lots of gluten free options!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner. Within our group of 6, two of us appreciated the wide variety of vegetarian options and the willingness of the staff to accommodate special substitution requests. The desserts were especially good. My only complaint was that the wine I ordered, a sauvignon blanc, was obviously not from a fresh bottle as it had that "overnight in the fridge" flavor. Other than that, all was very good."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the free plate of pastries at the beginning of our meal, as well as the live music! Good food and reasonable prices. Lots of vegetarian options for those needing them!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Food was not as good as I usually have at Irregardless. My chicken was a bit dried out, salmon was overcooked."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We have dined at Irregardless off and on over many years. Each time we come back, we always wonder why we don't come more often. The food is excellent. The servers are always so nice and fun. The music is a real treat; not something you find just anywhere especially during the week."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "All food items were very good, flavorful and well prepared...we had calamari, warm goat cheese salad, seafood linguini and salmon. We had reservations but no table was available.We sat at bar table and asked not to sit at the open table because it was reserved, but there was not reserved marking on the table. Finally we permitted to sit at this table. Our wine order was delivered to another table and we had to re-order which caused confusion. In general it seems that staff were inexperienced and need training. Everyone was nice and friendly and we will be back, however the management needs to take some time and smooth out the service as it negatively effects the dining experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • " All of the staff and all of the meals were once again stellar. it just keeps getting better. I may be addicted to the chile relleno!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Raleigh and first time at Irregardless. Everything was enjoyable, but especially the food - it was fantastic! We did not have to wait long for service or our food. Excellent attendance to our depletion of our water in our water glasses. We would patronize again and highly recommend it. We loved all the fresh fruit and vegetables. It's the way dining should be. The live music was a bonus!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent food, very good service. "Bluegrass Wednesday," however, made it near-impossible to converse in anything approaching a normal conversational level without leaning over our plates to speak and be heard. I recommend the restaurant highly for the food, but I also recommend calling to inquire as to the music to be played that night."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I went here for dinner with my parents, it was great!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Everyone has told me how good this restaurant was, so I expected a little more in terms of the food. The menu looked great and the shrimp and grits was good, but I expected it to be some of the best I've had based upon what I've heard. It was not. My friend didn't like her entree at all. However, the restaurant has SPECTACULAR service. Not only did they not charge my friend for her meal, they are taking the entree off of the entire menu. (It sounded as if previous customers had not liked that entree, either.) That shows a restaurant committed to pleasing its customers. The only other thing that concerned me was that it's sanitary grade was only a 92."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I was reconnecting with a vegetarian friend who lived downtown. Since it was restaurant week I decided this was a good idea. We were sat at a two person table that was extremely close to another. I ordered a steak special with risotto and okra. My steak was terrible! It was hard to cut and not medium rare as I had requested."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Always great! Excellent array of choices. Excellent service. Friendly Waiter helped sing "happy birthday""
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I love the Irregardless. We chose it for our meeting place because the 3 of us had eaten there when we first began working there and it was there that one of us shared some very exciting news with the others. AND the food and service is always excellent."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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