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Waterline

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Seafood, International, Wine Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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Arorangi, Arorangi, Cook Islands
00682 22161
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The fish was fabulous

I had fish for and entrée and a main. Both were wonderful and the services was friendly and helpful. They don't accept credit cards and this is made clear right at the start.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
mariaj3
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South Auckland New Zealand
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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South Auckland New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I had fish for and entrée and a main. Both were wonderful and the services was friendly and helpful. They don't accept credit cards and this is made clear right at the start.

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Phoenix
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We really liked this place.The food was excellent and the view was just beautiful at sunset. The dinner specials were creative and delicious. Keep a sharp eye out when driving there. It's a bit tucked away, but well worth finding. Be sure to cal ahead and book a table.

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Melbourne, Australia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The views were AMAZING! Make sure you get there before sunset, sit on the beach amongst the palm trees and have a cocktail while the sun sets. Just gorgeous. Lovely people, great service and good food.

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Tamworth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Perfect for the Sunset .. Service was slow ( ok, they were busy ) Food was inedible, a lot going on - but, there was no substance or thought process.. it was like lets throw all the spices in and see what happens. Another restaurant - i was recommended to go.. Basically, RARO struggles with Value and Quality - But,... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lovely meal on the sand. Staff very helpful. Meal slow to be served. Grandchildren loved it. Lovely sunset and view.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Lovely food and staff with beautiful setting, high recommend. Good selection of specials and mains and reasonable prices

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nelson, nz
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great view of sunset. Great cocktails. Nice dinner, lovely, friendly staff. Need to pre book. Would recommend.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

You guys have so much going for you,, an amazing location, brilliant atmosphere but the service and food is just rubbish. I had really hoped the 18month gap between visits would have bought change.. Sadly not. We were seconds from getting up and leaving after waiting 1.5hours for our meals.. Meals which were lackluster to say the least. Also please... More 

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The desert island style decor was a little different but great. Our waiter very attentive and helpful. Had fish and chips for lunch and went back a few days later for dinner. The food was above average and reasonable. A little hard to find this restaurant down a driveway off the main road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very popular little restaurant located on the beach! Stunning views! Food was very nice! Relatively expensive but worth it!

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Additional Information about Waterline

Address: Arorangi, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Phone Number: 00682 22161
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
Average Prices: USD 15 - 31
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Wine Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

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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: Seafood, International, Wine Bar, Polynesian, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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