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About The Rafters

Welcoming, comfortable, and serving outstanding New American cuisine highlighted by unique game offerings, Rafters is Mammoth's go-to spot for late night entertainment and the place to really sink into the ski (or hiking & fishing) resort culture. A landmark since 1967, Rafters is reborn as a world class restaurant.

202 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Daily:
7 AM - 2:00 PM Breakfast & Lunch (Winter/Summer peak seasons)
4 - 6:00 PM Happy Hour (All day Thursdays)
5 - 9:00 PM Dinner
* Lounge open until at least 11:00 PM, up to 1:30 AM weekends/peak seasons

Cross Street:
Sierra Nevada Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 934-9431

Website:
http://www.therafters.com/

Entertainment:
Rafters is The Spot for live music in Mammoth (Fri & Sat nights)!
Bingo Monday night, Karaoke Tuesday, Thursday all night happy hour

Public Transit:
Free Trolley and Bus transit available directly outside on Old Mammoth Rd

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Graham

Private Party Facilities:
Smaller groups of 15-50 can also be accommodated in one of our private side rooms. For specific details, you may also reach Jess at jk @ thesierranevadaresort.com or her assistant Alyssa at extension 315 or as @ thesierranevadaresort.com

Private Party Contact:
Jess Karell: (760) 934-2515 ext. 312

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Rafters Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.4

service

3.3

ambience

3.4

value

2.9

Noise

Moderate

68% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (34)
Notable Wine List (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (29)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Kid-friendly (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Romantic (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Great for Brunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great for Lunch (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Live Music (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had reservations for breakfast this past Sunday 10/1/17, hoping to watch some football. We got there at 10am, I think an hour after they opened. There was another family of 5 sitting in the lobby, and I looked around for a hostess, but could not see one anywhere. There were two separate parties sitting in the dining room, and 2 people sitting at the bar. We waited a minute or two, still no help or waitstaff in sight, then we walked towards the bar, and the bartender said, can you please go back to the waiting area, I'll come get you in 5 minutes (he was drying some glasses). The family of 5 said they were told the same thing 5 minutes ago, they had to wait to be seated in an EMPTY restaurant. That was a very bad sign, as I imagined the service would be terrible in the dining room. I walked back to the bar and asked if we could just sit there, and the bartender said there would still be a 5 minute wait. WHAT??? Never heard of that before. We decided to leave (and so did the other family of 5) and go elsewhere...to the Liberty Sports Bar down the street, which had great food, 9 TVs with all of the different football games, and GREAT service. No wonder The Rafters was empty. BAD SERVICE. The bartender was not apologetic, pleasant, or kind. He did not care one bit about our business, so he, for sure, did not deserve our business or tip money. NO THANK YOU.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I like this place for large groups, picnic style seating and lot's of food. Great service and very popular in the Atlanta area....

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Went in to eat after the Mammoth Food and Wine event. The price point was reasonable for some really delish food! They had a Rib Eye Special, and the cut of meat was huge and at a low cost! Cooked perfectly! Also had a wedge salad, which was ENORMOUS!!! The sides and appetizers are also quite a good, and more than enough to share. The Brussel Sprouts were excellent! Since there were six of us, we had quite a choice of food, and all was tasty. Highly recommend!

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Great classic in town! Good food and good service. It's nice to feel like you're in a mountain restaurant. Great ambience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our waiter was so wonderful! Mother's Day Brunch was perfect. LOVED the eggs Benedict with spinach. Hollandaise Sauce was excellent. Free Mimosas on Mother's Day for mothers! Loved it! Will be there next Mother's Day for sure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We went for breakfast on Easter. Breakfast restaurants are limited in Mammoth. Food was warm at best. Bloody Mary had no tomato mix in it. Service was iffy. This was the third time that we have dined at Rafters over the past few months. Each time it was off...either food was ok and service was poor, or service was good but food was not. They seem to have trouble serving the entire party at one time...even with only three people.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 29, 2017

I arrived at the appointed hour of my reservation to find that the restaurant was closed for remodeling. Obviously this isn't a knock on the restaurant. But OpenTable should try to figure out how to avoid such glitches in the future.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Do not eat here! Rats were running across floor ...3 other tables saw them and waitress just ignored us when we told her. Disgusting place...we should have walked out but we were desperate in mammoth on holiday weekend...sick to my stomach even though most of us didn't even eat by the time food finally got to us...horrible...should be shut down...disappointed with opentable for having this as a participating restaurant

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Very disappointed with the food but felt lucky to get a reservation in mammoth on a holiday weekend. Thats's the sad reality of the town. I had the duck $33.00 = awful!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Nice to have a one stop shop in Mammoth - decent food and some live music with dancing later. Walk or Bus easy access and away from the Village.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Casual, Live Music, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2017

The staff is so, so amazing. The sommelier is awesome, and recommended an amazing bottle of wine. We were so disappointed when the food came. It just wasn't that great. For the price especially. We have eaten at many fine restaurants, so maybe we're too picky. I hate to even write this because the staff was so great. Maybe they can get the chef to up his game as I would go back for sure.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2017

The food was excellent as agreed by all 6 in our party. The service however was painstakingly slow. We generously attribute that to the restaurant being short-staffed that day. Perhaps two or more waiters did not show up. But our real problem with the restaurant was had a reservation and upon our timely (5 minutes early) arrival we still had to 15 minutes be seated and then were given (unknown to us at the time) the worst table in the restaurant when many others were available. The problem with our round table was it was next to the bar area and on the side of the large and quite impressive fireplace in the main dining room. But being on the side of the fireplace gave us no view of it and most importantly we received no heat from it. The latter point is important as across the bar area there was a side door to the outside patio that was constantly opened either by kids playing or patrons coming and going or leaving to smoke. In the middle of winter this creates an almost constant draft to our table. It was incredibly unpleasant. We even asked if the door could be kept shut to stop the draft, but nothing was done to alleviate the problem. I mentioned this to the hostess after our meal but she seemed to have not even understand that the table is in the worst part of the restaurant, at least during the winter. If you go, ask for a back table away from the bar -- unless you can get one of two tables right next to the fireplace.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Food inedible with many menu items unavailable. We will not return and highly suggest you avoid at all costs.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2016

I don't think there has ever been a worse restaurant. Waited 1 hour for our drinks and almost 1:20 for food. Oh, and they brought the appetizers and main courses at the same time. This place is a disaster.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2016

It was pretty bad. We hadn't been there for a while and decided to give it a shot again. We were seated in a back room that was bright and freezing. They were also out of a lot of food. Won't be going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2016

I think our waiter was a little stoned. After he delivered our food, it took him an hour and 40 minutes to come back to us. Yes, an hour and 40 minutes. The management took a little off our bill.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We have eaten at Rafters many times over the years. They are oneof the top restaurants in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This time we did a flatbread and burger started by chili and a salad. Yummy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Nice bar and restaurant atmosphere. Delicious food and wine. Overall, a good bet for a ski resort restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2016

We made our reservation for 2 pm and they were closed. They told me they didn't work with OpenTable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2016

They were a little short staffed, but our server was excellent and so was the food.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2016

The menu was very limited. Service was slow despite having only a few tables occupied.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2016

My wife and I enjoy finding new places to have a memorable and delicious dinner, and since we booked a ski trip to Mammoth lakes I decided to give this place a closer look.
We were not disappointed and enjoyed every minute of our stay in the restaurant. The music was very nice and appropriate for San Valentine day, we loved it!.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2016

when you go to mammoth over Xmas getting any reservation is a surprise. we lucked out and got into Rafters. Third trip there over the past two years. Nice menu, lovely decor, but LOUD.

we sat and ordered within 5 minutes due to two large parties about to order. literally within 5 minutes our food (main course first) arrived. um, where are our appetizers. oops, they whisked away our main courses and brought out the app and salad (wrong salad whisked away and replaced immediately). they redid our mains when we were ready.

very nice wait staff, but you could tell that they were tired after 10 days of being slammed.

a bit pricey for what you get. but we will go there again.

very nice bar scene from what i could see.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2015

Really disappointed for what was to be a special night with my family and friends.
Happy New Year :(

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 (Yosemite)·Dined on December 27, 2015

If you go here do not eat the filet mignon. It's fried. Yes. It's fried not grilled. Tastes horrible and $$$$$$

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 27, 2015

Memorable. We have been going to rafters for years. Our first date was there almost twenty years ago!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2015

Must have been something in the air that night. Service was ridiculously understaffed considering it was Christmas week. They were out of the majority of things you wanted. Ended up with an appetizer cause that's all that was left.
Sad.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 22, 2015

Went to this restaurant for breakfast since it was next to Sierra Nevada Resort and was pleasantly surprised. The service was good and the eggs benedict were better than most. Quick and easy.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 21, 2015

Service was not too good. Drink glasses were always empty and server never smiled. Special was prime rib but they had no horseradish or au jus. Salmon was excellent but the sides were not very good. It was a little pricey for what we got. Wouldn't eat here again

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2015

Went with a group of 6. The menu looked delicious. I had ordered soup and salad. Unfortunately the soup was a bit too salty but everything else about it was perfect! The waiter offered other suggestions, and took it off the menu. My boyfriend ordered the lamb - looked great but the beans were a bit under cooked. Everyone else's burgers were great - the grilled cheese with pork was fantastic! Side note- wish the wait staff knew who the food went to rather than auctioning it off tableside.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2014

25 minutes for drinks, 35 min for bread. They didn't have many menu items. Service was random, food mediocre at best. Too bad the place used to be pretty good. Hoping it comes back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2014

Service was very nice and food when it came was excellent, but took an hour from ordering to entree. We had a group of 10 and it was a fairly busy (but not full) night, and the resulting dishes were excellent. But hard to keep everyone from getting restless for that long. Some follow-up from the servers or manager while waiting might have made it less so.

Consistently high levels of food for Mammoth though!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2014

I'm always a little nervous when a waiter memorizes my order...details can easily slip the mind and this time was no different. I don't know who didn't do what, but two of the four orders came out wrong. My steak was luke warm, my son's was rare (he ordered it medium well), one of the items on the desert menu isn't really offered and the coffee was room temperature.
Our waiter was very nice, and mostly embarrassed, but for these prices I expect a better meal with less mistakes.
I definitely won't be returning.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2014

My partner and I went for breakfast, the sign said seat yourself when we got there. We waked down to the tables and saw a family sitting there eating. The waiter sees us and says sorry guys we're actually closed. When it's a slow day we close. So we were sent away and ate somewhere else.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2014

Got there and they were having some strange mardi gras night. Fixed menu and we got stuck in some back room that smelled like the rafters of an old house.
We had a drink and went to Chart House

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 25, 2014

We were there for an event with speakers and slide shows; our table was terrible for that. After eating we moved to the back room which was empty and had a great screen. We felt it could have been utilized much better for people there for the event. The service was mediocre at best. Thursday night Happy Hour is the best time to go to Rafters.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 10, 2014

Happy hour special until 7 is great for food! Pork belly and clams dish was fabulous. Everyone loves the burger too. The mixed drinks are a bit weak, so I recommend getting beer or wine. Fun bar scene after 9pm with live music on weekends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 30, 2013

We had the most fabulous new years diner at The Rafters. They were very accommodating and the food was amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 25, 2013

I had lamb chops and my husband had steak, they were both better than Mortons! We come up here four times a year and it's always a great place to eat.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2013

We have been here several times. The food was fair but over priced and the service was awful

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