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The Rafters

3.4
94 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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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
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Phone number
(760) 934-9431
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeremy Graham
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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
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Private party contact
Jess Karell: (760) 934-2515 ext. 312
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sierra Nevada Road
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Public transit
Free Trolley and Bus transit available directly outside on Old Mammoth Rd
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Entertainment
Rafters is The Spot for live music in Mammoth (Fri & Sat nights)!
Bingo Monday night, Karaoke Tuesday, Thursday all night happy hour
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
What 94 People Are Saying
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3.4based on recent ratings
3.3
food
3.4
service
3.3
ambience
3.1
value
Noise · Moderate
44% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This restaurant was closed. Not sure why

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very disappointed in our meals. Pasta dish very dry, shrimp flavorless. Prime rib tasted like an overcooked steak. Baby back ribs chewy, far from fall off the bone. Mashed potatoes good. Salads good, but we didn't know they were family style. Server was very nice.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I recommend the wedge salad.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Went here on Easter not realizing it was a special buffet menu. Being vegetarian, we weren’t sure there would be a lot of selection but we were pleasantly surprised. Also, when we discovered that the vegetarian pasta dish on the menu had been changed to a pasta dish with meat, the waiter asked the chef to make us the original dish listed on the menu. Good deal for the price.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our experience was exceptional. Seated quickly and although busy, we did not have any waitstaff issues. The food is stellar here. I had the Bison short-ribs...what are they marinated with??? Absolutely divine. Have you seen the TWENTY ONE page wine-list? Our 7 person party had oysters, salads and most of the entrees...everything was truly delicious. Go ahead, make a rezi and enjoy!

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It was a Wednesday night and we had a reservation and they told us before we were sat their computers went down they were catching up and food was taking 40 minutes. We understood and were ok with that but they were completely understaffed and after 20 minutes with no water or a waiter to greet us we left. They should have stopped seating if they couldn’t handle it.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I left a lousy review a couple of years ago when our waiter disappeared for 90 minutes. Literally. Service has been good since, and food is good.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great wholesome food!

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our experience was not good. It was freezing inside. We all wore our ski coats during dinner. The food took forever to arrive. We were about to walk out when it finally came out about 50 minutes later. Order was wrong on multiple accounts. Waitress was very nice but they were clearly understaffed. Food was mediocre. Will not be back.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

It took a while to get our food. The waitress was great, the food not so good.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Back in the day, it was a nice place. Desperately in need of an update. Also, the menu offered shrimp linguini but the dish arrived with spaghetti. Minor point perhaps, but it's easy to mention the change or just change the menu. Ordered a double Macallan's and received a double Dewar's 12 YO. If you don't have Macallan, just say so. The salmon was nice.

Bottom line: I see why it was the only place available for a reservation.

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1.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It took 90 minutes to get our food

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Bad food, bad service and expensive for the kind. Sorry, but not going back

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Great menu; fresh choices; good service; nice ambience

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2.0Dined on January 3, 2018

waitress was good, but the hostess and bartender were ridiculous as if they had never done their job before.
was not busy and they could not handle the simplest of tasks.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Waited 15 minutes before even being greeted by the hostess, who then had us wait 10 min for a specific table even though there were 5 open tables we could see. We had a reservation. For was alright, but the service was slow & disorganized.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was pretty slow and food was so so but our wine was great. The sommelier was very informative

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Don’t waste your time. Service is amateur and food is average at best. Complete waste of money.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Mediocre food. Staff tried to be friendly but was clearly unorganized and understaffed. Was it a surprise that there’d be large demand during the biggest holiday week of the year?

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on December 26, 2017

We Didn’t receive the food we ordered, the food was not prepared how we ordered, when we asked to correct we were told it was what we ordered and was prepared how we asked..... overpriced and poor quality all the way around, we won’t go back

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Superior Christmas Eve dinner... good food, great service, cozy wirh roaring fire.

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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 2, 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....

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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