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Sands Restaurant

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Contemporary, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
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Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 27189
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Cooktown, Australia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to this restaurant as it was located at the sister accommodation to where we were staying. The food was fair. The staff were friendly but for what you got we thought it fairly poor value.

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Thank Stavros1953
Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner here twice, dinning at restaurant and takeaway pizza the other night. I had the local pork dish which was great, husband has the fish & chips, but didn't enjoy, batter was thick and sweetish, happy hour was only a $1 off each drink, had sticky date pudding for dessert, tasted burnt. Pizza was average... base needed to be... More 

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Thank smm24_1987
Swindon, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some menu items unavailable when we visited at lunchtime. The cocktails were good when we went for dinner.

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Thank John B
Auckland
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious Sirloin Steak washed down with one or two NZ beers. Pizza's on the next table looked especially good, nicely puffed dough and just enough topping. Toffee Pud and Ice Cream hit the spot.

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Thank geoffnz72
Dahlonega, Georgia
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here twice. First time was good, my partner had the pork belly which he loved and a sundae for desert. The second time he had the pork roll which was also good, and a good portion. I had a vegetarian dish and pizza, both of which were average. Service was ok, but I think it was poor value... More 

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Thank Katie and Jon E
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Came here after our last trip to Raro full of lots of good memories of the restaurant. As usual it is a simple menu and the food is flavoursome and unpretentious. So when you order the fish curry and my partner the chicken curry. So why you get is a plate of rice and the meat poured over it. Don't... More 

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Thank ViFi2387
Australia
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Second trip to Rarotonga and took friends with us for there first trip here. First night called into this restaurant and apologised that we hadn't made a booking but could we have dinner. We were rudely told to stand at the bar. We stood at the bar hoping we might get a beer but noone served us? After 10 minutes... More 

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2 Thank Rustyjamtin
Christchurch, New Zealand
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182 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We went for a wee drive and found this place. The night lights is what made us go in. The ladies are really nice that served us. They you post mix from a tap so be carefull incase you get sick. The service was really slow took over 30.mins for our mains. Food was good chips.were excellent. The setting was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We had dinner here, but I would love to go back and have lunch on the sand on the beach. What a fabulous location! Restaurants in Rarotonga are of an extraordinarily high standard, so the food anywhere is going to be good. But relative to other restaurants the food here is a bit average. The menu is fairly limited too.... More 

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Thank djmum
Anaheim, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We stayed next door, so this was convenient. They never opened when they said they would. My son-in-law stopped by to asked when they opened and was told 4:30. My daughter went over at 5 and was told they wouldn't open until 6. It was 6:30 before they actually opened. then they seemed annoyed to have to serve us. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $23
Cuisine
Contemporary, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 27189

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