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“Dinner with sand beneath your toes” 4 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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Restaurant details
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.
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“Dinner with sand beneath your toes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Lovely food, a class above standard hotel food in a tropical garden setting. The ambiance was lovely, with sand on the floor and attentive service.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland
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“Little Gem on Aitutaki”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Cafe Tupuna is located inland from the main beach and cafe areas (only 5 minutes on the scooter) and is truly a hidden gem that is well worth seeking out. The food and service is high quality in a casual but classy setting complete with colourful table cloths and sand floor in a secluded garden setting. Not the cheapest restaurant on the island by any mean but we were vey happy to pay around $50 per person for our meals including a bottle of wine. The food was beautifully cooked and presented, with a good range of dishes including fish, steaks (very tender), chicken dishes and salad options. We enjoyed a leisurely and well-paced evening and the restaurant was full by early evening so it obviously popular, bookings are recommended. Our best evening meal of the holiday.

Visited August 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“You wont be dissapointed !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Highly recommended. better than any resort meals. Local cuisine at its very best. Price is reasonable for what you get. hard to find but worth looking for. Don't let the sand floor or ramshackle building fool you the quality of the food is better than most city restaurants.

Visited July 2013
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“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed at Pacific Resort, but had an evening dinner at Tupuna's - have been there in the past, and it didn't disappoint. Beautifully presented food, friendly service and good wine.
Transfer to the restaurant was all arranged which was great.
Will definitely be back next time I'm on Aitutaki

Visited August 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“The Best food on Aitutaki”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Its a must do if you are on the Island of Aitutaki. TePuna's is the most unique place to eat. She cooks the food herself, and it is just beautiful. The Restaurant is actually at her home.. there is sand on the ground in her CarPort type thing, and Fanta is the resident cat. Dont be alarmed if Fanta jumps up into your lap while you are having your dinner.. This is just Raro! Loved the food, and loved the atmosphere. TePuna will always come out and speak to her guests. Lovely lady.

Visited June 2013
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