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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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Rating summary
  • 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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We just had a wonderful dinner at Rata which is hidden away off Ballarat St in the heart of Queenstown. The service was friendly and attentive but not over the top. I booked a while ago and mentioned it was our wedding anniversary. We were greeted with "happy anniversary" and led to a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We just had a wonderful dinner at Rata which is hidden away off Ballarat St in the heart of Queenstown. The service was friendly and attentive but not over the top. I booked a while ago and mentioned it was our wedding anniversary. We were greeted with "happy anniversary" and led to a great table. Highlights included the "bites" menu... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent restaurant by any standard. Attractively decorated, well located on the edge of the town centre, great wait staff and brilliant imaginative cooking. We only managed a main course each and a shared cheese platter as food is rich and the serves generous. I had the Cambridge Duck and my wife had the Lamb. Both were outstanding.... More 

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Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

An excellent lunch on a winters day with very attentive staff, I was so pleased to have shared my birthday with friends and family from all over NZ there was 15 of us and we had a good time.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

This was one of the highlight meals in our 10 day stay in Queensland. They have an excellent set 2 course / 3 course menu which is very reasonably priced. THe service was fantastic and we had a delightful waitress Laura from Edinburgh. Had the best green tea mojito have ever had and the desserts were amazing . We enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Great venue. Largish group of 12, so we had a selection of tasting plates to share, followed by melt in the mouth lamb.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We booked a table of 10 based on reviews both here and other sources. We were not disappointed. The food and flavors were excellent. A lot of focus on local produce as you would expect. Presentation was amazing. The wine list complimented the food perfectly, again with a strong local influence.. The staff were very friendly and knowledge in both... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

I must say from start to finish some of the best service in Queenstown. Food was really tasty and unique. A bit over all the pouring dishes maybe stuck in a time warp a bit. Every table and nearly every dish came with a pour of something. Try something original next time. The Resturant floor was ice cold in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

Having eaten in many fine places around the world, this is up there with many Michelin starred establishments, at a much lower price. Service was top notch, not over the top, but very professional and informal. Good atmosphere and the lamb dish I had was amazing (and I was brought up on a sheep farm!). Absolutely delicious and good value

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Without sounding like a bit spoilt I have eaten in a fair few top end restaurants. This is up there. the reason is it is excellent food for a good price and nice staff. we had the al a carte dinner, shared a starter and the sharing meal, a slow cooked lamb shoulder i still salivate over. the wine list... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Really enjoyed my meal here with friends, in town for work. Great mix of smaller and normal sized entrees, I had the salmon and enjoyed the mix of flavours, and for the main the venison was divine - plates were interesting when they arrived, great range of flavours and textures, but nothing distracting from the main event. Dessert was good... More 

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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 $29
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 $29
  • 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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