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Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
0578666675
Sunday
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: 124 seater day time restaurant, with outdoor seating and scenic view...
124 seater day time restaurant, with outdoor seating and scenic view. Rafters has a modern, chic, and cosmopolitan feel to it and serves everything from Breakfast, sandiches, panini's, wraps, ciabatta's, wide selection of carvery items, kids menu, coffee's, tea's, lattee's etc...
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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Decent food, slow service

I've been here a good few times. The food is nice especially the deserts, it's good value for money too. Everytime Ive been though I've had to wait for something, the desert counter has never been attended and I always have to wait for someone to come or a few times I've had to call someone myself... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
Sarah K
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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English first
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

I've been here a good few times. The food is nice especially the deserts, it's good value for money too. Everytime Ive been though I've had to wait for something, the desert counter has never been attended and I always have to wait for someone to come or a few times I've had to call someone myself. I think it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Living in Portlaoise, I have often popped into this café whilst out shopping. The last couple of times I have noticed the cleanliness of the establishment has been steadily declining. From streaky glass counters, dirty cups, sticky tables and cutlery to filthy floors. Seriously, its pretty bad. At first I gave it the benefit of the doubt and thought I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Portlaoise, Ireland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

We have often popped into rafters for a cake and coffee or a scone. We haven't tried the meals ourselves but they look nice and people seem to enjoy them. Our grievance is that we never seem to get the same standard twice in a row. We went in one day and had a scone and coffee. It was lovely... More 

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Trish C, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Dear reviewer, (I am sorry, I do not know your name) Thank you for taking the time to write a review, We did change the recipe for our scones for one day and like you we found them to be doughy. Unfortunately, some were sold before we realised and withdrew them.Had you have brought it to the attention of one... More 

Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This restaurant is definitely worth a visit. They have friendly staff and an extensive menu freshly prepared for you at a great price.

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Malaga, Spain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Home for a couple of days in August and we had a family get together in Rafters. The place was packed but, a girl who must have been a supervisor told us she would ensure we all got a table together. There were 10 in our party, 5 adults and 5 children. The food as usual was excellent and the... More 

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County Laois, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Myself and two friends visited for lunch to try this place out. While there was a wide selection of food on offer, as a vegetarian I found the selection that I could have very limited. I had a toasted ciabatta with cheese and a few other veggi things from the sandwich bar, while my friends had had chicken ciabatta and... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I live 15 minutes away from portlaoise and I would do my weekly shopping there and I do like to get lunch in town also, I met my friends in rafters and we had soup and coffee and a scone afterwards. It was absolutely gorgeous!!no complaints top class👌. So I brought my family in too.and they loved it also.and I... More 

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trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Aoibhinn, thanks for taking the time to write a review about our Cafe. I am pleased to note that generally you are very happy with the food and service but equally dissapointed to note your experience on your last visit. I have no way of knowing when this was so it is difficult for me to investigate what went... More 

laois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Have eaten here on a few occasions. Food is always very nice. Have always found the restaurant to be clean and staff appear to clear and clean tables very quickly. Had lunch here on saurday. Had my 6 month old baby girl with me. From the time I ordered my lunch the staff couldnt do enough to help me. From... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My second time here and it's still ahead if the rest, I tried something from the wok station this time and the stir fry was really good, I didn't have dessert this time but as before it looked so well and plenty to choose from, keep up the good work Rafters

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Monasterevin, Ireland
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

There is most certainly nicer places to eat in Portlaoise. The food pretty average but is way overpriced

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Trish C, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Amy thanks for your recent review. I am surprised that you found our restaurant expensive and only average, I would love to hear more about your visit as, mistakes unfortunately, do happen and perhaps you were overcharged. Again, I would love to know what you had as perhaps there is something on our menu that is only average, if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Laois  >  Portlaoise
  • Phone Number: 0578666675

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European

Description

124 seater day time restaurant, with outdoor seating and scenic view. Rafters has a modern, chic, and cosmopolitan feel to it and serves everything from Breakfast, sandiches, panini's, wraps, ciabatta's, wide selection of carvery items, kids menu, coffee's, tea's, lattee's etc...
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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