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Rafters Cafe

Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
+353 57 866 6675
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Overview
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good13%
  • Average19%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
Travelers talk about
“gateaux” (2 reviews)
“cakes” (8 reviews)
“salad” (8 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Irish, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Laois Shopping Centre | James Fintan Lalor Avenue, Portlaoise, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

I have been a customer in Rafters for a long time, I found the staff friendly and professional. I had a cappuccino there today and it was the worst cup of liquid I have ever experienced, I could not drink it and returned it to...More

Thank J7864CVjack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice relaxed atmosphere, such a wide variety on the menu, something to suit everyone’s taste. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Selection of desserts was fabulous. Will definitely be back and I will definitely be recommending Rafters cafe to everyone.More

Thank denisemaher85
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Denisemaher85, Thank you very much for your lovely review recently. I have passed your compliments on our desserts to our Pastry Chef. We look forward to welcoming you again soon, please dont hesitate to ask for me at any stage if I may be...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here last weekend while shopping at the Portlaoise Shopping centre and had a gorgeous meal. Great service, plenty of choice, and they have an outdoor seating area!!! I had a couple of their summer salads at the salad bar accompanied by a freshly...More

Thank manleyhands
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear manleyhands, Thank you very much for taking the time to review our restaurant recently. I am delighted that both yourself and your boyfriend enjoyed your meal. We do hope to see you again and please dont hesitate to ask for me at any stage...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my 6 year old and the variety of food for a picky eater was excellent. The staff were very helpful and had lots of suggestions. Food was very tasty and the deserts looked amazing but I resisted temptation. But I will certainly...More

Thank Doublec2012
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Doublec2012, I am writing to thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant recently. Its great to hear that our staff were able to assist you in a menu choice for your 6 year old.We hope to see you again soon and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I go to rafters on a regular basis to meet my sister. With being from tullamore and herself living in carlow we always meet up in rafters for breakfast or and lunch. It's in a great spot and there is a great variety of food...More

Thank ange17
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Angel17, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review recently.We really appreciate customers taking the time to give us feedback on their experience in our restaurant. I notice you say you are regular customers, which is fantastic to...More

Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

The wife and I called today for lunch. I have limited mobility and walk with the aid of a stick. After taking our place in line to order food, our orders were taken by a pleasant girl. I had the bacon dinner and my wife...More

Thank 49jimmy
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2018

Hi 49Jimmy, First of all I would like to thank you very much for taking the time to write your review. I do apologise for the delay on the day in question with regard to paying for your food. We are introducing plate covers to...More

Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

I was recommended to go Rafters Cafe . How disappointed I am . The first thing I observed was no hair nets on the staff behind the sandwich counter . Staff were going around with bowls of soup to customers with no gloves . Bare...More

1  Thank Damo40
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Hi Damo40, I was dissappointed to read your recent review, particularily when we came recommended to you. I would like to address a few of your concerns. You noted that staff did not appear to be wearing hair nets. Our staff do indeed have hair...More

Reviewed March 12, 2018

Have been in a few times now with Mother In Law.She likes to drop in for a cuppa. Staff are friendly but depends on the staff. Service can also be different at times. Food is of good standard. Last time we were there table were...More

2  Thank floralvisions
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2018

Hi Floralvisions, First of all I would like to apologise for the delay in replying to your review, and thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. Thank you for your lovely comments regarding our food and staff, I would be...More

Reviewed March 4, 2018

If you are in Portlaoise you have to visit this place. It does, in my opinion, the best breakfast. Great service and friendly staff.More

Thank Ian8746
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2018

Hi Ian, We have just received your lovely review and really appreciate you taking the time to give us such nice comments. We have an excellent breakfast business and its thanks to customers like yourself who tell others and review our business on TripAdvisor and...More

Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

First time in rafters . On first glance the place is spotless cant fault them on that. Staff are friendly as well. Had 2 scones and 2 coffees. Scones were really good and the coffee is nice too. Cant really say any more than that...More

Thank Nick K
trish c, Owner at Rafters Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2018

Hi Nick, Thank you very much for taking the time to give us such a lovely review. The hygiene of our premises is of paramount importance to us so its great to hear that you noticed the cleanliness of the cafe. In relation to our...More

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cailinruadh
May 29, 2017|
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Response from trish c | Property representative |
Hi Cailinrua, unfortunately it is not possible but if you go to our Facebook page, you will get some idea of what we do or, if you email us we can send you menus. Unfortunately Tripadvisor does not allow me give our email... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$6 - $14
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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 - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 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: +353 57 866 6675
  • E-mail
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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