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Public Kitchen & Bar

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295B Lancaster St W, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 4V4, Canada
+1 519-954-8111
17:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Ryan at the bar made a tasty cocktail that tasted like lay in on a beach in Mexico. The Tapas was great, lots of flavour and very attractively presented. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Really cozy atmosphere, more vegan options would be nice.

Thank Chantelle E
Elmira, Canada
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

For my friend's birthday this week, I took her to the Public Kitchen for dinner. I'd heard from my daughter what a great tapas place this was and wanted to try it. The food was simply magnificent! Great menu choices, beautiful presentation, and wonderful taste combinations. The ambiance was quite lovely as well, and the wait staff very helpful. I... More 

Thank Margaret B
Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

One of the best meals I've had in Kitchener. Extensive wine & beer lists with bottles in all price ranges. The menu changes frequently and the dishes are absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented. We were a party of four and ordered 7 dishes and 1.5 dozen oysters--- we have big appetites and 3 out of 4 of us were... More 

Thank IWannaCItAll
Kitchener, Canada
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The food is very good and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. However the restaurant is not accessible to disabled persons especially those in motorized wheelchairs.

Thank Sheila S
Carlsberger, Owner at Public Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review

Hi Sheila, Thanks for your review. We have a ramp that we can put out, making our restaurant accessible. We don't leave it out all the time as we do not want it damaged by weather over the winter. If you choose to visit us again (and we hope you do!) please give us a call and we will make... More 

Kitchener, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is one of our favourite spots to take out of town friends. Great tapas, always something unique on the menu. Cool vibe, friendly service. Always a culinary experience.

Thank Brooke H
Ontario, Canada
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great tapas. Large portions. We could have had just two items each. Smoked salmon, East Coast scallops and Super Cod crostini were excellent. Approx $60 a head. Very busy on a Monday night. Wide selection of wines and beers on tap.

Thank John G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love this spot the food is always excellent with a great selection of unique beer. We always enjoy the atmosphere as it's lively and trendy but due to its small size we can still easily carry on a conversation. I wouldn't go here if you're in a rush but if you want some tasty food and... More 

Thank Lyall W
Kingston, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Love this restaurant. The tapas menu allows for a number of taste sensations at every dinner. Very small so maintains that quaint, cozy feeling with excellent food options, especially for foodies and those trying new dishes.

Thank Angie L
Guelph, Canada
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Very small and hard to reserve, a good sign. Busy on a Saturday night. Small plates concept, so if you like sampling a variety of dishes, a good pick. However, if going to a restaurant for you is really about being with friends, relaxing and talking, the two hour window to eat, drink and get out will not make you... More 

Thank Jim W
Carlsberger, Owner at Public Kitchen & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I'm happy to learn that you mostly enjoyed the food. Our cooks do lean toward seasoning food well. It can be a bit much for some whom aren't used to as much salt. The main point I wanted to bring up was the time restriction but I also wanted to say that my wine mark-up is... More 

Kitchener Ontario
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I love tapas, and this is a very good place! Everything was delicious. We ended up ordering too much - perhaps the waitress could have warned us that we had too many crostini dishes?

Thank butterfly_jr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 295B Lancaster St W, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 4V4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Region of Waterloo  >  Kitchener
  • Phone Number: +1 519-954-8111
Fresh cocktails, delicious small plates, craft beer, good wine and great tunes in one of Kitchener's oldest neighbourhoods. Now open for Sunday brunch from 10am-2pm!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?