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Cafe Salsa

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In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
22215
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7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Fri 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
love this place!

Have had many breakfast and lunches here on my frequent visits to the island. My flat white is ready almost before I sit down! Staff are friendly and fast and I must say it is nice to see their familiar faces time and time again. A good sign I'd say. The food is reasonably priced (love the Egg... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
LuannCoromandel
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Coromandel
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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242 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Coromandel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Have had many breakfast and lunches here on my frequent visits to the island. My flat white is ready almost before I sit down! Staff are friendly and fast and I must say it is nice to see their familiar faces time and time again. A good sign I'd say. The food is reasonably priced (love the Egg Avarua!)and always... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Right in the heart of Avarua is this delightful cafe with a fantastic menu, including the wood fired pizza. Always try a smoothie, always try a banana split and always try the salads. A place to sit, relax, watch the rest of the world pass by, the ever present bird life with their young. Plenty of drinks both alcohol and... More 

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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419 reviews 419 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went to Cafe Salsa for lunch our first day on Raro. This busy, open-air cafe is centrally located in town and exudes a welcoming feeling. We were blown away by how great the service was! Service was fast-paced, prompt, and very attentive. Our server was welcoming, friendly and always smiling. The thai chicken salad was pretty good, and the... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

wonderful staff, after our first visit they would see us arrive on our scooters and have our drinks and a table already under way! Best raw fish on the Island. The pizza looked and smelled great but it was too hot for Pizza. Live music at nights. Great location right in the town but outdoor seating under trees. could not... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Nice setting, good food at good prices and a good views of the sea and loved the flame trees outside, loved getting a coffee there when in town.

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Auckland , New Zealand
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

we stopped here for lunch as its very central in the middle of town by the shopping stores. The kids loved the iced chocolate as did I love the iced coffee. they had salads which were nice and pasta which was also good. I ordered the pate which sadly was horrible. ( Especially after Trader jacks fabulous pate). I should... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My husband and I went to this cafe on the advice of a local resident we met on the street. We were not expecting that it would be anything extraordinary when we found it in a strip mall, but we were pleasantly surprised. The restaurant offers a good selection of locally inspired meals, as well as pizza cooked in an... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

While staying at Rarotonga for my son's wedding, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch here,seated in the outdoor area in front of the cafe. Excellent friendly service, great food and coffee.

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Helensburgh, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Was a bit pricey for breakfast but the food was nice and a fair variety is available. Pretty good coffee too just quietly.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Good friendly service, great food with good varieties from all countries so great for the tourists. In door out door seating.

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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: 22215

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 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?