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Rata

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43 Ballarat St | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Rata is a collaboration between internationally recognised Michelin...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent quality

Sat outside on a lovely day Jan (2014) day for final treat before our flight out. We made our way through a 3 course tasting lunch and every course was superb. While it was a quiet lunch service, the service was excellent and friendly. If its consistently this good I would put this up against... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Sat outside on a lovely day Jan (2014) day for final treat before our flight out. We made our way through a 3 course tasting lunch and every course was superb. While it was a quiet lunch service, the service was excellent and friendly. If its consistently this good I would put this up against any top restaurant anywhere. We... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wow what an absolute incredible culinary experience shared by the whole family. The shoulder of lamb was delicate and flavoursome. The pork dish, included melt in your mouth pork belly, crackling crackle and a delicious chop. The duck with breast and confit leg had an amazing sauce and was cooked to perfection. The wagyu beef Cheeks were sumptuous and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Unbelievably good from goats cheese profiteroles to start through to the salted caramels to finish. And plenty of high quality in between (beef cheeks and tuna tartare my favourites). Cheque is reasonable given the quality and occasion. We spent $300 (including tip), but didn't miss out on a thing!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Absolutely delicious food, very creative associations and presentations. Excellent service, very effective yet personal and stylish. Very pleasant setting and atmosphere. Expensive, nevertheless very good value for money.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent place to eat while in Queenstown. The setting is very much in keeping with the Queenstown area and has a lovely cosy ambience. The food is interesting, tasty and sophisticated. We had the goats cheese profiteroles and the octopus for starters and they were both truly something quite special and unique and I rated them a... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by some locals we got chatting to. We made a reservation on the day and when we arrived an hour early, we happily sat up at the bar and talked wine with a very knowledgable and helpful batman. The team that work here were a pleasure to watch - smooth and efficient. The good was sensational... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This restraunt created some of the most delicious food ive ever had. The beef wellington is incrediable. The service throughout the night was excellent . However i was with 10 friends and combined we spent about $1600 on dinner. when we went to pay the front of house girl who said her name was candice was the most rude person... More 

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Perfect place for lunch. The value (at $38 for a three course meal) was excellent and the quality of the food is magnificent.

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Maitre d suggested we move to a quieter table following entree and mains (which were very pleasant) to enjoy a cheese platter and dessert wine. We were impressed by this offer as we were sitting by a large noisy table. But it then all fell apart as we were totally ignored by the wait staff despite our attempts to... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We sat at the bar, great experience, awesome staff and delicious food. We really enjoyed our visit and will definitely come back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 43 Ballarat St | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 9393

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 to 27
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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