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Public Kitchen & Bar

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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 2 days ago

When in NZ, do as the Kiwi's do....that was what we tried to do on our vacation. We had never had mussels before but read NZ has the best and available only here in NZ. I found this restaurant using Yelp and saw nothing but...More

Thank Lovetoexplore16
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a group of six, seated at the window end of large communal table; wonderful view right out on to the lake, with some people walking past. We have a wonderful waitress who recommended the Trust the Chef option which was deliciously fabulous!! There...More

Thank adwaples
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very friendly. Tasty beer. Returned several times. Great on a stormy day looking down lake. Thanks Hannah!

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The waitress was fantastic. Explained the menu well and very attentive. It had a great atmosphere, very relaxed style of dining. Unfortunately there was limited dishes available at the time we went and we weren’t overly impressed with the food we received. This is the...More

Thank saf9922018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have visited Public Kitchen & Bar both times we were in Queenstown (July 2016 and August 2017). Never disappointing. Food is excellent, highly recommend. Can accommodate large groups if you book in advance, otherwise it's pretty easy to get a table.

Thank Linnie487
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were attracted by idea of local ingredients and an interesting menu and had an enoyable meal. Starter of rabbit and main of venison with greens plus a glass of Malbec made for a pleasant dinner!.

Thank Jodian
Reviewed 14 April 2018

My sister and I went to the Public Kitchen and Bar for our very first meal in New Zealand, and in particular Queenstown. What a bad choice! The service was very poor and slow, and the food even worse. I actually felt off colour for...More

Thank FooteParty
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

This place is a must in Queenstown!!! We stopped in for happy hour and had their $10 espresso martini’s; these were the best I have ever had! Also loved that they are environmentally conscious of being on the marina and only put straws in drinks...More

Thank Nicjane15
Reviewed 11 April 2018

I am surprised at all the good reviews here. The service was decent but the food was not. We were a group of 8 and were suggested to order the chefs choice so we could have a variety of foods for the table. Most of...More

Thank akorn222
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Tonight we had chicken and pork schnitzels plus pork loin with apples and vegetables. Service was quick and attentive. Food was delicious and giant servings.

Thank Herb T
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, 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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