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Irregardless Cafe

2961 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Live Music
  • Healthy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International
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Hours of operation

Tuesday - Thursday

11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm, dinner


11:00 am - 2:30 pm, lunch

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, dinner


10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

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


10:00 am - 2:30 pm, brunch

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, dinner
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Phone number
(919) 833-8898 ext. 0
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Arthur Gordon
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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.
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Private party contact
Irregardless Catering: (919) 610-0872
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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.
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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.
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Public transit
Raleigh's CAT bus stops at the corner of West Morgan Street and Tryon Hill, just across the street from the Cafe.
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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 or to see who is performing this evening. We also have live music during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
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Special events & promotions
Live musical entertainment every night of the week since the Cafe opened in 1975. The Well Fed Community Garden supplies Café with local organic produce.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2961 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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tricia (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Love this place, even after all the new restaurants that have opened in Raleigh.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Too expensive for the experience. Decent food, poor service. It caters to vegetarians, if you're not one or with one, skip it.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Nicolette did a terrific job. Food was good and reasonably priced. Music every night was a plus and noise level was not too loud that dining was impacted. Definitely would recommend for everyday dining.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Always good music, great service, wonderful food. Consistently a good choice for an evening with friends.

3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We went for my wife's birthday and got seated right away but the restaurant filled up quickly which is why we were glad we got there at 5.

by 5:45 it was full and very loud there.

The fries supposedly soaked in pickle juice were average GREASY fries not worth $5

The waiter was amazing and attentive without being intrusive, he was great. Wish I could remember his name as I left him a 25% tip he was so good.

The food was good but overpriced as far as I was concerned, as were the desserts, the flourless chocolate cake was inedible as it was inconsistent and bitter, the creme brulee was average, the pie with ice cream my sister in law said was good.

My wife had the poached salmon and while the piece was generous we are not into the pink center, my vegatable puff pastry was very good but the accompanying vegatables were over steamed and soggy.

I had heard such great reviews which is why we went but honestly won't go back.

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Food was fine, but the tables were placed too close together. Often times our communication with the server was interrupted by the adjacent table, who thought the server was actually speaking to them.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

Chevyman (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great meal with lovely ambiance!

JeanG (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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!