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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Pizza, Cafe, Seafood, Barbecue, Grill, Polynesian
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Description: The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe...
The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious healthy food in beautiful setting

My mum and I went here for lunch. i had a super delicious fruit smoothie followed by the smoked Marlin salad which was great. They have healthy food and beverage options and then the desserts are amazing. We had the lemon meringue thing which had all these added extras on the plate native to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
phoebe_ferens
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mum and I went here for lunch. i had a super delicious fruit smoothie followed by the smoked Marlin salad which was great. They have healthy food and beverage options and then the desserts are amazing. We had the lemon meringue thing which had all these added extras on the plate native to the island. The staff were really... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful garden setting, it's a real hidden gem! Great place to stop for tea/coffee and dessert. The staff were courteous friendly and the establishment was clean. Would love to go back.

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Thank Alison T
Whangarei, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We have eaten lunch here twice and both times loved it. The food is so fresh and tasty, the service is super friendly and the surrounding gardens beautiful

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Thank huarua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful setting on a fantastic island. So chilled and relaxed with a focus on locus produce. Wonderful friendly service. The photo albums give an insight into the thoughts behind the cafe and gardens. Well done team!

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Thank Tracy M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

From the moment you leave your vehicle to the moment you step back into it you have been transformed.What a class act that you could not fault. I had a Pawpaw Salad.which was heaven. So light & tasty it was all class and then you had the wonderful gardens surrounding you.Restful & peaceful. The hosts were perfect with nothing a... More 

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1 Thank nzbuddy
Shell Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Hidden treasure. Learned about this on our tuk tuk tour. It is connected to the Botanical Garden. Seating is under trees and throughout the gardens. You can have wine, coffee dessert or salads. We opted for the salads and wine! I would say this was the most refreshing meal of the entire trip. Finally fresh fruit!! Surprised at how little... More 

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1 Thank Kathy S
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

What an amazing place to visit. We spent quite a while strolling around the beautiful garden, and of course taking lots of photos of the beautiful colourful plants and shrubs. So well laid out with the little lily ponds and fish. Then to finish we went to the cafe, which is in a beautiful setting and indulged in the yummiest... More 

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1 Thank Jean O
Auckland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

It is worth stopping and having a coffee or a glass of wine. The setting is awesome gardens, that you can just have a seat and chill out for a while or have a wonder around the beautiful gardens. The food is great and the service is great also. We will be back again

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1 Thank Claudia W
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Good Setting, food really good, just has plunger coffee and this was good. Service was good also. Has a focus on preparing food from fresh fruit and vegetables. When you walk in there is a $5 per person donation for looking round the gardens, I guess if you don't look around the gardens then go straight to the café without... More 

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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful gardens, operatic background, delightful service, delicious cheesecake and chocolate cake, great rose. A true piece of heaven on earth.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 22796

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Cafe, Seafood, Barbecue, Grill, Polynesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view

Description

The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.

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