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220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“tasting menu” (49 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (24 reviews)
“bread” (45 reviews)
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a very enjoyable dinner at Rafters. They say "Never judge a book by its cover", and the entrance and décor were quite plain. However this was more than made up for by the ambience of the restaurant, with a very pleasant bunch of...More

Thank David N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here recently for a special occasion. Had an excellent experience. The staff were friendly and attentive, the menu was interesting and the food was absolutely delicious. Can't fault anything, although it is quite expensive but perfect for a special occasion.

Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited last night for the experience 1. There is a friendly welcoming atmosphere, the surroundings are comfortable and the staff were very good. We had food that we would never have thought to order, but really enjoyed (such as smoked eel) The presentation was...More

Thank rebecca s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been so looking forward to this for months and it didn’t disappoint! My friend and I were courteously ushered to our table which being next to the bar afforded her a good view of the other tables. Maybe takes 40 covers so quite an intimate...More

Thank Clachangirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

OK so we went for the full blow out. Ie the wines with each course. The wines were very different not the expected. The idea was to get unusual combinations and they worked. Very Knowledgeable wine expert on tap. Willing to discuss the reasons behind...More

1  Thank Darryl B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hushed tones.and distinct lack of humour. Food ok but very pretentious menu. Good example was a dessert called the white my partner didn’t like it so left it. This caused the girl who fronted the house to ask why she did not like the white....More

1  Thank johnE9794YJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Rafters last night to celebrate a friend's birthday and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. Every dish on the tasting menu was outstanding. There were small mouthfuls of exquisit flavour that left you wanting more, but thankfully they got the amount...More

Thank ratbag67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going here since I was 8 years old (I am now 21) and have been for every major birthday. It is my favourite place to eat EVER! The maitre d is fantastic and accommodating, the food is always beautiful, special and the...More

Thank Zoë G
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

After searching for somewhere new to visit we were recommended this place by a friend, I must say I was not disappointed. The restaurant is beautiful. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable of the food and drink. I know the food was presented beautifully...More

Thank Lauracharlie85
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

This place is full of surprises. We opted for experience one which didn’t disappoint!! The food keeps coming and so does the theatre, keeping us guessing throughout the journey. You dont feel rushed at all and we eventually left the restaurant close to midnight having...More

Thank youngphysio1973
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Questions & Answers
Angela H
31 May 2017|
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Response from Alistair M | Property representative |
No the wine pairing is optional. The menu is £65 per person & the wine flight is £40 per person
6 February 2017|
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Response from Alistair M | Property representative |
Good Morning, We can cater for a vegan diet no problem. It would be best to give us a call on 0114 2304819.
Sally D
1 November 2016|
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Response from Alistair M | Property representative |
Hi, If you want to give us a call on 01142304819 as the access is limited. Regards
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$54 - US$166
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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