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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Irregardless Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
288 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (191)neighborhood gem (178)special occasion (164)romantic (89)great for brunch (78)good for groups (66)great for lunch (58)great for outdoor dining (37)hot spot (36)late-night find (31)notable wine list (30)kid-friendly (18)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (4)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Elmer Gibson was playing piano. Quite excellent and a great treat.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Restaurant in the Triangle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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 ;-).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my favorite restaurant!
    Steve
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Still my favorite, and I've been going since they opened!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First trip of many to come
    Rens
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan Delight
    SleepingDogs
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Satisfaction for the entire family. A yummy experience, especially for the vegetarian and vegan in our family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irregardless Cafe
    lovdiningout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent; but service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was very good, service as usual was great. Have been going there for ages and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent for Gluten Free & Vegan
    Vanvino
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as Always
    Greadtodine
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic eating
    looking4food
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful blend!
    IHeartTriRestWeek
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BrtNR
    BrtNR
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food & Live Music!
    DeepDishDelish
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food quality
    teli
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was not as good as I usually have at Irregardless. My chicken was a bit dried out, salmon was overcooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    dine2tunes
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but service needs polish
    Roberto
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a delight
    sujjVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gojo
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bluegrass Wednesday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allaina
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went here for dinner with my parents, it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, average food
    ShermWorm
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    captainC
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Gigi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Always great! Excellent array of choices. Excellent service. Friendly Waiter helped sing "happy birthday"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening
    vickie
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great dining experience
    RepeaterVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Irregardless is one of my favorites
    IrregardlessFan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Jazz and a Great Menu!
    jazzlover
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simple Great
    MoodyFoody
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tomstakeonit
    Tomstakeonit
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first date spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate