Open 11:00am - Late daily
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
About Public Kitchen & Bar
Offering exceptional local cuisine, Public Kitchen is all about local produce caught in the hills or farmed down the road or caught off the coast. The closest restaurant to the lake the outdoor terrace is a must dining option to take in the views and enjoy the exceptional sharing dishes on offer.
As a group of 6 we chose the Trust the Chef option and it was superb!! Highly recommend!!
Food was great with the exception of the salad dressing just tasting like olive oil. Staff was great!
The service was fantastic. The staff were so friendly and attentive. Explained how the menu worked and didn’t feel like they were rushing us. A great atmosphere for casual dining. The only thing we didn’t enjoy as much was the food. It was quite flavourless. Also a lot of the menu was unavailable at the time we went which was disppointing.
Great spot. Local drinks, Great staff. Happy to pay our bill!
This was my second time here and first with the kids. Something for everyone on the menu and fast friendly service - we thoroughly enjoyed it! We need to come back and try the things we were too full to order!
The food ,wine and views are possible the best in Queenstown.
Excellent restaurant, location, food and service. We had a great night. Great for sharing.
Our waitress was excellent
Our table wasn't ready on arrival but the staff were lovely and accommodating with sorting us a new table. Food was fabulous and didn't take long from kitchen to table. Always a pleasure.
Great service and food with a fantastic location
We had booked three days ahead. We got given an inside corner table with a lake view. Our waitress was wonderful and as she explained the menu she also mentioned the option of "Trust the Chef" so we trusted the waitress and chose this option where we got about 9 dishes from the menu to share with the four of us at $55 per head. The food was superb! We all would recommend this restaurant. In fact, we did this to a group of Australians we met on the Earnslaw the next day.
As locals we have eaten at Public 4 times in the past 60 days as we enjoy the restaurant and the food. On this particular visit the food and service provided by the wait staff was good as usual but the manager badly let us down. We had reserved a table for three persons as we had an out of town visitor. When we arrived we were seated at a table for two with a third chair added. The table did not provide enough table real estate to accommodate all of the dishes (boards) for three persons. When we mentioned this and inquired as to why we were seated at such a small table we were informed that the two persons originally seated at our table complained about it and the restaurant manager at the time gave them our reserved table (booth). We were given the smaller table for two. This changed what should have been a pleasant dining inexperience into an unpleasant one. I personally had to keep my feet tucked under my chair as there was no room to strech them out as the two ladies had their feet under the table resulting in my legs being pretty cramped up by the time the dinner was over -- all because the restaurant manager did not have the backbone to honor the table reserved through this site. Not a good showing by the manager and indicative that at least on this particular day he was not up to the job.
Great option for a large group. Trust the Chef menu was very welcomed by our table.
We made a booking 2 days before we dinned and we’re seated at the worsted table at the restaurant!!!
We had a great tasting tappers dinner, lovely drinks and top service
Food was amazing, service was terrible.
We ended up leaving as we waited far too long for even some drinks to come
We had a fantastic dinner the other day. The backdrop of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains sure added to the laid-back vibe. The service was impeccable and welcoming. I would definitely recommend it.
We come to Public all the time and always bring new friends. This time we had a big group of 11 of us, and 8 had never been to you guys before. They really loved it. We chose to do the trust the chef menu and my only comment would really be that I did feel like with everyone paying 55 per person the amount of food that we received, would have been more affordable if we had just ordered a la carte. Of course the food all tasted incredible and everyone really enjoyed it. Overall still a great experience and we will definitely be dining with you again
Not clear before booking that this restaurant is sharing plates. Took to long to get drinks. Took to long to get garlic bread. Veggies came way to late after getting meat dishes. Meals not healthy
Really good food with a nice vibe and the cocktails were amazing too. Would definitely go back. Service was brilliant as well. We went on new years eve and we didn't have to wait long for food nor where we pressured to hurry up
Liked the wine selection particularly the pairing of pinot noir mondillo with venison
What a view, superb food and excellent waitress, Rebecca, who really made us feel special ..all made it a lunch to remember...best meal we've had on our trip.
A fun place on the wharf to enjoy the view. We sat outside and when it cooled off, blankets were readily available as well as heaters. The ambience inside was great also. We discovered this place by reading reviews and it didn't disappoint. We requested Rebecca based on those reviews and she was fantastic! She took the time to write down tips on places to see in the area and provided excellent customer service. Highly recommend for lunch or dinner.
Really tasty food and great outside area. Service was average