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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, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 172
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
the menagement could be better.

I think this is the best restaurant on the island, I tried them all, and this is the one that I preferred. The ingredients are excellent and in the kitchen there's someone who knows how to do his job. I was very pleased with the menu, simple but delicious. The atmosphere is very intimate and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
Andreasupertamp
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Venezia, Italia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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290 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I don't like the way this rude owner speaks to the tourists that have travelled long distances to come to their isolated little island and tell them to never come back to this island???!!! In a previous review the owner/chef wrote back to a customer/tourist to get a life and never come back to aitutaki??? Been few times in aitutaki... More 

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Venezia, Italia
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I think this is the best restaurant on the island, I tried them all, and this is the one that I preferred. The ingredients are excellent and in the kitchen there's someone who knows how to do his job. I was very pleased with the menu, simple but delicious. The atmosphere is very intimate and enjoyable. Does not reach the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Our favorite dining spot on Aitutaki. The restaurant is situated inlands, simple, cozy with sand floor. We had two delicious fish-dishes and they were both served in a creative tasteful way. For us new flavor combinations and we loved it.

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Invermay, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We went here for our anniversary dinner. The food was wonderful and the little restaurant with the sandy floor was well worth the Vespa ride.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Got a recommendation from our motel to go here , but we soon regretted the decision. Food was expensive , our dishes were more like lunch salads than actual meals, and quite tasteless. Service , if you can call it that , was rude and lousy. Avoid.

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Tupuna S, Owner at Cafe Tupuna, responded to this review

This is a ridiculous review. Did you take up your concerns with the Chef/Owner? No - you wait until you cannot be challenged face to face!!! Please don't ever come back to our Island and GET A LIFE !!! More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This restaurant has been consistently great with great food and lovely island atmosphere (enjoy the sand floor by kicking your shoes off) for every one of our visits in 2001, 2002 and 2014. A simply MUST VISIT restaurant for any trip to Aitutaki

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Queensland, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This wasn't really what I was expecting considering it came so highly recommended. Unfortunately the bare sand floors and Mosquitos by the hundred was a bit of a turn off to me. My husband and I had to cover our glasses with our napkins to keep them bug free! The entree was good but my husbands main was undercooked, and... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A restaurant in the Inland with beautiful fine sand as floor, we pop in last minute and managed to get a table. The service was friendly and cheerful and prompt. I had the crab which was just beautifully done : large fresh mud crab with thick gravy which is moderately spiced ( reminds me of Singapore chilli crab) and served... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The restaurant is set in a garden and the floor is sand, so it feels as if you're almost on the beach, even though the place is quite far from the sea. The food was very nice, but also quite pricey. Furthermore, we had some issues with mosquitoes when we were there.

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Delicious food! Because of the small kitchen, the service was a bit slow. Don't even think about walking or cycling there. It's located in the middle of the island!

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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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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?