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Rata

Travellers' Choice award winner
$$$$
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
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12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Maui
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had great service and the presentation was fantastic. Would go back for a glass of wine and an appetizer but have the main meal someplace else

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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here with family for a birthday recently and it was beautiful. Such a nice setting inside, wait staff were lovely from the moment we went in. The menu was specially printed for that specific day. The cheese rolls for a starter were divine, I had steak for main which was so nice and soft & definitely order one of... More 

Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Atmosphere was good and service was very good. Food was nice. Price was on the high side but you'd expect that for this level of dining.

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I got a great deal on bookme.com. We received a starter, main and desert for $50pp. The service was perfect! Staff were respectful, friendly and helpful. The food was VERY good! For a starter I got the special which was a tata with wasabi. It was absolutely beautiful - I thoroughly recommend. The smoked fish was also... More 

Beijing, China
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow, a great restaurant in Queenstown. Our favourite meal after three weeks in New Zealand. Good service, good menu and wine selections. The smoked salmon app was delicious and the mains of both the pork belly and the lamb/sweetbread were incredible. Definitely a must.

Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I had dinner there, and it was an amazing experience. The food is outstanding, the wait staff highly trained, and the decor lovely. A very elegant evening. Truly a destination restaurant. We had the special for the evening, a beef Wellington, and it was magnificent. Highly recommend.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is hidden away off Ballarat Street and has no view to speak of, but if money is no object, you should come here. The ambience was very relaxed and we were looked after by Taylor who was most professional - if a little formal! The special item on the menu was a sublime Beef Wellington. We selected wine... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A memorable meal for a memorable occasion. well presented and imaginatively created - flavours and textures out of this world. WIll be back next time im in the area - worth a trip just to eat there.

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rata is owned by Josh Emett, a Michelin rated chef. The food is simply scrumptious, beautifully prepared & presented. I highly recommend eating at Rata!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was greeted nicely and with my reservation I was seated immediately. I found I only had a drink menu so I went to the wait station where the friendly waitress gave me one and stopped by quickly to take my order. The tea infused gin cocktail with honey was a good beginning. I ordered the profiteroles since they had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 30
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 9393
Description
Rata is a collaboration between internationally recognised Michelin starred & New Zealand Masterchef judge, Josh Emett and highly regarded local restaurateur, Fleur Caulton. Their company, Mayfare Limited, is fast becoming synonymous in New Zealand for creating genuine dining experiences that are contemporary and inspired.
'Uniquely Southern', Rata takes inspiration from the Southern landscapes and everything that epitomises New Zealand. The decor uses influences from the Otago scenery mixed with modern industrial elements and reclaimed & repurposed vintage items to create a uniquely contemporary and welcoming dining room.
Queenstown's cooler climate lends itself to Josh's love of slow cooked dishes and robust flavours, the discipline of his Michelin star background and that of Executive Chef Chris Scott who
heads up the Rata kitchen, ensures elegant well-balanced and inspired cuisine that always showcases the best of regional and seasonal produce.
The wine list proudly showcases wines from the Otago region and afar with a large selection of wines by the glass to give the diners variety, and match easily with the style of food.
Rata is a relaxed eating-house with a neighbourhood feel, excellent service and exceptional food. Located discreetly away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown, tucked alongside heritage buildings with several dining spaces perfect for lunch, dinner and casual grazing.
Rata is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy award winning and genuine Southern hospitality.

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