Irregardless Cafe

4.6
3514 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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PF
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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Raleigh
98 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing visit. Arrived for 5:30 reservation promptly, table assigned was right near stage with music starting at 6 and a large loud group of 10 or more. Had I realized, I shd have asked to be reseated. Service was lackluster. Asked to sample a wine before ordering and 10 minutes later, needed to remind her.
Two in our party ordered Morgan Street Chicken, typically a very reliable dish. This time the chicken was noticeably undercooked which made me very nervous and I opted to push my plate away. Finally when our server reappears and inquired if I wanted a box, I explained the situation. She asked if I wanted something else- at this point no. They did take the cost off my bill which is what I would expect but no apology or other compensation. Which brings me to the manager or owner - not really sure. Always on site but not attentive at all.
I’ve been many time but feel confident I won’t be returning.

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TC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I am glad we chose Irregardless for my daughters birthday, she’s a vegetarian, and typically in the Triangle area it’s hard to find a place that offers many vegetarian choices along with good choices for carnivores; Irregardless offers many unique choices for all people.

The ambiance was charming with pretty blues we could still communicate at our table while enjoying the music at the same time.

What struck me the most was the Owner coming to our table to find out how everything was...he was friendly with a wealth of history to share; he obviously cares about the people who choose to visit his restaurant and that’s not a common ideal...perhaps it should be however...his restaurant has been well-adored by many for over 40 years.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! A great place to celebrate a special day. The service was wonderful and the music was great.

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AA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were great as usual. Safe place to be from home. The jazz music was very much enjoyed. Will be back soon.

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DP
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never been there, I was impressed with the menu- the food, and tea selection.

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V
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service, food and music! Tried one of the specials and it was good, too.

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

We enjoyed the meal at Irregardless Café very much and loved the cute faces on the chocolate cake and coconut pie. I took pictures. The music was good and not too loud. Overall an outstanding experience.

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SP
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience eating there and it was wonderful!

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BG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

live music was a plus, food tasted great. Great for a family outing or quick meeting.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best brunch location in Raleigh. Great food and relaxing ambience.

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

Great weight staff, great food, and great atmosphere!

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AB
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good- but not spectacular. lots of vegetarian options. Service was excellent. Restaurant was very loud but that seems to be the norm.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a large party so the wide menu selection was appreciated. Everyone's food was great, we'll be back next time at State.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Entrees innovative. Great choices. Katelyn provided excellent service--timely, efficient and friendly.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

If I had to describe our experience at Irregardless with one word it would be "warm". From our greeting at the door to the wait staff to the live music to the food to the general ambience Irregardless Cafe exuded warmth. I`m so glad that we chose this restaurant for our celebration dinner.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always recommend Irregardless Cafe. The experience is always top notch from the food and service to the music and environment. I'm never disappointed.

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EP
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Tons of vegan options which we love! The vegan chocolate cake was amazing!

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p
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best mussels ever! Great evening celebrating my wife’s birthday.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint location, dedicated parking lot for customers. Food was well seasoned, lots of vegan options and the waitress was well versed on the menu.

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G
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed because they didn't have "again"the corn bread. I can't eat gluten so one of my favorites things in the restaurant is the corn bread.
But the band Half past six was pretty awesome.

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ST
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I dined at Irregardless Cafe for the first time and we will definitely return! The food, music, service, and atmosphere were all great!

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HM
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

This was our first visit to Irregardless, and and my partner (vegan) and I (not) were very pleasantly surprised by the evening. We knew it was popular, and arrived when it was quiet at 5pm. Over the hour or so we ate, the restaurant filled very quickly, but was only moderately loud. Our server Ryan was delightful and friendly, and had a ready smile and prompt service. We found out at the end of dinner that we were her first table ever at Irregardless, which was a very sweet and pleasing way to end the meal! The food was amazing, colorful and with incredible flavor. The chile relleno was phenomenal with amazing textures, colors and heat, and the vegetable strudel was fun and tasty. Both dishes were a filling portion size too, something I didn't expect for a vegan meal. My only dissapointment with the night was the perplexity I felt with the decor. I couldn't tell if they were aiming for eclectic and upredictable, or simply took an plain and unexciting existing space with mass produced tables, chairs and carpet, and then added an undersea/beach/marine decor. The amount of neon ropes and lights were strange. It's off-putting and odd. If that is intentional, great! But a more uniform or intentional decor would be the icing on what is very much a jewel of a restaurant. Strongly recommend for the food and service.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is great here! Food, service, all impeccable.

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B
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite choice, even after all these years. Been going since the 70's. A meal made with care and quality, fresh ingredients is a guarantee. Service is always perfectly attentive and efficient. Customers are treated with kindness and respect. Live music is always a plus as well as the local artisans work on display.

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MM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful creative specials. Nice background music. Delicious food. Great service!

We'll be back!

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k
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

WE usually enjoy the food at Irregardless and this evening was no exception, but our service was terrible. Out waitress was occupied with a large table somewhere and I understand the issue, but management should not let that happen. Someone else should be there to step in immediately when that arises.

Often Irregardless is very noisy, this time moderate.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine was exquisite; enjoyed our romantic night listening to jazz and witnessing a couple people dancing. Most definitely returning!

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Timing in delivery of food was to perfection. Great experience, good flavors, wonderful evening.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

IRREGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE ELSE MIGHT SAY, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT. WE HAD EXCELLENT SERVICE BOTH AT THE BAR AND WHILE SEATED FOR DINNER. LIVE MUSIC WAS EXCELLENT AS WAS THE AMBIENCE OF THE RESTAURANT. BUT WAIT, THEN THERE WAS THE DINNER. ALL FIVE OF US CHOSE DIFFERENT VEGETARIAN DISHES AND ALL FIVE OF US ENJOYED AN EXCELLENT MEAL. CANT WAIT TO GO BACK.

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JA
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been in business since 1975. Great venue for live entertainment EVERY night. Diverse and interesting menu. Food is very very good! Parking can be tough, though they have small private lot across the street.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would absolutely recommend!! Great for work events as the menu caters to all, and wonderful for families during the day as the food is fresh and healthy options taste great.

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A
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We certainly had another wonderful meal at the Irregardless Cafe. My wife loved the Spanakopita and I truly enjoyed the Linguini with Seafood. Music was exceptional; Foscoe Philharmonic group.

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j
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They have a great menu especially if you want Vegan or Gluten Free.
Packed at lunch so make a reservation. Service was slow until it cleared
out a bit. A great Raleigh gem!

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OT
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were running late but called and hostess was very sweet. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. We told him we didn’t have too much time as we had comedy show tickets. He gave great suggestions for shareable items and made sure drinks and food came out promptly! We had mussels, chicken & steak kabobs and cauliflower/sweet potato entree. All delicious!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, had a variety of vegan and non-vegan options, pretty quiet at 5:00 PM but could be more active later.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great value. We went for lunch and also brought a meal home for a husband. Irregardless is a favorite or my friend and me.

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