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Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
0578666675
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For the price you spend in rafters you expect decent service and unfortunately you don't always get it. For the amount of staff that's working you wonder how they make these mistakes, little things like only buttering one side of a filled roll, leaving out fillings or not cleaning a dirty table when clients move dirty crap to the clean... More 

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Thank Erick C
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

FAB OMELETTE! Had lunch with my sister yesterday so we visited Rafters Cafe, hadnt been here in a while but the food is always lovely, i ordered the omelette with chips & side salad it was yum yum cleared my plate, it was made up of bacon onion & tomato, the chips were nice n fresh the salad was lovely... More 

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Thank Imelda D
Borris-in-Ossory, Ireland
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We use this cafe a lot and always recommend if. They have a wide ranging menu with a good deli, hot food and desserts. The staff are good and food is excellent. They also cater and they catered a gathering a few days after our wedding and it was great. Good for kids and excellent value.

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

Hi Tom, Thank you very much for taking the time to give your comments on our business. Its a lovely review and we are very grateful for it. Its great to hear that you recommend us-thank you very much for that, word of mouth is so important in this business and its equally great to hear that you enjoyed the... More 

Co.laois
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to try this restaurant for a while. Even though they have hot food and cold salads....I didn't find they refreshed there food often enough....they sell what they have and then there is no more so food looked dried up. Maybe I was in at the wrong time but if the food is not fresh don't sell it !!

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Thank Yan C
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Yan C, First of all thank you for taking the time to review us during your visit on Sunday. I apologise if some of the hot food appeared dried up on the counter. I assure you all our lunch and salad items are freshly made each morning, but sometimes, depending on the item-an item on the hot counter can... More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a friendly service and will bring food to the table if you cannot carry it. Very reasonably priced for the quality of food. Love going here when shopping in the shopping centre. Always busy which is a great sign!

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Thank Shelly1993
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Shelly, Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We really appreciate customers taking a few moments out of their busy day to give us a review. You are quite correct about us always being busy- there is no such thing for us as a quite day- which is great- and we really appreciate the business of customers like... More 

Dublin
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Lots of gluten free options available and staff very knowledgeable. Very reasonable and tasty too . They have a separate fryer for gluten free products and everything is prepared in front of you so you can be sure it's GF . They also have Gf treats like homemade brownies and cakes .

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

Hi Carrocar, I would like to thank you very much for taking the time to give us a lovely review recently. It is important to us that we offer as many Gluten Free Products as possible, and prepare Gluten Free Items in a seperate area or as you correctly pointed out- even using a seperate fryer. We are continually expanding... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Rafters cafe is a lovely place to eat especially if a shopping trip to tescos next door is on the cards,i love sitting at the big windows in the comfortable armchairs, the breakfast i had was plentiful with tea & toast, i've visited here lots of times for lunch which were lovely only one time i did receive food which... More 

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Thank Imelda D
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Imelda, I am writing to thank you very much for taking the time to give us a review recently. We continually encourage our customers to write a review on trip advisor or fill out our instore comment cards as this allows us to get very valuable feedback from all our customers. Im glad you enjoyed your meal yesterday. I... More 

dublin
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is the only place my kids will eat brown bread!! They love it. We dine here all the time before going food shopping in this shopping centre as its better to shop on a full stomach right :)? Reasonably priced great food with more space and tables than you would think!

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

Hi Barcelonabride, I am writing to thank you very much for taking the time to give us a review recently. We really appreciate your lovely comments and remember it is possible to purchase our Homemade Brown Bread if you ever wish to do so, its a very popular product and for this reason it is available to purchase for take... More 

County Laois, Ireland
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Rafters is a sit in cafe in the local shopping centre in Portlaoise. It has a great selection of food, including a hot food counter, sandwich, panini, wraps and ciabatta . Also does salads and soup and a nice cake display. Cafe is self service and hot food will b delivered to your table. Cafe is very convenient within the... More 

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Thank Steele64
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Steele64, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you very much for taking the time to give us you lovely review recently. We have taken your comments on board in relation to the floor area- and steps have been taken, so I would expect you will see a massive improvement in this area on your next visit.... More 

clonbullogue,offaly, Ireland
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

We visited this cafe on Sunday after roll and bowl the staff were very helpful and friendly and the food was excellent we really enjoyed it and we would recommend

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Thank Thomas C
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Thomas, Thank you so much for your lovely review. Reviews are so important for us, as it allows us to ensure that we provide the highest possible standard of products and services to all our customers, I have passed on your comments to all our staff, many thanks and please do not hesitate to ask for me if I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Irish, Cafe, European, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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
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
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...

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