Irregardless Cafe

4.6
3604 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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Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, great live music every night!

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GG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was fine.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Graduation

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AB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service were excellent! In 30+ years I have never had a disappointing experience at this Raleigh gem.

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BT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. It was very busy so the noise level was kinda high

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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

Have eaten at the Irregardless for many decades. Recommend it whenever asked. Bring out-of-town guests frequently. Always a joy, even on a (rare) occasion when the server forgets the bread.

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C
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday. Service was superb

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CM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for my son’s graduation brunch

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

Excellent as always! Highly Reccomend Irregardless Cafe!

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N
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was a little disappointed this time that I went to Irregardless Cafe. Typically the food is great but this time it was only ok. Maybe because it was restaurant week. Everything was ok; the service, the food, etc but nothing was better than ok except the wine I had.

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OT
Raleigh
60 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating here is always a pleasurable experience. Good food and good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat near the bar and the bar manager Jen took care of us! We participated in restaurant week and did the $35 option. We started with the crab dip (not on restaurant week menu), then fried green tomatoes and buffalo cauliflower. Next we had the scallops and lavender chicken. I’m not sure what I liked better. The pear martini was also amazing, great summer time cocktail! Lastly we had the dessert, I don’t remember exactly what I had , some sort of cake but the coconut icing was AMAZING and I hate coconut. The chocolate torte was mind blowing. Our reservation wasn’t until 930 but we got seated early at 9. This was perfect timing for the live music. 10/10

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M
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for live music and great fresh food with many gluten free and vegan options, even dessert!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the shrimp and grits, which was very tasty. It came with vegetables, which was a pleasant surprise. I must've missed that in the menu. There was live music in the form of 2 different jazz bands. They were great. I had never been there before and honestly just tried it out because Al Strong was playing. He didn't disappoint. Considering it was Restaurant Week, we didn't have to wait too long for seating. We arrived early and was seated close to our reservation time. The hostesses could've been friendlier. They looked like they didn't want to be bothered. But once we got our table, everything was great.

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JC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful as always. Just a bit noisier than we like - but then it was Saturday of restaurant week.

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TM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service, and environment. Jazz ensemble during dinner was fabulous. Best paella dish in Raleigh, hands down!!

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C
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was great! Sat near the jazz artist and it was difficult to hear the table conversation. Sitting outside would have been better for both music and conversation.

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w
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

the fries and chicken kabobs are great. the chicken is cooked just right. the hummus is flavorless. the falafel also needs some flavor. another time i had the salmon and potato and poached egg breakfast but it came with spinach that was watery that made the potatoes soggy. beautiful interior. great staff. but food was very disappointing.

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MT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here the other night was such a treat! Everything was wonderful, especially my Moscow Mule cocktail, my Morgan Street Chicken entree (so delicious), and the live music, an unexpected bonus! Service was excellent. We will not hesitate to return!

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OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always. Love love love this place!!!

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SY
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was great. The food was fresh and with a nice twist. The music was fabulous. We enjoyed it so much stayed longer and had another bottle of wine and dessert. :)

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner!!! 5 stars all the way!

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L
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Irregardless during Restaurant Week in Raleigh. After searching online through all the restaurants that were participating, we both agreed that a return visit to Irregardless was needed. I had the fried green tomatoes, pan seared scallops, and flourless chocolate torte. My spousal unit had the paella and crème brûlée. We, of course, shared. All courses were outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, and made good recommendations on the wines to accompany our entrees. The live jazz was an added treat. With all the over-hyped new restaurants coming and going in Raleigh, it's nice to visit and revisit this wonderful place.

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k
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the entrees we ordered always prepared to perfection. Service beyond compare, live musicians an added bonus.

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S
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food wonderful as always. Looking forward to our next visit.

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu for vegetarian and vegan folks as well as the carnivores. Got a free bottle of wine for celebrating our anniversary. Food and service were fantastic. This is a new favorite spot for us.

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TD
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We made the reservation based on it being Restaurant Week, but ordered off the regular menu. We shared the crab dip appetizer. My husband had the seafood linguini and I had the paella. All the food was delicious! Our server was friendly and attentive. We liked the jazz ensemble as well.

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C
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food & Great Service. Will definitely go again soon.

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

Great food and wait staff. Took friends that had not been before and they loved it!

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J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Actually, I have recommended the Irregardless to friends for 40 years or so. It has always been a great place to go. It also has changed with the times. Two of us tried most of the things on the Triangle Restaurant menu - and they were great. We went early and it wasn't crowded... service was quick and good.

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RF
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for the Triangle Restaurant Week. I tried a vegan dish - stuffed polanbo pepper - it was wonderful, which is saying something coming from a guy who loves meat!

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j
Raleigh
75 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 6 on a Sunday afternoon after a movie. The martinis were excellent. Service is very friendly and professional. A young entertainer was playing songs from the Great American Songbook and he was excellent. We had small plates as most of us had popcorn earlier. The food was delicious and served promptly. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

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DR
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As with previous visits, food and service were fabulous.

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CR
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We love the Irregardless but we did not love our waitress this time around. She was not up to the usual high level of service we’ve always enjoyed. Not friendly and welcoming. Everything else was perfect!

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b
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Have dined at Irregardless many times in the past-even had my daughters engagement dinner there. We had out of town guests and the experience was bad from the start. Our server was very rude and unfriendly-when I asked if the beef was antibiotic free she replied “how would I know” as I looked at her in surprise she finally said she would go ask someone. She did not introduce herself, we had to ask to place our order and request bread. She did not check regularly on us and when we wanted to split the bill between 4 credit cards she asked “how am I supposed to do that?” Also the music was too loud-we we’re seated at a round table in front of the bandstand. We should have gone to a different restaurant-it was disappointing to have such a bad experience with what can be a very nice restaurant. I will not be returning.

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g
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for date night or a night on the town. Great food. Great atmosphere and live music.

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P
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was awful. Our waitress was slow, inattentive, unfamiliar with the menu, and made several mistakes with our order. She practically disappeared after taking our order; a different member of the waitstaff brought our food out, and we had to ask other staff for the drink I ordered and to get refills.

The food wasn’t much better. My wife ordered the quiche, which arrived badly overcooked. My meal was supposed to have turkey bacon with it, but it In absolutely no way resembled turkey bacon. The waiter that brought it out tried to explain that it’s the chef’s take on “bacon” (he even made air quotes with his fingers). Is that supposed to be clever?

We will never return.

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SY
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.Good parking available.

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CG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been to Irregardless for many years (for no reason) and it did not disappoint! The food, service, atmosphere were awesome!

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