Rata Room

Get a real taste of NMIT at our professional student training restaurant and bar.
Rata Room

The Rata Room is a training restaurant for our Hospitality and Cookery students. We aim to provide a realistic environment to develop work and world ready graduates for careers in the cookery and hospitality industries.

The ever changing menu features locally sourced ingredients and wines. We are fully licensed for both lunch and dinner.

Dine with us


Open for Café style lunch on Tuesday and Wednesdays with a great selection of seasonal cabinet food, a ‘blackboard’ menu and of course excellent coffee. Service starts at 9.30am for morning tea with lunch service and blackboard specials from 11.30am. We remain open until 1.30pm. We no longer accept reservations for lunch.


The Rata Room opens at 6.00pm for our evening meal this year on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings only, and bookings are only accepted between 6pm and 7pm.

Reservation and full schedule information.

Special Events

Giesen Wine Degustation Dinner
The Rata Room and ‘Giesen’ Wine present... A Degustation Event - June 26 and 27 $90 per person.

We will be partnering with the Giesen group(external link) to walk through their portfolio of wines. From Mirabeau Provence Rose to Barossan Shiraz… join us to enjoy a 6 course wine and meal matching with attendance from Giesen's winemaker. Opportunity will also be available to purchase directly on the night from Giesen at specially reduced prices. Spaces are limited and bookings are being received now, so email to secure a spot! therataroom@nmit.ac.nz to book.

Market Day
3 July 12- 1pm

Come along to the Rata Room to buy market goodies created by students. Always a popular event. Be on time to make sure you get the biggest choice of tasty items. EFTPOS available.


To book a table for dinner, email the Rata Room or phone 03 546 9175 Ext. 811 or 027 406 7285(please leave a message).

The Rata Room Restaurant Schedule


Lunch Tuesday 1 May
Dinner Tuesday 1 May
Lunch Wednesday 2 May
Dinner Wednesday 2 May
Lunch Tuesday 8 May
Dinner Tuesday 8 May
Lunch Wednesday 9 May
Dinner Wednesday 9 May
Lunch Tuesday 15 May
Dinner Tuesday 15 May
Lunch Wednesday 16 May
Dinner Wednesday 16 May
Lunch Tuesday 22 May
Dinner Tuesday 22 May
Lunch Wednesday 23 May
Dinner Wednesday 23 May
Cake Day Wednesday 29 May
Dinner Wednesday 29 May
Lunch Wednesday 30 May
Dinner Wednesday 30 May

T Block, 71 Nile Street, Nelson

Private bookings and group functions for the whole restaurant are welcomed. The Rata Room can cater for up to 45 seated dinner guests, or for 100 guests for a cocktail and canapé event, email the Rata Room.

Check out our Facebook(external link) and Instagram(external link) pages.

lunch cabinet treats
Tasty offerings in the cabinet.

The Rata Room @ NMIT is proudly supported by

Giesen Wines
Giesen Wines
(external link)
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