Irregardless Cafe

4.7
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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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SL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a wonderful birthday celebration with 7 friends. We were treated well, the food was great, and we enjoyed a bottle of wine on the house for my birthday (if you sign up you can get one on your birthday, too).

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience as usual.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Enjoy the restaurant bit noise level to high.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time here. We really enjoyed our experience! We visited during Triangle restaraunt week and took advantage of the 3 course price fix menu. We will definitely be back to further explore the menu. The live music was very enjoyable.

E
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed an early Restaurant Week dinner and enjoyed it thoroughly. The food was great, as usual, and more than enough. I had the chocolate cake dessert and my husband had the vegan “cheesecake” - which is not really cheesecake but great anyway.

PG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to the Irregardless cafe in many years. What took me so long to go back?! I took my sister there for her birthday. Everything was EXCELLENT!

B
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit! We found parking easy. The live music was so relaxing. Our waiter was wonderful- attentive but not intrusive. I got the mahi-mahi which was wonderful! All in all it was a perfect Tuesday night out!

n
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As good as usual.
Restaurant week menu had very good selection and rightly priced

k
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a religious fast, needed a good vegetarian and vegan meal was great.

j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Overall the food was very good. We got the onion rings as an appetizer. They were good, but not great. Tasted good, but were on the soggy side. I think if we had ordered different dishes we would have been more impressed with the food. I would definitely go back to try other things.

AL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Atmosphere was epic! I really enjoyed every minute of the experience

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait to be seated was not bad, table prep was great. Had a bit of a wait to be served it considering the croud it is to be expected. The server was extremely friendly and welcoming. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and would recommend without reservation.

H
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Saturday night jazz at Irregardless! The food, atmosphere, and the music of Peter Lamb and the Wolves was fantastic!

G
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I simply love this place. Staff is very busy but always nice. Corn bread just to die for if you are gluten sensitive. Had the grilled salmon, could not be better. And the band!! Peter Lamb is just awesome!

DK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy with everything about this place! The ambiance is nice, although a bit noisy. The live music was nice. The food was spectacular! Even my husband said I won with my vegan paella. The flavors were amazing. Also started with the spinach artichoke dip which was super creamy and delicious! Service was great. Look forward to going back 😊

DS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Usually a good experience but this time food left a little to be desired. The steak on the special was a little tough. Hard to chew, although the vegetables it was wrapped around were very tasty.

Jazz musicians were really good, enjoyed their performance.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were wondering if it would be different since it was just sold. But no worries, it’s just the same great place to eat.

S
Raleigh
39 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, soulful, delightful and fun-as always!
Good food..from the salt and vinegar fries to the vegan entrees, seafood paella and creme brûlée, every plate hit the spot. The music and our server ( Marcus) only added to another wonderful evening at Irregardless! We are thrilled that the new owners are keeping a magical place alive and well. Looking forward to many more happy meals here.

DH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere but my wings had chicken hair on them.

LW
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been many times but took friends - and they loved it!! They had a hard time with the menu because there were so many things they wanted to try. We were all very pleased with our selections.

JS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren, our waitress was wonderful. The food was very good. No complaints at all.

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The music made us leave earlier than we wanted to. After listening awhile, I couldn't take it anymore. It was something about the performer and in fact was the second time in two visits that this has happened. As much as I enjoy live music, I would have preferred the background, piped-in music.

CC
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, food was very good and the live jazz music was a bonus!

c
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was wonderful. Food was very good...but not unusual or outstanding. It’s a unique space and good should be unique.

Seats need to be more comfortable . Need more updated interior please

r
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service. Tables for two are a little too close in my view.

E
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for another great dining experience. Your transition to new ownership is seamless. Great to see the same fine staff and menu that I have enjoyed for several years.

GG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the live music group with the 12 year old girl singing Johnny Cash songs.everyone there felt the same.

LL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The menu is excellent and the food delicious. The live music is too loud. A little toned down would make for a more pleasant ambience.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was wonderful and the wait staff took great care of us. The two bands were really good. Loved it and will be back.

JG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Too loud. Musicians should not use amplifiers and speakers in a restaurant.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Live music was a pleasant characteristic. Food was prepared well and served promptly. Birthday dinner was successful.

JO
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really enjoyed the live music. Comfortable setting, with reasonably attentive service other than getting drinks with any speed. Wide variety of options on the menu. Will definitely try again.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great live music, excellent food.

SA
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Although we really enjoyed the food and service, the band was way too loud to have normal, easy conversation. We had to raise our voices to be heard, and yell in some cases across the table.

TF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly my favorite restaurant of all time. Great service, fantastic food, warm ambiance, perfect location. Consistently a great dining experience. Never disappointed, always satisfied. Go there.

RH
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a restaurant should be: simply great food, friendly service, fun atmosphere, and good prices. I love this place!!

DO
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here numerous times and some times in the past were not so good when they were too busy or not busy enough, but now they do seem to have the dining room moving along very well. The KITCHEN has always been superb for Vegan items. It is a great vegan place to eat out which is a special place in our hearts.

n
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Starting Jan 1 it is under new management--have not tried it since

B
Raleigh
54 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful evening as always at the Irregardless Cafe on New Year's eve. Arrived on time but still waited 15 minutes to be seated. Food was spectacular, but our waiter was inattentive. Wine glasses and beers stayed empty and drinks sat on the bar after the bartender filled them for 10 minutes twice. Had to retrieve myself once.

MT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sound system need some help for a lone singer I like a small quartet for big nights like New Year’s Eve if possible. Wait staff grat