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.
Everything was perfect. Beth was extraordinary !
Great evening as always! See you again soon
Been eating at Public bar for 5 years now and the first place I book when in Queenstown. Consistantly fantastic food and great service.
Excellent food & service
Delicious food and friendly staff
Overall good food and pleasant experience, but not enough bread with the baked Camembert-even one more slice would have been appreciated; large slice of skirt steak was ALL fat/gristle; and It would be nice to have a few lower priced wines on the drinks menu.
Unfortunately we had to wait about 20 mins to get a drink and have our order taken despite two young girls being seated right beside us and being served straight away. We would of ordered more drinks obviously if we didn't have to wait so long!! When they finally took our order it didn't take long to come out and was delicious. Just a shame that service staff didn't seem interested in us first of all
Very kind staff and delicious food. The restaurant is beside the lake and the view is fantastic.
Amazing food, amazing wine and lovely atmosphere! Service was great too by the lovely staff. Sat in a booth with views of the lake which was a bonus. Would definitely come again :)
Another incredible meal at Public! It remains my favourite Queenstown restaurant👍I love the variety of food, the tables right on the waterfront, the attentive staff and the $10 cocktails!!
Loved our evening at Public. Food, service, location and atmosphere were all perfect. Thank you!
Delicious dinner in ideal setting outside, in sun, breeze blowing. Couldn’t ask for more tender short ribs! VERY generous portions!
The rib eye, the service and tge view was great. The ceviche and the mussels coukd have tasted more though
Great food... would definitely eat there again.
Thank you for your kindness and delicious foods.
We had book a table and was a 10 min early so they asked us to sit at the bar. Then they forgot us for 25 min. I had to call their atttention to our booking time and the table we got had been free and set for a long time. The dishes are made to share. But the salmon is mainly just salmon and therefore we ordered a side (worked vegetables) to go with it. But the salmon took forever so the greens got cold. I added an order for garlic bread to my ragu and the waitress forgot to put the order in. A second waitress helped me. The food is good but service is sloppy.
I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with my experience. We told the waitress that we would order some food to start and would order more a little later, as we planned on being there til midnight. So we ordered a starter, a salad and a main to share first. When she cleared our plates, she asked if we wanted to order more food, and we said we would wait a bit, as we didn’t expect the food to come out so quickly. We continued to order drinks and she returned later to tell us that the kitchen had closed 20mins earlier, and was only serving a few snacks. She saw how clearly disappointed and surprised we were by this and asked if there was something in particular we were after. She checked with the kitchen to see if they would let us get the baked Camembert - but they wouldn’t. We really wanted to order this and the lamb, so were pretty annoyed. Later, a huge ship sailed back in and docked for the night - right in front of us. We were then kicked out just before midnight! When I made the booking, I was very clear that I was booking with the intention of watching the fireworks for NYE, as my partner and I were visiting from Sydney and had never been to Queenstown before. I’m not sure why these two key things weren’t pointed out?! We could have dined at The Grille by Eichardts - but chose Public Kitchen because I liked the fact that the produce is locally sourced and we didn’t have to go with a set menu. It ended up being a very disappointing night.
This restaurant continues to be our favourite.
We were very pleased with our visit and the fact that a time change and number of guests from 4 to 6 was accommodated
I like the good atmosphere and good location
Great relaxed restaurant with friendly and efficient service
Fantastic!! Thanks for this experience. We are veheterians and the food was amazing. The attendants and atmosphere were really good as well. We'll come back for sure. Cheers!
Outstanding location, excellent innovative menu and friendly efficient staff. A great experience.
Awesome we had chefs pick was great
Great location, interesting menu but a little confusing as to what is the sharing suggestion i.e. starters &/or main course so our starter came after first of the mains arrived. Tasty food. Service ok but several servers and not sure who was taking charge & confusion with food delivery so cant rate better today.