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Travellers' Choice2018 Winner

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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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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
US$15 - US$29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday

Us: mid-60s couple. First visit to Queenstown (& New Zealand). We wanted an upscale experience for lunch one day in early/mid February, 2019. Everything was fine, but we just expected more given the other ratings.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank HonorableRich
Reviewed yesterday

Had dinner with a group of friends and we were all very impressed with Rata , excellent food and great service.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Robert Z
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really amazing food and wine here. The service was lovely too. It was a bit special without feeling pretentious. Would recommend booking in advance, to avoid missing out!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank cPanda999
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Everything about Rata is beyond expectations- ambiance, staff, wine selection, decor, but let’s get to the food. Each dish was presented beautifully, was full of fresh, complex and perfect pairings of flavor and texture. As good as the apps and starters were, my main dish...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Maine1234
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved Rata Beautiful Food quite small portions for the price but worth experiencing the menu . We were told Josh Emett was the Chef who owns Rata but he doesn't actually work here anymore he now lives in Aukland .

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank suemac91
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Booked this a month ago as we knew it had a good reputation. The welcome was immediate and we were shown straight to our table with drinks and food menus given. The drinks list is extensive and fairly reasonably priced. Ordered one bite, one starter,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank julieT7016KK
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were brought here as a final evening of a three-week tour of New Zealand, and our host promised it would be worthy. It certainly was. The ambiance, the service and, most important, the food was excellent.

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank melsays
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anne and I and our adult children has just had a great time walking the Hollyford. We needed a meal to celebrate our return from the wilds and for us, Rata really worked! We had a big round table for the six of us. Can't...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Chrispy5311
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a great experience at Rata, food was lovely and the people and service are amazing. It is a fine dining restaurant with a relaxed kiwi nature. The meals are simple but elegant and full of flavour. I highly recommend Rata. If you like...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank faye_stirling
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service with an interesting menu. Not every dish hit their mark but in general, we enjoyed ourselves.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Response from Emma B | Reviewed this property |
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12 August 2018|
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Response from 512sallyr | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately. Wine is by the glass though, as well as by the bottle.
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Response from Aussieflyers | Reviewed this property |
A big fat no.
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