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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” (65 reviews)
“beef wellington” (138 reviews)
“cheese rolls” (53 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM 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 4 days ago

Had the cheese roll and the swordfish for starters, the gnocci and the merino lamb for mains, and the lamington and the cinnamon oysters for dessert. Everything absolutely perfect! Cannot fault anything... beautifully cooked and presented very well. Our server, Isobel, was excellent. There when...More

Thank Kathryn O
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited alone without a booking and was seated at the bar. Made some great new friends while waiting for service, but when those friends were served their mains and i hadn't yet been shown a menu it dawned that staff had forgotten. "I thought you...More

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Seriously can not fault it. We got shared starters. They were beautifully made and so pretty. I’m not one for taking photos of food but I wish I had. All the food was great. The service was excellent.

Thank Tonkinnz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant without a reservation, it would be too stupid to pass this opportunity. Lunch is surprisingly at the same price range as other tourist places on the water front. Interesting choices like squid risotto, pork belly are quite good. Rata...More

Thank bigboy61455
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I read the recent reviews and were looking forward to our Rata experience. Sadly it just didn't deliver. Sure we had a great table along the back wall but both the food and service was lacking. The $45 set lunch looked good...More

Thank Aspen4me
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you didn't know where to go to find Rata you would be missing out on a top shelf restaurant. Up the alleyway and then into a 'special place' Here for an anniversary weekend in Queenstown, this was one of our delights in dining in...More

Thank Rob R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Faultless from arrival to departure Fist question from the waiter was if thrrr were any dietary requirements. My wife is gluten free (net celiac) and staying away from peanuts (not allergic). She was presented with a menu with a few notes where accommodations could and...More

Thank McTravel73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here while on vacation in Queenstown. A bit surprised at the stringent reservation policy (holding credit card - $100/pp penalty if you cancel inside 24 hours). Food was good, the swordfish sashimi was a bit bland. Butter fish was good (all 3...More

Thank Dana A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my birthday dinner at Rata, great service, amazing food. We had the $85 feast menu and everyone was happy with the variety in the menu and we loved that we all got to taste the different dishes. Would definitely dine here again.

Thank Deirdre O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent setting, attentive staff, and an amazing menu. Everything we tasted was delicious and so creatively prepared. The food literally melts in your mouth! We tasted a variety of local Otago white wines by the glass throughout the duration of the meal. It is such...More

Thank nzhuus
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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, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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