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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“pork belly” (58 reviews)
“pavlova” (32 reviews)
“parsnips” (16 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If I could use emojis on TripAdvisor I'd have little hearts for eyes for this place. The food was wonderful, such yummy, warming comfort food. My boyfriend and I shared the braised lamb, lemon and thyme chicken, honey roasted carrots and parsnips, and duck fat...More

Thank Lisa M
David D, General Manager at Public Kitchen & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments, we hope to see you again in the future. much love, Public Kitchen

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The meal started off great, the idea here is to share the plates which is fine but consider buying a few plates because the portions are fairly small and quite pricey. To start, the chickpea chips and gyozas were absolutely delicious so I was expecting...More

Thank pspw1604
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You nearly have your toes dipping in the water! Many of the so-called 'waterfront' restaurants are across a road or set back. This is where you accidentally bump the salt shaker and it lands on a duck! The food is good, too. Straightforward and tasty....More

Thank Ben_Calvert
Reviewed June 11, 2017

We had a very nice evening meal here outside on the waterfront. The shared plates were nice for the 4 of us and allowed us tastes of several different options. The local green lipped mussels were delicious! The atmosphere and good service contributed to a...More

Thank Danneka H
Reviewed June 7, 2017

Stopped by for drinks before dinner. Biggest surprise was the red telephone box as the entrance. Inside was quite nice and we had a table by the window so we could look out into Lake Wakatipu. Fairly nice bar and location.

Thank Acineto
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

Had dinner on Friday 3rd June. Was something a little different. The food is meant for sharing. We had great help with what and how much to order from the staff which was good. The food we tried was lovely, but really recommend the pork...More

Thank CromarK
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

Staff didn't inform us they were out of food or explain it was a shared meal, dinner was very expencive. Toilets had no hand towels A disappointing meal.

Thank Sonya G
Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

We ended up going to this Bar & Kitchen every single evening we were in Queenstown! The guys are the bar made amazing cocktails, and were fun to watch! The place was buzzing every eve, they gave us warm red blankets to sit with by...More

Thank RootsSingapore
Reviewed May 19, 2017

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...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed May 16, 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $26
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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
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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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