Irregardless Cafe

4.7
4112 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 4112 people are saying
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CampbelleA
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly location and great food! Love it!

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DonA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Missed not having a more traditional Eggs Benedict and other old favorites on Menu. (Not everyone likes Smoked Salmon). Also, cooking liquid tasted "oily". Understand not having live-music but pleasant background music would help with the Echo. Sorry, but you asked for feedback.

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theresa
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Ordered the Shrimp & Grits - was soupy and had raw onions - worst shrimp & grits we've had. While the timeframe was advertised as brunch, all options, except the shrimp & grits were breakfast leaning (all included eggs). While our reservation was at 11:30, thought there would be lunch options. We were given 2 tiny 'cheddar biscuits' that were truly flavorless. It was a very disappointing experience, especially since it was our first dining out experience in a year. I have since understood that it is under new ownership from pre-covid and may be the reason not as good as remembered past experiences there.

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RhondaM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server provided excellent service. Food was great.
Aside from others patrons being loud.

Great Anniversary Dinner.

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amyh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for our 33rd wedding anniversary dinner. Amazing vegan food!!! Wonderful server. Divine cocktails. Scrumptious dessert. Lovely dining experience from start to finish.

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LarryH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall a good experience. Waitress was very good. The only issue I had was the menu listed a “brisket” dish which is what I ordered. I am from Texas and I can tell you that the meat was not brisket. It was nothing more than a pot roast. It tasted good but not what I was expecting.

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vipBuzz
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Irregardless for nearly twenty years, but not once in the last 10 months. Fewer tables and no live music, but the food continues to be wonderful and the service is excellent.

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vipBradleyS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I have not been back here in 8 years because of how bad the service was back then. Unfortunately, after 8 years nothing has changed! Our server was rude, not helpful, and overall had a terrible personality. We had a table of 4 and 3 are currently in the service industry and I used to be. We will not be going back nor referring others.

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Victoria
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience with Covid restrictions being followed. Meals were thoroughly enjoyed and so plentiful we had to take dessert home. The only disappointment was the strawberry garnish on the chocolate mousse, my daughter is allergic and couldn't eat it.

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AmyEats
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and appeared to take COVID19 precautions seriously. 10/10 recommend.

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AnamariaV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible and made the best recommendations. Everything we ate (both vegan and not) was absolutely delicious! I am relatively new to Raleigh (from NYC) and this is now my favorite restaurant!

Just FYI: we are the vegan chili, the main chicken dish, the brisket and chocolate cherry crumble dessert

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely get the banana pudding trifle

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ECBatman
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new owners have definitely changed the layout. The food was outstanding for Valentine’s Day and I feel like it was a great value. I do miss some of the old dishes, but they really do have a great selection now.

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PennyQ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day Dinner! The food was amazing and they had live music that was perfect for Valentine’s Day, a violinist and electric keyboard, the music was an added bonus to the overall experience! Restaurant is very quaint and spacious, nicely decorated and very clean!

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NikkiP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Play better music to really create the vibes in the room while you eat

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

went here for brunch. Great service. The ambience was a little confusing and didn't really match my expectations. The huevos rancheros was nowhere near the quality you would expect for the price. In all honesty, it wasn't even edible.. we also ordered the shrimp and grits which wasn't too great either. The sauce drowned the shrimp and grits so it was actually hard to tell it was shrimp and grits at first. The texture of the shrimp was also questionable - almost as if it had been frozen for a long time and simply microwaved. Overall not impressed and will not be going back again as there are much better brunch spots in Raleigh.

One good thing to note, though is the service. Our server was great - very friendly and provided great overall service to the table. The manager, after seeing our plates untouched asked if he could get us anything else. The server ended up taking the huevos rancheros off the check.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch. Great menu selection, wait staff and safe Covid-19 protocols in place.

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DaveP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Heard lots of good things about this restaurant and all expectations were exceeded.

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MeaghannR
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always pleased with Irregardless, and the pre fix menu did not disappoint. The ingredients always taste fresh, portions are plentiful and we never leave disappointed. The service was great, our server had the timing down pat that each course came out at an appropriate time. Very pleased!

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SharonaJ
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Reservation honored and able to get table quickly. Food and drinks outstanding.!!

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JesseG
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The person that took care of us was GREAT, he even helped my wife out to our car. Also, table spacing was good felt safe as you can feel in a public setting

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vipTraceyM
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great!

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kate
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 4. All our meals were great and so was the service!

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ConnieF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! The meal was perfect as we celebrated my birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such great service and super covid pre-cautious. Cocktails were delish and the food even more amazing! Will be back soon. (Also the Brussels were so fresh and the udon noodle dish with tofu added - CRAZY good) 😍😍 I’m a carnivore and didn’t miss the meat at all!

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Tammy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a rainy Sunday night it was quiet. But I can imagine during a warm (non covid) night this place would be hopping. It was perfect for our group of six. Cool vibe, delicious drinks and food.

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suzettel
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

our waiter was slow and spilled coffee on our table took 5 mins to clean it off. He did not bring out our silverware until after he brought our food, place was not busy. Food was tasty as always but beware portion sizes have been cut down and prices have not. Will not be going back use to be my favorite place for brunch.

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vipAndreaK
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have been going to Irregardless for over 45 years. It has been probably 4 years since I have been there. I understand they have a new owner. The food was definitely mediocre in comparison to what I have experienced in the past. Rich flavors were just not there. The Brussels sprouts were undercooked. The thing that really turned me off though was a long black hair in my food. I was 1/3 done. The waiter kind of blew it off and asked if I wanted them to remake it, which I said no. At this point I was grossed out. That was it. He never said another word or took the entree off my bill. I guess I would have expected some form of I’m sorry but it didn’t come. My family who have also been frequent flyer through the years asked about our experience since they have not been back in a while. Sadly I told them not the same.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to have a great indoor dining experience. Safe, great food and service!

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Brittany
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our visit! The food was great and our level of service was perfect. We will definitely be back!

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AlexandraO
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A lovely spot for a quiet meal without breaking the bank. Service was wonderful, and they have good social distancing practices in place.

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WendyM
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I greatly appreciated the mixed menu between vegetarian and regular options.

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vipDanC
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

food was served cold, ordered a egg & avocado benedict, the muffin was not toasted, it was cold, the egg was luke war and the avocado was vey cold. The food was vey bland. When we told the waitress, she apologized and took the food away. Will never go thete again

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SabrinW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience! Loved their shakshuka :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing, just love eating here!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience2

I found it to be way too bright, and lacking the intimacy it previously had. I understand the times we are in has contributed to the overall change so I am looking forward to when they can return to the warm, intimate and cozy feel that drew me to this establishment. The food was excellent.

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Downtowndiner1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, great food. Social distanced tables.

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Claire
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience, delicious food and beverages and friendly interactions throughout! It also felt very safe and clean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Excellent job of following Covid safety protocols. Great guys doing service. I don't know why it took so long to try this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Not the Irregardless of before. It’s food was good to sometimes really good, the new Irregardless Food is lackluster. Undercooked Brussel sprouts with no flavor. Boring pulled/shredded beef dish. Lots of uninspired vegan/vegetarian dishes. The spicy “noodle” dish was just that, spicy with not much else going on. Dining room lit up like a sports stadium. Was told the dimmers make the led lights flicker...so, GET IT FIXED! Won’t be back. New owners not making it better.

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 4112 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.