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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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273 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Rata is a posh-ish place that a person feels good going in to. I was by myself but I didn't feel unwanted (which often happens). I liked being waited on, and having three nice courses, each course set out prettily on the plate. This restaurant has a serene ambience to it (until it gets full, then it's a boxful of... More 

Thank Pixiehat
Wahroonga, Australia
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great feel this place. Try a selection of bites you will not be disappointed, great Fresh flavours and a little bit unusual. Mains are a step up and really enjoyed the lamb feast great flavour. Lastly the cheese selection is superb. Best restaurant in Queenstown after trying 4 others.

Thank IJC238
Gold Coast
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442 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were a big group of 43 eating from a limited menu. The food and the service was exceptional. They handled our big group very well. Everyone was happy. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank Yvettesaf
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After receiving a recommendation from friends in Auckland to "make sure you dine at Rata in Queenstown" we booked for Valentine's night. From the time we arrived, we were suitably impressed. The service was first class and the food was exceptional. We ordered the Beef Wellington - one each - a very large meal but you just had to finish... More 

Thank Bruce O
Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went as a group of 4, and everything we ordered was superb. The menu was creative (a lot of classics with a twist), but not overly fussy or fancy. Definitely start with the treacle & rye bread and the goat cheese profiteroles!

Thank GotMilkanie
Sydney, Australia
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140 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was great to experience some great new flavours when dining at the Rata Restaurant with a friend. I had been travelling the north and south islands of New Zealand for several weeks and was growing tired of the same old foods, without any originality in flavours or presentation . We both ordered the cured Mediterranean salmon for our entree... More 

Thank Geoff B
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is my wife's favourite eat in QT & this visit was just as good as the previous ones. The Goats cheese profiteroles are excellent and we could eat dozens of these !! Service it top shelf and the atmosphere of the restaurant in general deserves its accolades can't wait to go back again !!

Thank linoparrottino
Malvern, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From the moment walking in to leaving I was treated with the up most exceptional service, food was perfect. Every dish on point. Chef Kei is a great friendly guy, him and his team gave us an amazing experience, highly recommend Rata to everyone. If the clams are available when you're there, it's a must have!

Thank Toddy27
Romsey, Australia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner at Rata. Their menu is great modern New Zealand cuisine and service is amazing. Ambiance is great and we really enjoyed our meal. Some of their desserts and dessert cocktails could make you drool! Enjoy if like fine dining!

Thank Lesleigh M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a return visit and was so good we returned the following day again for lunch. The food was outstanding and the staff gave fantastic service and were extremely knowledgeable about the wines they were serving. This is my go to place for lunch whenever I am there. I highly recommend it not just for the food but for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 30
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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
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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