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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.

901 West Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Friday

11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, dinner

Saturday

10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, dinner (Live Music Speakeasy 10pm - midnight)

Sunday

10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, dinner

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 833-8898 ext. 0

Website:
http://www.irregardless.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
Raleigh's CAT bus stops at the corner of West Morgan Street and Tryon Hill, just across the street from the Cafe.

Executive Chef:
Arthur Gordon

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

Additional:
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

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (109)
Live Music (104)
Healthy (84)
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Local Ingredients (81)
Fit for Foodies (78)
Vegan (75)
Creative Cuisine (74)
Good for a Date (74)
Special Occasion (65)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Casual (61)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Gluten Free Options (53)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Pre/post Theatre (48)
Organic (47)
Authentic (45)
Fun (45)
Worth the Drive (43)
Cozy (42)
Good for Groups (38)
Great for Brunch (37)
Comfort Food (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Hot Spot (24)
Seasonal (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (23)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Business Meals (22)
Paleo Friendly (20)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Tapas (13)
People Watching (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Great Beer (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
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·Dined a day ago

Expect the menu to be wrong and misleading. Our six piece shrimp stuffed with crab was really 5 piece (same with the table next to us). My bacon "wrapped" filet was really just a filet with a small sad piece of bacon on top. It seems like everything on the menu was misleading and really I came out of the experience laughing at it. So if you want live music and dissapointment this is the place for you.

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·Dined a day ago

We have enjoyed Irregardless many times. Last night was one of the best. The entertainment was two violinists who provided great background music without overwhelming conversation. Our menu choices were excellent. I had the Steak Frites and the meat was tender, flavorful and cooked to the right temperature. The fries are very good because of their fresh taste and skins left on. My wife had the Spanakopita that she felt it was the best ever. She also loved the medley of vegetables that accompanied the spanakopita.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed the jazz duo, but they and we needed a break during the set.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Made a reservation on January 28th for Valentine’s Day. We were crammed into the bathroom entrance (seriously) with heavy traffic - from people going to the bathroom and servers squeezing by to get to their tables - going back and forth behind my chair. Also couldn’t hear anything my fiancé was saying as the music speaker was right behind my head. We left after one drink and made food at home. Do NOT recommend this restaurant on Holidays. Thankful that our server was understanding. Do better, Irregardless.

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·Dined 3 days ago

I enjoyed the atmosphere walking into the restaurant. Of course, it was a little more crowded due to Valentine's Day, but it wasn't unbearable. I know the servers were working really hard to get everything done, so I won't mark down for service. We did get our sears I soon as we walked in. Overall, the music and tone of the restaurant was nice. Not hard to get to like some restaurants downtown. I imagine that's why the restaurant next to Irregardless relocated there. I like the options of food, very creative. The presentation was nice, but food was just petty good. Definitely not horrible, but I imagine the vegetarian dishes are probably a little better. I'll have to go again one day and try another dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Healthy
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·Dined 3 days ago

We were there for Valentines Day. Sat right next to the band so it was a bit loud but not terrible.

Food was excellent as usual.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great meal with lovely ambiance!

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·Dined 4 days ago

my husband and I went for a pre -valentine dinner. Our crab dip appetizer was great, and my husbands linguini with seafood was great. I had black sea bass special and the fish was excellent but it was served on sauteed spinach that was bitter and risotto that I didn't like. Usually we are very happy with all we're served, this was an exception.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Vegan, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 4 days ago

I went to Irregardless Café when it first opened and continued to have lunches and dinners until about 1983 - LOVED it then and LOVE it now! Just the best food, presented beautifully on the plates, creative, and offerings for ANY one - my granddaughter had duck breast; my partner had a chicken kabob with hummus; and I had a Woodland Pie (vegan) which was wrapped in a phyllo dough. In addition, the owners have always been socially conscientious and continue to be so!
Molly

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Special Occasion, Healthy, Organic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined 4 days ago

Was able to dine at this location for a Pre-Valentines Day meal. The service was superb and the food was exceptional. There was something for both of us on the menu as we like to partake in vegan and vegetarian meals. The temperature of the food along with the portion were perfect. The woman playing the harp added a certain je ne sais quoi to the evening and topped it off! Highly recommended!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Organic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Fun, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious dinner,(filet mignon), including yummy calamari and chocolate cake dessert recommended by our server, Lee. Friendly and efficient service by Lee and other staff.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food. We found it a bit too loud. Loved the band and enjoy live music, however it was too loud. Not sure if it is possible but if they could somehow lesson the volume it would be great.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great live music made for an awesome atmosphere. Great food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

I've enjoyed my visits to Irregardless Cafe everytime I've been there, but last week was a bit of a disappointment. The chili rellenos, which I've enjoyed in the past, had obviously been frozen and then zapped in the microwave. Some of it was very hot, some was still cold. My dining partner had ordered the same thing, but she sent it back for another zap. It was very noisy and the big thing I dislike about this place is the seating, especially if there are only two diners, is terrily cramped. I felt like I was sitting in my neighbor's lap! Furthermore, our table could only hold a few plates and glasses since it was so tiny. Our server was too busy to be adequately attentive. All in all, a so-so experience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Live Music
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vip
·Dined on February 10, 2018

A great experience. Food was great, service excellent, Jazz was great and ambiance enjoyable. Would highly recommend!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

My all time favourite restaurant in Raleigh. Tahini dressing is the best ever. Servers were attentive. Was disappointed in our Bloody Marys as they were, unfortunately, very bland. That one small issue did not hinder our having a wonderful time. Food is consistently fabulous!

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We go to Irregardless for every occasion, breakfast, lunch, dinner... We are never disappointed. This time we went for Saturday breakfast. I has the Florentine omelet and it was delicious. They also bring biscuits and cake before the meal and they were all so great. Also, we had to change tables because there was draft on our initial table. They were very understanding and changed the table no questions asked. There was also live music which my 1 year old son loved!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were celebrating my husband's birthday. The food and wine and service were wonderful. The jazz trio provided music. We split a tiramisu for dessert that was amazing. We love Irregardless.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love Irregardless, anything I’ve ever tried on the menu ends up being good. Service is always friendly and timely. We go there periodically and have yet to be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful good. My third time there and look forward to the next visit. My husband got the Seafood Linguine, his second time, because "It's the best I've ever had " and that's saying a lot. He's accustomed to some real, authentic Italian food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Very nice. Come here frequently

Service is great

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Fun, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Another superb meal. Service was excellent.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Enjoyed the unique and delicious food and the music was fantastic! Even with a reservation, we waited about 35 minutes but the staff were super friendly and helpful.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great but had to wait 30 min after my reservation. The food was delicious and tje sericece was incredible

Tags: Vegan, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Servers were very well-mannered and kind. I enjoyed seeing the manager engaging in conversation with all the customers. The food was fantastic!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Organic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and great atmosphere. Very cool building. Service wasn't great but not an issue

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

unfortunately saw the sanitation grade of 85 after eating

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always, great food and service, as well as fun atmosphere (great live music).

Tags: Vegan
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

This was our first visit to the Irregardless Cafe and it will not be our last! We were in town on a house hunting trip. Our realtor suggested we give this restaurant a try and I am glad we did. It was a fun night out. Good food and wonderful service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was great

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Celebrated birthday that we have enjoyed for 40+ years. Just like fine wine, Irregardless gets better with age. Service was friendly and efficient. The food was outstanding. I had the paella and my wife enjoyed the poached salmon. We also shared an appetizer, wonderful asian style flash fried calamari that was sweet and very crispy. It had been more than a year since we had eaten at the Irregardless, but we will be sure to return really soon.

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a family dinner there with our son who is a Freshman at NC State. Two of us are vegan, one vegetarian, and one carnivore! All of our food was incredible including the vegan dishes! Also loved the live music! All four of us said we’re definitely coming back! Our son wants to bring his girlfriend there for a date too! It was a little pricey but totally worth it!

Tags: Fun, Vegan, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

This visit was my first to Irregardless. It is like the Austin, Texas local restaurant scene. It has an eclectic feel with art work and a casual setting. The food enjoyable and came to our table hot. I will return for another Irregardless experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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vip
·Dined on January 28, 2018

Some of the vegetarian dishes are prepared, refrigerated and then heated at time of service. Unfortunately, mine was cold on the inside. Promptly corrected.
Otherwise great.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

It is always a pleasure to dine here. Food presentation is lovely. One of my favorites.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was awful, from the hostess to the waitress. It definitely did not match the excellent food or entertainment.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our experience at irregardless was wonderful! The atmosphere with live music was awesome and the food was great! We were celebrating a birthday with out of town guests and couldn’t have had a better experience!

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vip
·Dined on January 27, 2018

As ALWAYS love, love, Love Irregardless Cafe! Thank you for another delicious allergy friendly meal!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

We made reservations, as we were attending the comedy show next-door after our meal. We went during triangle restaurant week, and definitely enjoyed the great value menu! The food was wonderful!

They definitely overbooked their servers. Other than waiting 45 minutes for our 8:30 PM reservation everything was wonderful. We completely understand during the busy week they are nice to accommodate as many as possible!

Wes at the bar, was good company to pass the time with before dinner and made a great martini!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Table not ready at the reserved time. Poor host service.

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