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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, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely setting, really good value for money

We went here for lunch. Covered outdoor seating. Not particularly flash, compared to some of the other restaurants but really good food and service and nice staff

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our last night of our holiday ... Long wait, forgot one of four dinners, fish was overlooked, no dessert available and more. Sorry nothing positive to say about this experience.

Thank Gayle A
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is missing a lot of business! They have an ideal position on the most beautiful stretch of beach in Rarotonga with no other establishment close that offers food and drink . Unfortunately the food just doesn't measure up.

Thank GramaGoose
Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for lunch. Covered outdoor seating. Not particularly flash, compared to some of the other restaurants but really good food and service and nice staff

Thank TheLanes515
Auckland, NZ
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Dinner. Fried foods predominantly and may need more staff in the kitchen as the food took a long time to come. Where are the local native foods which would make the menu more interesting and tasty? Waitress friendly, helpful. Breakfast continental with fresh fruit salad, pawpaw and passionfruit (good) and filter coffee (bland). Needs quality control.

Thank kitten16
Shanghai, China
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

The service is geourges and perfectly warm! Go on a Sunday for their bbq buffet which is lovely and very nice! Even so the sunset is amazing and the happy hour makes it even more colorful:)

Thank Schrag
Shell Beach, California
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Not impressed with food. Covered patio outdoor seating. Good service, nice staff. Went for larger breakfast than cereal and toast. It was just ok.

Thank Kathy S
Sequim, Washington
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Very good food, great service and nice ambience. Prices reasonable. Nice views and varied menu choices

Thank pennynurse
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

Popped in for a quick bite to eat. My partner had the steak and he loved it. I went for the Fish red curry...amazing! Great service too!

Thank Jaxiepax
Christchurch, New Zealand
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Sands Resturant is pretty average, breakfast was ok, only had lunch there once that was once too many..

Thank blackie011
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend the chicken, in any dish! I really miss their chicken, I should probably give them negative feedback because they raised my expectations on this meat so high that no place in New Zealand can meet the standard I expect. *Sigh*

Thank Joe K

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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?