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Public Kitchen & Bar Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand (Formerly Wai Restaurant)
+64 3-442 5969
09:00 - 23:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here during the evening. Great atmosphere and the waiter was very helpful explaining portion sizes. Food was delicious. Prices were reasonable. We will return.

Thank SweetChocolate65
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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391 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped for a beer and sat at an outside table as the sun disappeared and darkness began to fall on the lake. The heater was lit and we took advantage of the blankets to ward off the night air. We ordered a snack – salt and pepper squid. When we ordered our second beer, we decided to order for... More 

Thank Sennockian55
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate duck, rabbit, cerviche and South Island cheese rolls. Very Kiwi and local cuisine. Very quick service, great for a relaxing lunch

Thank Michelle C
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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137 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Right on the wharf and lakeside this was a treat. Good rustic and eclectic decor, on-to-it staff who talked us into the let the Chef decide, and a long line of tasty dishes arrived. Deep fried cheese rolls an interesting variant on the tradition.

Thank Jim D
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been living in Queenstown for a good few months now and always find myself coming to this restaurant. The food is excellent, great for both a large meal or just to snack on the sides whilst enjoying the great beers and other drinks they have available. It's a perfect location with great views over the lake. Every time I've... More 

Thank Callum W
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This dinner was disappointing and wouldn't recommend a visit. We ordered a whole lot to share & the only thing we all enjoyed were the pork sticks which were tasty. Everything else was tasteless, overpriced for the quality. Service was average. Wouldn't return.

Thank Ellrenee
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered salad, chicken wings and schnitzel. Only thing we could enjoy was salad. Wings were not seasoned and they were too dry. Even dipping sauce didn't make them taste better. Schnitzel was dry as well and meat was too tough. I'm not sure if they used good quality of meat. I don't recommend this restaurant unless you really want... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Auckland, New Zealand
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

great view/location, amazing staff. Unfortunately the food was pretty average! Both mine and brothers chicken schnitzel was bland, no salad or chips with it. Chicken on its own is pricey. Dads lamb was also pretty bland.

Thank yasmin2488
Papamoa, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

no dramas getting in & seated. staff came & explained how sharing dishes worked but were not obligated. he gave examples & advised of fav dishes when asked. quiet ambiance & drinks arrived. 10 minutes after & first dishes arrived. duck pancakes & pork belly sticks were hot & delicious. green lip mussels & pork meatballs soon followed & they... More 

Thank sefjam
Richmond, Virginia
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69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I came in twice in two days. The first time was just for drinks and oysters but we liked the vibe so much we returned for dinner the next day. We didn't make a reservation but they kindly accommodated us at the bar. We got a cool view of the kitchen which is quite small for all... More 

Thank cmk042288

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?