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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.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
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
Sierra Nevada Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Rafters is The Spot for live music in Mammoth (Fri & Sat nights)!
Bingo Monday night, Karaoke Tuesday, Thursday all night happy hour
Free Trolley and Bus transit available directly outside on Old Mammoth Rd
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
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
Food was basically cafeteria food pretending to be white table cloth. Ordered a grilled cheese (fool proof, this was fine), french fries (some were frozen so obviously out of a package), and a “french dip” (old grocery store bun with charred meat). While we sat at the restaurant for over an hour, we never even received a glass of wine. Saw the waiter twice in the hour. Bad food, bad service. Good place if you’re there for the bar, but I would never recommend eating there.
Kudos to our waiter though who knew the service was terrible and comped one of the entrees without us having to say anything.
Unfortunately did not have a good overall experience. The lady who helped us with our wine was wonderful. She checked on us more than our server. He was pleasant when around, but was difficult to locate when needed.
My husband order the prime rib (medium) and I had the ribs. The prime rib came out first. We assumed my dinner would follow shortly. After waiting about 5 minutes we asked and it finally showed. After my dinner arrived my husband started on his dinner...well done and impossible to eat. We pointed this out and they started a new one after agreeing that it was over cooked for medium. I found the ribs tough and believe they weren’t cooked long enough. It was a fight to cut through the first few ribs. They returned with another prime rib - also well done, but edible. We called it a day and just called it a bad night. I heard the main chef was out and perhaps that was the cause of the issues. They did comp the prime rib and we appreciate their effort to make it right.
We waited forever for our waitress to come by our table to take our order, and then we waited for a long time for our food and drinks. I saw my wine sitting at the bar waiting to be picked up for at least 15 minutes. A busser finally brought all our appetizers and entrees at once, which looked like it had also been sitting. We basically never saw our waitress after ordering. The food was nothing to brag about.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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
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.
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!
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