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Nether Green 220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting with two friends, we chose the gastronomique menu with wine. Excellent food throughout. One wine was on its way out. The rest were excellent. The dining room is tiny. This great restaurant is worthy of a better venue but they do make the most of what they have. Knowledgeable sommelier.

Thank Gez G
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is simply the best restaurant in Sheffield, in my job I travel the world and the quality of the food is right up there with the best, the service is tops, no rush to push you out, once at the table your there for the night, no prompting to leave, in fact the seats are designed for a long... More 

Thank Michael R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well where do I start! We had all decided to opt for the 8 course tasting menu, I had conversations with the team prior to our arrival as I needed to tweak 1 main course as the Mrs doesn't eat lamb. This was no trouble for the team, thankyou again. Arrived half hour early which wasn't an issue for Alistair... More 

Thank CDay67
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful meal at Rafters last night. Quite possibly the best we have experienced anywhere in the World (yes it was that good!). Absolutely stunning, with some great wines and port. Alistair and Tom bought the restaurant, in a slightly run-down state, 3 years ago and refurbished the dining room and the kitchens. . Three years on they... More 

Thank Lozboz
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here as an anniversary treat with my wife. After looking at the menu we both decided on the evening menu rather than the tasting, the atmosphere is nice, comfortable and relaxed. Each course was well thought out, the food was tasty and well presented but (yes i know its "fine dining") we both left feeling rather hungry, even... More 

1 Thank Marc H
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
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217 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first visited Rafters twenty years ago. Discerning Sheffield diners agree that it is one of our city's best restaurants. The environment is clean and well-maintained with fresh linen tablecloths, polished Sheffield cutlery and good quality crockery. Last night my wife and I opted for the £45 evening menu. We arrived more than peckish and really looking forward to the... More 

1 Thank Neil_in_Sheffield_UK
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've gone teetotal recently and felt that I lost half the experience of fine dining. Alastair is a wonderful host and he and his business partner offer an imaginative menu. Each dish is beautifully presented with many different elements and some unusual ingredients. A huge amount of work goes into each course from little dollops of tomato granita to wafer-thin,... More 

Thank Anne B
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely meal, some cracking flavours and interesting appetisers. A very relaxed atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff. It's not an every-day kind of place, but for a special occasion it fits the bill perfectly.

Thank Andrew R
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time here for my partners birthday we had the tasting menu and it was amazing !! The staff took time to explain what the dish comprised and how it had been cooked ! Nothing was too much trouble !!this is a great place excellent food and fantastic service

1 Thank Susan H
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best meals we have had anywhere, made special by the pleasant thoughtful staff - a really good experience all round.

Thank JS186525

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$52 - $159
British, Gluten Free Options, European
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nether Green 220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  South Yorkshire  >  Sheffield
  • Phone Number: +44 114 230 4819
Opened in 1994 and now under the ownerships of Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson Rafters has long been accepted as one of Sheffield's finest restaurants. The combination of the highly skilled & creative cooking of Tom and the kitchen team partnered with the knowledgeable, friendly and relaxed service of Alistair and the front of house team partners to make the best dining experience possible. Both brought up locally Alistair went to Tapton School where he did his work placement at the Forte Post house and has been hooked on the catering industry ever since.Leaving school at 16 to pursue his chosen career in a work based modern apprenticeship Alistair has worked in some of the best Hotels and Restaurants in Sheffield and the surrounding area learning his trade always with the ultimate ambition of opening his own restaurant one day.

Tom started cooking at the age of 13 when he was first introduced to the highly regarded Sheffield College for a one week cookery course in the summer holidays whilst at High Storrs. It was this initial introduction that sparked his passion and ultimately led him back to Sheffield College where he completed his Professional Chefs diploma and was named college chef of the year. After leaving college Tom has worked at the highest level in Restaurants and Pubs in Sheffield and the surrounding area, maintaining and gaining local, regional & national recognition wherever he has cooked.

Working together for the past 5 years it is the shared vision that dining is about the whole experience and not just the kitchen or dining room that brought Alistair & Tom together to embark on the journey of running their own restaurant working together as one team with the goal always being to delight and satisfy the customer.

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