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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 441
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  • 150
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  • 55
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  • 27
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  • 7
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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
Wonderful

What more is there to say?!?! This was one of our best meals our entire trip. The service was great, cocktails were delicious, and the food was excellent. Definitely lives up to their reputation!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
SunFun1856
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Virginia
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Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

What more is there to say?!?! This was one of our best meals our entire trip. The service was great, cocktails were delicious, and the food was excellent. Definitely lives up to their reputation!

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Singapore, Singapore
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66 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We had their affordable 3 courses set lunch (think it was $30 previously but increased); it's not crowded at all during lunch, which added on to a more pleasant dining experience. I think their menu / offerings change frequently; mussels for starter, sea bass as mains, and ginger/date pudding with vanilla ice cream as dessert. Highly recommended.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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186 reviews 186 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

A return visit for us and it was worth it. This was an excellent night. A warm welcome, even without a booking. Table service was both professional and friendly. Great knowledge of each dish and a lovely manner put us at ease. We started with the Goats cheese profiteroles w Rata blossom honey. There are 6 on the plate and... More 

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Auckland
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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A recommended choice for our special 30th wedding anniversary. Booked a week in advance as I had heard it fills up quickly. The restaurant is a little hard to find, the only street signage is a tiny silver on silver plaque on a commercial signage board on the street so Google maps was needed to get us there. It's behind... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

we ordered the blue cod , it was tasteless and mushy . Very disappointing .Very difficult to stuff blue cod up , if fresh .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

WE decided to eat at RATA as we had heard it was an excellent place to eat with a good reputation and twice we had tried to eat there by walking up and both previous times we were turned away as they were full. This time we booked using the web site which worked well and was reconfirmed with a... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

As always, the food was excellent across all three courses. Flavours well balanced and textures interesting. Apart from my bread plate being whipped away while I was still eating, wait staff were exceptional. Informative, helpful and unobtrusive. The chefs are skilled, however behaviour was different from when Helen was in charge. I didn't appreciate seeing the two male chefs poke... More 

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London
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21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

After a 4 days trekking, we were after some decent grub. Rata's flavours just about sent our hiking soaks asunder. We were all very happy with the place. I had the venison, but the choice (I hear!) was the lamb. Melt in your mouth sort of stuff. The waiter was attentive, but not intrusive and friendly without being smalmy. The... More 

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Young, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Interesting menu, fantastic service, great wine list - by the glass options plentiful and funky interior

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The set lunch at $30NZD was a steal. My fiance and I tried everything on the set lunch menu and they were all fantastic. The salmon was simply phenomenal!

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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

  • Cuisine: Contemporary
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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