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Whatever Bar and Grill

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Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub
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Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
+68222299
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 24
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  • 9
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Better than Ever!

We visited several times for lunch and were never disappointed. We also went for dinner on a Wednesday night when they had a live local band. The food was always excellent and the service was friendly and helpful. Its one of the main reasons for us to revisit 'Raro'.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 28, 2015
potblak
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Melbourne, Australia
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Again we went to this place - this time with our children 17, 13 & 11. The first time it was just for a drink and then we returned on Christmas Eve for Lunch. great food - amazing flavours and the drinks are always good. The Staff are super friendly and it is relaxing and you never feel rushed. Kids... More 

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1 Thank JustineFW
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Staff lovely but place tired with ripped sun umbrella and dodgy stairs. Really shabby, food was ok but not a healthy choice. Ok if you like fried foods. Needs some major upgrading as felt like in a back street dodgy bar and I am no means a snob.

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Thank MummaVee
Melbourne, Australia
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We visited several times for lunch and were never disappointed. We also went for dinner on a Wednesday night when they had a live local band. The food was always excellent and the service was friendly and helpful. Its one of the main reasons for us to revisit 'Raro'.

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Thank potblak
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great entertainment and the best fish and chips in town. Thanks Tiri and Violet such a friendly place to have a drink and meal.

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Thank GailWhangarei
Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a great little pub/bar/restaurant right on the waterfront in downtown Avarua. We got there about 5:15 for a feed however found that the kitchen wasn't open until 6. But, without any hesitation the barman offered to call in the chef a bit early. Although we said that it was no problem as we could sit around and have... More 

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1 Thank TheBismarck
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Great for a relaxed $12 cocktail and $3 beer. This place isn't anything special but it has a big heart. Owners are friendly and have some fantastic Saturday musos playing and two very entertaining cats. Great place to see the whales if your lucky too.

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2 Thank Saskia F
Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was one of my favourite places...Sits up on a platform with a great view of the bay.. Fantastic food , fantastic staff with a fantastic atmosphere...Led by the gorgeous Tina who does all the waitressing and is a tireless worker.. It is a really fun place to hang out...Night time the live music comes on and the dancing begins...Really... More 

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3 Thank Mark M
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming to the Whatever bar for years. Have the t-shirt. But it just didn't have the same feeling. Maybe it's because Max isn't there. Maybe the old classic rock music has been changed. Not sure what is was but it just not what it was.

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2 Thank deemac16
Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

Sunny afternoon , want a quite drink and a bit of pub food in ya gullet go to this joint. Friendly staff and nothing the but smiles and jokes too keep you and your friends drinking and eating worth the time

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Thank Mark S
Tauranga, New Zealand
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Cool place that looks a little foreboding as you arrive but in all reality is full of life and a great place to feel like a local! Good food and great beers!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +68222299

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

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