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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (87)
Live Music (84)
Healthy (70)
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Fit for Foodies (70)
Local Ingredients (67)
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Vegan (66)
Good for a Date (64)
Neighborhood Gem (62)
Special Occasion (59)
Gluten Free Options (58)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Casual (49)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Organic (40)
Worth the Drive (39)
Cozy (36)
Fun (36)
Authentic (35)
Good for Groups (35)
Great for Brunch (31)
Notable Wine List (24)
Romantic (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Seasonal (21)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Hot Spot (18)
Tasting Menu (15)
People Watching (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Business Meals (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Tapas (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Great Beer (4)
Spicy (4)
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·Dined a day ago

We had a large party with two tables originally. They re-did our tables so we could all sit together, the waitress brought books for the baby, and the music was perfect for a Saturday brunch celebrating a graduate.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fun, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 2 days ago

Have eaten here several times and as usual, food was fresh & tasty. Friend joining us is vegetarian and had numerous choices and was very satisfied. Only mild complaint is that I was not impressed with draft beer choices and server could not accurately describe them - perhaps they need a printed sheet or card showing their current offerings. Solved this by having a glass of very nice wine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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·Dined 2 days ago

Not everybody can serve shrimp and grits this good. The Portobello stack was a great vegetarian option.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 7 days ago

Ruined my anniversary, no one acknowledged that i had called ahead and ordered a picece of ake with a candle for our anniversary!
Someone came out and said they did not honor yelp coupons!?
Dessert was nasty, waitress was a nit aloof about what we were asking her for.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was my first time and I will be returning. The staff was extremely friendly and provided great suggestions about the menu. The food was amazing and came out quickly. The ingredients were fresh and the seasonings were perfect. The performance was great although it was hard to hear as her mic was not loud.

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Comfort Food, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

2 birthdays to celebrate and everything was fabulous. Have been going there since it opened in early ‘70 and still a favorite!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great restaurant and atmosphere with delicious food and large portion sizes. Wonderful, friendly staff!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent diner, as it always has been, in our experience. We favor vegan food, and it Irregardless is one of a handful of restaurants we visit in the area. The only caution is the ambient sound level. We ate early and it wasn’t crowded and the live music was low volume but by the time we left, it was different to carry on a conversation comfortably. It won’t stop us from returning though!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I went for an evening dinner with two girlfriends and the environment was perfect. There was a live violinist and the lighting inside was dim but not too dark. The salads were large and fresh and the service was great! Highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We love Irregardless Café! Delicious vegetarian options and live music every night. Perfect date night!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I lived in Raleigh 33 years ago and this was my favorite restaurant then. Recently I was back in the area visiting friends and brought them here - so happy to see that it is still an awesome restaurant. We all had a drlicious dinner, enjoyed the live music, service, the whole scene! Now I can’t wait to return to see my friends and go to Irregardless again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Irregardless has been around a LONG time for a reason. Creative menu (not the same old, same old). Vibrant atmosphere. A little pricey for a regular place to eat out.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Organic, Cozy, Vegan, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was excellent, both entrees and both salads were top notch. Service was also very good. The live music, rowdy table of guests behind us, and close seating quarters did not allow for an intimate setting anywhere in the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Authentic, Fun, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great place for food, music and it not be too loud to be able to enjoy conversations!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We went there for a family dinner over the Thanksgiving holiday. Have never been before. My wife and son are vegans and there were good options for them and the rest of us. Food was tasty and the atmosphere was fun and upbeat. Service was outstanding. Not inexpensive but it was reasonably priced. Would definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Brought out-of-state visitors (a standard for us) for this Raleigh classic. Brunch was superb! The steak and eggs (done with a skirt steak) was the best I have had in many years in a restaurant. Huevos rancheros were a big hit also. Also, the Everything Bagel w/ Salmon was scarfed down quite quickly, and enjoyed immensely.

Endless OJ appreciated

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I must state from the start that Irregardless Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh. My family and I try to get there at least once per quarter.

Our last visit, however, was sub-par. Our server for reasonably attentive, but not very warm. The bigger problem, however, was with my son's dish.

He ordered the paella, which he has had at Irregardless before and usually loves. Something happened with his order, however , and when our server brought everyone else's entrees, she made mention of a delay with his dish but never specified what the problem was.

About five minutes after the other entrees were served, my son was brought his paella and it was not good. it was incredibly greasy, leaving us to believe that it was put together quickly due to the unknown problem with his original order and was not sufficiently cooked. That he ended up getting sick overnight after eating this did not feel like it was coincidental.

As we've eaten at Irregardless dozens of time and always previously had great meals, this won't deter us from coming back. If this was our first visit, however, we probably would not.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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food3
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food and the service was great. This was our first experience and we will be back!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I love this place. Great food. Comfortable atmosphere. Eccelctic decor. Irregardless has something for everyone.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Spicy, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have recently moved to the area and the restaurant had been recommended by several people. We had a delicious meal with some unique choices. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious ckean food. Enjoy.........................
Stupid survey

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent food and service. Enjoyed the live music. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Good for a Date, Live Music, Vegan
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

A Raleigh classic! I've eaten at Irregardless regularly for 30 years. It never fails to be delicious. The servers are veterans and so accurate. It always seems like a special occasion there!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Live Music
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Thoroughly Enjoyed the entertainment! Our waitress was great. We had an enjoyable experience!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I️ always look forward to my evening at Irregardless! The food is always perfect. Dodge is so welcoming and professional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Disabled Access, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Vegan, Great Beer
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I have been coming here for over 23 years and have always had a positive and memorable experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Irregardless has been a favorite of our family for many years. We have celebrated birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, holidays and just Sundays together at Irregardless. They always delight us with great food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Usually a great experience both service and food wise
But disappointing tonight.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Unique menu, great flavor, nice date night dinner.
The menu has some different entrees and it took us a while to choose what we wanted Our server was extremely helpful, listening to our likes , and helped us choose. We both ended up ordering Spanakopita. It came wit ha side of vegetables. The flavor was awesome. It would very much be considered as comfort food. We both really enjoyed it. The side vegetable were really exceptional as well. The service was excellent and attentive. Every few minutes our server was coming by and checking on her tables. The one thing that we weren't thrilled with was how loud it was. There was live music, but it was pleasant and sounded like background music. The loud volume was just people talking and the acoustics. It was tough to talk to each other at times. The food and service won out though and overall, a real treat.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Another awesome evening at the Irregardless Café! We have been regulars since moving here from Chicago over two years ago. Great location, fantastic food and service and if you plan your dining reservation right, you'll have background music during dinner and then dance with your significant other at 9PM when the next band starts playing. Love this place!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Irregardless is our favorite restaurant in Raleigh. For many years it has led the way with innovative, creative, tasty, and healthy food. We are always impressed with the latest dishes on the menu and are completely satisfied with whatever we order. The service is very attentive, and while the decor is rather simple, the staff makes you feel welcome and comfortable. While other restaurants come and go, we know irregardless will be here as an old friend with quality and a good meal at a reasonable cost.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time. Fully enjoyed the restaraunt. Really enjoyed that the menu offered smaller plates. Great idea.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Live Music, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The place has a nice atmosphere and probably would be ok to come and have a drink but definitely not for the food. I have had Chilean seabass a number of ways and this was the worst and don't bother with the paella unless you like tomatoes and tomato juice if the other entrees are anything like these two then you definitely want to stick to just the drinks.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our meals were delicious, as well as lovely to look at. Good recommendation on the wine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Music, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Made reservations early yesterday, table was in sight clean and ready when we arrived, yet we had to wait at least 15 minuets . Not sure why!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place is amazing! My second time here, first was for breakfast and now for dinner and I have been nothing but pleased with the food, service, and environment. Also you can't beat live music with good food!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, incredible service, outstanding atmosphere, and top notch music. Top recommendation!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Irregardless is always great to go to and the food has always been excellent. We were close to a family that had 2 kids and they let them run wild. Not restaurants fault-need better parents! Irregardless is always 5 Star.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed the ambiance, the jazz and of course, the food was great. Our server took very good care to make sure we had everything we needed for a great evening out.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I love Irregardless Cafe! The service and food are always good. Their selection of musical entertainment is relaxing. The ambience is perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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