Irregardless Cafe
Irregardless Cafe

Irregardless Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.irregardless.com/
  • Phone: 9198338898x0
  • 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: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Irregardless Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
280 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (185)neighborhood gem (172)special occasion (150)romantic (72)good for groups (65)great for brunch (64)great for lunch (50)great for outdoor dining (35)hot spot (35)late-night find (26)notable wine list (25)kid-friendly (18)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Excellent Food & Service
    Mich
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was excellent and the live entertainment on a Saturday night was very nice. Our group of 6 had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arlene
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food varied. Great variety. Large vegetarian menu Comfortable fining room with enjoyable music
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed at Irregardless
    DonM
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We regularly have dinner at the Irregardless, before going out to a theater performance or a concert. We have never been disappointed in the choices (omnivore to vegetarian to vegan), the preparation, the portions, the service, nor in anything else. (The music is nice, but we usually eat early, because we want to converse more easily, as well as make our curtain time.) We used to live nearby and have been customers for about as long as they've been open. (We even recall the fire and the reconstruction, more than a decade ago, I think.) This time, we had a Spanokopita and two of the Morgan Street chicken. All excellent. What more can be said? We now travel across town to eat there -- and plan to continue doing so!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scorpio
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had brunch with a friend with a reservation time of 10:30 on a Sat. It was not crowded and the live musician was not overbearing so you could still hold a conversation. The food was excellent and you get more than enough as we had to take our leftovers home. The service was great and very attentive. I will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best of the Triangle
    MoodyFoody
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    there is just a simple word to describe Irregardless. Outstanding. Been here 8 times and it never failed to impress us. It is really a gem, good food delivered with good karma.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Irregardless
    Joycew
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food here is wonderful. The service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grat venue
    Ross
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good food, wonderful service, and grat music for dancing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was mediocre at best. The best part of the meal was the bread and butter, seriously! We had mahi and rib eye. Both were bland. The atmosphere felt cramped and dated. The website makes it look great. Don't get your hopes up! They could benefit from one of those restaurant renovation shows.
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  • Great birthday celebration
    CaryMomWithSitterVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have enjoyed Irregardless for many, many years. They are great about birthday and anniversary celebrations - always make it a great occasion. Some of my family are vegetarian. Or vegan, so nice to have options for all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a great place to eat. enjoy
    Sullij
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed irregardless for the 34 years we've lived in Raleigh. Last night I had the trout which was excellent. My wife's Mahi mahi was well done as she likes it, with mango topping. The server (Brian) was supportive and followed up on questions about the ingredients and provided great suggestions for wines. Seating for two on a busy night is always "close." If you want a intimate conversation, choose another time or place. The live background music was about right, not too intrusive. For a place that started as pure vegetarian, the chef does a great job with meat eaters. You will usually find dishes with honest real flavor as well as character and uniqueness.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    Vanvino
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love the Irregardless! Good music, good wine, variety of food choices, what's not to love?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option prior to comedy show!
    BonniegalVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A friend and I had reservations at Goodnights Comedy Club and only wanted to park once. I was happy to see a well respected restaurant was right next door! There are a few tables outdoors, but we chose to dine inside. We shared a salad and they expertly divided our portion in the kitchen. My friend had the shrimp and grits, which she raved about. I had mahi mahi, and it was prepared with a delicious mango salsa. Drinks were delicious and innovative. Small wine list, but we weren't lingering, as we had tickets for next door. Jazz combo on stage provided relaxing background music. Would return!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doctorhear
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Irregardless Cafe did not disappoint. The food could not have been fresher! I loved that the vegetables were local, from their own garden and it was very evident in the flavors. Delicious from soup to nuts. I dined with two friends from out of town and they both commented they LOVED their meal. We sat outside and a few cars going by, but not distracting. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Irregardless Rocks!
    BobH27513VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Irregardless offers a great variety of food options including vegan, which makes my wife happy. They have a full bar and live music. The service is always excellent. If you are going to an event and let them know they will make sure you will be finished in time to make it to your event on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back!
    VitaBob
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful experience. The wait staff were awesome. The food was, too, with an eclectic menu that satisfied all the varied tastes in our group. A birthday celebration was honored with a free bottle of house wine (tasty!) And the entertainment (Latino Jazz Quintet) was perfect. We will be back, for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    run4food
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Having heard the Irregardless Cafe's name mentioned on WUNC many times, my wife and I gave the IC a try for our 24th Anniversary dinner. The food was great! We really enjoyed the crab dip, the wine, the steak au poive and the spanikopita. The service was top notch, and we really enjoyed the music. I recommend this spot for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    CJNC
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I thought from the website, the place would be bigger and the menu would offer more. When we got there, the hostess was miserable, the place is small and the menu was a fraction of what is shown online. Another overpriced "trendy" Raleigh restaurant.
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  • Wonderful Salmon Salad
    diningtravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I wish I could have it again and again. Not sure what it is titled but great combination of cold salmon, hot salmon and green with salsa and avocado. What not to love??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BIRTHDAY DINNER
    redhead70
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband and 2 friends went to celebrate my birthday. As always, the food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irregardless Cafe Still a Winner
    Shirleyujest
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been enjoying Irregardless for all 40 years it has been in business. We have just "rediscovered" it again and it is now our go-to place for all our special occasions. Service is always great and the food selections are great for vegetarians/vegans as well as those who love their meat! The music is always enjoyable and there are many different offerings from jazz, blues, rock. Highly recommend Irregardless for a great evening out!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Not what it used to be. Our appetizer arrived 10 minutes after we finished eating our meal.
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  • Always delicious
    ShaunaIAm
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Irregardless really is a neighborhood gem. This is my favorite place to eat in the Triangle area. My husband and I recently attended one of their beer dinners which was a fundraiser for the food pantry. The food was very tasty, however, I would note that the pairings and the food were better at the previous dinner. Regardless, the food here is always delicious, we were just spoiled from the first one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Mediterranean appetizer was delicious. Our entrees of the stuffed baked acorn squash and the spanakopita were also very good. There are many excellent vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. I rated Service as "fair" because our appetizer arrived before we had even received our wine and then the dinners arrived before we had finished the appetizer. We did not feel rushed by our server at all, but the kitchen seemed to be getting out the food too quickly. The live music was very nice - not too loud or intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistantly Amazing!!!
    Lizncharlie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Perfect from beginning to end! If you want to "Wow" someone visiting from out of town this is the best place to do it. A dish for every taste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, as always
    hapkidovet
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ALWAYS go here for special occasions birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) and I have yet to be disappointed. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Carina
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The salmon dish with bok choy and black bean topping was a delicious creation - an unusual combination and all flavors and textures worked very well together. Salute!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    LoveFood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Took my adult daughter here for her birthday dinner. The wait staff was very attentive, the atmosphere in the restaurant is quaint and comfortable. They had some live music while we were there, but it was not obtrusive at all (guitar and standing bass only) and was quite enjoyable during dinner. The food, as always, was impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to catch up and relax
    Anonymous
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my first dinner and Irregardless Cafe and will definitely not be my last. I had dinner with my husband and mother to celebrate my birthday could not have asked for a better time. There was live music with a guitar and violin. The volume was enough that you could hear the relaxing music but did not make you have to raise your voice to talk at your table. Service was great as was the food, and everything was reasonably priced. I also like how everything on the menu had its own twist. We all tried things we had never had before, and it was so good all of us cleaned our plates and still had dessert. I can not wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irregardless Cafe was fantastic!
    IggyStardust10
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We arrived as a group of 4 on an un-crowded Tuesday evening. We were greeted and shown immediately to our table. Our server was knowledgable and pleasant. She was attentive without being overbearing, reciting specials and beer know-how with ease. Our meal arrived promptly while a live duo played soft jazzy tunes on a small stage. The Venus Mars Chardonnay, although the cheapest option on the wine list, was extremely good. All in my group definitely enjoyed themselves, myself included! We will certainly be coming back to Irregardless Cafe soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This just an all around great place. Great food, good service and live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still one of Raleigh's best
    Mike
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went with a party of five. We noticed that they are gradually going back to their roots by offering more Vegan dishes. They have also added several small plates. The menu at Irregardless is varied and very creative. Nobody should have trouble finding something they like there. The entrees at our table included lamb chops, pasta with shrimp, chicken kabobs, and vegan shepards pie. They also offered Paella, a salmon special, and brisket. Everyone at our table raved about their food. Although they aren't known for their desserts, this particular evening the desserts were spectacular. There is a reason they have been in business for 40 years. They keep up with trends and offer top quality food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Karinsk
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was delicious, waiter was knowledgable and extremely helpful with gluten free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating
    grtnight
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great time, We chose Irregardless because one of our party has food allergies and we were interested in their organic, farm to table menus. We found the kitchen and our waiter very accommodating and helpful. The food was great, we had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music ambiance
    LongtimeFan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Elmer Gibson was playing piano. Quite excellent and a great treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    gregthefoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been to Irregardless Cafe many times and am never disappointed. The food is fantastic and they make very unusual dishes that I haven't found anywhere else. A great place for vegetarians, gluten sensitive foodies and meat lovers alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time After Time
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Time after time we dine at the Irregardless Cafe and are never disappointed. Each time we try something different and find each choice rewarding. This time we chose the Pesto pizza, warm goat cheese salad and Vegan Lasagna. Being Italian, this was my first time eating a meatless Lasagna and it was good. Certainly not my wife's Lasagna, but it was something different and good. My wife loved the salad and pesto pizza is awesome. Service was exceptional and I like that she checked on us and did not hover over us like some waitress's do. Irregardless Cafe is becoming one of our favorite dinning spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very popular but not for me
    Jade1844
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had looked forward to experiencing this restaurant. PROS The food was pretty good, the service was excellent. Was able to make a reservation online. Music was enjoyable. The manager and the waitress went to a lot of trouble to help me find food I could eat (without soy). CONS Even though the restaurant has been there for nearly 40 years, the sign for parking is very small. I had not seen it and had to find street parking. I had stated on the reservation under Comments that I could not eat soy, yet the menu offered little choice for me. If they asked for a comment, expected a response. The tables were very close together. No sense of privacy at all. Not a good choice if you want to chat.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You must go there!
    Morombo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere with tasty art, Incredible menu. Food was delicious. Wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly. Especially appreciated that the chairs facing the wall had mirrors on the wall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Vegetarian Paradise
    lrwilliams1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great menu, wine and beer choices. Stuffed acorn squash provided variety in taste, texture and temperature. Attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehhhhhh, I've had better
    BDUJeff
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic