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Cafe Ariki

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Barbecue, Grill
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Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+68222772
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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I came here with some friends on a Monday night. They were open so that was good. We had table and placed our orders. Unfortunately one of the entrees that we ordered was sold out...Bugger!! never mind we will still content with what we ordered....so entrée was tasty, we ordered, Spring rolls... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Metz72
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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Avarua, Cook Islands
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My partner and I have dined here quite a few times. the first time was great, the meals are big and of decent pricing. our visits after that wernt so good. the meals seemed to be rushed and microwaved. So they dont taste fresh. the chicken breast has alot of fat on it, you wont see it as the chef... More 

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Thank Mariana N
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here with some friends on a Monday night. They were open so that was good. We had table and placed our orders. Unfortunately one of the entrees that we ordered was sold out...Bugger!! never mind we will still content with what we ordered....so entrée was tasty, we ordered, Spring rolls, garlic bread, wedges, raw fish, prawn sticks, so... More 

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Thank Metz72
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really lovely staff and really good fun... however, despite the huge portions, the food is a perhaps to locals tastes. Good value for money.

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Thank BuriedBones
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great value for money, huge serves of fresh food. Fresh local tuna with salad and chips.they are known for their tender steak, but one of the favourites was the bbq pork ribs! At dinner they also had lamb shanks and their pork belly was tender and Yum, large serves that we often shared!

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Thank JetsetterNat1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A gorgeous cafe/bar in a Spanish style building. Perfect for lunch and dinner, take the whole family, awesome for private functions too. The food is amazing! and the best value for money, portions are always served huge. Ate here ALOT! and will keep coming back. Definitely go with an appetite and order the ika mata, the Ariki fish and chips... More 

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Thank APlovestotravel
Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Great cafe with great food, at decent prices. Although pretty basic menu it is really good and good sized portions.

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Thank JeanAum
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Friendly service and good portion sizes. Not a fancy cafe but good value and really fills a gap if you are hungry after a morning of activity. . Enjoyed and would recommend the BBQ tuna. Note the cafe is only open after 10:30am and closes around 2pm. The main is large enough to share between two if you are only... More 

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Thank S A
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Excellent steak meals and great desserts too. Generous portions. The sashimi is great too. In a quiet secluded area. Good value for money

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Thank Tashi T
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

The food there use to be pretty cheap for its size. Now they have made the sizes smaller and have up there prices. It still a great place to eat but just be aware that it was way more better before...

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Thank Inano P
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

For a holiday joint it had a surprising varied menu. Go hungry as the portions are large. Very popular, as prices are reasonable for the portions provided. It can be quite noisy, thats because of it's popularity. Next time you are in Raro do try them I don't think you will be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +68222772

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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