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About Rafael's Restaurant
Welcome to Rafael's Restaurant in Historic downtown Westminster, Maryland - a unique casual dining experience in a charming romantic atmosphere. Rafael's great menu is available for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The full menu is available for dining in, carry out or enjoying on the large deck in the back of the restaurant. Lunch delivery is now available in the local Westminster area between the hours of 11:30am - 3:00pm. Make sure to print a copy of our menu for your office and let us bring your lunch to you.
Westminster, MD 21157
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch & Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Bar open until 1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have a private lot & a public lot located right across the street.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rafael's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This may be a stupid review. I always order my burger medium-rare, and never get it medium rare. it's usually closer to medium-well, as if the restaurant is afraid of the liability of serving undercooked food. I often wonder, since most restaurants deliver their burgers one way only, why even go through the motions of asking the customer what they want?
And so, I was somewhat delighted to actually get a medium rare burger. It was fabulous.
I've been to Rafael's several times, and their food is usually top notch. My daughter got a clams & pasta dish and had numerous inedible clams in her bowl, plus she came across something crunchy/gritty which she had to discretely remove from her mouth. Other than that, our meals were quite delicious.
We took Mom in for Mothers Day with the kids. Having to sit in the bar was a bit of an unpleasant surprise since we made a reservation 10 days prior, but we made the best of it.
The food here is always on point, and on this busy Sunday it did not disappoint. The cream of crab soup was more like porridge and lacked and taste of cherry, but it had plenty of crab and was sufficient enough for everyone to get a taste.
Next time I will call ahead to confirm we are not seated in the bar.
Unfortunately disappointed that we used opentable to reserve our spot but the restaurant didn't have the reservation. We were seated at the bar area in a 4 person table with 5 seats. It was extremely loud and cramped. The steak ordered medium rate was medium well at best and tough to eat. The serving staff was spectacular, just a shame everything else wasn't.
Apps were very good. Others enjoyed their meals. I would not recommend the tilapia that I had. It didn't taste freshly cooked. Our server was absolutely fantastic. She was happy, friendly, patient and efficient. We had 5 children and 3 checks and she kept everything straight even though parents did not sit next to their children. Hostess was very helpful getting us a table for 10 on short notice and keeping us informed regarding when we'd be seated. Overall a very good place and we'll definitely go back again.
We love going to Rafael's. Tonight was no exception. But we were seated in the bar area which on this night was very noisy. I wished I had requested the dining room.
But Rafael's has great fresh food. Try their breakfast on the weekend or their 1/2 priced burgers on Tuesday
The food was very good. Unfortunately we were sitting on the bar side which is very noisy even in the early evening and we had a table right near the kitchen. We will try it again but more so just for fun and appetizers or maybe outside seating… To be continued
We were first seated in the bar which was extremely loud. Asked to be moved and had to wait quite a while to be seated in the dining room even though it wasn't full. The dining room was fine, The food was good. But service was very slow. It didn't appear to be the servers, but the kitchen. Then again after we got our check we never did see the waitress. Waited and then left cash and left as we were going some where else. Overall the service needs to improve.
The crab cakes were very good. The rest of the meal was not very good and the 'special' fish tacos were terrible. The dish sides were a pile of white rice fir the tacos and uneatable roasted potatoes for the crab cakes. The carrot cake was second-rate and likely made by a commercial baker. The waitress seemed impatient.
Went for 12N Lunch on a Wednesday with a group of friends. Restaurant was extremely busy every table in dining room was occupied. 1 waitress handling entire dining room did an excellent job. Constantly filling drinks, checking on everyone. There was a long wait for food, kitchen was slow/overwhelmed with crowd but waitress keep us occupied and gave us a sample dessert at end of meal to make up for wait. Food was worth the wait - excellent, and served hot.
Went to Rafael's on a date with my husband. We enjoyed the apple and goat cheese fritter that was very good but my tuna was ok. It was supposed to be seared ahi tuna but it was closer to medium rare. The amount of tuna was generous. My husband got the crab cakes and said they were very good, more crab then fill. Enjoyed the deck in the back.
Nice restaurant, the food was overall very good. The service was sufficient. It would have been nice if we could have been seated away from the bar with our 80 year old parents. The young hostess didn't seem to concerned that we were unhappy. Mondays are a great night to visit as meals are 1/2 price and discounted bottles of wine. Over all a good place and a great value.
We've been to Rafaels before and like their food. We also have used Opentable to make reservations at this place. For whatever reason our reservation did not make it into the book. The hostess was no help and did not seem to care that there might be an error. I made the reservation on 2/11 for 2/14. So there's no reason why we could not get a table. We stood for 25 minutes with hopes that a table would open but that did not happen. We know that the service can be a bit dicy, but after this last time, we will look elsewhere.
I reserved for a large group a week before, and I was initially worried about accommodating everyone, especially on Valentine's weekend, but they were very helpful! I even had to call the day of and add a few more seats, making it 15, and it went smoothly! The guests were able to be seated a little early, as it was a surprise dinner. The food and drinks were delicious and everyone had a great time. Many thanks!
Our food was below average. Service exceptional. Band playing was great. Coffee drink was great. Wine list well below average. (pinot grigio was warm as well). I really like the location and that is a small town restaurant. Just cant recommend. Bill was 110 w tip for 2 kids meals, appetizer, make it your way burger and 2 petit 4 pz filets ($24), 1 wine, 1 coffee drink and 1 canoli. Much better around... Try OLordans, Papa Joes, Artisan Wine Co or even the Stable!
There were six adults attending our annual New Year's dinner. Reservations were fine and we were seated in a timely fashion. Drinks were brought quickly. It went downhill after that, as far as service and menu choices. We discussed orders with our server: Three of us asked for the sea bass. One individual ordered a rib eye. One wanted the Seafood Alfredo. Finally, one chose filet and crab. She came back within a couple of minutes to say no sea bass. Other orders were substituted. Then she came back again...no rib eye. A substitute was offered. One change was to an order of Seafood Alfredo. Overall, the food was good; however, one order of Seafood Alfredo was mixed up and not done. The lady had to wait another 20 minutes for her meal. We've been to Rafael's several times for New Years and on other occasions. Our experience in the past has been better. It's hard to fathom why the food ran out and took so long with just 3 tables ordering. Having reservations ahead of time one would expect better preparation. There is no excuse to run out of any food items with your limited menu...very disappointing!
Two main factors must always be present when you can describe a restaurant meal as good, very good or great; 1) Drinks cannot be empty and 2) Food has to be delivered correctly. Our server was scattered and didn't even take our drink order until we sat there for 10 minutes. There were plenty of servers so staffing is not an excuse. After our order our drinks sat empty for long periods of time as well. Then to make matters worse, they delivered one meal to the table and left as if to get the rest of the food. 10 minutes later (after the original meal sat and get cold they brought the other food which was also cold. To end the evening they left the check sit waaaaaaay too long. I had to run the server down and loudly get her attention in order to get the check paid. Terrible experience for my family who wonder why I suggested Rafael's....
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