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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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“corned beef” (13 reviews)
“parsnips” (20 reviews)
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 2 days ago

When we were in Queenstown, which is a jewel in the south of New Zealand, we ate at this super good restaurant. It was a warm evening and we sat outside, had a great tasting beer, and a lamb stew with thick ribbons of pasta,...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Doug C
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the most friendly and relaxing places to chill. The most amazing choice of food from a snack to a sumptuous meal. Can’t wait to re revisit!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ditripping2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Public Bar is a great location along the waterfront, with views out to the mountains. Was here as part a large group, and staff were very accommodating and patient. I enjoyed the Baked Camembert dish.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Racheenz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wandering along the docks, I stumbled upon Public Kitchen. What I loved is the menu made it possible to select enough sides and a filling salad to fit my quirky dietary needs. My server, Katie, was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable of the tasty menu options....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ShesOutandAbout
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3 out of our 3 nights staying in Queenstown we visited this amazing restaurant/bar couldn’t be anymore happier with the service and lovely staff as well as the food was delicious thank you public we will be back.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank D3188LMkurtm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelling alone is always a challenge, especially when it comes to getting a nice waterfront table which usually seats 2-4 people. Restaurants are reluctant to give up such tables to a solo traveller but the manager was very fair and courteous. He even booted a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank William C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a break in the weather, and managed a patio spot along the wharf. We had fish hash, the tomato/eggplant tart, cod croquettes, squid rings and the lamb stew amongst our group. Every dish was amazingly fresh, tasty and beautifully prepared. And the wait-staff...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank escheah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped into this bar for the happy hours espresso martini! Great value, great views of the lake and mountains. Good place to spend some relaxing time on a wet day!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MaxCX1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our meal very much - the beef short ribs in particular were excellent. The concept of sharing is fine - we would prefer the main dish to include the vegetables rather than have to buy extra though. Choice of dessert is quite limited-...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for the view and the beer. Both were superlative in October when we were there. We did not try any of the food, but the craft beers on tap were good. The service at the outdoor counter was very good.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Telkontar
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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