Irregardless Cafe

4.6
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3877 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
*For Christmas, we are only taking reservations by phone 919-833-8898*

Winner of OpenTable's 2019 Top 50 Vegetarian Restaurants in the US & 2018 INDY Week's Best Brunch & 2019 Best Salad in Wake County. 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 & environmentally conscious meals. Live music is performed nightly. Larger bands play on Saturday at 9pm 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.
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D
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and a lot of fun. Loved the music.

j
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this restaurant because they always have vegetarian and vegan options.
Whish I lived closer. I'd come more often!

x
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Irregardless is consistently GREAT. Warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent food, knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. It's a go to again and again. Will always recommend because it never disappoints!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attention to our dietary needs. We love Irregardless!

JO
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such an amazing night! Had so much fun eating and listening to some amazing music!

OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

LP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, quick service and live music!
And convenient easy free parking close by.

t
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really cool place to celebrate an Anniversary or Birthday...or Saturday. Fresh menu, despite being filled with long-time favorites. The Filet was good, the service great and the prices were a bit higher than I would have expected.

KG
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent vegan options that are both creative and tasty with loads of flavor! Nice atmosphere with live music. Very good service, too

JB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, live music was very good and at the right volume for a restaurant, service was spot on, and the price is very reasonable. I recommend this place to anyone. I went with my wife for date night but this place looks like it would be really good for larger groups as well. Also, I am vegan so I enjoyed one of the several vegan options but there is a full menu with other choices.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Raleigh!!

L
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatives visiting Raleigh

AD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, killer cocktails and great artwork on the walls. One of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh!

CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection to choose from. Food very satisfying and served hot! Very pleasant meal!

M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was surprised by the change of menu which was a good change, but not aware of the $10 surcharge to listen to music at 9pm.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

My experience here wasn’t that great. And with that said, let me also say I can sometimes be a tough customer. I was unimpressed when our server brought out my vodka tonic with their little bottle of designer tonic because then I could see my pitiful little ounce of vodka at the bottom of that big glass. If you’re going to show a customer their alcohol I think it should be a “we’re damn glad to see you and we want you to come back” pour. Not a “we sell an ounce at a time and that’s what you get” pour. Our calamari was soggy. And I’ve never see cole slaw on top of calamari that way. There was an “Asian” dressing on the calamari. Perhaps the slaw should have been something that matched with that??? Marinated? Asian? But nope. Just good old US Foods or Sysco Cole slaw right out the carton. My filet was cooked well but the mushrooms were crunchy and ruined the entire plate. Are crunchy mushrooms overcooked or undercooked? I don’t know because I’ve never had a crunchy mushroom. When the manager came and took out plates, he asked how it was. I said “fine.” Lol. To me, something being “fine” in a restaurant is just one step up from “terrible.” But he took it as a compliment and glided away. Haha. Indicative of the entire experience.
But clearly I’m in the minority because this place was absolutely packed the entire weekend with people waiting in line to get in.

E
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It’s always a special occasion.. biryhday

J
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for party of 6 evening after Thanksgiving. Had reservations and seated immediately. Server was gracious and appropriately attentive.
We all ate light dishes including salads, appetizers & small plates. All we tasty, well prepared as ordered and served in good time.
Overall, a very pleasant venue and meal and good value.

p
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great time! The food was very good and the atmosphere was very enjoyable!

G
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all these years the Irregardless can still compete with the best. No fuss, just high quality and friendly service. We had a wonderful early dinner and no problem getting to our show in time. We hope to be back soon!

F
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Stuffed trout special was very disappointing. Beef kabobs my husband received were charred and not edible. Marcus provided excellent service.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful lunch . Excellent food and service.

RS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We’ve been living here 15 yrs and I thought I would never find a decent Skirt Steak. It was a gamble when seen on menu. You guys need to tell me where you purchase them, we’ll be back. My daughters a plant eater, may stop by this weekend.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was EXCELLENT! Ambience & live music was very nice. I appreciated being able to make an online reservation for 3.

DM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, delicious food. The vegetarian options are awesome.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my evening! The atmosphere was wonderful and the food was delicious! There was live music throughout the evening as well which was great! I will definitely go back again!

DS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far my favorite restaurant. I come a few times a year. We consider it to be a special occasion place. I recommend it to everyone.

DD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was rather bland. Our table of 5 were disappointed. Although the seafood linguini was ok as was the blackened shrimp salad. The chicken kabob plate and the pasta pesto was bland as well. My daughter a strict vegetarian and low carb eater had minimal options. Settling for the cauliflower steak it was terrible. She didn’t even eat it.
Disappointed that there was no tofu or Tempe choices. We had high hopes but will likely not be back

BK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, took my mum (vegetarian) for brunch and it exceeded all expectations. The live music was a bonus!

JH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Irregardless is consistently a solid choice for a night out. The live music is an added bonus and makes the evening extra special. Our server was very attentive and our food came quickly and was delicious.

BH
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

The music was very good, but the background noise drowned some of it out
Enjoyed the evening

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Phil was amazing. Really went the extra mile to provide great service and was highly attentive. It was very appreciated.

CR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place for a late night dinner along with a jazz band for entertainment.

RH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with options for all types of diets. With my being Vegan I was impressed with the food options and quality of the taste. Felt it may have been a little pricey but for a change of pace and special occasions it is worth it.

CH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the live music.

But the noise was too loud for me to really hear it. Happy noise, but too loud for the music nevertheless.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was the best. Engaging and funny with a great smile. Great food and music. Made for a great evening.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was referred to this restaurant by my aunt who has lived in the area for a while. The food was great and the ambiance is top notch.

n
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific and the service impeccable at this Raleigh, NC, landmark.

D
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent! The guitar duo was truly a surprise...and they were outstanding!!

SB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought a friend from Miami and one from Milan for dinner and music. Never disappoints.