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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Lovely contemporary decor with a strong nod to the natural world, with a forest view mural, natural exposed wood and stones featured. Our server was patient with explaining the unusual menu, and enthusiastic about the cuisine and wines. She was exceptional. The food was DELICIOUS. The concept is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely contemporary decor with a strong nod to the natural world, with a forest view mural, natural exposed wood and stones featured. Our server was patient with explaining the unusual menu, and enthusiastic about the cuisine and wines. She was exceptional. The food was DELICIOUS. The concept is for small bites to share. Then mains, sides, and feasts. We had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and service here at Rata! This is our second time here but I'm sure we will keep visiting overtime we're in Queenstown :-) Food is perfect, our waiter was very good at his job, highly recommended! Tips: Rata is tucked away behind a little alleyway between two bars/restaurant on Ballarat Street, quite easily missed but worth the effort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great staff who accommodated us arriving early and were very helpful. We were intrigued that they had all been trained to pour wine in a very elaborate way. They were helpful and led us to new wines. The food was really excellent and the atmosphere was formal but pleasant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Totally amazing food . All dishes were beautifully presented.The atmosphere was inviting and staff were although young, very professional and made our experience superb. Def the place for the fine dining experience in small portions. Not the place to refuel after a day's snowboarding!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

From our carefully mixed cocktails to the delicious cheese and port, our whole experience here was fantastic. We were served by a very professional charming lady called Laura, who made our experience even more than just a meal. I had the clams with seaweed butter and chilli to start, my partner had the chicken ravioli and both were faultless. However,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Dropped by for lunch as soon as I touched down at Queenstown airport before proceeding onto Wanaka. Loved the quick and simple 2 course lunch. Wish I could've done dinner too! Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were recommended this place and we loved every moment of interaction - from booking, to changing our booking, to eating and then finally leaving, the experience of the staff was excellent. The food was amazing - we had the Beef Wellington, which is only served for 2 persons at a time. The cheese roll starter was just enough and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Food Food Food and presentation AMAZING, Anyplace that Josh Emmett co owns is like gold, he is the GOD of food. Eating here is like no other experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Excellent restaurant, from a celebrity New Zelander chef. Great food, amazing atmosphere, I had such a great time there. The service is impeccable – the waiters are very young, but very professional and make you feel very welcomed. A very nice option for a more sophisticated meal in Queenstown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I booked Rata after reading a good review in the Sydney Morning Herald. The restaurant exceeded expectations. Service was wonderful, attentive but not intrusive and the food was delicious. I enjoyed every morsel of my three courses. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Additional Information about Rata

Address: 43 Ballarat St | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-442 9393
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
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
Average Prices: USD $15 to $28
Cuisine: Contemporary

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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 $15 to $28
  • 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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