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“Excellent evening”
Review of Rata

Rata
Ranked #15 of 257 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Balmain, Australia
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“Excellent evening”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

We had the absolute pleasure of dining at Rata last night. The restaurant has a great feel to it with energetic knowledgeable staff, a modern dining/bar area (love the forest wall), good music playing and most importantly fantastic food. Had the octopus small plate, kingfish & mussel starter & then the share plate of blue cod with sides. All dishes perfectly done, fresh tastes with lots of flavour without being overdone. Great wine list as well which is priced well. We thought Rata was reasonably priced for the quality of the meal. Would highly recommend to anyone!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Dubbo, Australia
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“immaculate food”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

I will be short and sweet, great atmosphere, ate the green lipped mussels, and lamb rump, tasted great and recommend the sides. The service was fun and polite. My number 1 restaurant of all time for food.

  • Visited February 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Can't wait to go back!”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Started with cocktails at the bar which were delicious. The menu is varied and everything sounds yum!
Everything we ate was superb and delicious. Even Josh cam out for my husbands birthday and chatted.
All in all a fantastic restaurant - relaxed atmosphere, excellent service and food. Spot on Josh and Fleur. Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Visited January 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Lovely food, really nice place”
Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

The food here lives up to its reputation, complimented by great service and nice decor. Highly recommended

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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“Worth it!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We recently visited Rata after much deliberation since it opened. We had heard various feedback about small meals and pricey BUT found the opposite and we absolutely loved it! We have been twice. First time sat at the bar on an early Sat evening. We felt a bit out of place in our shorts and jandals but the bar staff were so friendly and made us feel super comfortable and at home. Pimm's in a jar and Apple Valley Riesling, yum. Great recommendations and would sit there again and again.
Took overseas visitors for dinner and again, we LOVED it! Profiteroles are amazing, you must try them. When the mains arrived, one of the party sneered at the amount of venison on his plate. By the end of dinner, he was raving and stuffed! Don't judge it by quantity as it is the best quality. And it is more than enough. We had beef wellington for two, venison and lamb. Venison hands down the favorite. We can not wait to go back...Thanks Rata!

  • Visited January 2013
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