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Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe

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Black Rock Villas, Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 21 233
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2017

Were recommended this place for lunch, our initial thoughts when we first drove up to the property were mixed and we were not really sure what to expect. Main reason is that it's not the usual setting of a waterfront property, it's tucked away up on a hill surrounded by tropical forest but water can still be seen in the... More 

Thank Natalia S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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144 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

We thought we would try Tuoro again, as the last time we were there in a group and neither of us remembered what we had thought of the food at the time .... we may have had too many glasses of the Tutti Frutti cocktail! This time my husband tried the much-acclaimed finger-lickin' stickin' chicken which was served with rice... More 

Thank foodlover27264
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Had the most fabulous lunch here. the food was really very good, the service was excellent and it really is the most beautiful location, You have to go , booking was essential

Thank cfoley27
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing, the food is to a high standard, beautiful views, excellent service, shout out to my girl Miah and the owner Michelle, just fantastic you both are and you have your service on lock down! The chefs do an amazing job with the food, my mouth waters just thinking about the polenta chips and rukau! We were... More 

Thank katyw593
fraser island Australia
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Michelle & Andy have done a great job at upgrading this great restaurant. The food is brilliant & so is the service. Do not miss going if on Rarotonga & remember to book. I will be back as soon as possible

Thank castaway40
Arorangi, Cook Islands
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Wow...what an amazing surprise ...Sunday brunches , amazing food, excellent service, incredible music. It's a good thing I often work Om Sunday or I would be packing my bag and moving in. It's a must for anyone visiting or locals ...bookings a great idea as its popular :)

Thank JoKupu
Waihi, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

We have stayed at the Villas and eaten at Tuoro number of times over the last couple of years. To us this is the best place on the Island to stay and to go for lunch. The hosts are so friendly and the food is amazing, was planning to try all the different dishes but what I had was so... More 

Thank Lowez3641
Napier, New Zealand
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Called in for lunch and tried a few daily special tapas with our kids. We were impressed with the flavours and portion sizes for the tapas. Good value and a nice place to sit, cool off and enjoy a nice drink.

Thank NevillePettersson
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful service, beautiful restaurant. Amazing specials too would definitely go again. Price was good ordered a Tapa for $14 2 servings tasted good too.

Thank Flora N
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Great lunchtime dining for 5 of us. It was a hot day so overhead fans while still being able to dine outside was good. The NZ owner was a lovely hostess supported by friendly and attentive waitress staff. Parking was a little cramped but eventually overcome.

Thank Enid R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $26
Cafe, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Scenic view, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Black Rock Villas, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 21 233

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