Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35
Ranked: #15 of 71 restaurants in Queenstown

Public Kitchen & Bar is a casual dining option right on the waterfront in Queenstown Bay, making it the perfect spot to drop in for a drink, grab a bite and catch up with friends and family.

Chef Owner Martin James and talented Chef Stephen Clayton have taken a step back from fine dining and returned to ‘grass roots’ cooking. Their honest, no fuss style of cooking utilising the best local produce caught on the doorstep, hunted in the hills or foraged from the farms is perfect to pass around and share with friends.

The bar offerings include Central Otago wine, Queenstown’s own craft beer on tap and a hearty selection of both local and international wines to keep you happy as you drink in the views.

Sample the daily changing flavours and while away an hour or two with friends and family.

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Public Kitchen & Bar
Absolute Waterfront Steamer Wharf, Beach Street, Queenstown
Queenstown 9300

Open Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

Phone: 03 442 5969
Website: www.publickitchen.co.nz

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Ranked: #15 of 71 restaurants in Queenstown 15
Public Kitchen & Bar
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $35

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Yanli Wu

second time dining here, food is really tasty and well cooked. we ordered the lamb and fish for mains and pork belly calamari rings for small dish, all very nice. and great service too.

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We went to Public for our anniversary dinner, great ambience friendly staff, and food was yummy

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Niki Reid

Most excellent dining experience. Staff were welcoming and friendly, especially to our 9 month old. Food was delicious, we liked how it was all made to share. Favourite dishes were the pork belly bites, and lamb steak. Our baby loved the beef cheek :) the desserts were HUGE and really yummy, the rhubarb creme brûlée was perfect. We highly recommend Public Kitchen & Bar, perfect location right on the lake with a view of the Earnslaw. We’ll be back!

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Melanie Morrison

Great meal and service as always! Public Kitchen is a favourite place of ours and we go there every time we visit Queenstown.

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Andrea Richmond

My kids LOVED the deep fried cheese rolls, great selection of foods and nice view while eating

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William Jin

One of the best experience we had for dinner in Queenstown. I highly suggest choosing some Small Dishes alongside your Mains.

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Valentin Nougaret

Excellent service, FOH staff are doing a very good job. Food was good as well.

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After spending ages choosing what to order as everything on the menu sounded delicious we had a fantastic meal. The food was beautifully cooked using great ingredients and the servings were generous. The service was exemplary, every staff member smiled at us and were incredibly friendly. The only problem will be choosing what to eat next time we go, because we will be back!

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Lee Eunyoung

It was nice food and service i totally satisfied :)
i don't know the name of food but that was pork belly especially i love that thank you

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Joe Wood

Awesome food and fantastic service. The venison was next level delicious!

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Cameron Steele

We had a fantastic time at Public Kitchen. The 'trust the chef' menu made ordering easy and the food just kept on coming out - we were stuffed by the end of it. It was all delicious. Tasty beers on tap, and that night they had a special on Expresso martinis which we thoroughly enjoyed. I reckon they helpd us digest our food which we really needed (so full!) and gave us a bit too much energy... we figured an after dinner walk would be nice and ended up walking all the way home to Frankton! We Highly recommend this cool restaurant.

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Ellie Smith

All food was excellent, drinks were lovely and service was attentive

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Denise Manns

Had a great time, food and service plus place are excellent.

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Laura Westra

Thank you Public! Amazing as always. Awesome selection of sharing plates, incredibles views & fantastic service! Loved it x

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Lamb TBone very nice, tasty, juicy, tender ,aromatic 10 out of 10. Strongly recommended.

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Great evening. Food was great minus calamari rings- very bland and minimal flavour. Otherwise everything else was great, fab service my partner really enjoyed the frequent beer refills

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Awesome food and great service. Chickpea chips are where its at!

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Food was lovely. Service for the drinks was slightly slow

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We had a great lunch here. The deep fried cheese rolls (three pieces) were a nice way to start. Not traditional but yummy anyway. The mains are meant to be shared and are generous, to say the least. We were a bit greedy and got a main each and shared both! The sides were also very generous. Two sides between the two of us were plenty. As for the food itself; just delicious.

As for dessert these are for sharing, too. But we got one each anyway and shared both. Rhubarb Brulee was divine and the Pavlova to die for. Crisp shell and chewy inside just how we like it and lashings of cream and fresh fruit.

Great service too. Friendly and efficient with just the right amount of attentiveness.

This would be a great place for a group meal with the fun of sharing and delicious food.

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Ruth Chen

Food is very yum! Love salmon, beef and cheesecake. Small plates but good for sharing with friends

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The service was great as soon as we walked into the door. We got ushered to a seat which I thought was the best seats in the room. Great scenery of the river and the TSS Earnslaw. We opted for five starters and one main it was a great choice for trying lots of different things. All five senses were very satisfied.

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Texass Davison-McDonald

Food was nice, pancakes that came with the duck were a little rubbery and strange the but the rest was good

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Jordan Orr

Great choice, great service and great food. The 'Snack' portion of the menu is definitely the best!

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Nina Smith

OH MY GOODNESS! The food was so good!! I suggest digging into the starters and sharing amongst the table. The cheese rolls, Kumara bites, pumpkin risotto and lemon chicken were top notch! The waitress was super helpful with guiding us through the extensive menu. I would definitely go back!

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Anna Baker

this place is a great dining experience.
there is plenty on the menu to choose from and the service is spot on.
I highly recommend this place .
the décor is new and trendy and great views looking out over lake wakatipu.

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Staff were friendly and helpful, food was good.

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Claire Todd

Excellent food and really friendly service. Highly recommend. We ordered far too much but was good to try a few different things

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Lucía Laus

I had a great time and lunch with my friends at Public Kitchen & Bar. The service was excellent, the presentation and the taste of the food YUM! I will definitely come back! :D
Rebbeca, our waitress, was super helpful and kind! Strongly recommend this place!
Its perfect location in QT town and the decoration is beautiful with a lovely view to Wakatipu lake.

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Joan Ayo

Good food and superb service. thank you for making our night fantastic

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Came in for lunch for first table, had everything vegan on the menu and was really impressed. Really loved the fritters and cauliflower bites and the pear salad was yum to.. our waitress was awesome to (Rebecca) she was super friendly and helpful and even gave my friend her sunglasses to use while we are outside. Happy customers indeed. Highly recommend.

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Alethea Grovermann

Food was really nice, the sticky pork belly was so yummy, maybe it could come with a small slaw salad, it would complete the dish! No complaints, food was fresh and tasty! Nice coffee as well! Well done!

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Jess Monkley

Great menu, great view, great service. We will definitely be back.

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Bridget Taylor

5 star lunch. Awesome service, fantastic food and beautiful location. I will definitely be back and have already been heavily recommending. Thank you Public team.

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Delicious lunch! Thank you, will return.

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Bill Brent

Love the option of “sharing” your meal at this restaurant. There were three of us and we shared two salads and two entrees which was more than enough....not to mention sharing a great bottle of wine! Beautiful location on the wharf and great service. Highly recommend!

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Stephanie theyers

We had a delicious lunch on Sunday. We had the Denver leg venison and it was the nicest restaurant venison we have ever eaten. The service was excellent and the background music perfect. The restaurant was very cosy on a cool day. Will definitely dine there again.

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Tony Wild

We had a great time food was great and the service as always highly recommended

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Kathinka Ekeberg

Great Lunch and Service. Pork belly on the sticks is to die for.

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Service and food was fantastic. We will be back!

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Alan Kirker

it was a great atmosphere in the restaurant and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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Leah Spencer

The best veggie burger I've ever had! Such a nice lunch with great service. Can't wait to go again

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Emily Walker

Such a nice little dinner spot at the end of Steamer Wharf. The food was amazing- especially the pork belly sticks! They also had great deals on cocktails too which was a bonus! Would definitely go back!

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Joseph Hong

Public Kitchen has a nice setting at the lakefront. Overall experience was great.

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Richard Crouch

good hearty, but simple food... good value for money

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Hannah Jarmany

Delicious food every time. Can’t fault it.

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Alice Fitzpatrick

Had lunch here and really enjoyed especially the starters which we shared which were chickpea fritters with vegan aioli and cauliflower bites with chilli.
Service excellent will definitely eat here again

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Fantastic lunch or dinner spot. We went for lunch and only had the smaller meals and we all left extremely satisfied. Would highly recommend.

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Karen Glenny

We usually visit Queenstown once a year. Since our first experience dining at The Public Kitchen, we have eaten there every time we return! The food is delicious. We took our 15 year old daughter with us this time and she said it was the best meal she’s ever had at a restaurant. The salmon was just divine!! We enjoy getting four or so dishes and trying each one. We will definitely be back!

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Junghwa Oh

Great food and excellent service.
The place is located just beside the lake. The view was beautiful..
Everything was fantastic.
Thanks

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Heaven Zhang

My friend and I had such a wonderful evening here. The lake view is stunning, the vibe is really chill and cool, the food is delicious and the service is amazing. Such a friendly service team. Strongly recommend Public Kitchen and Bar. Don’t forget to grab a desert!

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