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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 22
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  • 8
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  • 11
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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
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
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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3 reviews
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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3 reviews
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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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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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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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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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
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Whatever Bar and Grill

Address: Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +68222299
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
Average Prices: USD 3 - 13
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Fish & Chips, Bar, Seafood, Grill, Pub

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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, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine

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