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.

Dinner $35


  • Watermelon tartar (vegan, gf)

    Watermelon tartar layered with avocado mash, served with sliced cucumber, and topped with shredded daikon radish.

  • Tomato Bruschetta (vegan)

    Halved grape tomatoes with herbs and spices. Served on garlic crostini.

  • Blistered Shishito Pepper (gf, vegan without cheese)

    Blistered shishito peppers served with balsamic drizzle and goat cheese crumbles.


  • Airline Chicken (gf)

    Roasted chicken served with green beans, garlic mashed cauliflower and pan gravy.

  • Vegan Chorizo and Mac & Cheese (vegan)

    Vegan mac & cheese tossed with vegan chorizo and fresh salsa, baked, and topped with sauteed spinach.

  • Chopped Steak (gf)

    8oz chopped steak, served with garlic mashed potato, topped with grilled onions. Sauteed mushrooms and demi glaze.

  • Shrimp Linguine

    Sauteed shrimp tossed with linguine pasta in a clam white wine and lobster butter sauce with roasted tomato, onions, and garlic. Served with parmesan cheese.


  • Mango Rice Pudding with Kiwi-Pineapple salsa (vegan + gf)
  • Chocolate Banana Cream Pie with Whipped Cream and Fudge Sauce