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220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
+44 114 230 4819
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“tasting menu” (38 reviews)
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
220 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7ED, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The closest we've experienced a restaurant of this quality is London. Rafters has the potential to attract discerning diners not just from all over Sheffield, but from Yorkshire and way, way beyond. The attention and enthusiasm of the manager reflected that this is a labour...More

Thank Cate91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never fails to bowl me over. This time they prepared a nine course pescetarian taster menu as a treat for my daughter who had got a new job. I recommend the wine flights which are great fun and beautifully matched. The food in my opinion...More

Thank BillRusling
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch here recently, food was interesting, well prepared, and attractively presented. The celeriac starter was especially pleasing. Nice wine list, though out of stock of a couple brands. Service was friendly and charming, though they needed a bit of nudging. I intend to return.

Thank Fusspot100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well it's probably been 10 years or more since we last visited Rafters. It's always had a reputation for good food but we weren't really fans of the interior - above a shop - location. However, having now ventured back, with the current owners/chefs producing...More

1  Thank Sindy7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. We visited on a Wednesday evening for my birthday. The service and food were impeccable. We had the evening menu and it was simply delicious. Accompanied by a bottle of white chosen for us by Alistair. Highlights for me...More

Thank Livvy123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best dining experience in Sheffield. The food; the ambience; the waiting staff, all absolutely unparalleled. We'll be going back for our anniversary dinner, and can't recommend this place highly enough.

Thank Ben J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend bought me a voucher for my birthday present. Absouloutley fabulous food. Excellent little restaurant, everyone makes you feel welcome. Will recommend to friends and family and will be back for another visit.

Thank lynnie502015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service and great atmosphere and surroundings. A little pricey but you get what you pay for and in this case, is great quality.

Thank Kerrie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its not Cheap, but worth every penny, the food and the service are stunning, Lovely little place can not fault it, with i could afford to go more often.

Thank Keef W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first visit to this excellent restaurant, we had the 8 course tasting menu and to be honest what a plate of food, to say we were not disappointed is a understatement.. Each course was exceptional. with some of the best bread I have ever...More

Thank darren p
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi do you have any vegan options? Thanks
5 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 K
Is there easy access for a disabled guest ?
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
Gina T
Dress code-does my husband need to wear a shirt and tie?
10 July 2016|
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Response from ATM84 | Property representative |
Hi, No dress code. Guests are usually smart, smart/casual. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$154
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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
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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.