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“Special Occasion”
Review of Rata

Rata
Ranked #22 of 285 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$28
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 17 July 2015

My family enjoyed a meal at Rata. The ambience was lovely, food was delicious. We ordered the profiteroles which were tasty (I could have eaten a dozen of them!). the pork belly also was outstanding, the meat fell away and the crackling was so crunchy. it was a little expensive, but for a special occasion, it was worth it. My only criticism was that service was slow, and as we had children we had to forgo dessert as they were getting cranky.

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Reviewed 17 July 2015

Great food and lovely cocktails.
Good service from barman and staff.

We didn't have a booking so sat at bar but it wasn't an issue as the barman was very attentive and provided some great recommendations.
Oysters were wonderful so has second lot for desert!

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Thank Andrew L
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Immaculate service and divine food. Definitely suggest the cheese profiteroles and the lamb! The only negative to highlight is that wine was $16 a glass which was very disappointing/strange considering cocktails cost $18-20.

Thank Alex M
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

The food at this resturant was great, it was extremely rich however that worked. The service was good!

Thank AliceMcDermott
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

Our visit to Rata was a total 5 star dining experience - the best we have had yet in NZ. From the minute we were welcomed at the front of house to the time we were farewelled we had a wonderful evening. The wait staff were friendly and efficient but not 'in your face', the food was superb and a wonderful fusion of flavours and ingredients - for the mains I had the trumpeter fish and my husband had the duck. Starters and deserts were excellent too. A wonderfully memorable eating experience for my birthday - thanx Rata

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Thank christie267
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