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The Yellow Hibiscus

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International, Barbecue
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Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
68220002
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Description: Open-air restaurant open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner....
Open-air restaurant open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Casual dining at affordable prices. Reservations recommended for dinner. Ask about Friday Happy Hour and Sunday BBQ dinner.
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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Yellow Hibiscus

We were staying at Palm Grove Bungalows so we ate here for about half of our meals while in Rarotonga. We enjoyed every meal we had here and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Sunday night Barbecue is a real highlight, the best steak and fish and the most amazing table of salads to help... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Brisbanelionsfan
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Queensland Australia
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was delicious with beautiful presentation. Staff were efficient and friendly. Entertainment on some evenings.

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Thank Anita P
Queensland Australia
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying at Palm Grove Bungalows so we ate here for about half of our meals while in Rarotonga. We enjoyed every meal we had here and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Sunday night Barbecue is a real highlight, the best steak and fish and the most amazing table of salads to help yourself to. Live music... More 

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Thank Brisbanelionsfan
Whangarei, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried this place for breakfast. I am sure they put on an average buffet for the guests but for the walk in's the menu was short and the food poor. 2 poached eggs was just that 2 poached eggs. Had to ask for toast. Coffee is instant only. On the whole I'd give it a wide birth.. There are... More 

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Thank Chumpstick
Edmonton, Canada
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here four times, and never had a bad meal. The dinners are carefully prepared using fresh, island products and beautifully presented. Always lovely homemade accompaniments, salsas, salad dressings etc. Fish is always fresh that day. Friendly, low key. Some nights have entertainment.A Lovely spot.

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Thank JCPMay24
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommend this restaurant for their Sunday BBQ dinner. My adult son's said it was the best meal on the 10 day trip. The beef and fish steaks were huge and we had a selection of 24 salads. If you travel to Rarotonga DO NOT MISS THIS!!!!!

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Thank Felicity M
Battle Ground, Washington
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful family-run restaurant. The cook/bartender is terrific. Very reasonable for a fairly expensive island dining-wise. Every dish was good. Casual/relaxed atmosphere. We normally don't dine at the same place, but we didn't hesitate to come back again and again.

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Thank ed_travalia
Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Barbecue night was good fun, would recommend having the fish as the steak was a tad tough. Good selection of salads. The highlight was the prawns. The breakfast was very 70s with tinned pears, peaches. The passion fruit and paw paw which were fresh were delicious.

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Thank 704RichardW2014
Chilliwack, Canada
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Yellow Hibiscus serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located half way around the island at the Palm Grove Resort. The food is presented well and there is a good variety. Try the shrimp salad in the papaya!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We arrived on Sunday and had the barbecue tea complete with very easy listening live singing.Choices of fish or beef and great salads-good value.

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Thank Trippytrekker
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

ate here many nights, great happy hour on friday night, fantastic staff, always helpful and food was lovely

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Vaimaanga
  • Phone Number: 68220002

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: International, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

Description

Open-air restaurant open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Casual dining at affordable prices. Reservations recommended for dinner. Ask about Friday Happy Hour and Sunday BBQ dinner.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?