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Sands Restaurant

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Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 27189
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 68
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
beach front location and good food - don't pay by credit card though!

You are advised to book because the lagoon facing area is quire small. The food is very good and the service fine. Beware the 3% surcharge for paying by credit card!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2014
EssexRichard
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Essex
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We waited 90 minutes for a stark and a bowl of Chowder…just unacceptable! The food was good when it finally arrived but the wait time spoilt what could have been a good night out. Seems that they don't have a decent system for getting meals out in a reasonable time….especially simple meals like we had ordered

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We had been to the sands for dinner n it was awesome n best good ever in Rarotonga deserts were not very satisfying so we went to Vaima Polynesian rest n bar for deserts

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NZ
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Excellent spot on the beach but small dinners, havn't changed the menu, used to have an amazing cheesecake, not any more, pretty average with high prices, wont go again

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Marbella
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The location is simply amazing, outside the view is perfect for having dinner when the sun comes down. The food is very good, especially fish, and the service is nice and quick !

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A fantastic relaxed place by the beach with superb Tuna or Mahi mahi sandwiches - best I've ever experienced. Nice service. Casual - served out of a container. I'll definitely be back if I'm in Rarotonge again.

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Wellsford, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Had dinner there one evening and our table was almost right on the beach Perfect!! We had great service and a superb dinner . We were able to watch the sunset. The only dislike was that although the pamphlet said pickup was available when I checked about that it was a no go also to be taken home it cost... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Loved the food and the pina coladas :) The view is to die for and the service is wonderful. Will definitely be back here again one day.

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Te Aroha, New Zealand
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We have been here before a couple of times, two years ago. We went back to see if it was still good and we weren't disappointed. There is now seating on the beach which is idyllic when the sun is setting and the flares and lights are lit. The meal was great and we followed up with the coconut and... More 

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Essex
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229 reviews 229 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

You are advised to book because the lagoon facing area is quire small. The food is very good and the service fine. Beware the 3% surcharge for paying by credit card!

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Brisbane
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We ate at Sands on our first night on the island as it is very close to where we are staying. The food was nice and it is fairly priced in comparison to other eateries on the island.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 27189

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 23
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Bar scene, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?