Cuisine: A La Carte, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35
Ranked: #12 of 72 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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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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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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Great food and amazing vegetarian/vegan dishes on the menu, very tasty

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Rae Noble-Adams

Awesome meal and sangria. Helpful happy staff too great night

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Great meal great service will be back thanks Ross

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Had dined at Public many times before and was great. But thought the standard had slipped. Two of the four dishes were great but the pork rillettes and the potted rabbit were dry and lacking in flavours.

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Was a good dining experience would return

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Matt Healy

Great food, love the share-plate style of eating, and the funky decor.

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Really nice food and Service was very friendly, great experience. Definitely going back!

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Chelsea Melville

Amazing food!!!

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Leigh Snelling

Really Great food, everything we ordered was delicious, baked camembert, honeyed parsnips and carrots the fillet steak was excellent, very friendly staff and the restaurant is in a wonderful spot, overlooking the Earnslaw. Totally recommend you try this place.

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Rosa Scott

Fantastic food and great service. Very much enjoyed watching the Earnslaw come in and people watching too. Superb pork belly!

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Excellent surroundings, our waitress was very friendly and efficient.
Our selection of food was amazing.
This was our second visit. Will be back.

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Jessica Hadden

Awesome food with a huge selection to choose from. Cool decor and attentive staff!

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Marcio Kids

Great place to have a meal. Excelent service and great variety. Thanks a lot

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Absolutely stunning views in a great, handy location. Food was good, but $$ - worth it for the views of course. Family friendly.

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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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Margi Jamieson

Awesome lunch awesome service. Absolutely pleased with everything. Will definitely go there again

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Well presented food - great flavours.

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Sophie Gibbatron

Unreal food! Two of us shared the potted rabbit, beef checks, half duck, roast potatoes and wilted greens, we're big eaters and were pretty full after

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Olivia Calvo

I’ve always wanted to eat at Public but it was always busy, so I decided to make the reservation to celebrate my 30th birthday

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Quyet Trinh Vu

One of our very best cuisine experiences ever! The view from the table was spectacular, with the ever changing color of the setting sun. The food was outstanding as well, and staffs were attentive and efficient. Perfect!

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Fab restaurant , food fantastic .. lots of choice for my fussy kids , without it being chicken nuggets . good prices for them to try the small plates as well .
Great staff , very knowledgeable and attentive.

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Lovely location and friendly service. The starters were good. We ordered 4 meats and 1 vegetable main, unfortunately just the T bone beef was really nice. The chicken tastes dry and the other beef was way too soft, it was more like a soup.

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Shermaine Manglo

Good food and great service!

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