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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 good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
09:00 - 23:00All hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We booked the Public online for lunch as the setting & atmosphere is excellent for dining. The location is awesome overlooking Lake Wakatipu with an indoor & outdoor dining option. The food was delicious especially the skirt steak & grilled short ribs. Staff very friendly...More

1  Thank Ellemay
Reviewed 3 days ago

We sat dockside at sunset and had delicious green-lipped mussels, lamb, and mulled wine. It was winter so it was cold but they have outdoor heaters and woolen blankets for patrons. Good food, good service, incredible scenery.

1  Thank Jude J
Reviewed 5 days ago

The dishes are meant to be shared which was great because as group of 4, we ordered a variety of meat/seafood. Veggies and salads have to be ordered separately though which was a slight downside. The food was simple but delicious, especially the braised beef...More

1  Thank dincytea
Reviewed 6 days ago

The staff are super friendly and the food was yummy, but not the best I've eaten. We had the cheese rolls and fish sliders for entrees - both were delicious. The braised lamb and beef short rib were nice but lacking, and the honey veges...More

1  Thank Revampnzgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a venison dish & a lamb dish. Both were delicious. Staff were very helpful - especially Rebecca. :)

Thank Jo B
Reviewed 1 week ago

well been twice at public, have to say didnt like, options for sharing isnt big enough to share, so what makes you have that as a meal. what getting expensive

Thank Juninho-NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am so happy I brought my family here. Their waitress are so nice and the food was just amazing. I recommend the skirt steak which the staffs said is the favorite from the kitchen. And I bet it's true!! The meat is so tender...More

Thank NicoleChiu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a pleasant lunch listening to the music .They had a duo playing that afternoon Public has plenty of space. great outlook on the lake backed up by good food and excellent service Another cafe/restaurant worth a visit

Thank jim e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the concept of the shared meals, food was awesome and couldn't fault the service. Serving sizes were very generous too we thought - particularly the desserts!

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband n I visited Queenstown for the first time recently. Stumbled upon this place n had dinner there twice. Food was great n the service was excellent. Price was fair compared to similar restaurant around the area. Becky the waitress was very friendly n...More

1  Thank Grace C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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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