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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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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“pork schnitzel” (10 reviews)
“pavlova” (38 reviews)
“parsnips” (18 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 3 days ago via mobile

Popped in for a quick drink. Fast friendly service. Great cocktail. Pork Belly and Duck pancakes made for a great snack. Good atmosphere and music. Awesome location. Inside and outside seating.

Thank Stormy294
Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed our first dinner here so much we went back for lunch another day! Great seafood and meats, sides are good (they should be included with entrees, but aren't). Good wine selection. Service is good; location is easy to get to. We will return...More

Thank Polly N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Maybe we caught them on a bad night but service was below par and some of the food was really not good enough. One snack (entree) arrived at the same time as the mains! Squid was dry and over cooked as was the flounder. And...More

Thank 1961Liz
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great evening , great food, great waitress Rebecca who had a warm welcome for us. It was a friendly environment (families welcomed )and the food was tasty and served promptly.

Thank Emer F
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an excellent restaurant to try something new. New Zealand dishes that are remarkable. There is a "trust the chef" menu option that is a variety of dishes that were all excellent. So many choices in Queenstown these days, but this is a great...More

Thank Tracey S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Looked inviting, got talked into the banquet as we had five of us. Execellent choice! Food was great and service even better, Rebecca was glorious and will be sure to visit again in the future.

Thank Hayden B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Dinner was delicious and well presen And very quick would recommend! Rebecca was great waiter and gorgeous!

Thank Jacob P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in while strolling the water and shops. Great atmosphere and let me just say, the service, the drinks and food were absolutely amazing! 5 stars all the way. Those Bloody Mary’s alone were worth the stop. The pork belly appetizer was off the...More

Thank Debby L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Warm coffee, great tasty food. Great service! Rebecca was really friendly and accomodating with out order!

Thank Eduan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service, atmosphere and food quality at Public is spot on. We had the potted rabbit with some lovely warm bread, t-bone lamb, salmon (YUM - CRISPY!) and mixed greens (the dressing - wow). It's a good idea to get a few bits and share,...More

Thank PeterpansLaura
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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
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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
  • 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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