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Queenstown Bistro, San Diego, CA

Queenstown Bistro

4.6
4.6
134 Reviews
$30 and under
New Zealand
We are the lil sis of Queenstown Public House located in the Little Italy district of San Diego. Slightly smaller, but with the same basic ingredients.

A beautiful, comfortable, unique, fun setting. A friendly, smiling, courteous staff we hope you get to know. Guests enjoying the moment, sharing a laugh, whom we hope we get to know. Freshly made dishes; locally sourced, passionately created, many unique…and all delicious. A beer list changing daily, proudly from our award winning local craft SD brewers, and a wine list chosen with care from select vineyards and varietals.

With a kiwi inspired lineage, and the spirit, love and good nature from the land of the Maori, we hope you will join us. And if we are so fortunate, then, we hope you will have a little too much of a good time, have a few too many laughs, stay a while, and return again soon to see us.

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2 people

10:30 pm


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    New Zealand, Burgers, Afternoon Tea

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 623-2748

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 134 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Lunch

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  1. MR

    MattR

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken potpie brings a wave of nostalgia to your taste buds
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot and loved the ambiance. We came here for couple of drinks and dinner. The food is amazing and their cocktail twists were unique and tasty. A must visit place in UTC mall and a good experience to feel NZ touch on their menu. :)
  3. KF

    KathyF

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our first visit to Queenstown Bistro was a very good experience. Friendly staff, nice menu selections and good food!
  4. JM

    JuneM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Awesome food, the sliders are fantastic. Love the decor and can't wait to go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, I specially appreciate the grass fed beef options. I’ll definitely go again and go often! Great food great food!
  6. JL

    JimL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a very nice dinner at The Bistro UTC. All outdoors but the heaters made it very comfortable. Wait staff were all friendly and did not rush us at all.
  7. JM

    JamesMackayJMM

    San Diego

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with New Zealand themed food.
  8. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Overall was a decent experience. The food was quite good and it had a cute atmosphere. However, the service was atrocious. The server took 10 minutes to even notice we sat down, walked over and asked if we were ready to order with no introduction or formalities and then failed to check in on us until we were ready for the check. The food also took quite a while to be delivered and looking at other tables, that seemed to be a common theme.
  9. S

    Sunday

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the menu always get the best service! Everyone is very nice
  10. s

    samanthap

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Server was friendly, and on top of it
  11. MB

    MaryB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and drinks. Music playlist was a great vibe and the employees were all very nice
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Prices reasonable.
  13. L

    Local

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Lively atmosphere with fun fire table top.
  14. H

    Hensel310

    New England

    145 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our server was adorable and very accommodating. Great service. Food was just okay. Portions were large. Outdoor seating was very nice.
  15. S

    Sunday

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday outing ! Everything was great. We love the place very well managed
  16. H

    Henry

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful evening outside . Warm and cozy away from the crowd and our waiter Joseph was wonderful, warm and friendly. We’ll be back
  17. ND

    NicoleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food and all outdoor seating. Loved the decor of the place.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La mesa estuvo en tiempo, la comida rica, la atención muy buena. Buen lugar para comer si estás en UTC
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Waited for 20 before having to ask the hostess if someone was going to be our waiter and could take our order
  20. g

    guest

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    This place is very charming and has great ambience. While the staff were all very nice, we felt neglected. I know these days are tough everywhere but it seemed like we had the same level of service (or lack thereof) whether it was packed with tables/people when we first got there or later on when there were just a few tables of people left and the same number of staff were still working. We had to work at flagging down anyone to get their attention. I would go back, simply because I like the place so much. i"m hoping it was just an off night.
  21. OO

    OutOfContext69

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    One drink for the entire hour. Once the “manager” realized we didn’t want entrees we were ignored until we asked for the bill. Very bad experience.
  22. DA

    DAVIDR

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This outdoor venue is perfect for a great meal after visiting the mall. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The service is spot on and the food is delicious!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great dining spot on the plaza of UTC mall. Lots of outdoor tables with heat lamps for comfort. Staff are very friendly and service never lags. I want to give the food 5 stars but there are a few misses. The chicken pot pie is great but too much cream, salads need to be dressed better, shrimp salad was a bit stingy on shrimp, salmon a bit over cooked. But the burgers are great! The presentation is nice. Quality ingredients are used. And they are know for the best burgers.
  24. A

    Anna

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely loved our time at Queens Town. It doesn't feel like you're inside a mall at all. Joe was a wonderful server!
  25. A

    Alpo

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lamb burgers were amazing. The peach sangria was not our favorite as the wine tasted watered down or maybe it’s the peach nectar that didn’t work for me. Restrooms are father than expected - but delicious cocktails and food made this place worth it.
  26. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    252 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    252 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We just love the ambiance of this cute bistro! We'll be back soon.
  27. RA

    RAMINANNA

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service is great and efficient , the food is very good , would definitely come back .
  29. CH

    ChrisH

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great brunch Quiche is really good. Nice environment
  30. RA

    RAMINANNA

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service
  31. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    252 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    252 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    We just love the cozy atmosphere at Queenstown Bistro! You've done a great job of keeping things safe during Covid. Wish you had a a better tea selection, though, especially with cool weather on the way. We'll be back!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2020

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Have eaten here several times and this was an AWFUL experience. Did not even have a waiter come to our table for about 10 minutes. Then, had to ask for my drink literally 4 times before it came out after our food. Never received the food we ordered for my daughter immediately upon talking with the waiter. Just overall awful experience.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Needs more shading or misters. Otherwise, food was pretty solid and it was a nice enough experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve now been twice during the pandemic and both times it was so amazing. Joe at the bar is where it’s at! He was fabulous! Great food, excellent service from the whole staff both times. Highly recommend!
  35. ST

    STLdiner

    St. Louis

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The hummus starter is delicious! Found the quiche to be a bit salty for my taste. My daughter had the pot pie which she seemed to enjoy. Service was efficient (refills etc) but always felt rushed- I'm sure many tables to cover- but still I felt like I was bugging her if I asked for a straw or any thing.
  36. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    252 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    252 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    You did a wonderful job with safe dining. Cozy atmosphere and delicious food. We’ll be back!
  37. RT

    ReneeT

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! I ordered the lamb burger, very tasty.
  38. JM

    JamesM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and server was awesome. They’ve done a great job with the space, but it’s still in small food court.
  39. LK

    LesK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Will be back for sure. Try the lamb burger and the prosciutto burrata appetizer.
  40. G

    Genny

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I regular spot to go to and as always the staff are very friendly. The place is small but cozy and we like that. We appreciate that they do recognized that we dined there often.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Queenstown Bistro using the Order Online button. Queenstown Bistro also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Queenstown Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 623-2748.

Queenstown Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 pm


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Queenstown Bistro

4545 La Jolla Village Dr, Space 9028 Suite 178, San Diego, CA 92122

Additional information

  • Area

    University City/Golden Triangle

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    New Zealand, Burgers, Afternoon Tea

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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