Irregardless Cafe

4.7
4071 Reviews
$30 and under
Vegetarian

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Good Vegetarian Options
Winner of OpenTable’s Top 50 Vegetarian Restaurants in the U.S. and INDYWeek’s Best Salad in Wake County 2019. Offering an award-winning and inclusive experience since 1975 in Downtown Raleigh. Irregardless Café is an authentic Raleigh experience, offering Farm-to-Table meals sourced from local farms around the Triangle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4071 people are saying
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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and excellent service!

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MaryW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and friendly servers. Food was good but not great! Outside early was nice!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with flavorful items.

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Mick
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for me and the food and service was awesome! I'm on a certain calorie deficit diet plus I have food allergies and this was the best for both. We had reservations for dinner and they got us right in with no wait. The menu had great choices for dinner and dessert. I would highly recommend it to everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best dining in experience since Covid hit. Great service and great food

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vipLizC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's somewhat difficult to review a restaurant during the pandemic! The atmosphere is totally different inside due to occupancy limits. The menu is often limited. Hours can be limited. Etc. Overall, we felt like this restaurant did a great job of helping us to feel as safe as possible while dining inside. They had removed a lot of tables to provide spacing and they were cleaning well.

The food was great! I had the shrimp and grits and LOVED it. I'm new to southern food and this was a big hit for me. My husband had the spanakopita and it was also very good. My cocktail was swanky and delish. Our server was appropriately attentive. We loved that they had some meat and seafood options and not JUST veg food. Makes it easier to bring a group of meat eaters and veg eaters alike and everyone should find something they like. We will come back!

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vipjoes
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OMG - awesome, as usual. Hard to find a joint in Raleigh with food this good, service this amazing, and a wine list this affordable. They ROCK!

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LyndsayB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Irregardless has some of the best creations and freshest, most delicious healthy food in North Carolina. They used to have live music all the time in their family-style dining room, which made the experience all the more wonderful and offered ambiance and atmosphere to their incredible food. BUT...we make the 45 minute trek JUST for the food. It's wonderful for gluten-free, vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered a couple of the vegan menu choices and they were both very tasty. I love calamari, and out of curiosity ordered the vegan calamari as an appetizer. It was amazing! I highly recommend this place, and will be back to try the other dishes in the menu. Great service too!

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capitalistpig
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. As vegans, we always have a difficult time finding restaurants that have offerings for us as well as our omnivore friends. Irregardless Cafe never fails to disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joshua was our server and he was a good guy. Did a great job.

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viprvrb
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time being back to Irregardless since the new owners took over and I was not disappointed. I feel like the menu has been expanded while still staying true to what has made Irregardless a Raleigh favorite for years. My food was amazing and the service was lovely!! Highly recommend going!

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michaelF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, tremendous service and food was as good as advertised. Live music was a good touch, not too loud and enjoyable,

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BetsyS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Irregardless Cafe never disappoints. There are new menu items to choose from each and every time we go, which is often. This past week, we enjoyed delicious speciality cocktails along with vegan spinach dip, warm pita and calamari (fried mushrooms). Pasta, tofu, beef, roasted vegetables are just some of the findings. The atmosphere is inviting even amidst COVID. There are delectable items for all kinds of appetites! And the prices are reasonable too. We encourage others to support this classic Raleigh establishment.

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vipGinaM
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time after hearing so much about the restaurant. I was very impressed, first how clean the restaurant was....Presentation of the food. Just impressed with the food plate. Will come back.

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KatW
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place; great atmosphere; great service; great food!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch!

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juliew
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service and food were fantastic! Ambiance is very nice. My only suggestion is that in December it is quite unpleasant to have the air conditioning blowing cold air on us when we were seated inside. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious breakfast! Kale omelette kept me going through the day. Service was very attentive. Enjoyed the overall experience.

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vipjb14377
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great loved the vibe. Sat outside with a group of friends for brunch.

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hikingchick
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate with family on the patio for a Saturday brunch. The experience was great! Food was excellent, safety measures were in place, and service was top notch. Another great meal at Irregardless!

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BrianK
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a nice atmosphere here. Live music most nights adds to the overall sound level, but that's part of the draw. Food was good but not great for the price. Overall a nice experience. Covid-19 has everyone in a non-ideal situation...

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Dion
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I went there for our 20th anniversary. The service was impeccable and the salmon as well as the rib-eye were excellent. I’m not a fan of Brussels sprouts but the way the chef prepared them gave the dish a succulent taste. I love going there to celebrate special events or just for a nice dinner when wanting to go out.

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JimR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always an incredible menu - seasonal, fresh, all varieties of diets and restrictions can be accommodated deliciously. Very Pandemic friendly, great indoor socially distanced seating and outdoor seating as well. Such a fan of this Raleigh iconic staple!

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LansdowneAldan
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glazed salmon and apple salad were delicious. Chardonnay worked well with meal. Guest had quinoa and loved it. Guest wanted coffee drink and try he waiter had the bartender come talk to her. What was created was wonderful.

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CathyR
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The interior and exterior have changed dramatically since we were there last. The exterior seating has tripled, and the interior has changed so much as to be almost unrecognizable. Stage is gone. Stripped down atmosphere due to COVID-19 I’m certain.
Menu is also stripped down but still quite good.

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DonnaA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always and great service.

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SharonaJ
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. Food and service outstanding!

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DaveC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the absolute best restaurant in Raleigh hands down.

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HClan
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My friend and I were really looking forward to trying this cafe due to it's focus on sustainability and dietary options. However I doubt we will eat at this restaurant again.
The vegan calamari was very tasty, made from fried oyster mushrooms and served with cocktail sauce and remoulade. I chose the beet salad as my entree and although the size was adequate, the flavor was lacking. The beet noodles were raw, unseasoned and difficult to eat. The pecans weren't candied and the squash was mushy. My friend ordered the shrimp and grits and did not enjoy it. She said it was way too rich and the sauce too thick. We did hear a customer next to us rave about the chili relleno.
Service was friendly and they did a good job adhering to Covid precautions. The atmosphere wasn't very good, furnishings similar to a Denny's. On a Wednesday evening, besides one couple, we were the only customers. Overall, just okay.

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vipCaryMomWithSitter
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The patio service was excellent. Servers were mindful of safety of guests, and I appreciated that Irregardless posted clear messaging to also protect their employees. With all the masking and distancing we were still made to feel welcome and treated warmly. We asked for recommendations and got helpful input to make our selections. The menu currently has some limits but still enough variety to suit most tastes. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented. Everything was tasty, and we enjoyed a leisurely, multi-course meal. It is currently hard to find a balance of being careful but finding enjoyable outings. This was a fantastic evening out!

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vipBillU
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service as good as it always has been. No issues with social distancing and outside dining is available

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The waiter was more involved with conversations at other tables and seemed annoyed to be waiting on us. This restaurant was one of our first dates almost 20 years ago, and I don’t know that I would bother going back based on this last experience. There are restaurants that act like they appreciate our patronage. With that said, the food and wine were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Safe was knowable and answered all our question
Food was excellent/ everyone at my table was pleased with their meal.

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MaryM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy visiting Irregardless for our special occasions.

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GeorgeB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original paella was excellent with nicely crisped crust around the pan. Attentive and efficient service. Lots of unique vegan options.

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StephenB
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.

JR
JimR
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent lunch with great salad. Quiet dinning for good discussions.

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Jess
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great location (easy to find parking), wonderful and friendly service. The live music was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first date and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to go

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Irregardless Cafe using the Order Online button. Irregardless Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 833-8898.

Irregardless Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 4071 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.