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Public Kitchen & Bar

Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5969
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I came here with my husband, we heard great things about this place from a friend who lives here and were excited to try it. There was a big party in the dinning room so we chose to sit close to the bar. Despite them...More

Thank lenaw2203
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Public. But the best part was the service we received from a lovely girl named Rebecca from Ireland. She was just so knowledgeable and very helpful! Would highly recommend and will visit again.

Thank rosepetalweston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Rebecca the waitress was lovely and recommended their “Trust the Chef” scheme which took all the decision making out of our hands and was just delightful. Such a novelty as we don’t have this...More

Thank limeandsoda75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner, our waitress Rebecca was so wonderful she really made our experience and went above and beyond! 11/10

Thank Melanie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Public last week on out last night in town and it is our new favourite. The restaurant is warm friendly and has a great view of the harbour but it’s the menu that is a winner – a great selection of real home cooked...More

1  Thank GregWBrisbane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was so impressed with the share menu it was great for a little group. Our waitress Rebecca made us fell welcome, explained everything and gave us recommendations which were so tasty. It was lovely to find such friendly and welcoming staff

Thank free2giggle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dropped into Public Kitchen & Bar for lunch the other day on our way to the airport. It's a great spot right on the lake. The food was excellent and the portions were very generous at a reasonable price. Our server Bailey was delightful...More

Thank Ozzy1727
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in NZ, do as the Kiwi's do....that was what we tried to do on our vacation. We had never had mussels before but read NZ has the best and available only here in NZ. I found this restaurant using Yelp and saw nothing but...More

Thank Lovetoexplore16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of six, seated at the window end of large communal table; wonderful view right out on to the lake, with some people walking past. We have a wonderful waitress who recommended the Trust the Chef option which was deliciously fabulous!! There...More

Thank adwaples
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Very friendly. Tasty beer. Returned several times. Great on a stormy day looking down lake. Thanks Hannah!

1  Thank Gary B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
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
  • E-mail
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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