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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%
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“pork belly” (67 reviews)
“pavlova” (38 reviews)
“parsnips” (18 reviews)
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New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 August 2018 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 HaydenB223
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Jacob P
Reviewed 9 August 2018 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 7 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Eduan K
Reviewed 7 August 2018

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
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The food was alright, with the steak at the right temperature, but I was underwhelmed by the ‘not really’ yorkshire pudding and burnt duck fat potatoes. Service was good though.

Thank MarinaSouza35
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The food was amazing!! The pork belly nuggests were outstanding highly reccomend ! Rebecca was so lovely- she is a huge asset to your team !

Thank shanijoyce
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Rebecca was lovely and then Espresso Martini was delicious, coming back again for sure to lap up another bowl of mussels 👌

Thank JamesD6400
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We enjoyed returning here to dine again after 3 years and the food was still excellent. A recommended dining experience to try when in Queenstown, lots of variety & well priced for a great NZ food experience. Thanks to Rebecca for her friendly service and...More

Thank FourCfamily
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Went here with 3 families... 6 adults and 8 children. Kids had share plates off the standard menu and adults left it up to chef at $55 a head. Brilliant food, big servings and could not eat anymore!

Thank Ross P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, View, 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
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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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