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The Mooring

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off Main Road | Avana, near Muri., Cook Islands
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9:30 am - 3:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 3:30 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 642
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    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best fish lunch on the island !

Do not miss this place for an incredible sandwich or a plate of raw fish and salad ! Service is great and food outstanding !

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
julia02Siena
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siena
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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738 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

One of my favourite meals on the island. Simple fish sandwiches with freshly caught fish, local salad and freshly baked homemade bread and sauces - you can't get any better, delicious. Super friendly staff. Great fruit smoothies. Nice spot down at the wharf.

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siena
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Do not miss this place for an incredible sandwich or a plate of raw fish and salad ! Service is great and food outstanding !

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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108 reviews 108 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The ladies couldn't be more caring and friendly as they recommend food from their menu if you have never been before. The food was great, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and I will definitely return on my next visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We had been told about The Mooring by another tourist, so tried it out for lunch. I had the special, which was tuna tacos & my husband had the fish sandwich, with both meals being absolutely delicious! The serving sizes were very generous, and you could taste how fresh the food was. The staff are all super friendly & efficient,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Great "shack", great food, great staff, great location next to the water. My favorite FOB, hubby like Mahi Mahi salad.

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had hired a home for mine and my grandparents holiday knowing how expensive the food was going to be on the island. However, this little place was so good we went back for more! The service, the view, the setting, the price, the freshness and the yumminess were all wonderful contributors to our amazing experiences here. I miss it.

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Lakewood, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

For a great lunch, be sure to hit The Mooring. The place closes up about 3:00, and the fish is super fresh which means they may run out before the day is up. I had the FOB (fresh off the boat) sandwich with chili mayo. It was fresh, hot, and crispy. A fellow traveler told me the fish tacos were... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We had heard a lot about this place & weren't disappointed. The fish is so fresh & absolutely delicious. I had the FOB (crumbed mahimahi) the first visit, which was so good. Unfortunately they had no more mahimahi after that so the next two times I had the tuna. I'm not usually a big fan of tuna but this was... More 

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Auckland NZ
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Highly recommend this little place. Its a couple of shipping containers from which they produce amazing sandwiches. Unfortunetly we visited during Easter and there was no mahemahe on the island so we missed out on the FOB however the tuna and chicken sandwiches we had were amazing! The tuna is incredibly fresh - we witnessed a fisherman gut and fillet... More 

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Rocklin, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Very fresh and tasty. I think anything you would get on this menu would be delicious. Give it a try. My entire family really enjoyed it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: off Main Road | Avana, near Muri., Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
9:30 am - 3:30 am
Tuesday
9:30 am - 3:30 am
Wednesday
9:30 am - 3:30 am
Thursday
9:30 am - 3:30 am
Friday
9:30 am - 3:30 am

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