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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“corned beef” (12 reviews)
“pavlova” (37 reviews)
“cheese rolls” (19 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll 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

We went with our teenage kids and it was a great place to eat. Its share plate style of eating is great and the food tasted great. We were able to walk straight in and grab a booth inside. The views were fantastic and the...More

Thank GeogP73
Reviewed 6 days ago

You really cannot get a better spot in Queenstown than Public. The views are breathtaking and the food is lovely and fresh. The service was excellent. They were always very bust but the staff work hard to get you in and look after you. Despite...More

Thank Darren R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had just arrived in Queenstown. It was a beautiful hot day and were able to get a table on the deck, right by the water. Hannah, our server was very attentive and friendly. The price was reasonable. What a beautiful place to sit, look...More

Thank Henrike R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything was excellent. Location, right on the side of the lake. Wonderful views. The food was lovely, good portion size and value for money, and finally the staff, although the place was very busy, they were very attentive. Making sure we had everything we needed...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a group and were told to buy a main and veggie dish each. Wow. That was good for at least 2 meals! With the high prices, we were not happy we were told to buy so much food. Be cautious when you...More

Thank Worldismyoyster1070
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thumbs up to the staff on the night we were there. It was flat out and our service was great and friendly. We were a table of 9 and everyone's food was perfect. They catered to gluten free, dairy free and vegetarians in our group...More

Thank Bilbatron
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow. What an incredible change this restaurant has gone through. Wai, a fine dining restaurant has become a restaurant where you can order many small dishes (as well as mains) at very reasonable prices. The food is excellent. Even though it's an incredibly busy place,...More

Thank Murat G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I had dinner at this restaurant. The view is amazing, we were lucky to eat at a table right on the water, it is really spectacular. However, the food is nothing special. I am vegetarian and there is hardly any options. The...More

Thank Claire C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a table outside. The view overlooking the lake was amazing. We had the 300g steak with potatoes and green vegetables. Overall the food was quite tasty and the service was good. As it was cooler and windy they provided blankets for the outdoor...More

Thank Andrew J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here 3 times, not only because it was close to our hotel. The view is incredible and the food was great as well- this was the only place in New Zealand where we had good Pavlova! The bar menu is also great. However,...More

Thank mbaumgartl
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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
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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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