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Trader Jacks

Seafood, Pizza, Gastropub
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Avarua, Cook Islands
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, great view

Trader Jacks was a great place to eat. My husband and I ate here and enjoyed both the food and the view. Good portions and decent prices. Highly recommended, located downtown.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Erin S
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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simple service, simple food, great location. All a simple part of the island experience. I got caught in a downpour coming in and the staff were very accepting that we were totally soaked in their restaurant. All on island time:)

Thank pookie245
Whangarei, New Zealand
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

No one should go to Raro without experiencing Traders. Get a pizza and a cider and sit out on the wharf.

Thank Gayle A
Brentwood, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice central location on the waterfront , upstairs terrace overlooking a harbour. I had the Roast Chicken my partner ordered Mahi-Mahi In a Macadamia crust. My chicken had very little meat, of course there is a difference between the quality of produce in this part of the world and the UK... So at best it was passable. The fish Mahi-Mahi... More 

Thank Phil B
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Trader Jacks was a great place to eat. My husband and I ate here and enjoyed both the food and the view. Good portions and decent prices. Highly recommended, located downtown.

Thank Erin S
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful setting right next to the water, we sat outside, the staff were friendly. Food is reasonably price and tastes delicious. The crayfish tail was lovely, and only $35, wouldn't get that here in New Zealand. My partner had the grilled Swordfish which he enjoyed and looked good. Chicken thai snack size pizza as entree, was nice and wanted more.... More 

Thank Marcy H
Tauranga, New Zealand
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had lunch here. Beautiful setting, food good and well priced. Staff efficient but not overly friendly.

Thank Grant W
Geelong, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Trader Jacks is a iconic location with good food. its very 'western' style so good meals.. pizzas, chips, burgers, salads, fish, steak sashimi etc at a reasonable price. perch yourself and have some beers and a pizza and watch the view. everything is at a good price not too expensive but not super cheap either. its a must go to... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The first time we tried to go to Trader jack it was closed for clean up after Cyclone Victor had passed close by. We did try again for lunch and were very pleased. It has a wonderful location overlooking a small beach where the local kids have a great time playing in the water. The service was quick, pleasant and... More 

Thank JBH44
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If there is one place in Rarotonga that represents this awesome Island perfectly; Trader Jacks is it. We have spent a lot of time here on multiple trips, whether sitting in the bar watching the local kids swim in the ocean or dining on the awesome Ika mata. This is a must try destination

Thank A7079BPjasonc
Taumarunui, New Zealand
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is right on the water, looks a little shabby but the service is fantastic. If you want to have a bit of seafood that will have you salivating, try the seafood pizza. I have never had a pizza like it, this is to die for. This place I visited twice as it was so good. Prices are great... More 

Thank Grant5050

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +68226464

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pizza, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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