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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pork belly” (62 reviews)
“pavlova” (36 reviews)
“cheese rolls” (19 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We ate here on our trip to New Zealand last October and I still remember the food. The atmosphere was good and the staff were really friendly. Highly recommend!

Thank ainemcardle2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fantastic location right on the wharf overlooking lake Wakatipu. Good food mixed with Alix's impeccable service made the experience all worth while. Will visit again.

Thank thomasjasper
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant, beautiful decor and location. Enjoyed the beer. Staff friendly and helpful. Food portion size not enough for my four year I'd let alone adults. Food flavour average ( not so exciting), presentation excellent. Was really disappointed by the small food portion sizes, was...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had the Salmon and a side of garlic bread and 3 espresso martinis. The salmon was hands down the best fish I've ever eaten in my life, would have been better if it came with a salad or some veg but still given it...More

Thank Jamie2622
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So we have been working our way through Queenstown when we came across this place near the end of the pier area. We had planned to have a drink and a small share plate and move onto the next one. However the food, wine and...More

Thank S_E_R42
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful meal of sharing plates. Plenty of food 🥘. Great food good prices . Fantastic service great wine 🍷 and cocktail menus. Staff new there products

Thank Jacqui F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The choice of food was excellent and the share dishes idea is great. The pavlova good to finish on.. The staff were really helpful and the location could not have suited us better. Will go there again next time in Queenstown

Thank Anneli S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't order a dish each ! These dishes are designed to share, All meals were lovely except the trumpter was dry and over cooked. Staff are great and service is prompt. Chairs are comfortable.

Thank Angus L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had burger and drink deals which were terrific value for money. We sat at a table on the waters edge looking out to the snow capped mountains. Staff were very friendly and food delicious. A great spot for lunch.

Thank akdow74
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a nice meal and drinks on the wharf @ The Public. The service was exceptional and the pub was warm on a very cool day.

Thank TonyP955
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic
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
  • 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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