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“excelent food as always” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Tupuna

Cafe Tupuna
Tautu Road, Cook Islands
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Ranked #3 of 13 Restaurants in Aitutaki
Price range: $8 - $31
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
Gisborne, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“excelent food as always”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

As always the food was outstanding, with a quirky setting a very relaxed dinning experience. Had to laugh one of our party wanted to change the chips in her order to mash, but the waitress was to scared to ask Tupuna.

Visited August 2013
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This has really nice fresh food, well presented and a lovely atmosphere. One of the nicest meals we had. As with all the other outdoor restaurants you need to use insect repellant

Visited August 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant on Aitutaki”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have visited Cafe Tupuna purely on tripadvisor recommendations and I am very glad that we went there. It is in the middle of the Island, not very easy to find it but absolutely worth to go there. Lovely atmosphere in the dining area, the floor is pure sand and the area is semi open. Service was very good but the food was even better. A very good combination of fine and Island cuisine. We had chicken and pork as main meals and they were very tasty and nicely presented. We had the most enjoyable desserts after our main. Banana Flambe is a must, cooked to perfection and very yummy.
If you are on the Island, Cafe Tupuna is highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

After watching Tupunas cooking on SBS documentary, I had great expectations. Also made sure i had a booking whilst visiting Aitutaki. Upon arrival it was a nice intimate and simple setting. Ordered the Mud crab and fish dish, and garlic prawns as entree. Garlic prawns was good but there was not enough, as there was only 4 prawns for 2 people. The mud crab was very expensive at 100 nzd. fish was average. staff did not smile. after making eye contact with tupuna in kitchen she just looked away. also just had mud crab here in fiji for half the price and tasted better. felt like me and partner were just numbers.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch
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4 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good spot but you will need transport to get there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a good spot for dinner, with a nice selection of food. The service was a little slow and did need reminding about getting the drinks we had order. I had the seafood pasta which was great, plenty of seafood in it. It was reasonably priced for the island. Mains from NZD25 - 33. It is tucked away so unless you are looking for the restaurant you won't just bump into it. Booking is essential as with most of the island.

Visited August 2013
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