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Public Kitchen & Bar Restaurant

Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5969
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pork belly” (62 reviews)
“pavlova” (35 reviews)
“parsnips” (17 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 23:00All hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

First place we stopped in Queenstown and no need to go anywhere else. Great location, great food and fantastic service. (Especially from Rebecca!) Nick & Judye

Thank nickdY7135NJ
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved the food here. The mains are designed to share so it feels like you are having a family meal at home but tastier! The wait staff were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be coming back next time we visit Queenstown.

Thank teags91
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best view in town, excellent staff and brilliant cocktails, we will come back every day whilst we are here for après

Thank Luke W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would just like to mention that my recent visit to Public was hosted by a lovely waitress named Rebecca who enhanced our culinary expierence. I strongly recommend the food as well as the hospitality.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited last year and were really impressed so headed back this year and we're not disappointed- great food!!!

Thank Sandywaawaa
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good times. Thanks Rebecca! The salmon was lovely and the spinach carrot salad was delicious. Nice atmosphere.

Thank Angela G
Reviewed 6 days ago

Great service - especially from Rebecca who was awesome. The food is epic and the vibe is just right.

Thank Sam N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although service and atmosphere awesome the portion size was delicate for the price. In saying that the food was great so maybe we just wanted more :-)

Thank John A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Something to satisfy most tastes. We enjoyed our selection and the service by Becca was great as well.

Thank Kay L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to New Zealand for just over a week, this was a meal to die for. The service was excellent, all the staff really looked after us and were fab. The food was .... just lush. Would certainly recommend the pork belly for starters...More

Thank Julswoody
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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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