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Rata takes inspiration from the southern landscape and everything that epitomises New Zealand. Passionate about creating a restaurant that encompasses that hard to find ‘real’ restaurant experience, Rata is a relaxed eating-house with a neighbourhood feel, excellent service and exceptional food. The restaurant is located discreetly away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown tucked away alongside heritage buildings. Rata is a great place to unwind, with several dining spaces including a sunny courtyard and a bar perfect for all day eating.
Lunch, dinner and bar grazing is served at Rata. The menu showcases Josh’s impeccable cooking skills and the discipline of his Michelin star background ensures elegant well balanced and inspired cuisine.
The wine list will proudly showcase wines from the Otago region, greater New Zealand and afar with an emphasis on a eclectic mix of the highly regarded and little known gems. A large selection of wines by the glass to give diners variety, and match easily with the style of food.
As suggested the décor uses warm earthy tones and influences from the Otago scenery, local polished stone and natural woods; and combines this with a very modern industrial components: concrete, glass and steel. Throughout the space there are salvaged items, restored and given a chance to live again and give the space quirky charm and character. This deliberate ‘mix and match’ feel reflects the clientele they are looking to attract, the young and hip, the wiser well-heeled adventurers alongside the regular local crowd.