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European, New Zealand, Gluten Free, Contemporary
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43 Ballarat St | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic meal and great service. Had the beef short rib feast. Big serving and cooked to perfection. Service was excellent with friendly attentive staff.

Thank ukants
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The service is excellent . The wine list is well conceived and the selection is very interesting, although it is short on good affordable wines. The food is simply brilliant. The starters were all very memorable : the seared tuna, the smoked eel, the sirloin with sweet breads and the bread loaf with smoked butter were light, tasty and delightful.... More 

Thank Nabil K
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a meal here with another couple. We first had a drink at the bar which the service was quick and friendly. Our service at the table was fine, there were a few things that our waiter could not answer but went away to check etc. The food was lovely and we all enjoyed our meals. It was a... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The minute you enter Rata you know why it has so a good reputation. The short menu is focused on local products with a great wine list. The staff is attentive and knowledgeable.

Thank EliseStephanie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a modern renovated restaurant. The food was excellent. One thing to highlight is the Bluff Oyster, very tasty, juicy & 100% pure New Zealand. Although we only stayed in Queenstown for a few days, we really want to come back for a second visit and try the other dishes on the menu.😍

Thank Charlene H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place with lovely decor. Friendly staff, great cocktail and wine list. Entrees were delicious although very small. But they did say "bites" on menu but despite their size they were packed with flavour & simply delicious! Would definitely make a reservation for dinner next time!

Thank HatcherClan
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful Meal at Rata. The food and service were impeccable. The kids menu was also great. Look forward to visiting again next time we are in Queenstown.

Thank Ninermack
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was absolutely incredible! I came with my best friend as a treat for her birthday and it was perfect for a special occasion. Our table wasn't quite ready when we arrived but we were taken care of very well by the bar staff until it was available. We had tasters, entrees, mains and a cheeseboard - I'd highly... More 

Thank Sophie R
Werribee, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Rata for a dinner for 100. The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. Given the size of our group, they did an amazing job getting the food and drink out. The atmosphere was cozy and generally a great space.

Thank Kathryn T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well presented and quality produce on a plate. We had 3 kids in tow and they were welcomed to this fine dining establishment. Can't wait to take them back there.

Thank Moghseen J

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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
$15 - $29
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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 St | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9348, 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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