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Rata Restaurant

Travellers' Choice award winner
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food at Rata is very good, some dishes are better than that, of course, but overall I fail to see what is so spectacular that this place should be so hyped. Three of us dined there for my friend's birthday, and with the special desert they gave her and overall excellent service by our waiter (Tom)... I can't complain... More 

Thank Richard D
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Rata is that rare restaurant that offers a friendly welcome, great service and fabulous food. We were thrilled with our delicious meals. My duck in particular was sensational - it just fell away from the bone. The true surprise was how welcome the 7 year old felt. You don't expect a fine dining restaurant to offer colouring activities. The kids... More 

Thank Monique D
Fairlight, Australia
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

And it was perfect: the staff (although relatively inexperienced IMHO) was very helpful and friendly - the food (we had several bites, the bluff oysters, a few starters and one main to share) terrific and a great wine list with a good European selection next to the NZ ones - would highly recommend and we will be back!

Thank Lieven M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, the food is fabulous. I expected to spend a lot more money than we did, excellent value only wish we had rata in dunedin! Great atmosphere and service!

Thank Bridie O
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have eaten in a lot of restaurants all over the world and this would rank in our top 3. Staff very attentive, food was out of this world! I had the duck and my husband and son had the eye fillet. Amazingly big flavours and presentation. Book well in advance though as they don't over book so this ensures... More 

Thank Lizzieyogi
Menlo Park, California
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Michelin ranked restaurant turned out to be a great evening out for my husband and me. We had a late (for us) reservation at 8:30pm. We were seated at a nice table by the garden. The interior is modern, with interesting sculptures and an open seating plan, bustling but we could hear ourselves. We had a friendly waiter who... More 

Thank Diane F
Papamoa, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

the style of the restaurant & the ambience didn't seem to fit the michelin star experience for me. it ws noisey, the staff were dressed casual & there was no table cloth. i thought rata would have been dripping with attention to detail & staff making clients comfortable. the food & wine was excellent but i left feeling a bit... More 

Thank sefjam
Columbus, Ohio
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just wanted to recommend this spot to all. We enjoyed our meal very much! Easy to book a few weeks earlier online. Thanks to all!

Thank wheelchairkitty
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152 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A pretty unassuming restaurant with a great menu and fantastic staff. We had a great meal recently while visiting Queenstown for dinner. Book ahead to avoid disappointment! There are daily specials for dinner which sell out quickly, so get an early table if you can.

Thank GeorgeParam
Toowoomba, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant had the most amazing food. Great staff and attention to detail. Worthy of all the fantastic reviews I read

Thank tracyg20162016

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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
US$15 - US$29
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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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