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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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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pork belly” (62 reviews)
“pavlova” (35 reviews)
“parsnips” (17 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 23:00All hours
New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I would just like to mention that my recent visit to Public was hosted by a lovely waitress named Rebecca who enhanced our culinary expierence. I strongly recommend the food as well as the hospitality.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited last year and were really impressed so headed back this year and we're not disappointed- great food!!!

Thank Sandywaawaa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Good times. Thanks Rebecca! The salmon was lovely and the spinach carrot salad was delicious. Nice atmosphere.

Thank Angela G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great service - especially from Rebecca who was awesome. The food is epic and the vibe is just right.

Thank Sam N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although service and atmosphere awesome the portion size was delicate for the price. In saying that the food was great so maybe we just wanted more :-)

Thank John A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Something to satisfy most tastes. We enjoyed our selection and the service by Becca was great as well.

Thank Kay L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to New Zealand for just over a week, this was a meal to die for. The service was excellent, all the staff really looked after us and were fab. The food was .... just lush. Would certainly recommend the pork belly for starters...More

Thank Julswoody
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are here and shared the duck pancakes, the venison roast, kumara salad, and roast vege filo tart. All was amazing, and we lived that the meats are locally sourced. The highlight of the night was definitely the trifle for dessert. So much like Mum...More

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I came in the other night for dinner. Charlie was our server and everything he suggested was delicious. Definitely would recommend to anyone traveling to Queenstown!

Thank Jayson144
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a restaurant that has a sharing plate menu. There is a wide variety to choose from and the slow braised beef cheeks, crumbed fried silver trumpeter fillets, carrot, spinach and blue cheese salad and house made corned beef with mustard sauce were generous,...More

Thank Emily L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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
  • 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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