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Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

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Polynesian, Vegetarian, International
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Vaimaanga | PO Box 1050, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
00682 26123
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: We are situated right on the beach. Imagine sitting on the beach with the...
We are situated right on the beach. Imagine sitting on the beach with the sun setting, sipping your favourite cocktail and enjoying some of the best cuisine on the island - how romantic! We also offer a pizza take away service - forget the cooking - enjoy our pizza in your room/hotel or just sit on the beach with your feet in the water enjoying the food. We can cater for small privet functions and weddings. Look forward to seeing you at the Vaima.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 372
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  • 164
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Idilyic Beach side restaurant

The tables on the beach are idilic, but beware of the insects! If you are sensitive to bites the inside might be better. Wherever you sit, though, the food is very good. Not necessarily a Cook Island menu - but all that we had, a smoked fish starter and beef Wellington was excellent - fresh and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
IntrepidVenturer
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The tables on the beach are idilic, but beware of the insects! If you are sensitive to bites the inside might be better. Wherever you sit, though, the food is very good. Not necessarily a Cook Island menu - but all that we had, a smoked fish starter and beef Wellington was excellent - fresh and well cooked. The waitresses... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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180 reviews 180 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
696 helpful votes 696 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The perfect table (number 28), right on the beach. Fun cocktails, an extensive menu and attentive and efficient service. This can only be topped by the perfect execution in the kitchen. And it is. This chef certainly knows what he is doing: From the seafood curry to the Beef Wellington, with the perfect reduced sauce - here is a master... More 

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Switzerland
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220 reviews 220 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
753 helpful votes 753 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is certainly the best restaurant on the Island! Stunning position, innovative and beautifully presented food and outstanding service. What more can you as for. The individual Beef Wellington was absolutely out of this world. I don’t agree with some of the other reviewers, Vaima is not expensive at all for what you get the prices are very reasonable. If... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We had a lovely spot on the beach all set to see the sun go down, however the rain put a quick stop to that! The staff quickly helped everyone inside and we were looked after well. I ordered the seafood curry, their signature dish. It was fabulous! Highly recommended. We also had the local organic craft beer Matutu. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Attentive and pleasant staff make the night sitting with your feet in the sand waiting for a fantastic sunset . All this is only topped by the food .

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Pauanui, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Great setting, newly rebuilt facility that has lovely outdoor area. Great menu and good value for money

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We loved the beautiful setting of the restaurant. The staff were attentive and the food was delicious.

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te atatu peninsula
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5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We came here and we're seated at the end of a busy table which was weird there was plenty of other tables free. The lady said this is what we got and shoved the menus down. I brought along my own gluten free pizza base and asked the waitress to ask the chef if I could have the satay sauce.... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here, sat on the beach. We enjoyed it the views were nice and the service was good. The mosquitoes were out in full force, but not the fault of Vaima's. My one compliant was, I was craving pizza and ended up having the stuff chicken. I was never given a pizza menu nor was... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful food. Great service. Lovely view of the beach. They aren't the cheapest but they are the best. We have been once and are going back on the night of our wedding anniversary. I would definitely recommend going there at least once while in Rarotonga.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Vaimaanga | PO Box 1050, Titikaveka CK9999, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: 00682 26123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 32
  • Cuisine: Polynesian, Vegetarian, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

We are situated right on the beach. Imagine sitting on the beach with the sun setting, sipping your favourite cocktail and enjoying some of the best cuisine on the island - how romantic! We also offer a pizza take away service - forget the cooking - enjoy our pizza in your room/hotel or just sit on the beach with your feet in the water enjoying the food. We can cater for small privet functions and weddings. Look forward to seeing you at the Vaima.

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