Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35
Ranked: #10 of 66 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: #10 of 66 restaurants in Queenstown 10
Public Kitchen & Bar
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $35

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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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Great food! Great service! Great location!

We were amazed to get this deal on First Table as this restaurant is perfectly placed to attract all-day diners. Then there is the good: WOW!!!! Everything was interesting, perfectly cooked and presented. The Venison Osso Bucco was outstanding. Our wait staff were friendly, knowledgeable, attentive but not pushy. Impressive. Overall, the experience was extremely enjoyable. Faultless!

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Stephanie theyers

Excellent service and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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Nathan Wakely

Lots of options, really enjoy going here every time!

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Our meal at Public was delicious! For drinks we got a pitcher of white wine sangria, very refreshing. We started off with the sticky pork belly skewers: AMAZING. For mains we had the beef cheeks and the lamb stew, both were yummy and filling. My only regrets are that I didn't have a piece of bread to sop up all the good juices, and that I didn't have room in my stomach for a third main course! If I ever come back to Queenstown I am definitely trying the venison!

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Paula Cortés Carrillo

Really nice place. We were sitting by the lake and they have an amazing view. The girls really friendly and the food started coming fast even when they were kind of busy. For sure I will come back.

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The food was really yum and their service was outstanding

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Barry Eunson

Hi absolutely delighted to offer a review of my first experience with "First Table"..I was apprehensive at first but was more than impressed...my son and daughter-in-law had made the trip from Perth and we went out for an evening...starting with the Public Kitchen and Bar in Queenstown. The meals, service, and satisfaction were superb and could only be matched by the scenery. Well done to "First Table", I am trumpeting your merits. Regards Barry.

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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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Jen McGirr

Lovely spot on the wharf, good service.

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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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Great food, atmosphere and staff! Will definitely be back!

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Joyce Morgan

We've always loved dining here. The shared plate dining is definitely more my style. It's a great concept where everyone can sample a bit of everything and have fun. Great atmosphere and, oh, the view *french chef finger kiss*.

Another good thing about the First Table dining time is that you can watch the TSS Earnslaw arrive at 5.30pm and cruise out at 6.00pm. She's such a magnificent sight to behold!

I know First Table is more about the food, but I highly recommend the Sangria Cocktail - "shared" jug! ;)

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Jonathas Junior

One of my favorite restaurants in Queenstown! Great service, great atmosphere and the food was just spectacular!

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Sherynne Balmonte

amazing food, location and views! The service was great, very attentive :)

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Great sharing food !

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Beth Allyn

Great food, great location, loved our evening.

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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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Sally Marriage

We had a great lunch at Public Kitchen & Bar. The staff were really friendly and helped recommend dishes form the menu. Really helpful in catering for my allergy too. Nice atmosphere inside the restaurant and the food was yummy. Definitely coming back! Thanks!

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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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Great place to dine... right beside Lake Wakatipu. Service and food were excellent! Had Baked rack of lamb and Confit duck pancake.

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Really yummy!!

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Paris Movin'

Great view, nice service and massive dessert

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Wong Wiingg

food are tasty but the size of dishes are a bit small.

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Jacynda Forsyth

3rd time here but this time brought the kids. My son was in food heaven such a wee foodie into everything. So tasty and very fast. Espresso martini was delicious and was great as it was happy hour. Keep up the great work we will be back

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Delicious food and great service as always. One of our fav places to eat in town.

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Zoe Lightfoot

Had a great time at Public, such a great spot on the lake and the weather was perfect to sit outside! The kumara and chickpea fritters and beef short rib were the stand out dishes for us, but everything was delicious.

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Juliana Rosado

It was delicious! We are vegetarians and the meals were so tasty.

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Claire Percy

Awesome food and great service

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Kate Findlay

Wonderful selection of food and great service

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Great food and even better service. One of my favorite places to eat in queenstown

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Siriwattana Nantee

Delicious food, drinks and incredible view.

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vanessa lewis

wonderful location on a beautiful day. Staff were attentive and totally understood the first table concept. Plenty of vege choice for the vege eater amongst us Food was generous and delicious and we sadly couldnt finish it.

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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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