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“Great food, better than expected”
Review of Public Bar & Eatery - CLOSED

Public Bar & Eatery
Price range: $7 - $18
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: We are the essence of Wellington hospitality. We serve a wide variety of amazing cocktails, wines, and micro brews. Our friendly staff will ensure you have the best 'bar / eatery' experience, here at [PUBLIC.] Public caters for all variety of needs including; an outdoor area with a toasty gas fireplace, a private function space catering for groups of up to 50, a relaxed dining area featuring comfortable booths which border the dance floor when the beat takes over. Don’t take our word for it though. Come and enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or a snack with any one of our wide selection of beverage options.
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Excellent steak which suited the carnivore , delicious chocolate tart and chicken in bacon risotto was lovely. Good friendly customer prompt service so we made our show in time without feeling rushed

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1  Thank disappointedKiwi
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

My partner and I needed a quick bite on a Sunday night. We expected the usual pub food but were very pleasantly surprised at Public. The goat cheese and pumpkin risotto was excellent as was my partner's chicken wrapped in a crispy bacon. The beer selection was quite good and service was prompt and friendly. We did not stay for the live jazz but I would highly recommend Public if you are in downtown Wellington and need a meal.

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1  Thank pamncraig
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Great for drinks or for a quick bite. The Margarita pizzas are so filling and delicious. Also, they have a fantastic selection of whiskys.

1  Thank Aaron H
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I visited Public for a friends birthday. We booked a table in advance for 20. they set us aside our own room with candles and well set tables, lovely atmosphere.

Not great customer sevice, but polite and helpfull enough, it took over half an hour for the food to reach our table.

I ordered the Lingunie with pine nuts and spinach. The flavour was lovely, but the pasta was clumped together and chewy, the texture of the sauce was gritty possibly due to the covering of chopped dried? parsley. They also appeared to forget the pine nuts (i had a total of 6 pine nuts).

My friend had the Stuffed chicken and risotto although this is a small portion for the price the food is very good. plenty of flavour and moist.

The $15 steak pie special (mon-wed), Pizzas and curly fries were also rated highly within our group.

I had an $8 glass of Pinot Gris which was very nice. quite sweet and well complementing of the pasta dish.

i would return to this resturant, but possibly for lunch or casual dinner with friends. Not for a special occasion.

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Thank TravellerDaisy
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Courtenay Place is full of bars and that's one of them.
They are having some times live music which is a nice element.

Thank Daniel T
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