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Queenstown Public House, San Diego, CA

Queenstown Public House

4.7
4.7
258 Reviews
$30 and under
Organic
For parties of 7 or more please give us a call at 619-546-0444


We are a New Zealand inspired whimsical restaurant set in a craftsman house that dates back to 1905. We are one block off the main drag in Little Italy. Sink your teeth into one of our organic beef or lamb burgers. We also have many salads and dinner entrees to try. Portions are generous, and prices are reasonable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Organic, Californian, New Zealand

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 546-0444 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Cedar Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line/Little Italy Trolley Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 258 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. K

    Kattz

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails and food were all incredible (hands down, the best chicken pot pie I have ever had), and our server was super friendly and attentive. We actually dined here for the first time last week, but enjoyed it so much that we came back again to celebrate a friend's birthday!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Ambiance is terrific. Previous dinners were stellar. Had the meatloaf and onion rings and smashed potatoes were dry and didn’t go well with the dinner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is a great brunch location. Excellent service and good food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and great ambiance! Highly recommend and right near the heart of little Italy
  5. D

    Denaria

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Queenstown Public House is a charming venue with amazing food - their lamb burger is one of the most wonderful things I've eaten in a long time. Unfortunately, there's one aspect of our experience which might be a deal breaker for me in the future- the NOISE! Not from other customers - but from the outside speakers which pounded rock music incessantly at a volume which made it impossible to carry on a conversation without shouting. The music itself was fine - the decibel level was not. Please let me enjoy that heavenly lamb burger again on a lazy Sunday afternoon on Columbia Street without having my eardrums blown out . . .
  6. M

    Maddie

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I would definitely recommend going to Queenstown Public House. Such good food and a fun ambiance.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue and service. Friendly staff. Helpful. Awesome food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food in San Diego ! Gorgeous outdoor atmosphere and also amazing cocktails. Service is outstanding too !
  9. JK

    JosephineK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Love the Kiwis and want to support with constructive criticism. We were slow to be seated with a reservation. The food was delicious, the lamb burgers are soggy and hard to eat because of that. The drinks were average. The ambiance was great but the music loud. Thank you anyway.
  10. TM

    ToniM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had never been to Queenstown Pub but wanted to try a new location. We searched online for best burger in San Diego and this was on the list. We chose it because the restaurant was a short ride from home and it served a lamb burger, a description that intrigued the both of us. We made reservations for the inside dining room but there appeared to be only 3 standard tables that were not high tops. Most everything was outdoor dining. The place was cute but we wanted to be served in air conditioning. N/A on the air. We opted to eat at the bar instead. Joye, our bartender was great and very attentive. We each ordered burgers, one lamb and one wagyu and liked them and the cocktails. We also ordered the lemon custard to share and it was delish. Even though it was good and the wait staff were pleasant, we don't know if we'd go back. Too many other restaurants in town to try.
  11. MA

    MAMc

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Let me begin - I love Keith, our server. He was amazing. However, I do feel our drinks and apps left something to be desired. The food (and cocktails) felt a little soulless (and watered down). I’ve been here for brunch before and it was amazing, so maybe this is a happy hour issue, but I will not be coming back anytime soon.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place! It’s low key fun but elevated American cuisine with New Zealand influence. Great drinks and patio and bar . Our server went above and beyond. Highly recommend their burgers and lamb skewers with house made hummus. Will definitely be back!
  13. JF

    JanF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Service was a little slow but once ordered, things came fairly quickly.
  14. KB

    KirstieB

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for happy hour and had a terrific time. The ambiance was delightful. Brought the pup too! Didn’t have any food but the drinks were great!
  15. DR

    DRMA

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Great food but service was very low abs the restaurant was kinda empty
  16. R

    Robbob

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Terrible service, mediocre food, below average drinks. One of our meals was forgotten about, our waitress said it would be out in 2 minutes but it took about 10. All of our food was cold by the time the last meal came out. We waited for over 30 minutes for our check after finishing our meal. Cool ambience, but definitely won’t be coming back
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, such a cool ambiance, great menu selection and food. You can’t go wrong here!
  18. G

    Georgia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed eating at Queenstown Public House on Father's Day. The staff was very attentive and welcoming! The food was very tasty and the ambience is unique, whimsical and relaxed!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    I thought the restaurant would be very hip with tasty food and good services, but it was very loud with not-bgm-style music and the food was good for photo but not really tasty. Above all I told the server that I want medium steak for steak benedict croissant, but I got a well done steak. Such a disappointment.
  20. SM

    SoniaM

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friendly staff and great service! A great place for happy hour!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food was good, it seemed like it was prepared fast but I guess it matched the public house maybe I’m used to more fine dining lol - overall lamb rack was cooked lovely, the Shepard pie is huge and delicious! mac and cheese looked nothing like insta photos lol - seemed to lack flavor and bake time other than that it was great. I wish we had more napkins and more frequent server check- ins. I’ll be back it’s a cute place some meals were bar raising, some good some sun par. Onion dip and chips was a winner too!!
  22. e

    eddieg511

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellence service, great tasting food, and great ambiance, will go again!
  23. MG

    MelissaG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food! Had reservations and they sat us fast.
  24. DJ

    DrJeff

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s not the first time I’ve eaten here and they are consistently good. Service and friendly staff. Good food and worth the money. Highly recommend Queenstown.
  25. K

    Kimberly

    Montana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 4 of us just had a fabulous evening ! Service was spectacular, food was amazing and the venue is just very cook, kinda Bohemian like.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve had the Fergburger in New Zealand and this restaurant has the same quality and taste. One of my favorite burgers in San Diego. The skinny fries are amazing as well. Great service last night.
  27. E

    Eric

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance and food. Great vibe for a good time.
  28. MC

    MariaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Great food! Music was too loud and they didn't turn it down even after mentioning it three times. It's not a club people.
  29. s

    stevie

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We made reservations for my husbands birthday which was not acknowledged by anybody upon arrival. The host was great though, she allowed us to pick a seat we wanted outside. The service did not go well at all after that. Our server went around and took everybody else’s order before ours even though we were there before other customers. We felt ignored. I feel like they do not accommodate you if you have a special occasion. I requested in passing to a server if they could do something special for my husband because we were celebrating his birthday. He stated he would and brought him a shot (which was appreciated and which I also paid for) and just plopped it down on the table and didn’t even acknowledge anybody or anything. This place is cute don’t get me wrong but I feel as though the service needs to be stepped up if brunch is going to be over $100.00. My expectations were definitely not met and I’m not sure I will be back anytime soon. We’re in San Diego and there are cute places everywhere. I would prefer to take my business elsewhere.
  30. MF

    MarcF

    Boise

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service Enjoyed the atmosphere Did not wait for my table Extremely fast service Very personal service
  31. VG

    ValenciaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were great! We unfortunately had a set of dirty plates given to us when they gave us extra. Things happen though!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous spot- exceptional service & location!
  33. H

    Harris

    Denver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoy this restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The inside area can be loud, but fortunately we were seated in the cute side room which is quieter.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing! We ordered Ahi Burger, Wagyu Burger with fries (shared) and a Beet Salad with a side of salmon. My husband loved his salad! Service was excellent! The dining area next to the bar with the sheep and green grass on the roof was awesome!
  35. s

    stacker

    Kansas City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could award 6 stars, I would. Everything was phenomenal. We were seated immediately. The food was absolutely delicious and arrived at a reasonable rate. And so many great things to choose on the menu. The staff was polite, efficient and helpful. I will definitely be back.
  36. b

    beckslb56

    Las Vegas

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Kevin was very attentive and made great suggestions as to what choices were his favorite.
  37. NA

    NathalieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keith is absolutely great! He made our experience amazing and we’d be definitely coming back because the food was also so good! 5 star and super recommended.
  38. R

    Robby

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The service ruined our experience. And he wasn’t busy, so that’s not an excuse. The food was good enough. Presentation was good. But our server clearly put our appetizers and entrees in at the same time, never checked on us, didn’t clear our table, kept taking smoke breaks (I could see him), and then had us pay right there in front of him on his device. While I left 10%. 👎🏽
  39. CC

    CCCCCCC

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant, service and food. Also, well locayed.
  40. DP

    DarrenP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This was our first time at Queenstown Public House and it will not be our last. The rack of lamb and habanero chicken dinner were both amazing. Not sure what they dress the kale salad with, but it was by far the best kale I've ever eaten.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Queenstown Public House using the Order Online button. Queenstown Public House also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Queenstown Public House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 546-0444 ext. 1.

Queenstown Public House is rated 4.7 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Queenstown Public House

1557 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101-2934

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cedar Street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Organic, Californian, New Zealand

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Green Line/Little Italy Trolley Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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