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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Ground Floor, Steamer Wharf | Beach Street, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We ended up going to this Bar & Kitchen every single evening we were in Queenstown! The guys are the bar made amazing cocktails, and were fun to watch! The place was buzzing every eve, they gave us warm red blankets to sit with by...More

Thank RootsSingapore
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I visited on a chilly May evening looking some delicious fare. And this is what we got. Having previously read about the quality of, and local sourcing of ingredients, I was immediately drawn to this restaurant. And it certainly didn't disappoint. From...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here in a group of ten people. Had excellent service and the food was plentiful and really good. The Rhubarb brulee was amazing best ever had. Lamb rack was amazing and is Merino meat. Great atmosphere. Would go again.

Thank Adrienne O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place by far drew us back several times to enjoy its ambiance, good beers and a hamburger to die for. The lass from Sommerset UK working the bar was very helpful in giving us a view of all the good spots to visit and...More

Thank archibold1770
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here having read good reviews online and in guide books and weren't disappointed. We booked ahead as it looked like it could get very busy and were glad we had done so otherwise we probably wouldn't have got in. The food that we...More

Thank pboropixie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here, ordered the lamb rump. Lamb was so rare and fatty had to send it back. Waited forever to get my meal returned. Was average at best.

1  Thank Debra1802
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say, this was probably the best meal I had in New Zealand other than the ones I made myself. All of the food was authentically New Zealand, organic and local whenever possible. The service was great the atmosphere was lovely the prices...More

Thank katrinangel2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have dined many times so was well aware of the menu and the style of service. Menu has changed slightly though since last visit. We actually visited to try their burger as part of the competition between local restaurants but was told they stop serving...More

Thank PJC18
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended to us by our hotel, this was a stunning venue. Having booked a table, we were seated outside at the end of the wharf looking up the lake as the sun went down. Water taxis, jet boats and the lake steamer coming and going...More

Thank unbakedalaska
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We asked some locals for a recommendation for dinner, and we were directed to Public Kitchen and Bar. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent. the service was good, and they also offered outdoor dining overlooking the lake.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
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