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Cafe Salsa

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Pizza, Contemporary
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In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 22 215
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7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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  • 38
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A lovely Breakfast or Lunch under a blooming Flame Tree

Salsa Café When holidaying on the Island of Rarotanga, my wife and I prefer to stay in the Muri beach area, but we love to drive, using a scooter and visit Avarua and the Salsa Restaurant at least a couple times a week! On this occasion we prefer to have either lunch or breakfast at the Salsa... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
soccerfan777
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Delta, Canada
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Delta, Canada
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Salsa Café When holidaying on the Island of Rarotanga, my wife and I prefer to stay in the Muri beach area, but we love to drive, using a scooter and visit Avarua and the Salsa Restaurant at least a couple times a week! On this occasion we prefer to have either lunch or breakfast at the Salsa Restaurant, which is... More 

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Thank soccerfan777
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Superb food and even better service. A must dine at if in Avarua. Set in a busy part of the town with tables outside and inside, the experience was refreshing compared to some other cafe style eating establishments. 9/10

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Thank swinz
Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed 2 lunches at Café Salsa. Wonderful atmosphere, efficient staff and excellent food. A buzzy feel adds to the atmosphere. Poko's attention was amazing as always. Other staff looked to be very efficient and happy also. I highly recommend it.

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Thank Julie C
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sitting outside under umbrellas was a great experience. Our chosen food was of excellent quality, interesting and well presented. The staff were attentive and welcoming taking the time to make us feel welcome to Salsa and to the Island.

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Thank Terry77271138
Thunder Bay, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the middle of town, this cafe is a great place to eat. The flavours of my pizza (ham, eggplant & roasted garlic) were amazing. Cooked in a wood fired oven. Service was fast. Staff were friendly.

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Thank Anita P
Chilliwack, Canada
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Salsa is all about the staff as they are so friendly. Gerrard and Erika always make a point of coming round to greet and welcome you. We've always been pleased with whatever we order and we've had both breakfast and lunch there. We have been visiting Rarotonga for 8 years now and always make Cafe Salsa our Cafe to... More 

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Thank SEASPREE
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 2 weeks ago

I had lunch here a couple of days earlier and was not that impressed, however I thought I would give it another go and this time went in for breakfast. We arrived just after 7.30am they were open. I went to order coffee and the lady serving us who was Poko, was able to get us to order Coffee, a... More 

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Thank Metz72
Fkp
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98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our stay in Rarotonga in December 2015 and January 2016 we visited Cafe Salsa on about 6 occasions. We usually had cappuccino or what was called long coffee which was like a dubble espresso. I would not say the coffee was awesomely good however it seemed to be about the best we could get on an island where most... More 

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Thank marons
Gerrard K, Owner at Cafe Salsa, responded to this review

Kia Orana Marons, Thank you for your business and visit to Cafe Salsa. The points you raise do need answering. 1. Obviously our staff member was not paying attention. However as a number of customers have personal items in front of them on the table or in a deep conversation, they tend to place the settings on the side. We'll... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Café salsa is in town and a very popular place for lunch. Our food was delicious and the service was friendly and prompt. The Flame trees( Poinciana) over the café were so attractive to dine under.

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Thank Julie-Anne T
Arorangi, Cook Islands
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The family and I always go to Cafe Salsa for either breakfast or lunch. The food is divine and the service is brilliant.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 215

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm

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