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220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely incredible food, atmosphere and service. We have been here for our last two work parties and I have found it exceptional each time. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough! I had the 8 course vegetarian tasting menu both times. The amount of detail put into everything as soon as you walk through the door really pays off and makes... More 

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Thank maisie444
Worksop, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great cooking and superb service. Very impressed with our first visit - it will definitely not be our last.

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Thank rogertyler1953
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This small upstairs restaurant has a good reputation. Four of us enjoyed our visit - the food was excellent, modern in style with interesting ingredients. The manager and staff were attentive, informed and helpful. The only downside is the price of drinks, including water, which we all felt were too highly inflated.

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Thank margaret h
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the tasting menu which was very nice with a lot of interesting flavours etc. The accompanying wine was also very good. The only slight criticism was that the courses came out fairly slowly (obviously a tasting menu shouldn't be too quick) which left us feeling like we couldn't wait get home after a long night. The wine came... More 

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Thank Jack R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time back for years and it did not disappoint. The food was outstanding. The staff and service was excellent. It lived up to all my expectations. Don't expect me to be in and out quickly but at the prices you don't want to be feeling rushed. It's definitely a special occasion place due to the cost, but would not... More 

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Thank Thomas W
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having not done a lot of fine dining we weren't completely sure what to expect. Alistair and his team made the whole experience relaxed, informative and extremely enjoyable. The food was simply the best we have ever had

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Thank Ade800
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Out first visit to Rafters having read all the reviews on Trip Advisor. The food really didn't disappoint but the restaurant was too warm, we were all far to hot! It is quite an intimate restaurant and clearly very popular so just didn't need the heating on so hot! We had lovely food which was really well cooked and presented,... More 

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Thank Peter W
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

We had the 8 course tasting menu, one meat/fish and one vegetarian. The food was lovely, nice wine and excellent service. Very nice atmosphere, highly recommended.

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Thank Louise B
Sheffield
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

I think this was our 4th visit to Rafters, and once again it was an excellent meal. The jerusalem artichoke risotto and the Moss Valley pork belly were both superb. My only complaint would be regarding access to the restaurant. My partner is partially disabled and found the stairs difficult. This could be remedied by adding another banister to the... More 

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Thank Borquer
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went here with my book group. Delicious food and very accommodating when I was late off work and missed the first course. Also delicious bread!! Always a good start!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 49 - US$ 150
Cuisine
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
19:00 - 20:30
Thursday
19:00 - 20:30
Friday
19:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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