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Cafe Ariki

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

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  • 8
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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
a must visit resturant

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Bugsy13
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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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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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 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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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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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We started with garlic bread - yum. I had the crumbed chicken schnitzel and my partner had a steak. Very generous size meals, we also had a red wine each which was a generous glass. We finished with a very tasty passion fruit ice cream sundae. Whole meal was $69. Came away very pleased with our evening.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Have been to Rarotonga two times and am so glad that we discovered this first time round! We ate here 80% of the time because a.) The meals are so incredibly cheap b.) The portion sizes are huge! and c.) the service is outstanding. Anyone that I speak to who travels to Rarotonga I recommend this to them a hundred... More 

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Everything on this island is pretty expensive when it comes to food and even more so when it comes to milk. This is because it is imported from NZ. . . but this place was great!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Nice meal was quick and tasty. It might have been a bit expensive and not very easy to find. However the meal itself was delicious. I was surprised they did not stock local beer?? I am not sure what that's about but it is a shame the local beer is really nice.

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Additional Information about Cafe Ariki

Address: Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +68222772
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Dessert, Barbecue, Grill

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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: Dessert, Barbecue, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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