Irregardless Cafe

4.7
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4037 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Good Vegetarian Options
Winner of OpenTable's 2019 Top 50 Vegetarian Restaurants in the US & 2018 INDY Week's Best Brunch & 2019 Best Salad in Wake County. When the Irregardless opened in 1975, it was known as the hippie, vegetarian place. Today, the Cafe is the longest operating restaurant in Raleigh with the original owner. It’s hand-crafted meals feature local ingredients. A casual fine dining restaurant, we offer inclusive & environmentally conscious meals. Live music is performed nightly. Larger bands play on Saturday at 9pm for dancing.

Due to high volumes of traffic in the Cafe, we can not always guarantee seating at a specific reservation time. Although we are using the word "reservations", in fact, our guests are being put on a list. Our guests, on a weekend, will often encounter a wait. If you have a party larger than 6, please call 919-833-8898 to make a reservation.
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4.7based on recent ratings
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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.

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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
1 review
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
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

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vipMarkH
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice evening. Great band, food and service. It does get loud here though.

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viptimb
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Loved the Jazz again. Only our second visit, this time we brought friends. Cool jazz played as we dined on farm to table vittles. I think the food was presented in an attractive way. It came VERY short time after being ordered. Server seemed new and a tad unsure. But he delivered as required.

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SusanT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, all 4 of us loved everything we ordered. We had one vegetarian and one picky person with us. We all shared vegan appetizers and they were great. The cocktails were creative and delicious. The atmosphere is cozy but not crowded. We will be back.

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Amme
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are on a Whole Food Plant Based diet and Irregardless Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants. Thank you for the great food selection, the freshness and quality of the foods offered and for the wonderful food preparation and presentation. Irregardless is a gem!

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vipTMFfromRaleigh
Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I haven't been here in years and I thought I'd pay a visit. The quality is as good as I remembered and the live jazz trio was a plus. Old, friend, I won't stay away so long.

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viprobinr
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We had reservations but were seated at a high table next to the bar. Food and service was good as it always is.

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JayM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

The place was overcrowded, the noise level and music was making it difficult to have a conversation. The lamb chops we ordered were so tough, we had to use our fingers to bite into the meat.

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SallyF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another wonderful meal at Irregardless! Accommodating, friendly, efficient, and helpful. And also delicious!

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Randakk
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Always excellent!

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SonyaL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is great with live music. It’s just loud enough, no issue with hearing your dinner partners. The food is fantastic! We had the BBQ calamari, which is served with coleslaw. So unique and delicious. The vegan sex salad was beautiful and good as well as the vegan Bolognese. Highly recommend.

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vipMadcap1
Western NC
57 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Wonderful vegan and vegetarian options. Fabulous flavors!

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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ChieH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girlfriend visiting from Michigan wanted good shrimp and grits and Irregardless did not disappoint! The music was enjoyed and service was attentive....everything great!

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vipkwildcat78
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Irregardless never disappoints. Even under new ownership, the food quality and restaurant ambience remained the same. The service was impeccable and the soft live jazz music at dinner time is the icing on the cake. From appetizer to dessert, loved every morsel. I enjoyed a daily special while my husband feasted on a timeless menu item. Fresh ingredients, aptly seasoned! A real treat every time we go.

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DavidJ
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was prompt and helpful and knowledgeable. Food was quick and tasty. I am sometimes unsure of the "small plates" category, but I got one of them and a salad and it was a perfect amount. The live music was fine, but not my style.

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Beachhead
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Always love coming to Irregardless. Just hate the tables being on top of each other. Hard to have a conversation.

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rlcc
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was out of this world, delicious.

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LaurelW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect evening with an out of town friend! So accustomed to visiting Irregardless for lunch. This was the first time that I has gone for dinner and we both had a wonderful time. My visitor even mentioned how wonderful the music was. She was particularly impressed with the non-meat substitute that ‘passed’ for a meat taste (it was the first day of Lent) and we both had a perfectly wonderful time. Could not have been better!

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FrankF
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Happy to see that Gordon's and Anya's vision and passion for healthy food is continuing on.

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HungryHokie08
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and music. Always a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was an okay experience overall. Won’t recommend to for special occasions as the space could be an issue and you may end up getting the seat cramped in the corner which was the case with us at our anniversary.

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RedSaab
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent - service impeccable. Only downside was sitting right at the speakers next to the stage. Music was good but a little hard to hear...

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SARA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and ambiance weren't in line with prices. Restaurant would benefit from acoustic panels with live music.

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Zach
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have never had a bad meal here. We have been coming here since the late ‘70s. Always a delicious treat.

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IvyE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location for great food and atmosphere. It gets busy so it’s best to get a reservation.

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TomF
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere. This needs to be 50 characters.

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Elizabeth
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a treat to visit Irregardless Cafe when in Raleigh. The flavor of the food and customer service is excellent.

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KathleenK
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This Raleigh staple never disappoints. Morgan St chicken is consistently good, and for a change I tried the vegan zoodle bolognese and it was fabulous. Irregardless is our go to place for birthday celebrations.

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ReginaC
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It always been a favorite spot and still is
Very friendly, homey atmosphere and good food, attentive service.

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DrSHP2020
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Irregardless! The food meets my dietary restrictions of vegan and gf. The atmosphere is always bubbly and comfortable. The live music is entertaining but not overwhelming. It's one of my favorite, happy places.

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of six for dinner at Irregardless Cafe on Sunday, February 16, and the meals were delicious. Six different entrees were ordered and every one of them was just perfect. The service by Karen was very good. We will be back often, I do hope! It was such a nice evening out with family and friends.

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TereseW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was just okay yet it was very pricey. I don't mind paying for great food. This was not great food.

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TamaraH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Awesome place, loved the live jazz. I will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Jazz music! Nice vibe good for any occasion: date, friends, family... Check out their drink menu!

FAQs

Irregardless Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 833-8898.

Irregardless Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 4037 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.