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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%
Travellers talk about
“corned beef” (12 reviews)
“pavlova” (40 reviews)
“cheese rolls” (21 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 yesterday

On a recent trip to Queenstown, we stumbled upon Public Kitchen & Bar one afternoon and stopped in for a drink. We decided to stay for dinner and were not disappointed. The staff were helpful in advising how the share plate concept works and also...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The food was delicious, portions substantial, great value. We had the corned beef with parsnip mash, pork loin with sautéed apples, a carrot spinach salad and the wilted greens. The beef was so tender, the pork juicy and the sides equally tasty. Loved that sharing...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice location on the pier with an combo of good food and excellent staff. They manage to get us a table doe we hadnt a reservation on S:T Patricks day!

Thank A-L B
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Public Kitchen is on one of the wharves along the lake and so has a great location with a view of the mountains. We had a drink there earlier on the day and booked for the evening. The menu looked interesting and they have...More

Thank Jon_Janet
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing food and service in equal measure. Would definitely recommend the pork belly followed by oreo martini mmmmm! Also, thanks to our waitress. I forget your name - the one with the curly blonde hair and great attitude!

Thank Ash R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waited 45 minutes after our reservation time for our table. Staff were very attentive and apologetic though with drinks while waiting. Also waited a long time after ordering for food to arrive, but again, the wait staff were pleasant. Food was just ok. Nothing special.

Thank tpurchases
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful meal with great friends and we we looked after wonderfully by Bailey. The selection of courses was divine and the food was plentiful.

Thank Janice W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely recommend coming and trying their cocktails, and eating elsewhere. Beautiful spot being right on the water front, although was quite cold so wrap up for this good spot!! Some of the food was good, but some of it was nothing special. Some of the...More

Thank NZtraveller952
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting on the wharf is wonderful. They make a great kiwi cocktail! We liked it so much that we decided to stay for dinner. We were not disappointed. The food was great as was the service. The view of the lake and mountains could...More

Thank Viive T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right on the wharf this restaurant has splendid views down the lake. We couldn't decide what to eat and the waitress suggested we 'Trust the Chef', (available to 4 or more), so we did. A seemingly endless array of shareable dishes arrived... all well cooked...More

Thank M1nstrel
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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, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
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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