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Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
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Black Rock Villas, Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 21 233
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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143 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a small intimate spot with wide ocean views. Its elevated and cool even on hot days. The menu has a good variety of offerings, all beautifully cooked. Unfortunately its not accessible if you use a wheelchair. Its also very popular so you often need to book a few days ahead.

Thank bianca5699
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During our stay in Raro we went to Tuoro Restaurant twice fantastic food excellent service and great spot. Highly recommend

Thank Tracy C
Wellington, New Zealand
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97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We scootered around the island after making a booking here for lunch. It's a great location, elevated off the road with great views out to the west. Our hostess was friendly and took time to talk with us and find out a bit about where we were from. There were specials on the board and a good menu choice of... More 

Thank CarolynHa
New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After scootering half way around the island to Black Rock for some snorkeling we looked up and saw this restaurant/cafe tucked away up the hill. Thank goodness we did because it was here that I had the best lunch on the island! Delicious Finger Lickin' Stickin' Chicken!! So good that if it was physically possible for me to do so... More 

Thank Vickie_Biku
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here twice during our recent stay on Rarotonga and really enjoyed it both times. The food was delicious and well presented and the restaurant is in a lovely situation overlooking the sea.

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Thank Julie M
Tauranga, New Zealand
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126 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of lunch here on my birthday. It was delicious!! I had a crunchy pork strips with slaw and my husband had the fish and chips which he loved. Stunning view over the water, what a great location!! The lady who looked after us, (Michelle?) was so lovely she brought me a wee birthday treat which was... More 

Thank rochellep123
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81 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Michelle for my fantastic "break out of hospital " lunch. The food here? Oh it's to die for! The reputation of this high class but sensibly priced restaurant is reaching far and wide. Try the tapas menu. Absolutely delicious. Prepared with care and perfectly cooked. This restaurant is only open for lunch which makes it all the more... More 

Thank Annie116
Hamilton, New Zealand
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must do when in Rarotonga. Be sure to book, this place is very popular. Been before and went three times on my last visit. Food is always excellent, service outstanding, music on Sunday an added bonus and the view to die for. And do try the tutti fruity cocktail.

Thank IvanovichC
Nelson, New Zealand
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tuoro was recommended to us by friends in New Zealand. We were not disappointed - excellent service - the menu was comprehensive - great atmosphere. We didn't book but would suggest you do as Michelle (the owner) has such a winning combination, it would be a good idea to so as not to be disappointed. Great selection of Lawson's Dry... More 

Thank WBuzz
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a Sunday lunch after having the place recommended to us from a local. A young lady playing guitar and singing added to the atmosphere . Great view out over the lagoon Food was great and the service was excellent , Recommend you book in advance as it seems very popular

Thank Hondarider1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $27
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
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
Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?