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“Very good restaurant right on the lakefront” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Public Kitchen & Bar

Public Kitchen & Bar
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand (Formerly Wai Restaurant)
+64 3-442 5969
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Ranked #49 of 189 Restaurants in Queenstown
Price range: $5 - $27
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The newest offering by acclaimed restaurant group Wai Dining, Public Kitchen and Bar is now open on the Steamer Wharf. Offering exceptional local cuisine Public Kitchen is all about local produce caught in the hills or farmed down the road or caught off the coast. The closest restaurant to the lake the outdoor terrace is a must dining option to take in the views and enjoy the exceptional sharing dishes on offer. Open daily from midday for lunch, bar grazing, drinks and dinner. Open Everyday from Midday till late
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“Very good restaurant right on the lakefront”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

this restaurant is perfectly located, especially if you can sit outside.

Interesting food, which is served "tapas" style - ie as sharing plates.

Each sharing plate is slightly larger than a normal meal. We ordered three mains, two smaller "starters" (food can come out in any order as it is ready, rather than in the more traditional way - part of the fun!) and a vegetable dish. That was more than enough.

Don't forget to order a vegetable dish since the courses do not come with any vegetables.

Overall, a very good, fun experience.

Visited December 2014
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Brisbane
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“Wonderful location - but overpriced!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

It was my Mother's birthday and she liked the look and atmosphere of this restaurant, so in the 4 of us went. We were not advised by our server that this was a sharing restaurant, which may have made sense when the chicken schnitzel turned up looking totally lonely, siting on a dinner plate with nothing else.

However, I digress. To start with we ordered chick pea chips with ruffle oil dip at $10 for 10 chips, and cheese rolls. The rolls appeared to be croquettes with cut cheese pieces inside, crumbed and deep fried, and at $2 each. Was disappointed in these, but the 10 chick pea chips did not salve our hunger, so we ate them.

For mains, our party also ordered the beetroot salad and the ribs in sticky sauce. The beetroot salad, was big in watercress and small in beetroot. The ribs...well, there were 2 ribs were in the bowl, but there was no meat on them as they had been slow cooked braised to the point that there was no meat left on the bones. The sticky sauce was more a juice with no hint of stickiness. The meat was tender, but not very flavourful and at $28 was overpriced basic pub food. Drinks, well, another surprise, house white wine at $12 a glass, soft drink $5 - really?

Do your self a favour, there are many better value restaurants in this area, look around first.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Best place for a meal on a sunny evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We ate at Public on our first evening in Queenstown.

As it was sunny and light until 10pm we were looking for somewhere along the lake that was in the sun with beautiful views. This place ticked all boxes. The location is absolutely gorgeous anyway but the fact that we were there on a beautiful summer evening made it even better. We went in around 8pm and sat in the sun outside eating and drinking whilst the sun went down, it was gorgeous.

What really impressed us was that even though we had only chosen the place based upon location, the food was fantastic. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. In addition the bill was very reasonable - we really didn't expect this considering the above points made!! We shared two starters, two shared dishes and had two alcoholic drinks each and the bill was just over £50. Amazing value for Queenstown!

Tip: The duck pancakes are delicious :) And salad / vegetable and side dishes are much bigger than you would expect.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

A great place for a family meal. Dishes are meant for sharing; and they are great. Highly recommended.

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“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Q town is busy, so we expected a big wait to get in, but they found us a table fairly quickly. Our lovely Italian waitress gave us exact info to chose a tapas type selection of dishes from spicy Nz lamb korma, to fresh John Dory, with a host of steamed veggies... All fabulous and delicious. Our family loved it all. I also would recommend a dry NZ riesling, just magnificent.

  • Visited December 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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