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Rata Restaurant

) #11 of 186 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” (61 reviews)
“beef wellington” (115 reviews)
“cheese roll” (31 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 yesterday

Outstanding food and service,totally different food compared to what other restaurants offer. Must try dishes are Treacle bread plus cheese selection. Genius...

Thank Espress080
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love the food here went on work function had a good mix of staters to share and I liked all of them. Mains are fair portions for a high class restaurant not the nibbles you sometimes get. Dessert a little unimaginative usual chic pudding, cheese...More

Thank robhG903UP
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yes it's our last night but Rata hit it out of the ball park. Service like a well oiled freindly machine. Then the food... from goats cheese to cheese roles a modern and could say better version. Followrd by blue cod for both of us,...More

Thank nick e
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Incredible night of food & wine! Beautiful venue and a fantastic event to experience whilst in Queenstown.

Thank RissBrown
Reviewed 3 days ago

From the moment we entered the service was excellent and then came the food ..... Meals were presented beautifully and loved the choices. Husband had pork belly and I had Venison and then finished off with a delightful carrot cake and then they surprised me...More

Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were recommended this place by two separate people. The inside is attractive, the service was attentive, and they had an ample wine list. However, the food portions were very small for the price. We consider ourselves "foodies" and this place just missed the mark...More

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 6 days ago

I am not a big fan of chef chain restaurants, but this one did really impressed me. It took a bit longer than expected to get the food, but it was worth it. Go for the bites - they are amazing and strongly recommend the...More

Thank lorand_papp
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was out second visit, and again we had a perfect experience. The booking and reminder service is tremendous and in busy Queenstown its so important to know that you have a reservation secured. The menu is just perfect and cater for all tastes. Our...More

Thank karsten_m_hansen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Defies the common conception of fancy foods being in small portions! This place is not pretentious, beautiful presentation, gorgeous decorations, super friendly and helpful staff!! Highly recommended especially for date night!!

Thank vtc950
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an absolutely amazing meal - one of the best we've had in a long time. Perfect flavour combinations and very attentive staff. The special was Beef Wellington for two, which was so so good. Will definitely be back when next in Queenstown.

Thank Gregsternz
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there a dress code?
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
Do you have gluten free vegetarian options. Eggs are fine.but no fish meat or poultry. thanks
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$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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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