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“Innovative.... Sophisticated and showcases NZ”
Review of Rata

Rata
Ranked #15 of 257 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Mackay, Australia
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“Innovative.... Sophisticated and showcases NZ”
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

The night before my partner and I were to marry at Cecil Peak... We wanted an amazing meal... Rats did not disappoint. The food was AMAZING! Service the entire night.... Could not be faulted and neither could the food. Both my partner and I found it hard to choose out mains and entrees and has to do the sly switch half way....

Truly worth every $.... Don't leave Queesntown without trying Rata

  • Visited June 2014
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Auckland
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“Try the beef Wellington!”
Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

The food was of a very high standard, I will dream of the beef Wellington for months to come. Wait staff were awesome, went out of their way to accommodate us. Will def return and recommend to friends travelling this way!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Lived up to all expectations , and more”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We were recommended Rata by regulars who know there food. It was our first time to the area and we did not know what to expect. Everything about the place was top-class. The waitress, Robyn, had been given a good grounding re the wines etc, and she looked after us really well. The cuisine was innovative, using many slightly unusual ingredients (without being over the top). Everything was beautifully presented. The wine list was extensive and understandably New Zealand based.
As we have come to expect in this country, the wine was expensive though very good!
All in all a place to strongly recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
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New Zealand
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“Dinner this Time!”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I have dined at Rata before for lunch,this time dinner. What a great atmosphere,full of people & the food was amazing. Do try the salted caramels for dessert, I did not order them but some how I received them, they are to die for! This place is awesome.

  • Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Beyond expectations”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We booked months back... and were not disappointed. The service was friendly but professional. Our waiter was really knowledable about the dishes and was able to recommend wine matches really well. The dishes were very imaginative. We had 2 items off the Bites menu to start. These were pretty generous portions! The 2 mains to follow were outstanding, as was the shared dessert! Presentation of the dishes is really good.
Overall a memorable experience, and one I look forward to repeating when next in QT.

  • Visited June 2014
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