Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35
Ranked: #14 of 74 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: #14 of 74 restaurants in Queenstown 14
Public Kitchen & Bar
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $35
Accepts:   Public Kitchen & Bar accepts American Express

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The Public Kitchen is a must when dining out in Queenstown. The food is always amazing with outlooks over the botanic gardens to the Remarkables.

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Meg Cardiff

The food was unbelievable! We loved everything we ordered, the cauliflower was the best. There’s lots of vegan and veggie options as well.
All our servers were great, honestly couldn’t fault a thing! Thanks guys!

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Evelyn Gil

Amazing service and food. The enviroment just beautiful.

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Jayden Pattison

Wow, we dined here for lunch and it was beautiful. We ordered from the shared plates. And I could not fault anything. The service from the two guys was impeccable they were super attentive considering how busy the restaurant was. The food was super delicious, we ordered around 7 plates and a desert and we managed to get get through most of it. We had an action packed day so this was our main meal for the day. Totally recommend to go here. I can’t wait to come again.

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Zeca Borges

The food and service were amazing. Lovely atmosphere and great decor. We felt much valued and welcomed guest. We had seafood ceviche as started that was really yummy. We had Venison denver leg what was amazing. We also ate a delicious salad pavlova to finish the dinner. My conclusion the Public Kitchen is definitely a five star restaurant.

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This was one of the best dining experiences we have had.

We booked for my partners birthday and the waitstaff were amazing with us, and the kids.

They even went as far as to pop a candle in my partner's dessert cheesecake (highly recommend - it's just delicious)

We would definitely go again, the food was incredible.

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Emm Benson

The staff were amazing at accommodating myself, my husband who was late and our 4 month old son. The food was mouth wateringly tasty and good sized sharing portions. We will be back next time we are in queenstown to sample more of the delicacies on there very large menu. Everything brought out from the kitchen looked amazing

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From the friendly greeting when we walked in to the chat before leaving we rate this restaurant as a 10. The food was good as well and liked that we could share everything was great. We will be back.

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Excellent food, attractive venue and very friendly staff. Certainly floated our boat!!!

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Public Kitchen & Bar was our first meal in Queenstown and it did not disappoint. We ended up dining here twice during our weeks holiday.

All the food was fantastic and served within good time. The staff were all very welcoming, friendly and helpful.

2nd best to the food was the scenery when sitting outside. Absolutely amazing!

I'd definitely eat here again.

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Leon-Anthony Smith

Great experience. Table right next to the lake, great service from all the waitstaff, seating quickly and served attentively. Food was delicious, sharing plates with a wide variety of choice for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Will be back again for sure. Cheers!

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Katherine Plummer

The tapas at Public Kitchen is so good! We went as a group of 4 and got so much food and can't fault any of it, it was all incredible. Definitely order a good few dishes because then you can really make the most of what's on the menu.
Also, just want to say thanks so much to the amazing staff who made my Mum's birthday extra special! :)

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Peggy Hieronymus

Probably the most picturesque spot right by the wharf to eat out. Spot on service with staff they know what they doing, yummy cooked food ... credit to the chef behind the scenery.., you doing a fabulous job.
I am local and had invited friends and we all certainly loved the shared variety of the most delicious menu .
We will be back. Keep up the outstanding work and effort in the high season.
Cheers
Peg ( breakfastattiffanys.co.nz)

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Am so gutted that I haven't been here in so long as this has been my most impressive lunch of summer! Amazing food and such nice, friendly service. Loved it! We enjoyed lots of smaller dishes and it's so hard to single out one particular dish - they were all delicious. Ceviche, pork rillettes, baked camembert, cod croquettes, etc... amazing and will be back.

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Sasha Mackay

I can't fault a thing: this place is fantastic. Love the emphasis on local produce, the flavour combinations (e.g. coconut ceviche, and rhubarb brulee), and the good value cocktail jugs. Service was really excellent, and the outlook is 5 star.

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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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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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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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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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Great dining experience with the family. The staff were awesome, we will be back.

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The Public Kitchen is a must when dining out in Queenstown. The food is always amazing with outlooks over the botanic gardens to the Remarkables.

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Excellent food and service in a relax atmosphere, definitely recommend if you like snack and chat.
The food came out at different times, which gave us time to enjoy one dish at a time.

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Meg Cardiff

The food was unbelievable! We loved everything we ordered, the cauliflower was the best. There’s lots of vegan and veggie options as well.
All our servers were great, honestly couldn’t fault a thing! Thanks guys!

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Florencia Santillan

Ceviche is expensive considering it’s a small portion. We were told the dishes were designed to share but the portion were not that big. Food was very tasty. Service as well.

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Evelyn Gil

Amazing service and food. The enviroment just beautiful.

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Sa'hayla Harden

We enjoyed our dinner here. The restaurant is beautiful, the food was lovely and the staff were extremely helpful. The only critique I have is that the food portions could be a bit larger, especially for the main meals that cost over $40.

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Emily Smith

Really great food and service! Lots of options to suit every taste!

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Jayden Pattison

Wow, we dined here for lunch and it was beautiful. We ordered from the shared plates. And I could not fault anything. The service from the two guys was impeccable they were super attentive considering how busy the restaurant was. The food was super delicious, we ordered around 7 plates and a desert and we managed to get get through most of it. We had an action packed day so this was our main meal for the day. Totally recommend to go here. I can’t wait to come again.

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Natasha O'Connell

Always an amazing dinner, with great service

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Good selection of meals, generous size for sharing, would certainly return when in Queenstown.

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Great food. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great experience

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Absolutely delicious. We were in Queenstown for 6 nights, and this was our favourite meal. Great selection on the menu, and easy to choose different dishes to share - we all loved it and will visit again next time in Queenstown.

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Katie Adams

Setting and service was really good but the food was average

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Beautiful view. Good service and delicious food. Try the lamb chops, pork belly sticks and baked camembert for a real treat.

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Had a tasteful dining experience between friends, and also excellent service!!

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Great to be able to try a variety of dishes.

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Alexander Munro

Good food
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Amazing view by the lake even if you’re sitting indoors. I’d skip the 1/2 roasted duck though- was dry and too salty. The rest of the food was absolutely delightful however, would definitely recommend the baked Whitestone Camembert as a highlight.

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Hannah Mac

Great food and service!

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Alyssa Peters

We had a really nice time. The waiters were great and the food was delicious :) 2nd time here and will definitely come again! also the view is pretty good..

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Great food and friendly staff. A good evening all round.

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Holly Burridge

Good food good environment. Def will be back again

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Fantastic service, location and food!

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Jan Tipene

Fantastic food and service the pork belly was beautifully rendered and one of the best I had tried my husband ordered usually to fatty for me, salmon & capers delicious had with Sangria, great place and the outlook on to the lake awesome.

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Tenille Jevon

Amazing food in an amazing setting! We will be back!

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Siobhán Breakingbury

We had the most unreal meal - will definitely be back to this lovely place. We got the salmon & the pork belly mains along with some vege sides - absolutely to die for. The waitress was really lovely too

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Drinks and views from the restaurant were great. Food was good, but nothing exceptional. Good place to meet friends for a drink and light nibbles. Great service as well.

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Kinns Ng

Overall is good. I didn’t expect venison is such small portion. Roasted duck overly cook and taste bitter on skin. Will go back next time definitely because restaurant menu has a lot of choices. Well done

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Susan Walsh

Had a very enjoyable meal of two burgers and chickpea fritters with an amazing view from Steamer Wharf of Queenstown in winter wonderland look!!

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Emma Moo

Great service. Food was not as good as last time still yummy tho.

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Zeca Borges

The food and service were amazing. Lovely atmosphere and great decor. We felt much valued and welcomed guest. We had seafood ceviche as started that was really yummy. We had Venison denver leg what was amazing. We also ate a delicious salad pavlova to finish the dinner. My conclusion the Public Kitchen is definitely a five star restaurant.

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Kinsey Hall

The service was good and the food was delicious, a great range of options for vegans

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Emily Walker

Great food especially for sharing!

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Cindy Veint

Great atmosphere, great food, great service!

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Stephanie theyers

Delicious well presented food. Great service and ambience.

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Danielle Hrstich

Food was delicious! We sat outside on the water & had a fantastic view of the mountains with the sun set creating the best ambience. Service was top notch!

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Service was excellent, meat was beautifully cooked but some of the salads had quite weird flavours but overall a lovely night

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Laura Mckernan

Public is a trusty little local haunt of mine, always good food for a very good price. The dishes are made to share so its easy to try lots of the menu with a few friends. Staff are always friendly and helpful.

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Hope Marson

Really great experience. Food came out quickly and was all delicious. Both servers were engaging and super friendly. Have visited Public many times and always had a great experience, can't wait to go back!

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Ashley Burrell

All food was deep fried a salads were dressed with to much oil

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Gary Barr

Have been before
Was nice and everything came out very quick

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Excellent service awesome atmosphere

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Group of 4 all vegetarian, plenty of options to choose from and the food was amazing.
We had an incredible experience and will be back.

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Lauren Brown

Great interior and location!
The menu had an awesome variety and was very exciting to read through; however, the food was very average. Not bad, but not delicious - there was nothing that really stood out to us, aside from the interior design and the friendly service.
Probably won’t book again.

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Russ McLean

Warm & friendly greeting. Personnel were busy but prepared to engage in conversation which, for me, makes for a far better experience. Good selection of flavours & tastes from the Snacks menu. We enjoyed both the variety & the sharing of dishes. Have been several times before & always happy to return.

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This was one of the best dining experiences we have had.

We booked for my partners birthday and the waitstaff were amazing with us, and the kids.

They even went as far as to pop a candle in my partner's dessert cheesecake (highly recommend - it's just delicious)

We would definitely go again, the food was incredible.

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Joe Sutheran

Excellent food - great menu of 'snacks' to share as entrees or as sides to go with the mains. We had Beef Cheeks and Lamb main courses, both were excellent, and you can't go wrong with the accompaniments. Would definitely recommend!

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装修很有创意,菜品很多样,我们最爱他们家的甜点和装甜点的小盘子:)

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