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43 Ballarat Street | 43 Ballarat St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
+64 3-442 9393
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“profiteroles” (74 reviews)
“beef wellington” (141 reviews)
“cheese rolls” (63 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM 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 2 days ago

I have previously only dined at night, so was interested to try lunch at Rata on a Monday afternoon. The restaurant was very quiet, which was fine, and we had a lovely table outside. The set lunch menu was incredible value, at $45 for three...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank KiwiTraveller43
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On the off chance they had a table we popped in Friday 7th Dec Nothing was a problem, a table for two appeared Meal arrives & OMG Bread like we have never tasted Menu just prefect Not too much to get confused Service spot on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank rachel2472017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We've heard mixed reviews about rata but decided to give it a go for our anniversary dinner. We ordered the beef Wellington to share and my partner had an entree to start. The beef wellington had less flavour than a mince and cheese pie from...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank followherstomachkiwi
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good service and decor. Food also great. Good selection of wines. Pricey but not unreasonably so (mains $35~45). Suggest booking online ahead of time at least ~ 3 days prior.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited Rata last Sunday night in a group of 8 foodies and couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience. The service was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. The food was superb - a combination of innovative and edgy (eg whitebait ceviche) and well executed...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank AussieGoodFoodLover
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have looked forward to going to Rata since it’s opening and this finally came to fruition last Friday. My cousin and I booked for the three course lunch menu. And it was fabulous, the service was great, decor great, wine list great and food...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank j9dv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful meal in this wonderful restaurant. Great food and great service. Thoroughly recommend

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank R482MSdebbies
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't say enough good things about Rata!! I followed most of my waitor's advice and had the Goat cheese profiteroles for a starter, followed by the cheese roll entree - OMG! Just slowly savored every single bite. Amazing. I had the fresh fish of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank laurenkV1055YJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

This wasn't to busy when we went, there was a very reasonable set menu and they have a cheese toastie on the menu a kiwi classic brilliant! Also a very well thought out wine list.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lovinglife54hot
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us dined on Sunday 16th November as we had been to Rata a year before and were delighted. Rata bread,Goats cheese profiteroles & Line caught kingfish crudo for entrees. Mains were Slow braised merino lamb shoulder, lamb sweetbreads, manuka honey & eggplant chutney...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Warren Pat S
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12 August 2018|
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Response from 512sallyr | Reviewed this property |
No unfortunately. Wine is by the glass though, as well as by the bottle.
29 August 2017|
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Response from Aussieflyers | Reviewed this property |
A big fat no.
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$15 - US$29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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