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Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
0578666675
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Portlaoise, Ireland
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
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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6 reviews
6 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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18 reviews
14 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic cafe love their food,always presented beautifully, never hungry for ages after I eat there,great staff spotless premises, by far the nicest cup of coffee in the town, and seriously guys if your only in for a snack definitely try the carrot cake 😋

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

Hi Niinnyhammer, I wanted to thank you very much for taking the time to give us your lovely comments recently. Im so glad that you rate our premises so highly in terms of food quality, cleanliness, and coffee. If you do happen to visit again, which I hope you do please ask for me, I would love to meet you.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Rafters cafe in laois shopping centre portlaoise is a lovely homely place to dine.the menu gives you choice of breakfast lunch and a wok menu also.food and service is brilliant. If only to pop in for a coffee and one of the deserts it will be well worth it.

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

Hi, Unfortunately I dont have your first name, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you very much for taking the time to give us some lovely comments. Please dont hesitate to ask for me at any stage if I can be of any assistance and we look forward to seeing you in Rafters soon. Kind Regards Trish More 

Portlaoise, Ireland
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99 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Nice relaxing place with lovely bright room with big windows very important for sitting in here there are specials on blackboard. Was there meeting a friend for a while and found the sitting area great

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

Hi Noreen, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us a review recently. We really appreciate all the feedback that we receive from our customers. Im delighted that you found the ambience and atmosphere very relaxing. You are quite correct about our large windows-they allow in loads of light and its fab to sit at the windows... More 

Kildare, Ireland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Have to say this is a great spot for lunch, service and food is fab. Great selection of food, cakes and the coffee is just perfect. Never seem to disappoint keep up the good work :)

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Thank shauna89xx
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Shauna, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us your comments recently. Its great to hear that you enjoyed your lunch on the day and that the service provided by our staff was equally as good. We really encourage our customers to provide us with feedback as it allows us to continually improve our products, food... 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
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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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