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Irregardless Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Cup of Soup
Each week we offer two soup specials, including a vegan option.
Fried Calamari
Squid flash-fried crisp, tossed in an asian BBQ sauce, garnished w/ sesame seeds & served w/ fresh cole slaw.
Hot Crab Dip
Back fin crab meat combined w/ herbs, spices & lots of cheese. Served hot w/ warm pita points.
Pesto Pizza
Flavorful caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes & basil pesto served on a thin pizza crust topped w/ melted mozzarella cheese.
1 to 3 people $7.00
3 to 6 people $9.00
An irregardless classic served w/ pita & kalamata olives.
Middle Eastern Platter
A trio of hummus, tabouli, & butter bean pate served w/ toasted pita & kalamata olives. Gluten-free crackers available.
Caesar Salad
Fresh​ romaine lettuce tossed in irregardless’ unique caesar dressing, topped w/ parmesan cheese & a large garlic croute.
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
Fresh local goat cheese, dusted w/ herbs & seared, served on baby greens tossed in a creamy shallot vinaigrette & topped w/ craisins & spicy walnuts.
Irregardless Salad
Baby greens & red leaf lettuce topped w/ sliced red cabbage, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, raisins & sunflower seeds, served w/ choice of dressing.
Roasted Tofu Salad
Sliced, marinated tofu, oven-roasted & served on mixed greens w/ fresh corn, shitake mushrooms, scallions, carrots & a ginger carrot dressing.
Shrimp & Citrus Salad
Mixed greens tossed w/ raspberry vinaigrette, topped w/ sliced orange sections, avocado, strawberries & blackened shrimp
Quinoa Salad
Quinoa, black beans & diced sweet potatoes tossed in a light vinaigrette, served on a poblano pepper dressing, topped w/ fresh mango salsa & pumpkin seeds.
Greek Salad
Mixed greens w/ diced tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus marinated olives, red onions, feta cheese tossed in a red wine vinaigrette
Lamb Lollipops
Double chop lightly crusted w/ crushed walnuts, grilled to order, sliced & served on a red pepper aioli w/ home fried potatoes & braised sweet & sour red cabbage
Chicken Kabobs
Lemon tahini chicken, skewered & grilled to order. Served w/ grilled vegetable kabob (red onion, green & yellow squash & bell pepper), pita bread & house-made humus.
Seafood Cakes
Sauteed shrimp, scallops, grilled salmon & seasonal fish seasoned w/ onions, garlic, mustard & anchovies. Griddled into cakes & served w/ chipotle aioli & cilantro cole slaw.
Vegan Sex
A sumptuous dish which layers sliced avocado & oranges w/ a shallot dressing, quinoa tabouli (tossed w/ fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, & parsley), mashed sweet potatoes & lime juice, beautifully served on an orange vinaigrette
Falafel Platter
Fresh falafel balls (chick pea patty w/ middle eastern spices) fried & served w/ lemon tahini, humus, grilled pita points & a small greek salad
Quiche Du Jour
Home made pastry shell filled w/ chef’s choice of vegetables & cheeses.Ask your server for today’s choice.Served w/ a small mixed green salad
Chile Relleno
Fresh poblano pepper stuffed w/ a spanish ratatouille rice placed atop a black bean cake & served on a roasted red tomato puree & balsamic reduction, topped w/ cream fraiche & smoked gouda. (Vegan without toppings)
Vegetable Ravioli
Ravioli stuffed w/ asparagus, portobella mushrooms, carrots, onions, red peppers & ricotta, served on a bed of mixed vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, red bell pepper, green beans, carrots & cabbage). Topped w/ a tomato cream sauce.
Vegan Lasagna
Soft polenta cakes w/ a tofu bechamel layered w/ sauteed vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, red bell peppers & spinach), topped w/ marinara sauce. Served w/ vegetable du jour.
Vegan Eggplant Moussaka
Sliced eggplant, marinated in lemon tahini dressing, dredged in nutritional yeast & roasted, layered w/ marinara sauce, sliced yukon gold & nc sweet potatoes, topped w/ a cashew nut tofu “ricotta”sauce. Served w/ marinara & vegetable du jour.
Shepherd's Pie
Casserole layered w/ spinach sauteed garlic, sliced carrots steamed w/ pomegranate molasses, caramelized onions fennel & braised cabbage, mashed potatoes mixed w/ parsley bulgur wheat & diced tomatoes, topped w/ a short crust pastry, served w/ miso gravy & vegetables.
Greek inspired dish layering phyllo pastry around a mixture of spinach, sauteed onions, garlic, romano, parmesan & feta cheese.Baked & served w/ a lemon cream sauce & vegetable du jour.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Half of an acorn squash topped & filled w/ a wild rice pilaf, lentils, pumpkin seeds & a splash of molasses.Set on refried black beans w/ roasted beets & white beans w/ roasted pineapple, & served topped w/ roasted corn salsa.
Gluten Free Pasta
Primavera rice spaghetti tossed w/ marinated sliced portobella mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers in a light roasted garlic infused broth.
Oriental Stir Fry Bowl
Saute onions, garlic, ginger & broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, lentils, squashes & a light miso broth.Your choice of rice noodles, jasmine rice or brown rice lentil pilaf.Topped w/ a choice of roasted marinated tofu (vg & gf), grilled seitan (veg) or grilled sliced chicken.
Steak Au Poivre
Beef medallion rolled in rainbow peppercorns, grilled & served w/ roasted garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable du jour & a brandy demi glace.
Smoked Brisket
Slow braised, smoked in house, sliced & served w/ a classic demi-glaze, roasted vegetables, potato cake, & roasted vegetables.
Duck a L’Orange
Sliced medallions of duck breast served on potato “hash” w/ frisee, leeks & endive, duck leg confit & orange glaze.
Pesto Penne Chicken
Pan-seared sliced chicken breast (or grilled sliced seitan for a vegetarian meal) tossed w/ “refried” penne pasta in a fresh garlic basil parmesan olive oil pesto, served w/ wilted arugula.
Morgan Street Chicken
Fresh breast of chicken marinated in “irregardless” lemon tahini dressing, coated w/ crushed cashews & panko crumbs & topped w/ an herb compound butter & served w/ whole grain mustard sauce, roasted potatoes & sauteed spinach.
Shrimp & Grits
Sauteed shrimp, tomato con casse, parmesan & cheddar grit cakes w/ a wild mushroom sherry cream sauce.
Seafood Linguini
Shrimp, bay scallops & mussels sauteed & tossed w/ linguini pasta, in a clam, white wine & lobster butter sauce w/ diced tomatoes, onions & garlic, garnished w/ parmesan cheese.
Poached Salmon
Fresh salmon pan poached w/ white wine & dill.Served on a wild rice pilaf w/ green beans, cherry tomatoes & a lemon cream sauce.
Grilled Mahi Mahi
Mahi mahi filet grilled to order, topped w/ a fresh mango pineapple salsa & served w/ roasted potatoes & vegetable du jour.
Spanish dish of rice seasoned w/ baked marinated chicken wing sections, sauteed shrimp, mussels & bay scallops. Served w/ peas, roasted red pepper slices & a Mediterranean inspired tomato saffron sauce.
Desserts are rotated often in keeping w/ seasonal ingredients.
Ask your server about the desserts du jour.
Award winning restaurant, serving hand-crafted meals in downtown Raleigh since 1975. Featuring farm to table cuisine in the Cafe and at all Catering events. Great Jazz, Bluegrass & Folk music nightly, to be enjoyed with craft beers, unique wines and fun cocktails. Dinner, Lunch and Brunch menus feature local and organic ingredients, beef, lamb, seafood, poultry, duck, vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options. Affordable, upscale dinner specials paired with sizzling cocktails, craft beers and musical ensembles nightly spells fun! The Irregardless Cafe is the place where friends dine regularly.
US$10 - US$36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
American, International
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner on a weekend. Fortunately I had a reservation as the place was packed. Our table was squeezed into the bar area practically on top of the table next to ours. Live music, but singer was hard to hear. Menu has a good variety...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank SoxFan_2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

The brunch fare at Irregardless is very deserving of its "best of 2018" rating! My party enjoyed mimosa's followed by delicious quiche and flavorful vegetable frittatta with delightful cheese grits sprinkled with green onions and diced fresh tomato (the grits were not too heavy the...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 2017Bonnie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A family group went for brunch on a Saturday. They were packed and we were glad we had a reservation. We were diverse in age and in taste in terms of food and Irregardless Café that something for all of us. We started with the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Lovestoread1982
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a grammar queen, this is one of the WORST words (not really a word) ever used. Glad it’s in NC and not close to home 😂 It’s like people who say “laX-adaisical”...there is no X in lackadaisical. #offgrammarsoapbox Super chill ambience, no fufu, very...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank momscaasi
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

Was in Raleigh for a wedding, and family member took us here for Sunday brunch! Fabulous. I had crab/shrimp omelet that was delicious! Others in the group had blueberry pancakes and shrimp and grits....Everyone loved what they had. Even had live music. If we are...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MichelleB567
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

We went to Irregardless on a Friday night with a reservation. I recommend having a reservation as they get pretty busy. Patrick was our waiter and he took good care of us. The food was great. My husband had the steak frites and I had...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank PrincessJigglyPuff
Reviewed 5 January 2019

The Irregardless is an establishment in Raleigh, NC. I am somewhat of a regular for lunch and less so for dinner. I've been by myself, as part of a couple, and in a large celebratory group. The service has always been impeccable. Their menu contains...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank NylesK
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

Took my wife here for her birthday because of the expansive list of gluten free options. Everything we ordered was so good, plus they offer a free bottle of wine for birthdays! They have a dedicated gluten free fryer as well. We enjoyed everything so...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank U3856IZjasonp
Reviewed 28 December 2018

Family had Christmas dinner at Irregardless Cafe. Husband and I had the turkey dinner and could not believe the huge portions. The turkey was cooked to perfection as well as the veggies. The service was top notc

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank cajunandmex
Reviewed 23 December 2018

This is a nice place to dine. The Friday night we were there, there was a string quartet that was very entertaining. We both had vegetarian entrees that were ample in portions. We wound up sharing them - one a polenta dish covered with what...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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16 July 2016|
Response from 681brendac | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about music on Saturday evening. I do know they have music during Sunday brunch!
15 July 2016|
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Response from NellieBly1981 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is limited outdoor seating (4 tables) but you need to call about dog.
23 June 2016|
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Response from 919FrankieTraveler | Reviewed this property |
You may want to call the restaurant to see if this location can fit a large party. I didn't see a private space in the restaurant.
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