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Rata Restaurant

$$$$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” (64 reviews)
“beef wellington” (127 reviews)
“cheese roll” (37 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

Very tasty bites. We had the beef tartare which was amazing and the goats cheese brioche. The shared beef ribs were to die for!! Definitely worth it!

Thank Wahwah1805
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had lunched at Rata previously when holidaying in Queenstown, & as we were wanting to experience Queenstown's finest restaurants, we couldn't go past Rata as one of our choices. We definitely weren't disappointed. I started with cured salmon, horseradish sauce, apple & beetroot, hubby...More

Thank SouthernFoody1957
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a function on a conference at Rata which we had entire restaurant. Three courses meal with every meal option on my table of 12 had same attention to detail, beef for main delicious,lemon curd desert great way to finish meal. Would love to go...More

Thank sari g
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My partner & I went for the Lunch Special..choice of a 2 Course for $29.00 or a 3 Course for $39.00 we did 2 Course, did Entree & Main, all 4 dishes were Devine. ..& so cheap!! Highly recommend.

Thank angelinewelch46
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food was good and the service was excellent. Really enjoyed the tuna and lamb starters. Good wine list.

Thank Yuvania N
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice overall. Excellent service and the food was very good. Atmosphere was very modern and eye catching

Thank Zack P
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were a party of 7 who were from the USA and Taiwan for vacation. After having the lamb rump here, many proclaimed it to be the best lamb dish they've ever had. Even the few who didn't usually eat lamb liked it. We started...More

Thank reviewer2011
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is nice! We celebrated birthday in the restaurant. Their dessert is great. Met Mr. Josh before leaving. The price is moderate and acceptable

Thank yyingchew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite not sharing any of Queenstown's gorgeous views, Rata has pleasant surroundings/atmosphere. Lovely food and an extensive wine list. Very good, friendly service.

Thank Mihalku
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food but Wine far too expensive.Maybe easiest way to make money is through the wine?? The service was great but having such rules on booking very sad and having to supply all details well! Not that secure with all staff movements you guys must...More

Thank David H
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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$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, 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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