Rafael's Restaurant

3.9
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120 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
What 120 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JudyC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here and the service is always great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our experience was great! Staff is amazing and food was delicious. Only thing I wish was different is that they had their regular menu on Valentine’s Day. They had a special menu which was good but only 2 choices under $30 and you could only order from the special menu. Food was still delicious as always!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Spent Valentines dinner at this downtown Westminster delight and had a wonderful time. My wife and I have lived in Westminster for four years and have never tried Rafael’s and were wonderfully surprised.

The restaurant was clean and well decorated. The tables provided plenty of room for the three of us and the tables were decorated nicely with tablecloths.

For such a busy night the waitress was very attentive provided exceptional service.

The food was delicious and for me one of the best deals in town. I recommend the prime rib!

We will be back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great our waitress serenity was excellent charming and friendly . Would Recommend!

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vipLarSter
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked online via OpenTable and received a confirmation, however the hostess was not given the information, and did not have it in her logbook. Fortunately, there were tables available. The food and the service were great. Definitely will visit again.

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Dundalkdonna
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch!
I love the homemade chips.
Our waitress was the best.

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Carol
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We had reservations to meet our friends for dinner. We were seated in the bar. We questioned why we were not seated in the dining room and were told there was a private party in the dining room. The bar was extremely noisy and we would not be able to talk above the noise. So we left. Would not have made reservations to sit in the bar. Think Rafels should have called us to tell us the dining room was booked

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food quality is good. The speed of service was horrendous. We were sat at 530pm and finally out at 7:15. There was three of us and we ordered three cold sandwiches.

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DallasD
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Have eaten there a number of times and have always found things very nice if a little pricey. Have even given gift certificates for Xmas. Lunch menu lacked anything of interest. Had to have a burger. It was made with meat loaf mix and I couldn't finish it. Was seated in the bar and was noisy. Waitress was attentive but soup, salad and a burger took a long time to come. Will probably not go back.

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vipRichardC
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always quick and always good. We eat here often and have never been disappointed

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LOCALRESIDENT121
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was awful. All 4 dinners were ok at best. If we go back we will stick with burgers. Forgot our salads and then brought them half way through dinner. Waitress did the best she could and manager comped a small portion but something was night right when she came out shortly after our orders were taken to apologize for the wait. Best part of the meal were the beverages

RC
vipRichardC
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is one of our neighborhood gems. We always get in right away and the food is always Devine.

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vipTerrific
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant service and nicely prepared food on our first visit, prior to a show.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived and Rafael’s did not have our reservation, even though I received text and email confirmations from Open Table. They were able to seat us. The server was very nice. However, food delivery was slow. Our salads were not served until after our main meal and not until our server was reminded that we had not received our salads. Other than that the food was good.

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Doughnut
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great outdoor deck. Lost our waitress...

Rafael's Restaurant
Responded on 14 June 2019

Thank you so much for your review and feedback. We are so sorry to hear that your server did not return. We will be addressing this issue and we hope that this doesn't keep you from returning.

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vipnyretiredgal
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent meal. Starters were the stuffed pizza - it can feed 4 people for a taste and its worth it. The stuffed zucchini blossoms delicately fried with sliced zucchini. Main courses were fish special of black sea bass and bronzini. Both were nicely prepared but the sea bass was excellent. Wines are diverse, not the usual list of California standbys. Be adventurous and get a bottle of Italian wine. We will return.

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vipLoveDiningOut
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is always great here. Employees are friendly. But service is always extremely slow. Need more wait staff.

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Rafaels
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy an evening meal here. Very relaxing atmosphere in the dining room and tasty food as well.

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abcd
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we arrived they didn't have our reservation. The hostess said that Open Table reservations were often lost and I should call instead. They had a table and we were seated, but it wasn't a good beginning. That said, the food and service were fine from then on.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

When we walked in and said we had a reservation, they did not have a reservation for us. I showed them the confirmation, but the hostess did it write the open table reservations in the book. They accommodated us but was not pleased. The waitress was wonderful and made our dinner extremely pleasant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on Valentine’s Day. Amazing!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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Jeank68
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was great. Loved the crab nacho app!!! Our server and the bus person were very attentive. Just a note that when we arrived, they didn't have our reservation that we had made on Open Table. The hostess just shook her head and said "that never works". Fortunately she found us a table.

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JENIFERM
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience2

A little disappointed that it was a selected menu for new years. Nothing on the menu was worth the price. The food was not that good. Not filling

WR
vipW2R137
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The Good: The food was excellent, esp. the appetizers and the seafood entrees.

The Bad: The service was extremely slow! The waiter completely forgot our salads and only brought them at meal end in carry out boxes! And the requested sour cream for our quesadillas didn't show up until the end!

The dining room did not appear to be particularly full so I'm unsure what the problem was with the service.

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Rafaels
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our meal here. Courteous and attentive service. The dining room is cozy and comfortable

JC
vipJoanneC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and waitress were really good. We love the Old Bay chips. The only complaint was the kitchen was slow with the food.

DT
vipDaveT
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We do like Rafael's and dine here often. But twice, now, the hostess did not have our Open Table reservation. Also, a great draw is half price for select entrees on Monday evenings. 4 of us chose from this menu but were charged full price when the bill came. We always tip on the regular price as long as we have good service (we did) Our waitress corrected everything with no problem. Just make sure to check your bill before paying. Overall, a nice place, pleasant servers and good food. We will continue to patronize Rafael's.

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CLARKGRISWALD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a quiet Sunday. Service was sufficient considering we were the only ones eating.
The meals were over cooked. We were a party of three. Softshell crab was ridiculously tiny and over cooked. It looked lost on the oversized roll.
The crab cakes were tiny, tastless and over cooked.im fine with market price but make it worth wild. I had shrimp salad wrap with fries. The wrap was fine but my fries were hard as a rock, again over cooked. This was our 2nd bad experience here with food. It's a shame how it seems the food has went down hill over the years.

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DeboraM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Resturaunt was busy busy. Watch a table walk out.
No one should wait for 3 hours to get their apps and food, on a table for 4!

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vipYipper
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding responsive and prompt service! Excellent Food.

JS
JeffreyS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Dinning very small area. Waitress forgot about us, had to ask another waitress to get our waitress. Wedding anniversary asked for kinda quiet table no luck on that. Steaks we're over cooked. Overall won't be back.

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vipMikey
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rafael's is exactly what one might expect for restaurant on Main Street in a small town. It's not fancy, but it is very comfortable. The main entrance to the restaurant puts you squarely in the bar area, which was pretty lively on a Friday night. The "main dining room" is separate from the bar area by a wall with a glass door in the middle. Our server was new, so she wasn't fully up to speed on the menu offerings. What she lacked in base knowledge, she made up for in enthusiasm ad effort. She was very friendly and was also very attentive to our needs. The menu covers a fairly wide range of offerings and was made up of mostly comfort food items. My wife tried their signature salad and I led off with the summer salad. Both were very good. The menu touted the chicken spring rolls as a signature dish, so we split an order. They were very well done and the dipping sauce was delicious (but maybe a little too sweet). I tried the crab cakes for my main course and was not disappointed. The were all back-fin crab meat with just enough other ingredients to hold them together in the broiler. My wife found her fish tacos to be good as well. The owner of the establishment also stopped by a few times during our meal to see how things were coming along. It's a good place for a casual meal in a quaint location. Its not fancy at all, but they do a good job in preparing the menu options that are offered.

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FrankH
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was wonderful, the staff was very accommodating and friendly, the Ambiance is very relaxed and the food was very good and very nice portions. The only issue I have is that opentable does not inform the restaurant that I made a reservation - The only thing bad about this evening was your web site.

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vipW2R137
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, service, and value.
Only criticism: No single malt scotches! Stock Macallan 12 (or at least Glenlivet 12) and I'll become a regular!

JR
JudyR
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A favorite casual dining spot in Westminster Maryland

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CeilP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met my brother and his wife and my sister for dinner before I left the next day heading back to FL. The hostess was friendly and our waitress was very friendly, attentive and efficient. We took advantage of your 'half price burger' promotion, and all of our burgers were VERY good. Had a great meal and enjoyable evening.

TM
TanetteM
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The Food was great. However, The waiter seemed like he wanted to just throw in the towel. Maybe he had too many tables. I'm not sure if he was sweating due to his size or if it was too overwhelming. I didn't ask. I just didn't leave a tip. Plus my Cosmopolitan was warm.

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vipChuck
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! We were seated at the exact time of our reservation and were promptly greeted by our server. She shared the evening specials and took our drink order. She returned quickly and took our appetizer order. The appetizers were excellent. My wife's cream of crab soup was perfectly prepared and my Caesar salad was terrific. I had the meatloaf with redskin mashed potatoes and sauted spinach and itbwas delightful. The brown gravy was creamy and just the right amount for the dish.it was a good meal and i would recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Rafael's Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 840-1919.

Rafael's Restaurant is rated 3.9 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

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