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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“profiteroles” (65 reviews)
“beef wellington” (126 reviews)
“cheese roll” (37 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:00All hours
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Awesome service, lovely warm ambience in the dining room. All our food was Devine and very tasty. We will be back

Thank Dylz13rota
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were really looking forward to Rata due to all the excellent reviews. We booked ahead before leaving home so we wouldn't be disappointed. It's a little difficult to find as it's tucked down a laneway behind interesting historic buildings. The Rata definitely has a...More

Thank Ellemay
Reviewed 4 days ago

Having eaten almost at every mid ranged restaurant in Queenstown we decided to splash out and go top dollar so we booked into Rata. This is a Josh Emmett restaurant, the food was excellent as was the service. The only complaint is that they allow...More

Thank Chainsawversustree
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went as a group and had a set menu which was served as share plates. I can honestly say that everything we tried would have made an excellent meal on its own. Stand outs were: Bites Rats treacle bread with maple butter Goats cheese...More

Thank Travelbug238
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with a group for a dinner on our first night. Food was great, service was good (although meals did take a long time to get to us - around 45mins for entrees).

Thank EmmyLou85
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved our dinner. Quiet, yet there was a good atmosphere. Very friendly staff who know their menu. Good sized portions.

Thank KylieLinforth
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had lunch at Rata they have a set menu two or three courses. We chose two courses main and dessert and weren't disappointed. We both had the blue cod very delicious on Israeli cuoscous and the chocolate dessert very decident. Well worth the experience...More

Thank travelfurtherafield
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our Rata experience, they accommodated for coeliac very well and went out of their way. The food was exceptional and the ratios are perfect. Cannot wait to return on my next visit. The staff were amazing, which is what made my experience so...More

Thank Priya P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous meal on a recent visit to Queenstown with a great wine list that showcases the South Island. All dishes were superb and beautifully presented. One of the best meals we have had anywhere. Separate vegetarian menu much appreciated by the non-meat eater in the...More

Thank Calum Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been in the Rata two times already and I have to say that one of the best lunch you can have in town. Small menu but enough choice to be happy, 38$ for a 3 courses menu what a great deal, and the...More

Thank Clement M
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29 August 2017|
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Response from 2016Love2Travel2016 | Reviewed this property |
Don't think so. I didn't see a kids menu.
29 October 2016|
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Response from Janelle G | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual would be best, I'd think no shorts out of respect for the elegant setting & immaculately dresses wait staff - enjoy :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
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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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