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Whatever Bar and Grill

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Steakhouse, Fish & Chips, Bar, Grill
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Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
+68222299
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cheap and cheerful

Sitting on a raised platform, the Whatever Bar is more of an experience than just a bar. The best and most affordable burgers on the island, as well as a nice cold beer with a view. Very island style and a must-do in Rarotonga.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Jason D
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
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225 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were advised to come here from our fishing charter as the are able to cook fish fillets with salad and chips for about $12 per person. They weren't wrong, we gave them our bag of freshly filleted tuna and the cooked it half grilled/half battered and served it up with tasty chips and salad! I loved it!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Sitting on a raised platform, the Whatever Bar is more of an experience than just a bar. The best and most affordable burgers on the island, as well as a nice cold beer with a view. Very island style and a must-do in Rarotonga.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Very basic pub food. Fish of the day was nice, steak was chewy/gristle, but the fish burgers were good and enjoyed by our dining companions. Go during the day to enjoy the view.

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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

a great place for a burger and beer no fuss just good honest food and a great view from the deck staff friendly , steps leeding up to the dining area might be a bit much for some older people

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I visited this place as part of my Rehab Part Bus Tour on a Friday night. The bar staff seemed friendly, there was a lot of room on the dance floor. I think this would have been the type of place that I would have liked to visit too eat but unfortunately I did not have the time to do... More 

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Waitara, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Had a few cocktails and beers at happy hour and decided to stay for tea.best thing we could have done.food was excellent especially the marimari.very enjoyable.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We heard about this place from guests at the hotel we were in; allegedly the best chicken on the island. They weren't wrong. Incredible food, really great BBQ chicken and cheap compared to resorts.

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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Really enjoyed this bar! Was good food, cheap beer, nice people and a great view. Was a good price and very chilled. The food was excellent pub grub and i would highly recommend it. I much preferred it over our experience at the hotels and at places like Trader Jacks.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great service.great beer,music and the view is awesome.The guys working made us feel welcomed . didn't have anything to eat but by the look of the crowd, it looked very nice.

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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The cocktails and burgers are delicious and fresh. The view is good too. You should definitely check out this place while you're visiting!

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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 4 - 14
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Fish & Chips, Bar, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget

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