Rata Room

Experience the future of food at NMIT’s professional student training cafe, restaurant and bar.

The uniqueness of the Rata Room is that you get to enjoy a high-quality dining experience with the added feel-good factor of helping to prepare our students for careers in the hospitality industry.

NMIT is training New Zealand’s future chefs and hospitality staff. At the Rata Room, you can experience their culinary creations and service before they start working in top cafes, bars and restaurants. 

NMIT is training New Zealand’s future chefs and hospitality staff. 

Rhys van der Waardt, NMIT Production and Catering Chef

The Rata Room is a professional training cafe and restaurant for our Hospitality and Cookery students. 

The realistic restaurant environment is part of NMIT’s commitment to providing students with a real-world education and developing work-ready graduates. 

All food is prepared to the same high standard that you’d expect from any popular cafe or restaurant and the ever-changing menu features fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, as well as wine and beer from around the Nelson region. 

Find us at 71 Nile Street(external link) entrance opposite the Nelson Central School Church. 

Follow The Rata Room on Facebook(external link) to book dinner or view upcoming events. 

“The Rata Room has to be Nelson's best kept dining secret.” 
Neil Hodgson, Wine & Food Writer

Rata Room Café     
Thursdays 10am – 2pm

Choose from a wide selection of tasty cabinet food, seasonal salads, fresh baking, sweet treats, and great coffee. You also have the option of ordering from our ‘blackboard’ lunch menu.

We cater to all dietary requirements. No reservations required. 


‘The Rata Room offers food, presentation & service that is both good quality and good value for money. And, who knows – a future Michelin chef could be cooking your dinner!’  Elizabeth Bean, Columnist

Rata Room Restaurant
Thursdays from 6pm

Treat yourself to an evening of fine dining and excellent service at the Rata Room, with a Table d hote (a set menu with options)

Enjoy a three-course meal created by New Zealand’s future chefs and choose from a great selection of wine and beer, including local varieties. 

Follow The Rata Room on Facebook(external link) to make a reservation or view menu's and upcoming events. 

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