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Cafe Tupuna

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Tautu Road, Cook Islands
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Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 176
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  • 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
Briliant little place.

Had lunch here and the food was wonderful. Mudcrab entrée and ceviche main course. The crab was cooked perfectly and the sauce could stand alone as a dish in it's own right. The tuna in lime juice and salad was sublime and stands as one of the best fish dishes I have tasted. Rustic surroundings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Peter T
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Had lunch here and the food was wonderful. Mudcrab entrée and ceviche main course. The crab was cooked perfectly and the sauce could stand alone as a dish in it's own right. The tuna in lime juice and salad was sublime and stands as one of the best fish dishes I have tasted. Rustic surroundings create a great atmosphere. Friendly... More 

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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Tupuna's is an institution on the island. Now only open for lunch, but still the best food on the island, and now the pies are back, delicious and great value!

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Aitutaki Cook Islands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

From crispy pot pies to exotic island dishes such as curried goat or yummy comfort food known as pasta with chicken, mushrooms and cream sauce as well as Tupunas famous signature seafood chowder, it's one of the best meals and best deals in island cuisine.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Staff very friendly, menu was fantastic. You have to try the Aitutaki Mud crab dish. This is a must when visiting the island. The sea food chowder and lime fish salad.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
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98 reviews 98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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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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13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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

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?