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“Warm welcome, family friendly and great service!”

Public Kitchen & Bar
Ranked #34 of 268 Restaurants in Queenstown
Price range: US$4 - US$22
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed 5 August 2020

Anyone travelling with a 2 year old will understand the need to find the right restaurant. As I am such a foodie I wanted to enjoy good food and service in the right atmosphere for my family. As we walked past the window of the Public Kitchen & Bar we saw there was live music which was a chap singing, which made us start looking for a free table, then the waitress Lucy gave us a beautiful big smile and beckoned us in. She was at the door before us, whisking our push chair away and showing us to our table, she then made sure all our needs were taken care of! With a glass of water in hand and a chat with our little daughter, Lucy talked us through the menu. The atmosphere inside is warm, cosy and friendly. After a lovely Aperol Spritz cocktail to start our food arrived, the chickpea & kumara fritters and confit duck pancakes were a favourite of mine and my husband is still talking about the Venison Osso Bucco, simply delicious. Two other staff members waited on the table, a young man and a young Northern Irish waitress, both very polite and competent. We would highly recommend Public Kitchen & Bar as amazing service, delicious food, great atmosphere, nice views of the lake and the drinks are brilliant!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Thank ClaireBroth
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Reviewed 4 August 2020 via mobile

Very warm and welcoming - food was tasty and served well - we really enjoyed the cocktails at the bar and the barman Ben was very competent and good company

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed 2 August 2020 via mobile

Had a great evening celebrating a friend’s birthday. Wide selection of food and beer and some great vegan options for their tapas style of menu. Connor was welcoming and had a great knowledge of everything (I definitely wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home). And on top of all of this, $10 espresso martini’s all day, everyday.

Date of visit: August 2020
Thank laurenhazeldine
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Reviewed 2 August 2020

Had the best meal at public with some friends for my Birthday. Our server Connor was very polite and informative and made some great food and drinks suggestions. Very enjoyable evening, will definitely be coming again!

Date of visit: August 2020
Thank Lancsnid
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Reviewed 27 July 2020 via mobile

What a special little place tucked away in the back of the wharf. The family style eating was perfect after a Full day of adventure. I couldn’t decide on a main meal for myself so a mixture of everything was perfect. We were placed to sit at a booth which was comfortable and warm. Not overLet fancy to make you feel uncomfortable, yet still makes you feel looked after and wanted. Thank you

Date of visit: July 2020
Thank LukeN59
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