Irregardless Cafe

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
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. During holidays, reservations need to made via phone (919-833-8898) and will not be available via OpenTable.
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MM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met two of our friends for an early dinner Saturday evening, October 12, 2109, and simply enjoyed everything about this restaurant. All the food was tasty, including the Vegan/Vegetarian options, and the ambiance was fantastic.

KM
Raleigh
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved the jazz music on Friday. Our food was delicious...as always!

b
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Irregardless is always excellent. Food is wonderful. One of my favorite restaurants for lunch and dinner for many years. The menu has a large selection of wonderful vegetarian meals that I enjoy even though I am not a vegetarian. Also for a number of years I have dined on Christmas Day especially enjoying the wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Portions are ample. Service is generally excellent.

g
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxing ambience. Excellent service. A dinner menu with just the right number of choices. Not too many, not too few. And the meals were tastefully prepared.

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

We were there to celebrate our 4th Anniversary. Irregardless catered our wedding. We always enjoy eating at Irregardless and we like the music and the setting. Thanks...Jeff & Laurie Barnhart

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

Fresh, clean food that tastes amazing. Hard to find anymore so I never usually go out to eat. I WILL be coming back to Irregardless, however. Far exceeded my expectations!

RR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived near our reservation time, but the restaurant wasn't busy, so reserving a table wasn't necessary on a Wednesday evening.
Our server gave us a nice amount of time to get settled before inquiring about beverages.
One of the people in our group had a Birthday coming up in a couple days. I had mentioned it to the server, asking about a small acknowledgment at the end of the meal. I was impressed with her solution. The restaurant offers a complimentary bottle of wine to Birthday guests who are part of the restaurant's club/mailing list. So with a quick application fill out we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with dinner.
Our food was very, very good. Each appetizer and entree was full of distinctive and delicious flavor.
I would definitely go back to try other items and have a relaxed dining experience again.

Y
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT place! Band was wonderful. We had a great table in the bar area. Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Attentive staff and fabulous food! Highly recommend !!!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Live music was a very nice addition

SB
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Appealing for so many years in so many ways, Irregardless less compelling for being so loud and noisey A room with scant sound buffering materials is disadvantaged -- as are diners -- by live music that is too loud and incessant. Perhaps unnecessary, too. Has it been evaluated as a main draw? Is it every night or do we, even on week nights, keep arriving on the wrong night. Coming from Hillsborough to a place precluding conversation, particularly across tables of 6, is no longer of interest.

WSB

EZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It had been 25 years, but the place only gets better with time.

j
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with vegan/vegetarian options. Menu changes with unique options often. Nice place for a special event. Also had quiet music playing too.

JL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable. Professional wait staff.

KB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. I had the poached salmon with asparagus on a quinoa cake. OMG! The bluegrass band was good and we met the owner. Great TIme!!!

WB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is such a wonderful atmosphere! Food is always delicious, as well are their cocktails!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Purchased wedding dress

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service!! Excellent!!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and fresh. Restaurant is accommodating to all diets.

DV
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another heaven-on-earth experience with family at Irregardless! And we love Hanna!

CY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My friend and I walked in after calling to say we would be running a little late for our reservation. We were not greeted by the hostess who continued to be on her computer and then just walked off to clean off a table. While we were standing right there. She then came back and answered the phone. Then asked us if we wanted a high-top table or low, we said it did not matter to be concillient. She then walks off and goes to fix us a high-top right by the kitchen door while there are plenty other ones. When she comes back I ask her if we can have another one. She is openly irritated and says that we would then have to wait. I said we had a reservation, so!? And she said other people did too... By that point I am irritated as well and just standing waiting. She then goes on to greet newcomers, and seat them before us. I don't know if one of us looked like someone she had beef with but she was extremely unprofessional. We finally got a table; our waitress was great, food was okay but nothing to talk about. Will not return and will not recommend.

TR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family and I had a amazing time. The wait was a bit long but it was worth it. The owner is super friendly and the food was great. I can’t wait to go back again. I recommend this place to anyone who wants a great meal in a super friendly and comfortable environment.

r
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was great, food was great, music was great but we could not hear it well! When we left we realized the sound was much better out on the sidewalk than inside the restaurant. :(

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun and unusual menu; "little" plates to share but mostly generous portions. all the food we tried was delicious and would love to return some time when we're back in Raleigh. Thanks for a great experience!

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

Wonderful as usual. Great food, friendly staff, and very accommodating to every individual in our party. Amazing music as well.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Got together with some work colleagues that were in from out of town. The music was nice, but sometimes it drowned out by some of the lifer tables. The food was very good, we all enjoyed our meals very much with very high marks for the shrimp and grits. The calamari was excellent too!

R
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food was ok but did not impress. It was noisy with live music and loud talking so it was hard to have a conversation at the table. Had the tres leches for desert and it was disappointing.

M
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Irregardless since it opened 44 years ago - we love it! Food is always delicious and fresh; and there is live music every night. Highlly recommended!

LS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to try the Filet Mignon. If you like mushrooms and you like steak, it is a no brainer! Mmmm good!

M
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

never a bad meal at the irregardless
a good time was had by all

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overpriced....Menu was very hard to follow. Our waitress was very short tempered. I asked her “what sides do you have” because there were no options for sides on menu. Her reply “what do you want?” I said I don’t know because it’s not on the menu. She was like we have the normal sides...save your time and go elsewhere!!!

RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Waitress seemed to have many tables. Paella was extremely salty.

AB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. It took quit a while to get the main entries as the place was busy. However, we shouldn't have to ask for drink refills, that should be automatic.
It was extremely loud. The place is too small to have a jazz band. I felt sorry for the table sitting in front of the band.
There were 2 of us with birthdays so we received 2 bottles of wine. We had the checks split per couple but the waitress still got them wrong and twice tried to charge us for the birthday wine, first tried charging the other couple for their wine while they tried to charge me for his meal. So when fixing the bills, I ended up getting charged for a bottle of wine. Waitress was confused.
Our meals were very good though. The filet mignon was one of the best I've had.

D
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu has something for everyone. Everything was yummy and came all together so no one was left waiting. Our Server was excellent and very personable. Glad we had reservations, it was crowded.

OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with our NC State student

OT
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in our visit to Irregardless this time. My food was cold and part of my chicken was dark pink. I have had so many good meals in the past. Not this time.

KG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, music and service. Vegan selections are outstanding

IS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been patrons of Irregardless Cafe for more than 15 years and always came back for the ambiance and the service and always appreciated the food. But this last time was a revelation as the food was really very good and much more refined than usually: they always had good products but this time the preparation was at the level of a fine dining restaurant. Keep up the good work and we will enjoy even more, returning on a regular basis!

JG
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner...very interesting menu. Service was excellent and dishes came out timely. If I am ever in Raleigh I will definitely go back. Great Jazz music too!

CM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue to listen to loud music. I love their food and restaurant concept of farm to table. For me personally, the mostly vegan desserts are not my favorite but their entrees and cocktails are amazing. I will just have a glass of wine for dessert next time.

DP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. There were LOTS of vegan and gluten free options which was wonderful for my wife. The dishes were delicious. The service good but not great. The server was nice but not super attentive.

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