Queenstown Public House

Queenstown Public House is a New Zealand-inspired restaurant in a 1905 Craftsman house in Little Italy, serving up a variety of fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Brunch is served daily until 2 p.m., and their brunch menu has everything from a Kiwi breakfast to a cowboy breakfast, to French toast, to lamb hash or chicken and waffles, with plenty in between. They have a cocktail menu that will allow you to bump up your brunch with a Mimosa or good old Bloody Mary.

Lunch has a variety of sandwiches, seafood, and greens, and the dinner menu is just as diverse, with lamb, seafood, steaks, and plenty of other choices.

I opted for the Quiñoa salad—red and white quiñoa, celery, carrots, sunflower seeds, feta cheese over a bed of arugula. It was tasty with its orange mint dressing and a generous portion. Prices are moderate, and members of the staff were friendly and engaging. My meal with a sun-brewed iced tea was $19 (not including tip).

I’ve not yet been to New Zealand, so I can’t make the comparison to actual New Zealand food, but it’s worth exploring the Queenstown Public House for a relaxing, enjoyable dining experience.

What You Need To Know

Location: 1557 Columbia St., San Diego, CA 92101


Monday & Tuesday 11 am – 10 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 11 am – 11 pm
Friday 11 am – 12 am
Saturday 9 am – 12 am
Sunday 9 am – 10 pm

Cost: Moderate

Phone: (619) 546-0444

Website: http://queenstownpublichouse.com/

Tips: Parking in Little Italy is mostly metered street parking or pay parking lots. The County Center/Little Italy Green Line trolley station is just a few blocks away. Queenstown Public House is very dog-friendly, and other diners had their dogs quietly beside them at their tables. Reservations are not accepted, and brunch can be quite popular on the weekends.


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Visited: 12 February 2017

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