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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%
Travellers talk about
“profiteroles” (66 reviews)
“beef wellington” (132 reviews)
“cheese roll” (44 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll 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 2 days ago via mobile

We had to go twice to Rata during our one week stay in Queenstown. It was a little difficult to find but tucked away behind the popular Pig and Whistle Hotel it was easy to remember. Every rush we had was superb and the wines...More

Thank MaurTee
Reviewed 3 days ago

My son and I dine at Rata once or twice every year during our annual fishing trip since Rata opened. The service is excellent and staff are very helpful and friendly. The food is excellent, from hors d'oeuvres thru desert. The Beef Wellington is outstanding....More

Thank GoodyTravels
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is on the higher end of dinning establishments in Queenstown and it is worth every penny. I had the best lamb I've ever had in my life at Rata, cooked to perfection. I actually never knew lamb could be that good! We ate at...More

Thank brace01
Reviewed 5 days ago

Amazing restaurant with delicious food, service was superb. Presentation for each dish was excellent.

Thank 8pugs
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fresh regional ingredients are transformed with a light touch into delish and innovative dishes that satisfy on many levels. Wine list is extensive with lots of reasonable options. Definitely try the octopuse and goat cheese profiteroles. The crayfish ravioli was also a great selection.

Thank Franca M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Absolutely one of the best Restaurants i've ever stayed. The quality of the food and wine was amazing and the service did a perfect job. At the end of the evening the bill was much lower than we expected, so it gave an amazing end...More

Thank Maximilian B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided on this place for my boyfriends birthday dinner. The reservations I had made fell thru, thankfully they were able to sit us up at the bar. Which was so cool to watch the kitchen in action. This place really cares about each dish and...More

Thank Sadie K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rats is in a convenient location and has a good ambiance. We had to complain about the poor choice of music. Hearing a loud back beat and no melody does not fit a high priced restaurant. It just forces everyone to talk louder and raise...More

Thank Compuvideo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant definitly lives up to the hype. The food, service and drinks were all fantastic. This was among the best meals in Queenstown.

Thank Blaw10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely vibrant restaurant Staff young smart friendly and efficient Restaurant design and layout excellent and difficult to choose from the menu as all dishes were appealing What we chose was first class and definitely the best we had in Queenstown Wine list...More

Thank Martin D
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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
  • 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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