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Whatever Bar and Grill

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

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  • 99
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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 8
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Feel like a local and watch the surf!

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Landyman2014
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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Adelaide, Australia
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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

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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Tauranga, New Zealand
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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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We stopped for a drink (we were going to have lunch but decided to carry on elsewhere). Service was great, drink prices fine, but the whole of the top deck area where the main bar and outside kitchen are located is old, tired looking and a bit grungy (sticky tables, sticky tatty plastic covered menus). Even the view didnt help... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Whatever! There is nothing like this bar and grill to take your mind away from every day worries! You really know you're on holiday when you arrive at "Whatever Bar & Grill" tucked away on the waterfront of Avarua. I have had the pleasure of visiting Rarotonga on four occasions now, and this place has become my first port of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

they not only provided yummy food at resonable prices they also had a live band that was both entertaining and the band members were locals. We enjoy paying happy hour prices for our beer before ordering our dinner.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

If we lived here, this place would be our local. It'd be like our Central Perk. Love the steak and the burgers and cocktails and the resident cats that hung out of the deck. The staff were amazing and actually look the time to chat and get to know you which is awesome. We are already planning another trip back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

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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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, Fish & Chips, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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