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Rafters Restaurant and Lounge

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202 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
+1 760-934-9431
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6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A Mammoth Landmark since 1967, Rafters has been reborn as a world class...
A Mammoth Landmark since 1967, Rafters has been reborn as a world class restaurant under the ownership of James and Nancy Demetriades. Chef Brian Keipler presents New California cuisine complimented by one of Mammoth's most extensive wine lists and perfectly crafted cocktails. Now serving breakfast and dinner, and providing room service to Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa next door. Happy Hour 4pm-7pm and live music in the lounge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
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Good for:
Families with children

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Date night so right!!!!

After a very pleasent day skiing, my husband and I visited Rafters Resturant and we weren't disappointed at all. The bar was fun and the bartender was sweet and attentive. We split the steak and the pork wings and they were both delicious. I highly recommend visiting Rafters when visiting Mammoth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Croft42
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

After a very pleasent day skiing, my husband and I visited Rafters Resturant and we weren't disappointed at all. The bar was fun and the bartender was sweet and attentive. We split the steak and the pork wings and they were both delicious. I highly recommend visiting Rafters when visiting Mammoth Lakes!

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Croft42, We are so pleased you enjoyed your date night at Rafter's Restaurant & Lounge and thank you for these great comments. We are proud to provide a sophisticated setting which is both relaxed and friendly, offering not only great drinks but also a full menu from our world-class restaurant – solidifying us as a Mammoth favorite amongst visitors... More 

Janesville, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very talented server...knows his craft...local beers on tap...nice environment. ..go there for an early evening beverage.

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Peradee, Thank you for this wonderful review from your recent experience at Rafters. Our lively lounge is very popular amongst visitors and locals alike, with its sophisticated, yet friendly and relaxed setting. We are very pleased to learn that you enjoyed not only the service you received, but also our selection of beers of tap. We look forward to... More 

Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Solid menu, something for everyone, and it's all very good - particularly a fantastic breakfast, incredibly nice staff.

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear ElleBeinLA, Thank you for this outstanding feedback from your recent meal at Rafters, a Mammoth landmark since 1967, recently reborn as a world class restaurant. We take great pride in providing friendly, attentive service and inventive cuisine from an ever-changing seasonal menu and are very pleased to learn that your expectations were exceeded. We look forward to seeing you... More 

Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a great place to unwind! Fun, friendly atmosphere. Awesome late night food. Love the lodge theme.. High beam ceilings, big warm firplace, plenty of seating!! When in Mammoth Lakes, make this a must do!!

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear dave d, Thank you for these wonderful comments from your recent late-night excursion at Rafters. We are proud to provide a sophisticated setting which is both relaxed and friendly, offering not only great drinks but also a full menu from our world-class restaurant – solidifying us as a Mammoth favorite amongst visitors and locals alike. We hope to see... More 

Santa Monica, California
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This was ok, lots of good energy and fun Karaoke. But the food was average at best. Not very savory or tasty. Service was decent, lots of mountain ambiance, but just not more than a C+ place for dining.

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear aresverde, Thank you for posting this review of your recent meal at Rafters (as well as the one you also posted for our resort). We are pleased to learn that you enjoyed our lively, energetic Karaoke Night! It is just one of many reasons why we are a Mammoth favorite amongst visitors and locals alike. We take great pride... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I loved the salmon kale salad. The salmon was cooked perfectly, the skin was nice and crunchy. The waiter Kelsey and busboy Marco were great. The manager/owner was nice enough to greet and talk to us too. It was great wonderful dining experience! The bathroom was super clean and overall nice modern restaurant.

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear jlovesr, Thank you for these great comments from your meal at Rafters, where we proudly serve outstanding, inventive cuisine prepared to perfection by world-class chefs. We are delighted to learn how much you enjoyed your Salmon Kale Salad in particular, as well as the level of service provided by our friendly and attentive team. We hope to exceed your... More 

Truckee, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Stayed at the Grand Sierra next door and walked right over to this awesome place. Beautiful setting - high ceilings, gorgeous fireplace and plenty of open spaced seating. It was a Thursday night with all night happy hour. The atmosphere and crowd were great, and satisfied our search for a mountain-y lodge type nightlife experience. I would definitely say, compared... More 

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear ksusini, Thank you for this great feedback from your recent Happy Hour and dining experiences in Rafters (as well as the one you posted for our resort!). We are very pleased to learn how much you appreciated our atmosphere and the authentic mountain town nightlife we provide; it’s always very rewarding to receive such flattering comments from repeat guests!... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A local of Mammoth, I'm always looking for good happy hours. Rafter's treated me with both excellent service and wonderful food. The lobster mac and cheese was a popular choice for our table, and the delicious bone marrow was a hit. I missed out on the filet; that disappeared quickly. We ended up sticking around because it turned out to... More 

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Cleland H, Thank you for this review of your recent Happy Hour / Karaoke excursion to Rafters, a Mammoth favorite amongst visitors and locals alike. We take great pride in serving inventive cuisine in a sophisticated setting which is both relaxed and friendly, and are dedicated to providing exceptional levels of service. We are delighted to learn you enjoyed... More 

La Quinta, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Went to Rafters since we were staying next door at Sierra Nevada Lodge. It was a busy weekend and we did not have reservations. The man who was the host, a tall middle aged balding man, took at least 10 min to even acknowledge I was there. When asked if I could get a table for two he simply said... More 

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear golfingmd, Thank you for these comments from your recent dinner at our restaurant. We take great pride in providing exceptional levels of guest service, as well as outstanding New American cuisine in a stylish setting complemented by friendly and attentive servers. That being said, please accept our apologies for leaving you disappointed; what you have described is completely unacceptable... More 

Idyllwild, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My wife and I have eaten here several times. We moved to ML in September wanting a good place to have dinner. Many places in town but this is one of the better ones. The food is excellent and fireplace is a great place to sit by. The service is a little slow but well worth the food. We took... More 

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GM_MVE, General Manager at Rafters Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear mtcowboy1011, Thank you for this great review of your Christmas Eve dinner at Rafters, where we take great pride in serving outstanding New American cuisine in a stylish setting complemented by friendly and attentive servers. We apologize for your wait on that particularly busy evening, and can’t thank you enough for your patience and the understanding you conveyed in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 202 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mammoth Lakes
  • Phone Number: +1 760-934-9431

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 30
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

A Mammoth Landmark since 1967, Rafters has been reborn as a world class restaurant under the ownership of James and Nancy Demetriades. Chef Brian Keipler presents New California cuisine complimented by one of Mammoth's most extensive wine lists and perfectly crafted cocktails. Now serving breakfast and dinner, and providing room service to Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa next door. Happy Hour 4pm-7pm and live music in the lounge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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