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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 43
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  • 38
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun Place for A Meal

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

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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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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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Ohope, New Zealand
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I was put onto this restaurant by a few locals, it is tucked away behind the township but is totally worth finding. We were lucky enough to be there when it wasn't so busy. They have an Ika Mata (marinated raw fish) dish that is deeeelicious. I enjoyed the grilled fish and tried to order dessert but couldn't. The portion... More 

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Avarua, Cook Islands
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I am definitely going back here. The steak special is worth it and then some. There was a very large size with enough of the yummy creamy mushroom sauce to cover it all. My friend and I shared the chocolate cake special for dessert. . I have also tried the chicken special and the beef salad before. For anyone looking... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Had lunch here, ordered the tuna salad, it was huge and so yummy. Also had a chicken salad which was very tasty. Just a bit tucked out of the way of the beaten track, so needs word of mouth to get people there. It is around the back rd behind the town centre.

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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This was one of my faves but not more! The service was poor and the menu inconsistent! What a shame as it has lovely views of the mountain range. It felt like a bother to the wait staff that we were there- and we were the only ones there.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This would be the best value for money resturant to eat at on Raro that we've found. It's not flash with the decor but the food more than makes up for this. Steak, mushroom sauce & baked potato with a side salad. Fantastic. Service was great, food was great and the atmosphere was great. $46-00 for two steak meals a... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Staff were friendly. The Chicken schnitzel is yummy. There were two big groups and not many staff but they handle it very well. The food was perfect. Would recommend it to anyone.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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172 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Set between a Toyota dealership and a furniture store a few blocks inland from Rarotonga's Main Road, this gem of an open-air cafe has a fine hand with local fish. Although the prices here (as everywhere on the island) are steep, even at lunch, our serving of grilled local fish with paw-paw salsa, rice and a crisp slaw in a... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

this was an awesome cafe on back road of Rarotonga. The food and wine was delicious and was great value. The service was fantastic.

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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: Doing business, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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