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Public Kitchen & Bar

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Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand (Formerly Wai Restaurant)
+64 3-442 5969
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My partner and I visited on a chilly May evening looking some delicious fare. And this is what we got. Having previously read about the quality of, and local sourcing of ingredients, I was immediately drawn to this restaurant. And it certainly didn't disappoint. From the moment we entered, our waitress was friendly (but not over friendly if you get... More 

Thank Amy R
Ohaupo, New Zealand
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went here in a group of ten people. Had excellent service and the food was plentiful and really good. The Rhubarb brulee was amazing best ever had. Lamb rack was amazing and is Merino meat. Great atmosphere. Would go again.

Thank Adrienne O
Brisbane Region, Australia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place by far drew us back several times to enjoy its ambiance, good beers and a hamburger to die for. The lass from Sommerset UK working the bar was very helpful in giving us a view of all the good spots to visit and enjoy. A great place to dine and enjoy.

Thank archibold1770
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here having read good reviews online and in guide books and weren't disappointed. We booked ahead as it looked like it could get very busy and were glad we had done so otherwise we probably wouldn't have got in. The food that we had was deliciously cooked and very tasty. The service was excellent. Definitely recommended.

Thank pboropixie
New South Wales, Australia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here, ordered the lamb rump. Lamb was so rare and fatty had to send it back. Waited forever to get my meal returned. Was average at best.

1 Thank Debra1802
New York City, New York
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295 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say, this was probably the best meal I had in New Zealand other than the ones I made myself. All of the food was authentically New Zealand, organic and local whenever possible. The service was great the atmosphere was lovely the prices were great and the food was just downright amazing. I recommend making a reservation if... More 

Thank katrinangel2
Queenstown, New Zealand
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200 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have dined many times so was well aware of the menu and the style of service. Menu has changed slightly though since last visit. We actually visited to try their burger as part of the competition between local restaurants but was told they stop serving it at 4pm! We stayed for dinner anyway and had the Pork, carrots and potato... More 

Thank PJC18
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended to us by our hotel, this was a stunning venue. Having booked a table, we were seated outside at the end of the wharf looking up the lake as the sun went down. Water taxis, jet boats and the lake steamer coming and going provide interest on the water while onshore the menu has a wide range of plates... More 

Thank unbakedalaska
Colleyville, Texas
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115 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We asked some locals for a recommendation for dinner, and we were directed to Public Kitchen and Bar. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent. the service was good, and they also offered outdoor dining overlooking the lake.

Adelaide, Australia
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked a table on the wharf and shared the Lamb ragout, Beef cheeks, roasted Pork belly in cider, honey carrots and parsnip in dukka and yoghurt. It was a mild evening and we enjoyed the friendly and helpful service, the good food, scenery and atmosphere.

Thank Shane R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $24
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand (Formerly Wai Restaurant)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3-442 5969
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 9 am for Breakfast, lunch, bar grazing, drinks and dinner. Open Everyday from Midday till late

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