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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“profiteroles” (96 reviews)
“beef wellington” (130 reviews)
“smoked eel” (17 reviews)
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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

RATA is a Chinese restaurant. I don't know why Josh doesn't just serve dumplings and hire Chinese staff. If you want a Kiwi experience then run for the hills. RUN.

Thank rdonald
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food was pretty tasty but not outstanding and the service was bad. My waitress knew nothing about the wine list, didn’t know where the fish was from and couldn’t describe several dishes. I had to flag down another waitress to get my previously ordered glass...More

Thank kindofmel
Reviewed 5 days ago

Rata is probably the best restaurant in Queenstown, albeit it is not cheap. It has a modern and inviting atmosphere with a nature elements inside. Great menu and friendly staff. Although we sat at the bar, we felt part of the restaurant and actually could...More

Thank Vitalie_vt
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited on 12 December for a friend's birthday. Only having 90 minutes due to a later commitment wasn't a problem with bites, mains and dessert all in timely manner, including a special surprise which went down an absolute treat. Our wait staff, Skye, Hannah and...More

Thank richardmY4496WU
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined at Rata for a special 'zero' birthday and have to congratulate the chef, wait staff and maitre'd on a truly magnificent evening. The meal was terrific - we had a shared beef wellington which was huge, really tender and very flavoursome. The lemon macaron...More

Thank PGR912
Reviewed 1 week ago

Weekend for 2 down in Queenstown, no kids this time, went to Rata, what a wonderful experience. Online, I checked out the menu, not too much to grab me, but once there decided to try a couple of new things, including the Beef wellington, so...More

Thank GuyserJ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely loved Rata, and returned for a second night on our 5 days visit in Queenstown. It s by far the most refined place in town and the food is lovely. We loved the scallop special and the beef main! Starter are also super...More

Thank deedaming
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm so pleased we made a reservation for Rata. I would have to say it was the best meal during our trip to New Zealand. The dishes were inventive, flavorful, and beautifully presented. They were very accommodating to my dietary restrictions (gluten free/dairy free). This...More

Thank Amanda J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We slipped into Rata after walking the half marathon on a Saturday. The menu was inexpensive ($28.00 for two courses) and of excellent quality. My angus beef was tasty and tender and my friends also enjoyed their mains tremendously. I finished off my meal with...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner here. The food was well cooked and presented. A feast for the eye and taste buds! Everything was above average. Definitely the best dining experience we had in Queenstown. Save some room for dessert. It definitely is not to be...More

Thank JenJenE
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30 August 2017|
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Response from jen101Auckland | Reviewed this property |
I think it depends on your definition of kid-friendly. There were well behaved children on the night I visited. It is definitely not a place for children to run around, complain or tantrum- no kid's menu. It is more a grown... More
29 October 2016|
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Response from Janelle G | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual would be best, I'd think no shorts out of respect for the elegant setting & immaculately dresses wait staff - enjoy :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 15 - USD 29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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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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