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The Yellow Hibiscus

Certificate of Excellence
International, New Zealand
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Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
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Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First time to the restaurant, even though it was my third trip to Raro. What have I been doing?! Lovely casual dining in a semi-open air setting. Mata and the other staff were very helpful and the food was excellent. Normally I like to try a lot of different places, but when I find a great, friendly place I normally... More 

Thank Andrew W
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Mata and her team are the best! Highly recommend the ika mata, raro prawns and shrimp salad, the so called "appetizers" were so scrumptious and filling. But the entertainment on Tuesday night just ruined the taste of my food. Friday nights entertainment was much better. However, knowing that the same fellow would be entertainment on Sunday I chose to make... More 

Thank MaiohaRhiannon
Timaru, New Zealand
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for a night out here with my wife and i can't fault it. The staff were very friendly, cocktails tasty, the live music was a nice touch. The meals were well presented, freshvand tasty. Perfect night out.

Thank cozza22
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 2 meals here this trip - the food was outstanding and the pina colada's were the best we had in Raro. The staff were friendly and helpful. The entertainment was awesome - highly recommend the restaurant and the singers (Is. Groove)

Thank Cheryl Burton
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here so many times over the years but its always good. This time with my little one she loved the female singer & boogied away. I love sitting outside & relaxing. This isnt fine dining but a relaxed Raro experience with good food & great bar prices. The staff are great also :-)

Thank LeonKiwi
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here twice. The first time it was so so, the second it was outstanding. The chowder was fabulous. They do great cocktails. we wanted to try the BBQ night but could not justify $35 each for BBQ. The staff are friendly and we were well looked after.

Thank Lance M
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here on our first night, the food and service was good. Yummy coctails and very yummy Ika Mata!

Thank Sophie B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Palm grove and discovered this little gem was part of the complex. we ate with a group of friends on our first night there and the food was great as well as the Staff, nothing seemed to be a problem. Then there is the BBQ on Sunday night with massive steaks of beef and Fish and 25... More 

Thank mowaman
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When the waitress takes an order for 2 diet Cokes and brings back 2 cans of full fat and no glasses I suppose you should be on your guard. Yes she corrected her mistake when prompted. We stopped off for lunch and ordered a "chicken sandwich" and a burger. I know I am fussy so I am always exceptionally clear... More 

Thank David P
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must go here if you are in Raro on a sunday. Very well priced BBQ- choice of steak or fish , and an amazing array of salads. I could have quite easily just dined on their Prawn Salad - delicious!

Thank rhonda1232015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $25
International, New Zealand
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Vaimaanga
  • Phone Number: 68220002
Open-air restaurant open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Casual dining at affordable prices. Reservations recommended for dinner. Ask about Friday Happy Hour and Sunday BBQ dinner.

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