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Cafe Tupuna

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Seafood, International
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Tautu Road, Cook Islands
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: A la-carte Casual Fine Dining. Covered but in a garden setting. Fully...
A la-carte Casual Fine Dining. Covered but in a garden setting. Fully Licensed. Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm. Major Credit Cards accepted.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Local dining experience in Tapuna's home

What attracted me to this restaurant was a segment on our local "Getaway" travel program. They interviewed Tapuna and asked her about her restaurant at her house. They called it an island institution and they were not wrong! She seemed lovely on the TV and in person she was just as lovely. She... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
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Melbourne, Australia
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138 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

What attracted me to this restaurant was a segment on our local "Getaway" travel program. They interviewed Tapuna and asked her about her restaurant at her house. They called it an island institution and they were not wrong! She seemed lovely on the TV and in person she was just as lovely. She stopped for a chat and a laugh,... More 

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Fkp
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We visited for dinner a few days before Xmas 2015. The positives first.... Nice setting on a sand floor. Nice coloring of the setting and the lay up of the food looked nice. The waitress was friendly... to start with. The negatives.... Completely overpriced had a 32 or was it even 34 dollar split chicken filet with risotto. The taste... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We had lunch at Tupuna's twice during our week on Aitutaki. The food was simply delicious (especially the smoked fish salad), so we just had to go back again on our last day. Simple surrounds, sand under your feet, with wonderful food and gracious friendly service!

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Irvine, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Tupuna restaurant is a lovely little place that you can bike to. Not far from the school. The food is outstanding! Again I couldn't resist the dessert. Always save room for that! Sand at your feet to cool you down. Tupuna's is an oasis and makes you relax the minute you sit down. There island fries are great too!

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cairns
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Absolutely DELICIOUS Smoked fish salad. Could eat it every day for the rest of my life! Nice laid back atmosphere.

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Carpinteria, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Lovely garden atmosphere. The food was incredible. Take bug spray though, the sand flys were viscous!.

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Thank JoniA1
Port Macquarie, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We had a great lunch at Tupuna's. The food was wonderful in a nice garden setting. It is a little hard to find and you need a hire car to get there. Make sure it is on your list to visit. Open until about 3pm.

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Shell Beach, California
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is in the middle of the island on the lower side (south?) It was recommended so we asked directions at the hotel. This was the best meal I had the entire time in the Cook Islands...run out of a house...daily specials. I had garlic shrimp and white rice with fresh salad and a bottle of wine to seal the... More 

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

My husband and I ate at Tupana's on our last day on Aitutaki, it was highly recommended by people we met at the lodge we stayed at. I had the Fish and Prawn dish and my husband had the crab cakes, our meals at Tupana;s help complete our best vacation we have ever taken.

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Thank mrstag1985
Cambria, California
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Tupuna runs what I consider the best restaurant on Aitutkai. The results indicate the pride she has in her work. We have been to Aitutaki twice and her meals have been the top meals of out trip each time. Everything we have tried has been excellent but the seafood chowder and the (huge) crab standout as being especially great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Tautu Road, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Aitutaki

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

A la-carte Casual Fine Dining. Covered but in a garden setting. Fully Licensed. Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm. Major Credit Cards accepted.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?