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220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
19:00 - 20:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 20:30
Wed - Thu 19:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 21:00
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided on the 8 course tasting menu which was priced at £65 which i found to be good value. They were very considerate & checked a few things with me as i'm pregnant. There wasn't a bad course amongst them & the presentation was lovely. My favourite courses was the langoustine ravioli & the lamb. The only thing stopping... More 

Thank littlekev333
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just enjoyed the 8 course tasting menu with wine flight. Not a cheap night out but worth the extra. All courses brought a surprise to your mouth. Crispy, crunchy, salty, sweet, soft and buttery 😊a real extravaganza. The staff were friendly and made sure everything was winderful without being over bearing. Go on treat yourself!

Thank vonnie2015
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324 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our expectations were high so it was a great relief not to be disappointed. We went for the tasting menu which gives you 2 courses from each part of the set menu. Everyone agreed that there wasn't anything but fabulous food all the way through. The highlights by consensus were the G&T marshmallows, the lobster and the rhubarb desert -... More 

Thank Sheffview
Wickersley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first visit to this restaurant, we chose the tasting menu along with the wine flight. We were not disappointed. Each course was exceptional. The loveliest ingredients, beautifully served and accompanied by some fabulous wines. Would highly recommend and cannot wait to return.

Thank Russtomgeoleo
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79 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We finally came to visit the restaurant after years of driving past. We chose the £48 menu and quite simply couldn't fault the food. Everything was so well thought through and absolutely delicious. So why no 5 stars? We both came out hungry. My favourite restaurant we use for special occasions costs us £20 less with amazing food and we... More 

Thank 101180D
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of three and two of us had allergies that have, in the past, proved too difficult for restaurants to work with. Here, we let them know in advance and they carefully checked every dish for suitability, bought in some special ingredients where necessary and verbally double checked each dish before we ate it. As if that... More 

Thank tikitouristlondon
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the tasting menu and wine flight. Each course was excellent and the wine was matched very well. An excellent event meal out

Thank Peter C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently visited Rafters for our 10th Wedding Anniversary, having heard a lot of great things about the restaurant. We opted for the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairings, and we were not disappointed. The food was stunning - delightfully thought out flavour combinations, with exceptional presentation. The service, and ambience were wonderful too - all the staff made... More 

Thank sirchezza
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Rafters and will definitely not be our last. We wanted somewhere special for the first day of our joint retirement and Rafters came highly recommended from a friend. We were not disappointed! The food is excellent and extremely good value but what really added to the experience for us was the front of house... More 

Thank DrPaulCook
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely outstanding 3 course menu with 5 other bits and pieces Every mouthful brilliant can not be beaten as a night out

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$154
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 20:30
19:00 - 20:30
19:00 - 20:30
19:00 - 21:00
19:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 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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