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“Rata was the highlight of our trip to Queenstown”
Review of Rata

Rata
Ranked #15 of 266 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $31
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed October 27, 2012

We had heard about Rata and being from CHCH thought it was time for a spoil. Every aspect of the restaurant was perfect. The setting wasnt overly formal, there were plenty of attentive staff on to help at any time, and the ambience was lovely.
We started with a ginger mojito which was divine. Nice to have an authentic, lovingly made cocktail. We then enjoyed a couple of 'bites', we had the wagyu beef which was to die for and the goats cheese profiteroles (out of this world!). Beef wellington for the main to share with almond broccoloni and new potatoes. Seemed like an old fashioned choice at the time but ive never had anything like it before. A tasting plate of desserts ended the meal perfectly, the salted chocolate caramels being a highlight. We thought for the volume of food and drink we consumed the price was fair for such and outstanding experience. 10/10! Cant wait to go back to Queenstown to go again

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Thank Sam S
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was truly a great dining experience. Josh Emett does not disappoint. The food was fresh and innotive. The oysters ans sashimi were a highlight along with the wine list.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

On our first ever trip to the South Island my wife and I plus the other 8 in our party were really looking forward to our visit to Rata and did't have long to wait as we went on our first night... and OH what a great night.... The atmosphere was buzzing and we were made to feel right at home by our waitress.... chose a nice selection of great Pinot Noir's from there extensive wine list and then the food started to flow... Great option to have either 'bites' smaller starters to share or 'starters'... I had the clams (bites) which was awesome and my wife had seared kingfish with mussels (starter) which she said was amazing.... i left myself space as we had ordered the Beef Wellington to share for main which ended up being the envy of all on our table and for good reason it was out of this world good.....

So good in fact in tempted us back for a further taste of great food and wine and a cozy table was what we were offered... Great food once again - both started with the duck consomme with wild mushroom tortellini (wicked) and then glazed Pork Belly (me) and Poached chicken breast with chicken liver , asparagus and chestnuts... both dishes where amazing...

Can't wait for our next trip to Central Otago and this place with again be top of our list...

Excellent value for money too and a great wine list for those who enjoy a good drop :-)

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Thank Sgmay
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Having been there a few times, we always find the service fantastic, love the food, quiet conversation impossible due to poor acoustics, are shocked at the bill at the end of the night.... And afterwards still feel like a fergburger to avoid waking up at 4am with hunger pangs...

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Thank Capehorn2
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Had high expectations and Rata delivered but just. Great feta profiteroles with rata honey, a tender beef Wellington but the highlight was dessert, a raspberry cremaux that was spectacular. Service from the Maitre'd was excellent but the table waitress wasn't up to the same standard. Great wine list and good atmosphere - well worth the visit

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Thank Simon W
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