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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Irregardless Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
270 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (181)neighborhood gem (170)special occasion (140)good for groups (65)romantic (63)great for brunch (58)great for lunch (51)great for outdoor dining (31)hot spot (31)notable wine list (28)late-night find (27)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Consistently excellent
    CaryMomWithSitterVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Irregardless has been a family favorite for years. Some of our family are vegetarian or vegan. Everyone can get a wonderful meal with choices for all diet preferences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great menu with locally sourced ingredients, nice drinks and really nice music in the background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Vegan Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The vegan choices are always outstanding. We have never had a bad meal at Irregardless Café. I highly recommend them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not So Great
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Had reservations for 6:45 pm, arrive at 6:43 pm and check in, host tells us that there is going to be a wait for reservations since they were hosting a charity night for kids from school to play jazz music. While we are waiting the host starts seating other people in that have checked in AFTER us. We had a 20 minute wait AFTER our reservation. We shouldn't have been waiting that long to be seated WITH reservations. When my husband finally went up to the manager to say how ridiculous it was to be waiting that long we got seated. Not ONE time did the manager apologize for the wait or go out of his way to make conversation or be nice. Needless to say will not be recommending this place to anyone or eating there again. Not a great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always perfect
    Scootie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We love this place, the food, the service, everything is always perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still one of the best
    TwoLees
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The best run dining room in town. Live music, on-the-ball wait-staff, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Great music
    cdnintriangle
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Irregardless continues to provide fantastic food in a lively atmosphere with superb service. We arrived at 7:30 and a 2 piece jazz duo were playing. By 9pm the band had changed over to a 5 piece jazz band that was up-tempo and "rockin". Great atmosphere as you can hear great music, talk and enjoy fabulous food. Fantastic mix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seems more crowded nowadays
    meyou
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We really like to go to Irregardless for special occasions. I also take business guests, there, too. The food is top-notch and the service is usually extremely good. But it seems like they are squeezing a few more tables in and making it a bit more crowded than I like. Do I still like it? Yes. Will I still go there? Yes. But do I wish it was a bit less crowded? Yes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cgw68VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had an outdoor table for the 1st time at Irregardless. Wonderful experience in perfect weather. Surprisingly quiet & peaceful despite being right by the street. Food was typically very good. (Esp like their Friday night paella.) Friendly service that aims to please but doesn't hover. Should point out that it is usually much louder & lively inside, esp on nights when there is live music. Much preferred being outside this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood spot
    Tinktoy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My husband and I ate dinner here recently. It's a bit out of the way from downtown Raleigh, but we actually walked back to our rented condo, and it was very safe and well-lit. The restaurant has an eclectic feel: there are original oil paintings, live music, a stylish bar, but there are also very dated draperies. Food was very good! We had the rib-eye special (a tad tough, but cooked to order, medium rare) and another special, the NC trout (huge portion with interesting sides/garnishes). Service was prompt, efficient, and quite friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sherrie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Though, I love Irregardless, I have a shellfish allergy, but can eat fish. I thought fish on the menu was limited and there could have been more offerings on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • samt
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Ambience -- like stepping back into the 70's and great memories from that time. Warm and inviting space. Food -- Carefully prepared, satisfying vegetarian offerings. Meats also but did not try those.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was good
    Refinedine1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We went on the recommendation of someone but found the food to be quite average. Maybe it was just the night we were there. The waitress was attentive, the food arrived quickly so that was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place for health nuts
    wandas
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Have been going to Irregardless since it opened during the 70's. Love the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Experience!
    foodieguy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've enjoyed Irregardless for years because of the great food and service. Now, we also thoroughly enjoy the music that's offered there every night. Whether you like bluegrass/country, jazz, classical or pop music, you can find it here regularly. The online calendar gives you details about each performer, often including links to audio or video samples of their work. For the combined experience of food and music, you can't find a better place in the Raleigh area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music too loud. Server too new
    KLdiners
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Music should be background during dinner, not something to yell over to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    GreatPlace
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Went with my wife for the first time and had a great expirience. The food was awesome! Live music was very cool. Overall a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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!
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate