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Queenstown Bistro, San Diego, CA

Queenstown Bistro

4.5
4.5
132 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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Booked 6 times today

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 132 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. KF

    KathyF

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

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

  2. JM

    JuneM

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  4. JL

    JimL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 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.

  5. JM

    JamesMackayJMM

    San Diego

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant with New Zealand themed food.

  6. WB

    WilliamB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 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.

  7. S

    Sunday

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the menu always get the best service! Everyone is very nice

  8. s

    samanthap

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    Server was friendly, and on top of it

  9. MB

    MaryB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food. Prices reasonable.

  11. L

    Local

    San Diego

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food. Lively atmosphere with fun fire table top.

  12. H

    Hensel310

    New England

    143 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

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

  13. S

    Sunday

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  14. H

    Henry

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 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

  15. ND

    NicoleD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

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

  18. g

    guest

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 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.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 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.

  20. DA

    DAVIDR

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 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!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 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.

  22. A

    Anna

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 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!

  23. A

    Alpo

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 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.

  24. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    250 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    250 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

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

  25. RA

    RAMINANNA

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and great service

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

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

  27. CH

    ChrisH

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great brunch Quiche is really good. Nice environment

  28. RA

    RAMINANNA

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and great service

  29. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    250 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    250 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 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!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 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.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3

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

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 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!

  33. ST

    STLdiner

    St. Louis

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 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.

  34. C

    Cathie

    San Diego

    250 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    250 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  35. RT

    ReneeT

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  36. JM

    JamesM

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 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.

  37. LK

    LesK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  38. G

    Genny

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 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.

  39. MR

    MaggieR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great !!! Eat here every time I’m in San Diego.

  40. TB

    TinaB

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2020

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    First time I went I had a wonderful young lady waitress who is just fabulous. So I came back and this time I had a gentleman. He was wearing a mask so I can’t describe his face but he was about 510 and a little bit stocky. He was out in out rude. I won’t be coming back for a while

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 4.5 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Queenstown Bistro

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

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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