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European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

GReat location ,amazing chef, fabulous service fine dining.Went for a my best friends birthday at lunch time.

Thank Anda57
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am not sure what all the hype is about with this restaurant. We were advised that the oysters were in great demand and limited supply was left and based on this we ordered a dozen of them. They were nice but I have had a lot better oysters in New Zealand before. The price was up there for them... More 

Thank GVPAustralia
New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked to go to Rata for my husband's 60th birthday and it was a very memorable experience. This is fine dining at it's best and was perfect for such an occasion. Although we had got a confirmation for 6 people, when we arrived they had it down for only 2 but they quickly and efficiently sorted it out without... More 

Thank Pippam333
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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Queenstown is not short on fine restaurants. Rata serves up great seasonal local produce from their backyard. 3 of us ordered a combo of 'Bites' off the menu; clams in a delicious creamy sauce, beets with goats cheese, treacle bread with smoked butter and oysters - enough for a great starter. mains we ate the venison, and pork belly. Pork... More 

Thank jks110
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Five of us dines for lunch, we were all delighted with our meals, the flavour was lovely, the service attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommend.

Thank DelwynJC
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Was a quiet weekday afternoon, probably missed the crowd. Love the ambiance. Staff were very friendly and helpful when we asked for recommendations. Had the seared lamp rump for the main, in love after the first bite. A must try!

Thank Joseph Y
Tauranga, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place, service was great, the food was delicious, everything was cooked to perfection, the flavours were amazing. The wine list was interesting, we enjoyed a bottle of Orange wine, I believe it is called Little stomper from Tongue in groove. Lovely dining experience shared with valued company. Thanks.

Thank ExplorerGG
Rangiora, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic long lunch, very much enjoyed the Mahi Mahi course. The Veuve Clicquot Champagne was well enjoyed. It was so nice to hear about the history also.

Thank tonganKaty68
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good value for money for their lunch time set menus. Kids friendly. The calms were excellent! Juicy and big! Risotto was slightly overcooked but stil good. Will come again

Thank tiankyv
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went to Rata whilst on holiday for a special occasion dinner. The food was amazing but the wait staff had a bad attitude and made us feel rather unwelcome. I don't know why but we felt the waitress over serviced the table next to us who were having wine with all their courses and looked down on us because... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $31
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 9393
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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