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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After quiet a long wait we finally got our mains. The fish was very good. The angus beef was perfect. Desserts were very nice as well. Not cheap at all but had a nice evening.

Thank gaétan d
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Discovered this restaurant recently, and can say that it's my favourite restaurant in Queenstown (and almost anywhere in NZ). Two of us went there for a business dinner. We sat outside for a drink, as we were a little early for our booking. The restaurant was very busy, but they didn't hurry us. We ordered three of the "bites", including... More 

Thank Tr4vellover
Wanaka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The last time I dined at Rata, it was a relatively new restaurant and I thought it was excellent. This time, however, there were 6 of us and it wasn't as great as I remembered it. The service was good and the wine selection excellent, but I would rate the food as very good, rather than excellent. Still regarded as... More 

Thank Sally A
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The restaurant was nice and the staff were friendly, however I wouldn't say the food was anything fantastic. We had a set meal with tapa entree's, main meals and then tapa dessert. At the end I was still hungry and got more food from the hotel I was at. The entree's were interesting and different, however the main meals were... More 

Thank ArmyAimz
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had long delays in getting our food and unfortunately my wife's pork belly was dried out and the skin was not crackling. I would say the experience was not what I expected for the price.

Thank Mark S
Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is not those fancy ones, though the food is excellent, the ambience is relatively causal... not those proper fine dining environment. Food is excellent and service is good. The restaurant is located in the city center but it is not that easy to find the entrance.

Thank Tsui K
Parker, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of Queenstown's upscale restaurants, well-suited for a special occasion. The presentation of each dish, the service, and the wine were all excellent. The food itself, on the other hand, was good but not exceptional. The average rating is based on the quality of the food preparation relative to the tourist prices. The atmosphere is contemporary and inviting,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The group had the 38 dollar set 3 course lunch. Service was great and the food was simply delicious.

Thank Don V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here is great. Me and my husband decided to come here as a treat for our honeymoon. We did have to book in advance a few months before hand but was totally worth it. A few people from work recommend it. It is very expensive in terms of our standards but you get what you pay for and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service and beautiful setting. The slow cooked lamb shoulder was delicious but not amazingly cooked as we had expected given the hype. Otherwise a lovely dinning experience...

Thank Clinton K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$30
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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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