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“Great food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rata

Rata
Ranked #27 of 51 Coffee & Tea in Wellington
Cuisines: Cafe, New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Wellington, New Zealand
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82 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Dined at Rata one evening before the special "bug week" talk. Food was excellent - well above expectations. Service good too.

Visited April 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Wellington
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

The total atmosphere,friendly staff,the outlook, food,The profiy goes into helping the environment and there is a herb garden ,much recycled by composting.

Visited March 2014
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new zealand
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72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Lovely Food & Service in Stunning Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Yummy food & excellent service. A great place to re-fuel before or after a walk in the sanctuary, or even for it's own sake.

Visited January 2014
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious food in Zealandia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

Rata café is part of Zealandia, but can also be visited without visiting the Sanctuary (although we recommend doing so - it was a great experience). The café offer indoor or outdoor seating overlooking the sanctuary (including shelter from the elements if required). Great experience to see Kakas performing aerobatics overhead while sipping on a latte!
We found the menu to offer a good selection at a reasonable price, and included vegetarian/vegan and kids options.
The service was friendly and efficient, including making sure the kids were looked after :)
Food portions were good/generous and looked appetising. Most importantly they tasted delicious!
We shared some of each other's plates, and were especially impressed by the salad - yum!
Coffees and shared cakes, then off for walk.
Definitely recommend.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“New menu and sofas make all the difference!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

This cafe is one of our locals and has always been a scenic and friendly spot for a coffee, as it forms part of the stunning Zealandia Sanctuary complex. Since introducing a new menu and comfortable sofas, it has become a favourite dining destination for us too and a place that we would readily recommend to locals and visitors to Wellington.

The new menu is creative and caters well to all with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options that are well worth ordering. Try the vegan creamy mushrooms and leeks with fried bread! We find it great value too.

It is also one of the easiest places to go with children in central Wellington, with toys, activities, high chairs, kids menu, good toilet and nappy change facilities and helpful staff. They also run story time sessions from time-to-time too, which are a hit.

Even if you aren't visiting the Sanctuary, you can still go to the cafe...and there is great parking right at the entrance or take a short bus trip from the middle of the city, then a gentle, 5 minute walk, or a flat 20 minute walk from the top of the Cable Car.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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