Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35
Ranked: #19 of 73 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: #19 of 73 restaurants in Queenstown 19
Public Kitchen & Bar
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $35
Accepts:   Public Kitchen & Bar accepts American Express

Reviews

My husband and I absolutely loved this place. There is so much to choose from on the menu and everything we chose was exceptionally good. The waitress who looked after us was so lovely too and made it a great experience. I highly recommend the chicken schnitzel (how do they make schnitzel THAT good?), the salmon is to die for and the garlic bread was amazing. Seriously amazing. I will be back.

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Brilliant from start to finish!! I took the in-laws out for dinner to obtain some much needed brownie points and boy did this place do me good. We were greeted by a legendary red head American/Canadian guy who has a mean beard. Unfortunately his name was not as memorable as our dining experience. Once we were explained the public ways of sharing we dove into some starters from the snacks menu and awaited our mains, on this occasion we opted for calamari rings and crispy cauliflower bites, did not disappoint. Now I’m not bragging but we were the very firsts to try their Crispy duck with beans and it was epic, very flavoursome and LARGE. the short beef rib did things to me that are too PG for this review, and even as a salad dodger, I couldn’t keep my hands out the salad bowl. This was the first time I have been dining on first table and would have happily paid full price but of course we didn’t as we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford rent this week. Strongly recommend!! We had 4 at our table and 2 “snacks” 2 salads and 3 mains was plenty to fill us up. 10/10 food. flawless service. Harmonious atmosphere in the restaurant and the wine was bloody good. The in laws were very happy. Great success high 5!!

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Ah Public is an absolute favourite and with first table it's like 2 for 1! We love the sharing style as you get so much variety. Favourites had to be the lemon risotto, beef cheeks and surprising the celeriac puree! Even as southlanders the Cheese rolls look like something we must try next time. The service, the ginger beer, the decor is all fresh and fantastic.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Public Kitchen on a sunny Sunday, sitting on the waterfront. As a group of 4 we shared 2 large & 4 small plates as well as a salad, and it was a perfect amount. The service was good and the menu was well explained to us too. There were also blankets provided for our outdoor seating so even if the breeze was a little on the chilly side we could remain outside soaking up the beautiful waterfront views.

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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,yummy food. Love the "share" concept!

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Ruby Brent

Really good food and amazing service! Would deffo reccomend

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Sarah McIlwrick

Great chef !!

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Floyd Kitchen

Me and my family had a fabulous time at Public kitchen and bar the food was amazing and the service was exceptional. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend anyone to go and dine at Public kitchen and bar.

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Carl Manglo

Great service, Amazing ambiance, Good food

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Great food and service. Thanks you!

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My husband and I absolutely loved this place. There is so much to choose from on the menu and everything we chose was exceptionally good. The waitress who looked after us was so lovely too and made it a great experience. I highly recommend the chicken schnitzel (how do they make schnitzel THAT good?), the salmon is to die for and the garlic bread was amazing. Seriously amazing. I will be back.

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Service was a bit on the slow side, but was very good when our time came around. Felt like they could have had an extra waiter on earlier, but as we were starting at 5pm, didn't really bother us much. We had five "snacks" and they were all good or better.

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Great service with friendly staff..food was fantastic and the main meals bigger than anticipated so ordered too much(share plate style)..next time will order as we go..will definitely be back.

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Tom Adams

Winner winner chicken dinner. Up there with one of the best first tables I've had. Chur

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Very amazing dining experience. Great service with always helpful and smiling staff members. Would rate 10 out of 10!!

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Brilliant from start to finish!! I took the in-laws out for dinner to obtain some much needed brownie points and boy did this place do me good. We were greeted by a legendary red head American/Canadian guy who has a mean beard. Unfortunately his name was not as memorable as our dining experience. Once we were explained the public ways of sharing we dove into some starters from the snacks menu and awaited our mains, on this occasion we opted for calamari rings and crispy cauliflower bites, did not disappoint. Now I’m not bragging but we were the very firsts to try their Crispy duck with beans and it was epic, very flavoursome and LARGE. the short beef rib did things to me that are too PG for this review, and even as a salad dodger, I couldn’t keep my hands out the salad bowl. This was the first time I have been dining on first table and would have happily paid full price but of course we didn’t as we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford rent this week. Strongly recommend!! We had 4 at our table and 2 “snacks” 2 salads and 3 mains was plenty to fill us up. 10/10 food. flawless service. Harmonious atmosphere in the restaurant and the wine was bloody good. The in laws were very happy. Great success high 5!!

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Fantastic experience. Delicious food and friendly service.

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Susan Anderson

Great dining experience at Public. I have wanted to go for a while so the First Table was a good excuse to go. There was just two of us so we choose a selection of the snack plates to share and ended up with way too much food but it was delicious and they let us take it home. Recommend the lamb kofta and rabbit.

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Rebekah Burt

Food amazing, great selection. Loved the happy hour cocktail too

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Dinner was nice. Cocktails weren't the greatest.

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Naomi McCarthy

Great food, in particular the meats and salmon was incredible

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Fernanda Moraes

Pretty nice place. Front of house attentive, kind and lovely. Snacks and sides could be better. Many options vegan and vegetarian. My Friends and I tried salmon, beef, pork and duck, all of them was good except the salmon it was greasy.

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The food was very good. The only disappointment was the has hash stack as the potatoes were boiled and not roasted.

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Enjoyed a great dinner ... food was simply delicious, highlights beef short ribs and roasted carrots & parsnips side. Service was friendly, thoughtful and efficient. Highly recommended. A 4.5 score !

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Kate N Greg Westwood

Great spot, amazing service and the food was good too!
We only tried a few dishes to share, and a brûlée to finish but it was lovely.

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Ah Public is an absolute favourite and with first table it's like 2 for 1! We love the sharing style as you get so much variety. Favourites had to be the lemon risotto, beef cheeks and surprising the celeriac puree! Even as southlanders the Cheese rolls look like something we must try next time. The service, the ginger beer, the decor is all fresh and fantastic.

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Roseanne McNamara

Amazing food, great location and wonderful staff.

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The food was great and the atmosphere in there is so cute and cosy! I tried the Pork Sticks and Duck Pancakes and both were so delicious. Our server Missy was super sweet and helpful too! Definitely a new fave.

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Niki Reid

Excellent as always! This was our 3rd time dining at Public and we'll be back again. The staff are friendly and welcoming, and very accommodating of our toddler (the chef made up a little fruit platter for her for dessert). I splashed out and got the eye fillet and it was perfect, so good! Duck fat potatoes and honey carrots and parsnips are always a winner. Our real reason for going to Public though is the desserts - larger than life and delicious. The trifle & mulled wine made it feel like Christmas!

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Lyshe Windy

Great great friendly service, We love both the waitresses that serve us that afternoon. Great selection for sharing, perfect with such an amazing view to enjoy with. Order more and share!

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We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Public Kitchen on a sunny Sunday, sitting on the waterfront. As a group of 4 we shared 2 large & 4 small plates as well as a salad, and it was a perfect amount. The service was good and the menu was well explained to us too. There were also blankets provided for our outdoor seating so even if the breeze was a little on the chilly side we could remain outside soaking up the beautiful waterfront views.

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Melanie Morrison

Always a pretty good meal at Public Kitchen. Great location of course and great wait staff and service.

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Grace Nield

Great food, great service, great location! Overall 10/10 experience!

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We had a great dinner service provided by the waitstaff. They were very helpful when choosing our meals and the food was fantastic. We really enjoyed the cauliflower bites. Thank you!

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Jess Page

Such a beautiful spot - right on the water. We enjoyed our meal and left feeling satisfied. Our waiter was really friendly and made a good suggestion to add some veges to our main selections - which in retrospect, we should have done but nothing took our fancy at the time. The short rib was our fave - dripped off the bone and loads of flavour.

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Fiona Hutchins

Lovely dinner at Public Kitchen, great friendly service and fantastic views :-)

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Ema Bowman

Awesome service and beautiful food. Great for our group of vegan and coeliac diners.

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One of the best dinners we have had in a long time. Every dish that came out was at a superior level and the service was great.
Definitely recommend

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Food was awesome, we had a few of the share plates and loved all of them!! Also the music playlist was so good. Will definitely be back.

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stunning winters day so got to sit outside overlooking the water and catching some winter rays (Public have cozy blankets if you need also). Service was speedy and we had drinks in no time. Shared dishes so chose between the snacks and seafood. highlights were the cauliflower bites (well seasoned, tender, great dipping sauce and just the right amount of spice), pork bellysticks and the Mushroom Gyoza.

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Jacinda Kirtlan

Excellent food and service.

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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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