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About Irregardless Cafe
An authentic Raleigh experience! When the Irregardless opened in 1975, it was known as the hippie, vegetarian place. In the 80s, it was the first restaurant in NC to ban smoking. Today, the Cafe is the longest operating restaurant in Raleigh with the original owner. It has changed much over the years but its core values have remained the same. It’s award winning, hand-crafted meals feature local and organic ingredients. A casual fine dining restaurant, the Irregardless offers fresh seafood, meats, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items - which all respect the environment. We also have a list of unique wines and craft beers as well as espressos, cappuccinos and 25 loose teas.
Live music is performed nightly. Our large stable of musicians play everything from jazz to bluegrass. These groups are listed on our website. Larger bands play on Saturday evenings for dancing.
The Irregardless Cafe is the place where friends dine regularly.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, dinner
11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, dinner
10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, dinner (Live Music Speakeasy 10pm - midnight)
10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, dinner
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
(919) 833-8898 ext. 0
Since the Cafe opened in 1975, the Irregardless has featured the Triangle’s best musicians each night. Currently more than a hundred musicians perform jazz, bluegrass, folk, traditional and dance music on a two month rotation. Go to www.irregardless.com or www.reverbnation.com/venue/irregardlesscafe to see who is performing this evening. We also have live music during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Since 1975, Irregardless Catering has been serving "award winning" hand-crafted meals featuring local and organic ingredients at catered events throughout the Triangle. And while great food is the Cafe's claim to fame, Irregardless offers full service catering which includes: event planning & wedding coordination (décor, flowers, music & entertainment,) all bar needs (fine wines, craft beers, cocktails & mixed drinks,) and all location rental needs. Our professional staff will ensure that your event will be a success. Please contact our catering manager at (919) 610-0872.
Our parking lot is across the street and 2 doors north of the Cafe (closer to the round-about, near the cross walk.) In addition, there is ample street parking on both sides of West Morgan Street and on side streets.
Raleigh's CAT bus stops at the corner of West Morgan Street and Tryon Hill, just across the street from the Cafe.
Private Party Facilities:
Irregardless Cafe is now serving Private Dining at the exclusive Glenwood Club, just inside the beltline off Glenwood Avenue. Whether you’re hosting a corporate event, engagement, baby shower, rehearsal dinner, birthdays or wedding reception, Irregardless' offers the perfect setting all year round.
Private Party Contact:
Lara Kelleher: (919) 610-0872
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Live musical entertainment nightly. Being Well: Monthly Talks on Wellness, the last Tuesday of each month. The Well Fed Community Garden supplies Café with local organic produce.
Irregardless Cafe Ratings and Reviews
One of my favorite places in Raleigh! My only disappointment is my ultimate favorite cocktail taken off the menu - "My Darling Lemon Thyme". Since taken off the menu, the bartender in the last little over a yr. ago (no long there) would still make it for me-was told the recipe was still there. Wish you would bring it back!! No one else can seem to make it!
Irregardless Cafe is a quirky place that rarely disappoints. The menu offerings are creative and out of the ordinary. There are many vegan entries, which I find interesting as I am usually more carniverous. However, the chefs here are able to create tastey dishes using a variety of spices and unusual ingredients. At the suggestion of my server, I had the PORTOBELLO STACK - A potato cake and portobello mushrooms stacked on a bed of sautéed arugula, carrots and beets, garnished with a drizzle of jalapeno coulis and balsamic glaze. It was outstanding, with many layers of flavors. My dining companionwas pleased with the Morgan Street Chicken, which was a fresh pounded breast of chicken marinated in lemon tahini dressing, coated with crushed cashews and panko crumbs and grilled, and then topped with an herb compound butter along with a whole grain mustard sauce, with mashed potatoes and broccoli. We shared a delightful carrot cake for dessert. My only complaint with this place is how crammed the seating is. If you are just a party of two, you are usually seated in a section where you are practically in the laps of this parties next to you. There was a combo playing, but the conversation volume in the restaurant made it hard to hear. Overall, a positive experience.
It had been a number of years since I had been to the Irregardless. I wish I hadn't waited so long to return. I had forgotten how good it can be. The vegetarian options aren't to be missed. Even I, a confirmed carnivore, found the Zoodle Bolognese with a veggie tofu bolognese sauce to be excellent.
We lawys have a great time at Irregardless Café. Leah was our server (I apologize now since I am sure I guessed wrong on the spelling). All the food was timely and well seasoned. We started with a flatbread special (beets, goat cheese, roasted carrots, balsamic drizzle) which was very nice. My wife had the seafood pasta (huge portion and plenty of protein). I tried the Greek salad and chicken wing. The wings were marinated then grilled with a dry rub. Both were solid choices, then we finished with a caramel apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Start to finish a wonderful meal and an excellent to a nice evening out with my lovely wife.
This was my second time eating at Irregardless Cafe. The food is always delicious and fresh, better than most places. The ambiance is lacking. Tables are only a few inches apart from each other and it is loud due to the close proximity to multiple parties’ conversations. Service was a little slow as well. Next time, I might order the food for take out dining instead.
This was our first time at Irregardless Cafe. We ordered the Flatbread to start followed by Chile Relleno, Vegan Lasagna, Chopped Salad and Vegan Chili. We decided to share because everything looked so good - Fantastic! We are definitely going back soon. Next time we're going so we're there for the live music.
I enjoyed celebrating my birthday at the IC for a second time. I had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed the vegetarian food options. There were great meat meal options for family members in my party that were not vegan or vegetarian. We all had a ball. The jazz band added to our great experience. Unfortunately, it was a bit cold in the restaurant. I noticed many people kept their hat and coat on for awhile as we did. It didn’t help that we were seated at a table close to the side door that the musicians used to enter/exit. However, once the last jazz group got settled, there was no traffic going or coming out the side door. It finally warmed up some. Despite this, I will return and request to be seated well away from the door. I do thank the staff for accommodating my group of 7 (although my reservation was for 5 persons). Thank you for the great birthday experience!
Irregardless provides a menu for Herbivores and Carnivores and the selections from both are wonderful. Several of us ordered the vegan options, and they were delicious. Excellent value for the quality of food that is served. Despite a very busy time of year on a Saturday night, everyone there was efficient and polite. A wonderful place to take friends you want to impress.
We had reservations for 6:15 and arrived on time. We were told that it would be at least 20 minutes for our table to be ready. We had made reservations since we had a show to see in Raleigh and were disappointed about the delay. The hostess was very nice and able to seat us at the bar which was not ideal but did allow us to eat and get out in time for the show. The food was good, but I would not recommend if you are planning to go to the theatre.
Having a reservation at Irregardless is always a good idea. We were dining very early because of another evening event, so at 5 there was really no need for a reservation, but it did fill up quickly. We had great service and food, and the staff was extremely accomodating. It gets noisy once the music begins and the crowd picks up, but that's another kind of ambiance which is also enjoyable and energetic. The menu is not vast, but there are lots of vegan, vegetarian, and healthy options, which is why it's a good choice for a group. Irregardless is always reliable.
Had the Butter Crunch Salad Special. Really enjoyed this, especially knowing the lettuce was from the Irregardless Cafe Well Fed Community Garden!
This is one of our very favorite restaurants and rarely, if ever disappoints. EVERYONE in your party can find something to eat here. Vegans, gluten free, lactose free, regular diets and even carnivores. Very creative menu. Full bar allows wine and drink options. Live music adds to the ambiance and unique experience that is Irregardless Cafe.
Overall, it was a good experience. Seated quickly, great service, food did not take long, and was delicious. Restaurant was packed, and tables were too close. I could hear the couple next to us better than my wife, so it was not conducive for a romantic dinner. Live music was nice.
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