Cook Islands Restaurants

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Cook Islands Restaurants

  • Tupuna's Restaurant

    Aitutaki Restaurants

    This was our 2nd most favorite place to eat on the island! Tupuna is a local chef who enjoys cooking. The restaurant is pretty hard to find if you're coming on a bicycle at night. It gets really dark without the city lights that we're used to. Good thing we took a taxi to get to this place. Great local ambiance with sands on the floor. The food...

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  • Tauono's

    Aitutaki Restaurants

    For a fresh home cooked meal stop by this garden cafe. Everything that Sonja uses in her cooking is grown in the garden. Every ingredient is fresh from the garden. She's famous for her coconut cake. You can bring those back to your resort. If you stay at Etu Moana you can have your meal on your deck while enjoying the sunset! Great food with great...

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  • Puffy's

    Aitutaki Restaurants

    If you come in from the front yard, don't be alarmed, the restaurant is in the back. Make your way in. If you come from the beach, it's right there in front of you. You'll see a board sign saying Puffy's. Craving for fish and chips? You found the right place! This place is famous for fish and chips. Really good fish and chips. Mahi mahi was deep...

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  • Rapae Bay Restaurant

    Aitutaki Restaurants

    The view is amazing from the restaurant. Ask for a table right at the edge where you can enjoy the view. Get ready with your cameras and take a lot of pictures. It's nice to be able to enjoy the stars while having a dinner with your loved one. The service is great as well. The price is on the high side however. It might be nice for last meal in...

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  • Koru Cafe

    Aitutaki Restaurants

    We absolutely love this place! It's our favorite restaurant on the island! The food is fantastic! We went twice to have lunch here. Should have gone more and try everything on the menu! They post specials of the day on the wall inside. Make sure you check the walls if you're sitting outside for the specials. The first time around we had the special...

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  • The Boat Shed

    Aitutaki Restaurants

    This shed has a very chic decor and ambiance. It feels like you're in a boat! The service is great as well. The food is pretty good. We had the fisherman's soup to start with, filled with yummy seafood. I had the fish of the day, wahoo, grilled served with garlic sauce and grilled vegetables and rice. My wife had the aitutaki red snapper, whole...

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  • A 'must-dine' spot in Avarua!

    Trader Jack's is a Cook Islands establishment. It is also a restaurant you must eat at while on Rarotonga, the country's main island. Centrally located on Avarua's waterfront, the restaurant and bar impressed me with a wide range of seafood (and pizza and pasta dishes for those less inclined towards kai-moana), a reasonably priced menu (beer on tap...

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  • Sandwiches, and Swaying Hips

    Samade's sits right on Aitutaki lagoon. Couldn't be any closer to the water. Casual? Any more laid back and you'll fall into the lagoon. Which means you might sometimes wait a little longer than you think you should for your order to appear.The restaurant is open on all sides, affording breathtaking views of the famous lagoon. Local food, wraps,...

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  • The Cafe - for cappacino

    The Cafe is a the best coffe house in town . The internet cafe is connected right next door They are really popular for breakfast . the food is good, plentiful and well priced!I loved the coffee too! Beware ! The latte's are really huge.

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  • Trader Jack's for a night out

    We had a great time here . The food was great and so was the live entertainment. We really enjoyed it.. dancing too.There was a good crowd , even though it was off season There was a mix of tourists and locals.The view over looking the water was wonderful! The had the seafood platter for two. It was wonderful!! It had oysters, mussels , lobster...

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  • Whatever Bar- for locals

    This place is popular with the locals . A few tourists make there way here too. It's typical bar food . Not bad and a good price. The wine is terrible however so best to stick to beer or rum. Its an out of the way place and the entrance is behind the building.The view is great , overlooking the water.

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  • Paw Paw - Barbecue

    Sunday night the Paw Paw Patch has a pretty good barbecue. They grill , fish sausage and steak and have an all you can eat buffet. It's not gourmet but the food was good and nice desserts. There was a local string band as well . Beer was $4.00 and wine $5.00. It was raining hard when we were there but in nice weather they have it outdoors,You need...

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  • Sails for the view

    Our last night in Rarotonga we had a wonderful dinner at the Sail Club . We saved it special for the last night . The food is great and so is the view . I definitely can recommend it.We stopped here one afternoon as well ...just for a glass of wine . It's really nice on their overlooking the beach!Most of the main courses are around $26.00 to...

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  • Portafino for pizza

    We spotted this restaurant and admired its coziness and pretty decor! We weren't disappointed. We were in the mood for pizza ...even though the other menu items looked tempting as well . The service was great ...and the owners...who came , a talked with us are from Canada!Oh and the house wine for $14.00 and half litre was really nice!

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  • The Flying Boat- best fish and chips

    This place was probably our favorite!! The fish and chips are melt in your mouth good!!! And they give you tons. You eat outside at picnic tables and enjoy a million dollar ocean view!! We went twice ...in the evening the sunset is wonderful from here! Fish and chips for two--- $27.00. Grad a beer next door at the fishing club!

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  • Not up to past record

    The setting - a smallish waterfront house with extensive covered verandahs and some outside tables in a beachside garden - is spectacular, if a little overblown (spotlights on palm trees seem a little gratuitous and slightly spoil the sea view) and the waiting staff are pleasant and attentive. The food, on the other hand, is - contrary to past...

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  • A Pleasant Surprise

    The cafe in the CITC mall has changed hands since last I was there and I was impressed with the quality of food and presentation of the meals served there this time. The cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch and is a popular spot. The service is typical of the island which is friendly enough but slow and sporatic. Prices are a little on the...

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  • My Absolute over-all favorite

    This little beachside restaurant is fairly underrated in my opinion. The restaurant has two covered patios, a main dining area and a bar area as well as a picnic table right on the beach. The patio overlooking the beach is usually reserved for tables of two but with a reservation/request, they will set up a table for four (it's a small patio)....

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  • Indulgence in Aitutaki!

    The Pacific Hotel is a rather exclusive and totally beautiful resort on the western side of Aitutaki, about 30 minutes walk north of Arutanga town centre. Luckily they're not too exclusive and on our last night in beautiful Aitutaki, we decided to splurge on our dinner. The menu is expensive, but I am pleased to report that the food is delicious....

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  • Good cheap kai on Aitutaki!

    Kai is the Maori word for food. At the Blue Nun Cafe, on the Arutanga waterfront on Aitutaki Island, you can get cheap hamburgers and delicious chips (fries if you're American). The fish burger goes down well with a cold Cooks Lager! It's not flash, but it is good!

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  • A huge menu and great food!

    On our first night in the Cook Islands, nobody felt like cooking, so we walked down to the Rarotongan Beach Resort for dinner. We happened to catch barbecue night. For $36 one could feast on the BBQ buffet. There was a nice range of salads, soft, fresh, mouthwatering bread rolls and BBQ fish steaks, lamb, and succulent island pork. It was all...

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  • Tasty Italian style food on Rarotonga.

    The Spaghetti House is situated at the road end of the Edgewater Resort's driveway, on the western side of Rarotonga. The bus stops at Edgewater Resort's reception on both clockwise and anti-clockwise routes, so you can reach the restaurant easily from anywhere on the island.The food is well priced and tasty. In fact, it was one of the best priced...

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  • The bar on the beach.

    The Samade Bar is a long established haunt of travellers to Aitutaki. The bar/restaurant is right on the beach front at O'otu Beach. At high tide the water is about a metre away! The restaurant's fare is simple, with a seafood base. The fish steaks are delicious. You can get a cold beer and a meal here even on a Sunday, when most other things are...

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  • Freshly ground coffee & great cakes!

    The Cafe is arguably the best cafe in Avarua. As well as providing one with one's caffeine fix (smell the freshly ground coffee), The Cafe serves hearty and delicious breakfasts until 2pm. You can have a yummy piece of cake or a muffin at any time! The BELT (Bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato) is highly recommended. The cheese and tomato omlette is also...

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  • Craving a Burger

    Josie's is only open for breakfast and lunch. If you want a slow breakfast where you talk with other visitors and locals get your eggs here. This is also the place for the best burger on the island. Get it to go and eat on the beach. This tastes like a burger you would cook at home and come with lettuce and tomato. She is fussy about what she puts...

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  • Simple Home Cooked Pasta

    This was the best food I had on the cook islands. They have only a few tables so you had better book. Everyday they do a selection of freahs pastas and sauses, there is not a big selection but its all great quality and just like you would get in Italy. They also do a few a bruschetta starter and usually some sort of dessert. You sit in an "room"...

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  • Nice restaurant

    Nice place with terrace overlooking Muri lagoon. Enjoy the snacks and a beer and watch the beachlife. Big portions.

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  • Simple & Delicious Breakfasts

    Simple open-air restaurant, simple but great breakfasts. Once we discovered it, my friend Darlene & I ate there every morning. Great food, friendly service, good fresh-ground coffee, and the music was always good too.Mon-Fri 8:30am-4pm, Sat 8:30am-1pm Best French Toast I've ever had, with real maple syrup!

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  • Relax in a lush tropical garden

    Open for breakfast & lunch only, this cafe features organic produce grown right there. After eating, wander through the gardens, enjoy the lily ponds and mountain views...

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  • Great for lunch

    Good place for lunch! Delicious salads and soups.Nice terrace. The place to go after shopping or to sit on a rainy day.

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  • Unique and Delectable Fine Dining

    The Flame Tree descirbes its unique combination of ethnic and gourmet selections as "Asian, Indian, Pakistani & continental European", so I won't try to embellish that any further.If you want a wonderful exotic meal in a lovely garden setting, don't miss out on dining there - but do make reservations ahead of time! Everything I tried was a taste...

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  • Fresh Catch-Of-The-Day Overlooking The...

    Go out deep sea fishing on a charter boat, then come back and eat fresh catch-of-the-day grilled par excellence, while enjoying the view of the harbor and reef.Relax with a glass of wine, and as the sun sets, watch the local fishermen heading out through the channel to net fly fish once it's dark, to use for your bait on the charter boats. Any...

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  • exspecially when you are...

    exspecially when you are motorized with a scooter everything is availableI recommend- Vaima (very romantic, tables in the sand)- seafood- Trader Jack (in Avarua) - seafood All those combinations of the pac rim (sushi meets cajun and so on)

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  • Flame Tree Resturant

    Excellent (though pricy) food, lovely decor, excellent service. Try the pre-set menu, for about 25NZD, very very tasty. I had an excellent lentil soup for starters, which just about filled me up for the rest of the meal!

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  • Our favorite restaurant was...

    Our favorite restaurant was the Cafe in downtown Rarotanga. It is a modern restaurant with a open front to the street and excelent breakfast's for a resonable price. Good coffee too! No dinner menu but a great place for lunch and breakfast. French toast and fried banana..yum!

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  • mocca's Restaurant Tip

    Try the island speciality, the sea cucumber, it looks like spagetti and it tastes different but very good.

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  • I'm not one for fancy...

    I'm not one for fancy restaurants I like ones that are plain and inexpensive. I found three good one's on the Island. The PALACE TAKEAWAY serves all kind of burger and fries. Try the Palace Burger, you will not believe the size and content of this berger. They have picnic tgables that overlook the Avarua Harbour. MAMA'S CAFE in Town (Avarua) is an...

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  • Banana Court Bar

    The writer of one guidebook designated the Banana Court Bar as 'one of the last old-time South Seas bars anywhere.' Another author acclaimed the bar as a great watering hole of the Pacific, 'probably one of the last to slake the deep thirst caused by too much fun, too few women and too much water.' I think you can get the best smoothies on the...

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  • In my first hour on Rarotonga,...

    In my first hour on Rarotonga, i went to a small empty cafe in Avarua, the capital(if you can call it that with its few hundred residents!) and i ordered a chicken burger..........20 minutes later, the waitress comes over and says 'sorry, we're out of chicken'......20 minutes!!....this was my first introduction to the pace of life in the...

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