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Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
0578666675
Today
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, 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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  • 34
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 8
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  • 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
Amazing Salad Range

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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English first
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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1 review
1 helpful vote 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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Dublin, Ireland
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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Portlaoise, Ireland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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 

carlow
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Love rafters for the great selection, variety, cleanliness & friendliness. Both my kids are very fussy eaters, I myself am a coeliac & my Husband... well he has a hearty appetite :) Rafters is one of the few places we can visit as a family that guarantees we are all looked after. There is something on the menu to please... More 

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Portlaoise, Ireland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

everytime I visit Laois Shopping centre, I pop into Rafters cafe and it has never disappointed, great speedy friendly service, many coffee options and great choice of food, and they always seem to have something new to try on the menu so I never get bored. Always busy, which is a good sign. 5 stars!

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County Laois, Ireland
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The big things that you don't like to see in a cafe/restaurant stand out here. Service is poor, tables are always dirty, the cafe has a general messy feeling and staff uniforms seem to always be unclean. The food selection doesn't seem to look fresh either. The positive of this eatery is the convenience and location, handy to pop in... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

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 

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

Hi Sarah, thanks for you review and my apologies for not responding sooner. your comments about the confectionary counter are well founded. The counter is enclosed so that customers may not handle or worse still, sneeze on the confectionary. As I am sure you are aware, confectionary especially with cream is an food item that can be very dangerous 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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