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Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
0578666675
Today
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nothing Special

I went here because I was with a coeliac and it was recommended. The food was really average, nothing at all special about it. Really trying to take on the guise of an Avoca but failing

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
Richard R
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Abbeyleix, Ireland
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English first
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Have been here a fair few times and it really is hit n miss..I do like their soups in general n nice brown bread...this time was a miss...the soup was a little cold and the table we sat at was wiped with a dirty cloth at a guess as it was streaky, but the chairs were full of crumbs...they need... More 

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Abbeyleix, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I went here because I was with a coeliac and it was recommended. The food was really average, nothing at all special about it. Really trying to take on the guise of an Avoca but failing

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Called to Rafters on Saturday last and today for dinner. On both occasions I found the food and the service exceptional. Its a great restaurant in a great location with easy and ample parking.

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

Hi Ladies in Mochua Print, Thank you very much for taking the time out to give us a lovely review. We really do appreciate your comments and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards Trish More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

I eat hear once food was nice and fresh but service of staff was ok was clean cafe bit over priced for a cafe

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

Hi Sophie, thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am surprised that you found our restaurant expensive, I suspect that you may have been overcharged in error. Perhaps you would contact me and let me know what you had that I might check with what you were charged. In the future, there is always a manager on... More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The salad range in this cafe are amazing. I really enjoyed every bit of it. The ambience is also very good and the service is also very customer friendly. Easily accessible in the heart of the city centre.

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

Hi, I would like to thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant recently, and for your lovely comments on our Salads. I have passed on your comments to our Chefs and all concerned, and thank you again. We hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Trish More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I have been to Rafters many times and their chocolate biscuit cake is to die for - not too heavy & not too light. Definitely not made for sharing! :)

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

Dear Ciara, Thank you very much for your lovely review on our restaurant recently. I know you particularily like the chocolate biscuit cake. We do hope to see you again soon and dont hesitate to ask for me at any stage if I can be of assistance. Kind Regards Trish More 

Dublin, Ireland
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The only good thing about this restaurant is the staff. Cant believe you can mess up a chicken salad. Chicken was rubbery and tasteless. Very expensive and no drink refills which I think is very mean. This is in a great location. The staff are very good but the food is dreadful. What a waste......

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

Hi Linda, I was very dissapointed to read your review recently, especially since you reviewed us before and you loved the food offer. Perhaps you would contact me directly so that I can ascertain what happened with the Chicken Salad you ordered on the day you visited. I look forward to hearing from you, you can email me privately at... More 

Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Love this place for a coffee or bite to eat. The staff are great and bring your order to your table when it's ready which makes the whole experience relaxed and friendly every time. I really like the full glass wall that always fills the café with light and usually try get a seat by next to it.

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

Dear Donal B, Thank you very much for your lovely comments recently. Its great to get feedback from customers, and to hear that you really enjoy visiting our premises, we do hope we will see a lot more of you and please dont hesitate to ask for me at any stage, if I can be of assistance. Again thank you... More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

was only in it yesterday and got a bowl of soup, more like water as it was so runny. ok if ur looking for a snack

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Laois
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18 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

This place is dreadful. They can't even make a decent cup of coffee. My view is always if they can't get coffee right what hope is there of getting food right.

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

Daniel I remember your visit to our café last October well. Allow me to remind you and to inform the readers of your review. On the day that you visited you appeared to be intoxicated. You approached the beverage counter and ordered a coffee. When you were served, and before you even tasted the coffee, you became verbally abusive to... More 

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

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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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