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US$70 - US$111
European, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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A long-standing city institution; the owners stamped their own identity on it by using Sheffield cutlery and Yorkshire tweed covered chairs. Refined co...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic meal today. Food was lovely as you might expect from such a top end restaurant but so was the service. Perfect balance of professionalism and warmth. So many top end resteraunts can be pretentious, cold and unwelcoming and this is what impressed me the...most. Every course was different and tasted superb. Had the wine pairing too which took the hassle from choosing and tried some very nice wines I would not have chosen. Clearly this is not a cheap resteraunt but well worth it for a special meal. Looking forward to going back and taking my daughter when the menu changes.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited and had the 6 course menu. All the ingredients were fresh and each dish had very well balanced flavours. The service was perfect, with staff always available to get an extra drink or expand on details from the menu. The presentation of the...dishes set our expectation high, and this expectation was met. Experimented with the cocktails after the meal and was pleasantly surprised with the variety and quality. On the expensive side but well worth it for the quality of food and service.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another masterclass in fine dining and attentive service from Rafters. The 6 course taster was superb; lovely little touches like a personalised letter and menu welcoming us to the restaraunt, the most divine little treats to start (chef even sent us out some more eggs...when we cheekily asked), and a gorgeous reisling. The waiting team were friendly and knowledgeable without being overbearing; it was perfect. Thankyou, Rafters!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 23 June 2021 via mobile

I visited here on a Saturday lunchtime and had the 6 course taster menu. I can’t explain how impressed I was with the service and the flavour of the courses. In my opinion this restaurant should be number 1 in Sheffield and I will definitely...return for a special occasion.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 12 June 2021 via mobile

Good atmosphere Excellent service Loved the nibbles Excellent quality of food Cocktails were great Local ingredients Booked in advance 6 course tasting menu including a cheese board The only downside - no granola and coffee for the next morning which disappointing as it is a...lovely perk which rafters used to do This time was missing the special touch to really see where your money is going. For value for money 4/5 but overall 5/5. The asparagus dish lacked an additional element. Loved the renovations. Would highly recommendMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

I was looking forward to our visit last night and it was so much better than my already high expectations. The food was absolutely exquisite and the wine pairing was just fantastic . What made it for me though was the staff . Young fun...and very knowledgeable. They made the night. We were so impressed with all of them . A real asset to your restaurant. Thank you so much gang .. Can’t wait for our return .More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 19 April 2021

We had a takeaway meal from here on Easter Sunday, and what can I say- the lamb was the most delicious, tender and melt in the mouth thing I have ever tasted. The potatoes and vegetables were cooked to perfection. What an incredible meal.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 15 January 2021 via mobile

Never had a bad meal at Rafters and I have never put a review on . As we can’t visit at the minute, I thought I would start reviewing more . The last visit was when only our household could visit . So we went...as a family of three . The restaurant was also on a curfew time but this did not affect the meal . We just arrived a little early . The food was amazing, the staff also very good as always . We felt very safe and it was lovely to be going out for a meal . Not an easy task for Alister to talk us through the wine flight with a mask on . He did an amazing job and very knowledgable . I hate wearing the masks for long periods myself . A very tough time for all but these guys continue to push on and help support all suppliers, supporting and showcasing local businesses. You will not be disappointed in anyway as everyone is passionate about their work and it shows . Hopefully we can stay at Ashford in the water some time soon .More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 5 November 2020 via mobile

The service, food and atmosphere were all amazing. The staff were brilliant. When a wine that we wanted was not available they gave us our second option for the same price. This was such a kind gesture. They were all brilliant. Best meal in Sheffield.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 25 October 2020

We've been to Rafters quite a lot and have always enjoyed the experience. It's great for a special occasion and the food is always of top quality and very original with fabulous ingredients. This time was no exception, perfect food and service despite the obvious...issues facing all restaurant just now. I would highly recommend Rafters, it's informal but fine dining at the same time.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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21 December 2019|
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Response from Linda M | Reviewed this property |
Email them and ask. If they can I;m sure they will. They reply to emails quickly (but not on Sundays or Mondays when they are closed)
Maria O
12 December 2018|
Response from bobsbigfans | Reviewed this property |
They don’t have a bar you can sit at ..... it’s a restaurant. They sell drinks and bring them to your table. If you wanted to begin with drinks at your allocated time or finish with drinks - or indeed drink throughout that... More
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Rafters is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5