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Queenstown Public House

Queenstown Public House

New American Restaurant, Pub, and Burger Joint$$$$
Little Italy, San Diego
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    Melissa L.
    "Really great happy hour and wine on tap."(4 Tips)
    "They also have a great selection of beers on draft!"(5 Tips)
    Jessica A.
    "Try the Lil' Lamb Burger, and the peach sangria!"(3 Tips)
    "Got the Kiwilango burger with avocado at an extra charge."(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon96 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • healthy food
  • happy hour
  • sangria
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  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 6, 2014
    Queenstown is a New Zealand-inspired spot with thoroughly San Diegan priorities: patios, burgers and Sunday brunch. The design of this repurposed house ensures that every seat has great-looking views.
    Upvoted Apr 7
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    Justin GianninotoApril 4, 2018
    Upscale, New Zealand-inspired pub fare with a modern twist. Sample the delicious brunch and cocktail menu on the gorgeous patio with fast and friendly service
    Upvoted Apr 6
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    JCJuly 11, 2017
    The Salmon croquette is a little creamy for my taste. But a great match with the crispy deep fried shredded onions that i couldn't stop eating.☝🏾️ grainy w/ every bite from the breading..
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    Mayra FloydMay 13, 2015
    This place was utterly fantastic. Service, food and drinks are great. Locals seem to hang out here. No need to dress up. Come as you are whether it's in a suit , jeans, or shorts.
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    Marsinah HopkinsJanuary 14, 2015
    Had the happy hour sliders and they were great. It's a very chill spot and the staff is nothing but friendly! It's a beautiful and relaxing spot. Will be coming back when I visit San Diego again.
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KiddeAugust 5, 2017
    The pretzel is phenomenal! Add the jalapeño cheese and it's even better. Soup & Sammie is delicious as are the burgers. Nice spot, friendly servers, and a great selection of drinks.
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    seth meyerowitzFebruary 17, 2017
    What a cute and interesting place. super friendly staff and good food in the heart of downtown. will be back. got the potpie (awesome) and lamb skewers (7 out of 10).
  • Chaise K.heart icon on user image
    Chaise KahlenbeckNovember 15, 2017
    Definitely trendy. Great burgers with diverse options. Shoestring fries with special sauces hit the spot, but don't sleep on the beet chips that come with the order. Large beer selection.
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    JCJune 23, 2017
    Got the Kiwilango burger with avocado at an extra charge. The tortilla chips doesn't have a strong flavor, so thin and crispy makes the burger interesting with every bite.
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    JCJune 23, 2017
    The grits is cooked properly w/ the right amount of salt. Poached egg blended well too. A little disapointed on the size of the shrimp. 🤔
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    Sandro AlbertiFebruary 9, 2014
    Remember the fabulous little, dark, 1905-Craftsman house at the corner across the street from the Fire House Museum. For years it was a law office and address of a SD Councilman. Well, this is it!
  • Hal M.heart icon on user image
    Hal MackinsNovember 22, 2015
    The $8 happy hour -- six pours of anything on the list, served in a muffin tin -- can't be beat. And of course the portabello fries, as everyone else has said!
  • Daniel W.heart icon on user image
    Daniel WohlfahrtApril 5, 2018
    Awesome cozy place with fantastic food! Try any lamb on the menu. Best dinner in SD so far 😍
  • Kelly
    KellyJanuary 13, 2015
    Great service and even more amazing food! Have to try the Blazin Ahi burger and their porta bella fries! They also have a great selection of beers on draft!
  • Marco E.heart icon on user image
    Marco ErminiAugust 13, 2015
    Very original sandwiches with mahi mahi and other fish, nice atmosphere and flavoured beer.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CordobaJanuary 27, 2014
    Very accommodating to large dogs! Great dark porter beers and the tomato soup with grilled cheese is incredible.
  • Ashlee M.
    Ashlee McRaeOctober 24, 2015
    Fabulous NZ/Aussie style eats. The jalapeño on the Kiwilango is super fresh! Great wine list and Sangria's. Dog friendly!
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    Pelin Güvenç KefelMarch 22, 2016
    Totally recommend the Triple it goes great with drinks, also the fish and chips and steak and chips are really good.
  • April G.
    April GameApril 28, 2013
    We went Here during Art Walk and while the wait was minimal, the decor top notch, the staff was nice... after ordering two meals to share and two drinks, my friend was still hungry. Close but no cigar
  • Victor C.heart icon on user image
    Victor ChenJuly 19, 2015
    The lil lamb burger with sweet potato fries are good. Make sure you also get the fried egg with the burger 🍳🍔
  • Sally M.
    Sally MurdochApril 30, 2013
    The sweet potato fries are the best I've ever had. Also I am normally not a pretzel fan but this one is absurdly good w dipping sauces
  • Ben Z.heart icon on user image
    Ben Z 🍣 🍺August 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Favorite thing on their brunch menu is the shrimp and grits. So good!
  • Joelle R.heart icon on user image
    Joelle ReederJanuary 11, 2016
    I loved this place! Great service, fabulous food, reasonable wait. Love.
  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul SmithJanuary 10, 2015
    Menu was really cool. Try the cure. Fried chicken and maple sausages were really good. Dog friendly.
  • Natalia Z.
    Natalia ZAugust 9, 2016
    Ask for Soup and Sammie and sweet potatos. The Quinoa salad is very good too. Great ambiance day&night
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John CassilloMarch 30, 2016
    Affordable and easy just outside bustle of little Italy. Cool vibe and great food. Worth a stop.
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    _May 25, 2017
    Great food, great variety of drinks, fabulous vibes!
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    EceFebruary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything with lamb is delicious! Very friendly servers and beatiful atmosphere. Must go!
  • Steve R.heart icon on user image
    Steve RJuly 9, 2019
    This place was a peasant surprise. We sat outside. Great food, service and atmosphere.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 16, 2014
    Head here for tasty Aussie-style burgers loaded up with pickled beets, fried egg, and pineapple rings.
  • Gabrielle G.heart icon on user image
    Gabrielle GrudzaOctober 23, 2017
    Love the decor and atmosphere! Food was great and the drinks were super unique!
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer Van GroveAugust 15, 2014
    Okay, the peach sangria is everything it's cracked up to be. And that's coming from a red wine person.
  • Noura S.heart icon on user image
    Noura SAugust 17, 2014
    Good place with excellent food , we like the fish and chips , queenstown burger and e legal 😍👌
  • GeauxDC F.heart icon on user image
    GeauxDC FoodieOctober 20, 2016
    Good food, a bit overhyped, but the ambiance is second to few. Think of this place as a sexed up burger joint. The menu is a little convoluted, but the presentation is nice.
  • San Diego Reader
    San Diego ReaderMarch 4, 2014
    "They have one of my favorite salads in town, the “Heirloom"..." Barbarella Fokos, San Diego Reader
  • John A.
    John AvelisOctober 2, 2014
    Big bowl salad and sweet potato fries are both excellent! Great variety in the beer menu also.
  • Edgar R.heart icon on user image
    Edgar RodriguezFebruary 15, 2015
    Burgers, Belgium beer, good service, organic
  • Adriana C.heart icon on user image
    Adriana CardonaMay 17, 2018
    Ahi and boar Sandwiches are great.
  • Zarita d.
    Great for place for pre cine italia movie night dinner. Pacific shrimp is always a favorite.
  • Alan S.heart icon on user image
    Alan SMarch 27, 2022
    Lamb burger is delicious. The layers of flavors works so well, oh so well.
  • Jessica A.heart icon on user image
    Jessica AJune 28, 2014
    Friendly service, cozy place, fab' burgers! Try the Lil' Lamb Burger, and the peach sangria!
  • Anne M.
    Anne MillerJuly 29, 2014
    I loved the tots great coffee which just kept coming and the calm relaxing porch
  • Christie P.
    Christie ParksSeptember 20, 2013
    This place is great on a weekday. Definitely mor challenging on a weekend. A sweet spot in a bustling hood.
  • Kate M.heart icon on user image
    Kate McCormleyApril 21, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The BLT and cheese grits on the brunch menu are stupid good. I can't wait until next weekend to get it again!
  • loran j.heart icon on user image
    loran jonakAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome and constantly changing beer list and the food is always wonderful.
  • Sandro A.heart icon on user image
    Sandro AlbertiFebruary 9, 2014
    A place to discover 1905 SD architecture AND New-New Zealand cuisine
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    AlfaFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    BEST. Except for the parking situation.
  • Bob S.heart icon on user image
    Bob SpanbauerOctober 2, 2014
    June is simply the most comforting and attentive waitress. The best
  • Valarie M.heart icon on user image
    Valarie McCubbinsApril 25, 2017
    Gluten free bun available. Fancy cocktails. Outside seating.
  • Neha D.
    Neha DubeySeptember 30, 2014
    Great place. Be here early .. Wait time can be upto an hour!! Good food and great service!
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