The Irregardless Cafe – Healthy Dining in Downtown Raleigh

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Last weekend my wife and I headed into downtown Raleigh to have dinner at the Irregardless Café for her birthday. The café is mainstay of Raleigh with a loyal following which has lead to its continued success over the past 35 years. We enjoy going there because they often have live music entertainment on the weekends and offer a wide variety of items from including pasta, fish, poultry, beef, and lamb, most prepared using organic ingredients. They are also one of the few restaurants in the area known for offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options on their menu. You can check out their menus on their website here.

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On the night we dined there it was fairly busy, but we were seated at a table right away because we had reservation (not needed, but a good idea for weekend visits). The clientele spans a wide range of ages and it isn’t uncommon to see tables for two on a date night next to a larger round table with a family out for the evening. The restaurant has a warm ambiance with what is typically a talkative and lively crowd. The musical offerings vary from week to week ranging from acoustic performances, to smooth jazz and vocals. Sometimes they even move the tables aside to open up the dance floor so people can “cut the rug” after their meal. On our most recent visit there was a string trio playing the modern day tunes on the violin and electric bass. During one of their breaks wandered around the restaurant playing table-side and even plucked off a “Happy Birthday” song for another lucky customer.

Going to the Irregardless Café is a rare treat for my wife and I, but a must see for anybody living in Raleigh looking to eat at a quality restaurant with a local flare.

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4 responses to “The Irregardless Cafe – Healthy Dining in Downtown Raleigh

  1. Donna Short-Webster

    John, I’ve been wanting to try and do you think a good atmosphere for a friends 50th birthday dinner? Didn’t want a place too noisy..probably a party of 10..would you recommend?

  2. Donna,

    I think this would be a good option to considr for a Birthday group. When we were there people were talkative, but I don’t think I would consider it “noisy”. I think it may be even more subdued during the week if that is when you were thinking of going. Either way, it isn’t a loud place really. It just isn’t a place where everyone is whispering. The food is very good, it does cost a few extra $ but they have a pretty extensive menu to choose from. No matter where you go, I hope you have a good night out!

  3. Dinner there two nights ago. Goat cheese salad was divine. My crab cake entree was only fair I am afraid. The place is very earthy, though they do have a big bar:)The comedy next door was fantastic!

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