Great little cafe with internet available (prices as at May 08 - NZ$2 for first 10minutes) - but remember that it is dial up and is not too fast.
This was the best cafe that I went to in Muri (granted, I only went to 2). There are shaded tables and tables in full sun. And you get to sit outside and watch as the chickens run by.
There is a selection of cakes in the display fridge, but you can also order something a little more substantial off the menu.
Favorite Dish: I had a chocolate brownie with icecream. It was simply divine, and I spend the rest of my holiday wanting to go back for seconds.
All up, a rocky road, V energy drink, Fresh Up (juice) and the brownie with icecream only cost NZ$15-50. Great value!
Open 7 days, from 11am, this restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Sit on the deck and enjoy an unspoilt view out onto Muri Lagoon - and the service is as good as the food.
Favorite Dish: Seafood Ceasar Salad - best scallops I have ever had!! Pleanty on the menu to choose from and the cocktails are worth a try as well.
Occupying the main floor of the Rarotonga Sailing Club, this airy, nautically decorated restaurant offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and "island fries" -- sweet potato, taro, and banana. At dinner the chef turns his attention to fresh fish and vegetables, plus mussels and steaks flown in from New Zealand. You might be offered Cajun-style pan-seared tuna or Moroccan-style lamb shanks. Weekend afternoons are especially lively here; club members gather to sail their radio-controlled miniature yachts out on the lagoon. I went there every morning for their excellent coffee and to avail myself of their Zenbu WiFi hotspot, and I also ate there sometimes in the evenings. I liked their food but most of all I loved their very efficient, friendly and helpful staff, they made my stay in Rarotonga special.
Favorite Dish: Caesar Seafood Salad, plenty of scallops and prawns.
Stefano's is a very small Italian restaurant by the main road in Muri. It's Italian owners give it a great atmosphere and the tables are laid out in the open, in a covered pavilion-like setting and it's perfect for a balmy tropical night.
The menu is short with about half a dozen different pastas but the food is really excellent.
They also have some nice wines including Italian Chianti.
Be sure to make a booking as it can fill up quickly.
Favorite Dish: Ravioli Panna e Funghi - fresh ravioli with a savoury mushrooms and cream sauce was truly great as was the vegetarian Pasta al Pomodoro (fresh pasta in a classic rich tomato sauce with oregano and basil).
For desserts, the Tiramisu and the chocolate cake are both divine.
Wonderful small cafe & lunch bar in Muri with internet available as well. The best coffee for miles around, great fresh muffins, sandwiches and light hot lunch dishes. You can sit outside and watch the tourists and locals go by!
Favorite Dish: Pawpaw & apricot muffins are very tasty, vegetarian lasagne served with a salad is a great lunch option as are the burrito and tuna melt.
A fantastic setting just out of the Rarotongan capital Avarua. Diners look out over the ocean with an uninterupted veiw as they sit in a grand porch with terrific meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If your happy to pay 20% more you can sit out on a deck right on the beach with your meals.
Favorite Dish: The Creme Brullee is the best.
With indoor and outdoor seating, this place is somewhere where you can grab a bite to eat. The servings are large, but you pay for it. Can get quite busy during the day.
Favorite Dish: I had a ham, cheese and tomato omlette at a cost of NZ$14.50.
When I checked out restaurant reviews before going to Raro, Trader Jack's had a bad rep, even though it's great a great waterside location, downtown.
One day we got stuck in the rain at lunch time and figured "how bad could it be?" so we stopped in. It became one of our favorite spots for lunch. Casual, open air (on formal days, the wait staff wore flip flops, otherwise they were barefooted).
Good food and drinks and a very nice place to chill during the hit of the day, with a great view.
Favorite Dish: The island specialty, ika mata, is great here. The appetizer, which can easily feed three, is sort of like a polynesian version of ceviche -fish "cooked" with lime juice. Add some veggies, coconut milk and cilantro and you've got a taste of Raro!
Sails restaurant provides light lunches and snacks throughout the day, and then switches into full restaurant mode in the evening. With fabulous views out over Muri Beach you can sit and watch the windsurfers, yachts and swimmers while enjoying your meal.
Favorite Dish: Island fries and calamari - best lunch ever. Try a variety of the local root vegetables with delicious dipping aioli.
By Nathan Fitzgearl
Of all the little cafes in the Muri area, this is the absolute best staple for backpackers/budget travelers: tasty, hearty food at cheap prices. It features a wide variety of big, ambitious burgers - each named after the motu (islets) in the lagoon, some for under $10. As well as sandwiches and several full-sized dinners with side dishes for only NZ$18 - a great price in any 1st world country. And Gail, the delightful little lady who runs it, knows how to take excellent care of her customers; her wonderful service skills are second to none. So the ambiance is just as pleasant and satisfying as the food. When I'm in Rarotonga, a good percentage of the meals I eat are at Kai Kai Time. It's a cute, clean, reliable cafe I recommend to anybody.
Favorite Dish: My personal favorite is the Koromiri burger - very juicy and keeps me full for many hours. Don't miss the salads, either, they have just the right touch of sweetness to them.
I have discovered Les Palmiers in Muri beach quite by chance. It is new and not very well advertised but really worth visiting. has a little outdoor garden with pleasant music and a rock waterfall as a backdrop, inside is cool, spacious the whole one side is open to a marvelous tropical water garden. the place is called Te Vara Nui and has Overwater night shows. The setting looks really awesome and I have heard that the shows there are spectacular.
I couldn't make up my mind as the food selection is pretty big and impressive.
Finally I settled for lamb and beef skewers which they very kindly agreed to mix for me therefore making my choice a bit easier, and...a gorgeous spicy passion fruit cocktail or what they call mocktail as it had no alcohol in it. I hope I can come back again for crepes as, after consuming a good portion of homemade gelatos I had no space to fit anything else this time
Favorite Dish: The skewers in les Palmiers are delicious, succulent and well presented but cocktails are just heavenly and the homemade gelatos are something to die for and if you do after two of those cocktails you will be in heaven for sure haha
well there are many place's to eat on the Island, it all depends on what you enjoy, for some thing romantic the Manuia Beach Hotel in Arorangi would be my pick, for a nice group dinner the Kikau Hut also in Aoroangi in great, good food and great service, say hi to Cath and Mick for me.
Trader Jacks has great sea food, slightly over priced, but the beer is cold and they have enteranment most nights.
Castaway Resturant has a great chef in the name of Mick, try his Steak or Tuna, its the best I have ever tasted.
If you want too try some great Island food then Castaway's have a Island Food night on Sundays, $20 bucks gets you a over 20 choice's cooked by a local lady.
For a quick snack the Moko Cafe was good, its next to Island Bike and Car Hire and the Eat In Take Away Cafe in Vaimaaga has great Burgers.
Now for the lazy one's who don't want to cook in the morning, Mama's Cafe in town has what they call Mama's Power Breckfast, you won't be disapointed.
Mama;s power breckfast. Two of everything and free extra cups of coffee.
Kikau Hut. Great wine list.
Castaway's. friendly people great pool beside your table.
Eat In Take Aways. just the best burgers to be had.
Favorite Dish: Mama;s power breckfast.
Kikau Huts curry's are great, as hot as you want,
Castaway's Steak with extra mushroom
Castaway's Island night had the best octopus curry
Eat In Take Aways, Tuna burgers
We visited the Tamarind House Restaurant for dinner, it was suggested by some italian people living in Rarotonga.
The atmosphere is quite sophisticated, I see on their website that the restaurant also organises weddings and special events. If you are travelling on a budget, I suggest to keep this restaurant as an option for a "special occasion".
We had a candle-light dinner on a beautiful terrace facing the sea, but they also have some tables on the beach, under palm trees.
Unfortunately we don't eat fish, but they also offer excellent meat and vegetarian dishes.
As Italian travellers, we can definitely suggest Stefano's restaurant as a perfect Italian restaurant. We really appreciate their cuisine because it rally tastes like home-made cuisine, as we normally cook in our houses. Stefano and Roberta, the restaurant owners, have been living in Rarotonga for a while, but did not lose their Italian way of cooking.
We ate at Stefano's twice, and were both times very satisfied.
Any tipe of pasta or sauce is freshly made.. excellent!
Remember to book your table in advance, the restaurant is very small.
This was another pleasant spot to stop and have lunch. I just had the bread selection, but they seem to have a good variety of dishes. It's in Avarua township.