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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/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 397
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    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fantastic finish to a great journey

After traveling the South Island for 2 weeks and already having plenty of culinary highlights Rata stands out! The 2 of us shared a starter of veal carpaccio, 2 mains of cod and venison finished by a goat cheesecake with honey ice cream...Everything was refined, cooked and presented to perfection... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Gandalf050
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Shanghai Region, China
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Shanghai Region, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

After traveling the South Island for 2 weeks and already having plenty of culinary highlights Rata stands out! The 2 of us shared a starter of veal carpaccio, 2 mains of cod and venison finished by a goat cheesecake with honey ice cream...Everything was refined, cooked and presented to perfection. Rata is fine dining in a very relaxed but contemporary... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Perfect for a special occasion and $30 lunch set menu is a must. Wine, food and service were fab. Definitely returning!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Rata's menu is filled with delectable choices, extensive wine list and fine bar amidst an ambience while fitting for its locale would be simpatico in Sydney. . My appetizer (bites) of seared Wakanui sirloin was off the charts and my main of pan fried blue cod was flat out the best sea food dish I have eaten anywhere (I am... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The set menu for lunch is a steal at 30 NZD for a beautiful 3 course meal. For appetizers my husband had the salmon which was super fresh and had unique flavors. My chicken salad was juicy with interesting Thai flavors. For mains I had this fresh pea risotto and my husband thought the lamb rump was divine. Setting was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Queenstown is considered by many to be a young people's tourist city, with adventure sports and tramping trails abundant throughout the area. Excellent burgers and backpacker meals are plentiful and good. But Rata and its chef, Josh Emmett bring a fine dining dimension to this part of the south Island, with a classy atmosphere, good service, and a menu that... More 

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Bonsall, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We go fly fishing in Queenstown every year for the last 6 years. Rata is the only restaurant we go to twice during our 8 days in Queenstown. The food and service is outstanding. This year at our first dinner in town, we found that Rata had temporarily removed the Beef Wellington, their signature dish, from the menu. We talked... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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118 reviews 118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Finally made it to Rata after 4 or 5 work trips to Queenstown - well worth the wait, the place was amazing, great décor and atmosphere. The choice of music was spot on as well. The food here lived up and exceeded my expectations, the Trumpeter Crudo (raw fish) with watermelon was excellent. My main of blue cod was stunning... More 

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Broadbeach Queensland
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34 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We went to Rata on the recommendation of our tour guide and were not disappointed. The ambience of the place is consuming in itself. Great variation in the menu selection, an extensive wine list and attentive service all made for an extremely satisfying experience in one of the better restaurants in Queenstown.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I went here with my wife and two kids , we only booked the table an hour before we arrived but this was just luck as the restaurant was nearly full . A nice French waiter looked after us , the food was great as was the service and they catered well for my "fussy" 8 year old son. The... More 

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33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We were recommended to try Rata both on Trip Advisor and from our concierge. We were so happy too. We got there early with only a few people there, but within half an hour the place was packed. Our waiter was very helpful and all his recommendations were spot on. We would recommend the Kingfish appetizer, the heirloom salad and... More 

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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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