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Rata Restaurant

) #13 of 189 Restaurants in Queenstown $$$$ European, ,
43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“profiteroles” (62 reviews)
“beef wellington” (122 reviews)
“cheese roll” (36 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
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 today

Before we talk about the food, here's a few things to note: 1. Reservation is important. It can be very busy on weekends. 2. A great place for a meal on special occasions. May not be great for families with young children. 3. Not sure...More

Thank stubbyytoes
Reviewed 2 days ago

Looked to be inhabited by those tbat read reviews and believed it was the place to dine - as we did.

Thank Heidi L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Started our evening with the Rata honey and goats cheese profiteroles which were intricate and sensationally delicious. A must to start the evening. Followed by the speciality Beef Wellington. What can I say. Advisable to wear elastic pants. Lol. Don't eat all day if you...More

Thank D P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I met for dinner with friends here on our stay. We had dinner at a few contemporary restaurants on our stay and I would have to say this had the best food. It has a great atmosphere and the fit out is...More

Thank CoryandJoc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful laid out restaurant, top notch wait staff. Had oysters for entree and they were beautiful. Beef Wellington for tea was beautiful and well worth the wait. Night was made with top notch service!!!!

Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Rata tonight on our Queenstown visit. Attentive service and prompt delivery of meals and drinks despite the restaurant being full. We had the confit chicken terrine to begin, followed by the venison carpaccio and lamb loin to start. For main we ordered the...More

Thank Hannah W
Reviewed 1 week ago

heard lot about this restaurant and it stood up to its reputation great meal, good value and great product and can be a Michelin star restaurant Keep up the good work guys

Thank lovetravelling83
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is Josh Emmett's restaurant and lives up its reputation and then some! Lots of things on the menu I wouldn't eat but the Beef Wellington (not listed on the menu because they only provide it when they have the best beef) is to die...More

Thank JohnSames
Reviewed 1 week ago

A taste sensation with great service! Everything about this Rata we love, hence why when we come to Queenstown it's a must for us. The food is incredible! The setting is beautiful, fine dining and really relaxed atmosphere.

Thank HonestFoodies
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got a reservation for early dinner at short notice. Struggled to decide as everything looked great. Food was so good, as was the service. Great for a special night out.

Thank jen101Auckland
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Questions & Answers
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 :)
kam s
26 January 2016|
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Response from mj2105 | Reviewed this property |
Hello Kam I am sure you would be best to ask them directly. Most restaurants these days do really good Vegetarian and gluten free but I can't answer your question. it is wonderful and hopefully they will provide what you are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
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
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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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