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Waterline

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International, Wine Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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Arorangi, Arorangi, Cook Islands
00682 22161
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Casual beach dining with all the frills.Open Tues-Sun for lunch and...
Casual beach dining with all the frills.Open Tues-Sun for lunch and dinner. Enjoy one of our tasty cocktails and the breathtaking sunset before dining on Pacific style international cuisine. We have one of Raro's most extensive wine lists available.We can host both your wedding ceremony and reception on site either on the beach or our sunset deck.Experience romantic Rarotonga the Waterline way.Live music Wednesday nights. Bookings essential.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely spot and excellent service.

We came here on our wedding moon, we loved it! It was a stormy night so were inside but still beautiful lovely outlook, lovely view and nice ambience...The staff were lovely, the man that picked us up was very friendly and polite, the lady that served us was very nice and friendly, we had lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
roachiexx
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Lovely place, meal was okay, my partner had the tuna, it said seared but was over cooked, out of all the places we dinned at, rating wise this would of been the bottom

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Tauranga, New Zealand
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We came here on our wedding moon, we loved it! It was a stormy night so were inside but still beautiful lovely outlook, lovely view and nice ambience...The staff were lovely, the man that picked us up was very friendly and polite, the lady that served us was very nice and friendly, we had lovely cocktails, my husband thought it... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

had lovely marinated fish , others in party enjoyed their meal, not brilliant but nice, had a lovely table over the beach , medium priced

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Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Early dinner with friends on a very rainy night, would love to go back when the weather cooperates. Wednesday night entertainment was excellent and food was fresh but I had the chicken curry and was not that thrilled. It seemed everywhere we went fish turned out to be wahoo and we both had hoped for something different at this highly... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The beachfront setting is wonderful, being on the sunset side of the island. However, the menu was a bit sparse for our tastes, and the night we were there the service was pretty slow and not particularly friendly.

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Franklin, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

After hearing from people talking about this place my wife & I decided to dine here for our last night in raro(honeymoon). We booked, we had the perfect table & view. We've been welcomed warmly with a sweet smile and accommodating behavior of a young lady. The only disappointment we had was as soon as we sit on the table... More 

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CookIslandsNostalgic, Owner at Waterline, responded to this review

Kia Orana. We apologise for the bad experience you and others have had at The Waterline. Since early January this year until now we are away overseas and return to Raro on the 6th April which is soon. This is the first time and it is too long for any owner to be away especially in the Hospitality Industry. However... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
242 reviews 242 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We totally enjoyed sitting on the beach over a cocktail as the sun slid below the horizon. The restaurant itself is right nearby and has stacks of atmosphere. The combination of location, design and lighting produce an atmospheric - romantic - setting. Shame that the cooking does not match the promise. A tuna was rubbery, thin-sliced and over-cooked; a vegetarian... More 

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newcastle
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Based on reviewers we took a local here for lunch. Not impressed but maybe some nights are good but would not really recommend. Wine very expensive & range of wines ok.good views do not always relect in good food. 12th visit to raro so can compare with other venues.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The food and views at this lovely little restaurant are stunning. The service was lovely. Go for the sunsets!

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We went there for dinner one night wanting to see the sunset, unfortunately it rained on arrival, place is hidden but well worth driving around the other side of island, Food was 5 star and service was top notch, Best place I have visited while in Rarotonga, I had the Eye fillet steak which was cooked to perfection, mushroom sauce... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Arorangi, Arorangi, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: 00682 22161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 31
  • Cuisine: International, Wine Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Casual beach dining with all the frills.Open Tues-Sun for lunch and dinner. Enjoy one of our tasty cocktails and the breathtaking sunset before dining on Pacific style international cuisine. We have one of Raro's most extensive wine lists available.We can host both your wedding ceremony and reception on site either on the beach or our sunset deck.Experience romantic Rarotonga the Waterline way.Live music Wednesday nights. Bookings essential.

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