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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • 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 4 days ago

Nice little restraunt on the water front. Food was fresh hot and delicious, service friendly and quick, you wont be dissapointed.

Thank Donna4509
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place to dine in a great location on the waterfront. Good service, lots of choices on the menu with good portions. Well worth a visit

Thank PeterB11369
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this place and ate there a few times and each time was fantastic. Certainly not fine dining, its mostly for sharing but everything is on point flavoured/seasoned well, great price point and certainly the best duck I have ever eaten . Services...More

Thank BV73
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Situated down near the ferry terminals/wharf area, is this great little place. The decor is a clever mix eclectic mix of modern, funky and retro/vintage and it works well. I LOVE the red public phone booth that has been crafted into one of the entrances!...More

Thank Reece B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The kofta balls were yummy, and the more traditional breakfasty items went down well too. Hannah was lovely and looked after us well.

Thank Ranipuss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my husband dined herewith friends of ours after being recommended to come here from a local receptionist, I believe her recommendation was spot on! We loved the busy atmosphere, the food and the service was great. We started with the pork belly sticks...More

Thank NorthStar820814
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was well prepared and fresh and they were able to accommodate for a gluten allergy. There is outdoor seating which looked nice had the weather been better!

Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Asked for a mulled wine at $10 and got a 1/3 of a coffee cup when asked if he could top it up said it would cost another $10 so got 2/3 of a cup for $20!!!

Thank juneth0mps0n
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner at Public and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food and drinks menus were varied and interesting and service was very good. The restaurant is well located on the Wharf and has good views during the day and is cosy at night, well worth a...More

Thank Likeatiger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here during our honeymoon in Queenstown and the food was amazing! We had and loved the chicken wings, the beer battered cod, and the pork shoulder, in addition to some salad and veggies. Very high quality, especially for the price!

Thank Relax798364
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Restaurant Details

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