We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Whatever Bar and Grill

Bar, Grill, Pub
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

244 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 237: English reviews
Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Level Contributor
39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Rarotonga a couple of weeks ago and found the Whatever Bar closed for renovation, so we went for a beer at Trader Jacks. When we talked to the locals they informed us that the Whatever Bar will be opening soon and with a new name. It will probably be called "On the Rocks". Looking at the location of... More 

Thank Glen S
Level Contributor
67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My local haunt when in Raro was closed so was gutted! Undergoing a major refit but found out that the owners of the land hiked the lease so forced the original owners out so has been taken over by someone with some money i'd say. Going to have a bar downstairs & upstairs but upstairs looks covered over so no... More 

Thank LeonKiwi
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

We went for a drink. The place was dirty and staff unfriendly. We were hungry but would not dare eat here. Would not recommend

1 Thank 736desirees
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Great music a go to place to do to for drink before heading over to Raros #1 bar and night club Rehab great music and a very chill vibe good drinks affordable and a very nice atmosphere.

Thank elsie217
Dunedin, New Zealand
Level Contributor
151 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

On our second trip to Raro a visit to Whatever Bar was a must for us, we were gutted to find out that is no longer operating, even though it is still in various advertising around the place.

1 Thank Dunnersfireman64
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Again we went to this place - this time with our children 17, 13 & 11. The first time it was just for a drink and then we returned on Christmas Eve for Lunch. great food - amazing flavours and the drinks are always good. The Staff are super friendly and it is relaxing and you never feel rushed. Kids... More 

1 Thank JustineFW
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Staff lovely but place tired with ripped sun umbrella and dodgy stairs. Really shabby, food was ok but not a healthy choice. Ok if you like fried foods. Needs some major upgrading as felt like in a back street dodgy bar and I am no means a snob.

Thank MummaVee
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We visited several times for lunch and were never disappointed. We also went for dinner on a Wednesday night when they had a live local band. The food was always excellent and the service was friendly and helpful. Its one of the main reasons for us to revisit 'Raro'.

Thank potblak
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great entertainment and the best fish and chips in town. Thanks Tiri and Violet such a friendly place to have a drink and meal.

Thank GailWhangarei
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a great little pub/bar/restaurant right on the waterfront in downtown Avarua. We got there about 5:15 for a feed however found that the kitchen wasn't open until 6. But, without any hesitation the barman offered to call in the chef a bit early. Although we said that it was no problem as we could sit around and have... More 

1 Thank TheBismarck

Travelers who viewed Whatever Bar and Grill also viewed

Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Southern Cook Islands

Been to Whatever Bar and Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $15
Bar, Grill, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +68222299

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Whatever Bar and Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?