Irregardless Cafe

4.6
3552 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Winner of 2018 INDY Week's Best Brunch in Wake County & OpenTable's Top 50 Vegetarian Restaurants in the US. When the Irregardless opened in 1975, it was known as the hippie, vegetarian place. Today, the Cafe is the longest operating restaurant in Raleigh with the original owner. It’s hand-crafted meals feature local ingredients. A casual fine dining restaurant, we offer inclusive meals which all respect the environment. Live music is performed nightly, from jazz to bluegrass. Larger bands play on Saturday evenings for dancing.

Due to high volumes of traffic in the Cafe, we can not always guarantee seating at a specific reservation time. Although we are using the word "reservations", in fact, our guests are being put on a list. Our guests, on a weekend, will often encounter a wait. If you have a party larger than 6, please call 919-833-8898 to make a reservation. During holidays, reservations need to made via phone (919-833-8898) and will not be available via OpenTable.
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AL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent, prices are fair. The seating leaves something to be desired if you don’t get a booth. Tables are very close together. Music was way too loud and made conversation difficult. Service wasn’t great, but our server seemed to be the exception. Other servers appeared to be on top of things.

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L
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and local with diverse choices to accommodate various diets and preferences. The band - Longleaf Pine Nuts - was great when we could hear them, but we were sitting toward the back as we were with friends and wanted to be able to chat. The atmosphere was upbeat and the service was exceptional.

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NB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not just for vegetarians any more! Lots of variety on the menu. Our party had duck, shrimp and grits, pasta and empanadas. Daughter has celiac and they were able to accommodate her dietary restrictions.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a chill at

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j
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

server way over booked too many tables cakes, wine bills NO HELP from other staff our wine came out slow slow the foods too fast and the waiter not available food stayed uncleared way long and like I said staff especially the door manager did nothing to pitch in

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L
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very excited for the gluten free waffles it when I began to ate them they were not cooked all the way. Our waiter never came back by to check on us.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place was Hoppin! There was live music while we ate. The food was delish but the service was a bit off. There weren’t enough menus for us so our group of 6 had to share 2 menus, they brought us water but never took a drink order, they took away dirty silverware but didn’t replace it until after the main meal was served and we asked for them. Otherwise this was worth the missteps and we would definitely go again. It was fun and delicious!

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CO
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed Irregardless food and entertainment for several years, and always want to return for more of the same. When we have guests visiting from LA, Boston, New Hampshire, or Chicago this is always our first choice. Keep up the good work!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It did get a little noisy at the table next to us. I filled my own water glass twice and was never offered a refill. Overall it was wonderful.

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v
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

It's always an enjoyable meal at Irregardless - and we've been going there for over 40 years!

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L
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Had a bad experience as my food was microwaved. My wife ordered a penne pasta and it was dripping with oil. There was a puddle of oil on the bottom of the plate The pasta itself was very dry and crunch. It was unedible. The gigner ale was overpriced. My wife ordered iced tea and the syrup provided was not sweet enough and seemed watered down. The tables beside us were inches away and the waitress kept hitting me on the elbow walking ny. That's how tight knit it was...

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o
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Irregardless again served a marvelous meal. I had the brisket special and it just fell apart with a touch of the fork, so very tasty. The music was outstanding and we all had a wonderful time..

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M
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good that our monthly lunch group wants to come back in two months! One of our group said there are other things on the menu she wants to try.

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h
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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BM
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Irregardless Cafe for years. It is still one of my all time favorites!

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RP
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

As vegan patrons, my wife and I ordered the strawberry pecan salad. It was so saturated in oil we could not eat it. Never thought anyone could mess up a salad. With that being said, I believe this was a reflection of a particular chief and not the restaurant. We have been patrons for twenty years and have been pleased with Irregardless Cafe and will continue to eat there as they are an excellent restaurant. They just missed the mark this time.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. The service could have been a little better but the food and music was outstanding. We will be back again

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KS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been in a while and I have a renewed excitement about going back!

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C
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Irregardless Cafe. We like the diversity of the menu, especially options for vegans, GF and even dairy free for some of our dining partners. Wine list is fairly varied and with reasonable prices. Personally, we would like to see a couple more good roses, but their overall list of wines by the glass is very nice. Food almost always hits the mark. Noise level is a bit high during dinner such that it can be difficult to converse; but, the music is always good and it is a pleasant addition. We keep going back because it is a great little neighborhood gem and we know we will not be disappointed. Thanks, Irregardless, for a consistently nice evening out!

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SB
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Irregardless is our go to restaurant for out of town guests! It never disappoints! We’ve been going for 15 years!

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RK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with a friend for their first visit to Irregardless, and everything was outstanding, from cocktails, to appetizers (vegetable empanadas), salad (shrimp & citrus), entree (woodland pie), and dessert (chocolate layer cake with espresso glaze). I'm glad I had someone with whom to split things so we had room for dessert! The decor is friendly, and the live music is enjoyable without being obtrusive. Finally, the menu is extremely vegetarian-friendly, and the restaurant has a parking lot in a busy part of Raleigh. All of this makes coming here a pleasure!

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KK
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, eclectic menu(something for EVERYONE!), impeccable service, really cool atmosphere.....and music every single night. What more can you ask for?!

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BD
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great night at Irregardless. Ricardo provided great service and the food never disappoints.

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VZ
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, excellent service and enjoyable atmosphere.

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CR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, personable service; food fresh and aesthetically pleasing. Ambiance warm and made us wanted to stay longer, but we left so our fantastic waitress could continue serving others. I would recommend heartily to friends. We are from out of town and this is our third visit.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Irregardless! The wait staff is so warm and friendly, the food is great and we even get to hear love music! And, of course, on birthdays and anniversaries you get a free bottle of wine!

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RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fine experience at Irregardless and Easter Sunday dinner was another great time for us.

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LW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Nice atmosphere. Liked the live music as well.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service was outstanding! Highly recommend!

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Irregardless. We are recent converts to plant based eating and having such a great location that can satisfy us and our meat eating friends is a real plus. The music adds to the atmosphere and makes for a fun night out.

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CP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely dinner before going to Theater in the Park.

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t
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration good food great chocolate birthday cake!!

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WS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a family of vegans and non-vegans. Irregardless' menu pleases everyone. First time we've done the brunch and loved it. Service and food were excellent. We plan to try to get reservations for Thanksgiving/Christmas Eve.

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JJ
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We should go more often. Food was great. Everyone had something that fit their pallet. Service was great.

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AM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu selection for everyone....since in our party we had one that needed gluten free, two that needed vegan, and two who wanted some sort of meat dish....waiter was outstanding....a great little restaurant....music was nice too.

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DT
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going there everytime we are in town. On special occasions we go to Raleigh just to go here. Mr Gordon has been doing awesome here for many years! Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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PF
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to reconnect with friends haven’t seen in a while.

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D
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating at Irregardless Cafe. The specials are always tasty.

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S
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took friends here who hadn't been before and they also loved it. One of our favourite restaurants.

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