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9426 W Wagner Rd, Lena, IL 61048-9664
815-369-5330
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We are a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facility located on US...
We are a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facility located on US Route 20, 1 mile east of Lena, IL. Our restaurant is beautifully unique because we're housed in 2 renovated barns. We look forward to serving your every need!
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Good for:
Large groups
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We would go back but forgo cocktails

Beautiful October day day tripping with the top down led us to this cool looking place. Open on Mondays was a plus as other places we wanted to go were all closed. Service was quick and good. Food prices seemed to be fair. Mixed drink prices were not too bad but being from WI we kind of expect a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 28, 2014
winocpl
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Durango, Iowa
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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28 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Every time we visit the Rafters we are treated like family! Their menu is on the smaller side, yet, everything is delicious! Environment is always enjoyable! If you are in the area, it's the place to be!

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Lena, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Rafters is definately worth a visit. The old barn is an excellent atmosphere for any get together. They can meet even large groups in there diningrooms or the bar area is great for an informal date. The menu will give you a wonderful choice that you expect in Americas heartland. With luck you, you will get to expierence one of... More 

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Durango, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Beautiful October day day tripping with the top down led us to this cool looking place. Open on Mondays was a plus as other places we wanted to go were all closed. Service was quick and good. Food prices seemed to be fair. Mixed drink prices were not too bad but being from WI we kind of expect a little... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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71 reviews 71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Reasonable prices, many selections and nice service greet diners in this "barn" style restaurant. Several rooms are available for dining, and reservations help on weekends. Food is good, but we needed flashlights to read the menu. Salads are large, and beverages are served in Mason jars. The decor is clever, and a nice gift shop---with lots of kitchen items and... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

They did a great job catering our wedding at Oak Hill in Apple River, IL! Would recommend them as a caterer off site, an event at their venue or a meal in their restaurant.

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Lake Forest
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Last year, my family and I decided to go camping in the town of Lena, Illinois. We wanted to go to The Rafters, but it was closed by the time we arrived. This year, we decided to go back to Lena for our camping trip. On the second night, we went to The Rafters. We got a good first impression... More 

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Lena, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a fun place for dinner and drinks! The food is tasty and they offer everything from salads and sandwiches to steaks and seafood. The service is very good and they offer 3 different venues downstairs for dining and banquet facilities up in the loft. This is an old barn that was excellently converted into a great restaurant. We... More 

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annapolis, md
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239 reviews 239 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We were heading back to the Chicago Area from Galena and decided to stop here for lunch as we were starving. It looked like a nice homey pub/restaurant, so we were excited to see what they had to offer. My husband chose the special of the day sandwich, which was homemade chicken salad on a wheat berry loaf. I was... More 

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Fort McCoy, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place was another place that I worked as a teenager. They are very strict on their food, they want the best for their customers. It is very pricey, but the food is good. I'm not sure if it is worth the price, but the people that go there are middle to upper class, and that's the kind of food... More 

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Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My family had brunch and enjoyed the variety of food and the rustic atmosphere. The Sunday brunch is from 10 am - 2 pm. If you want to avoid the crowd, I suggest arriving within an hour of opening. The restored barn contributes to make this a unique dining experience. Our waitress was friendly and the food was very good.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9426 W Wagner Rd, Lena, IL 61048-9664
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lena
  • Phone Number: 815-369-5330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions

Description

We are a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facility located on US Route 20, 1 mile east of Lena, IL. Our restaurant is beautifully unique because we're housed in 2 renovated barns. We look forward to serving your every need!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?