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The Islander Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
+682 21 003
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Australia
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I stopped here for our first lunch on the Cook Islands ! All of us thoroughly enjoyed our food I ordered the chicken Caesar salad and the non alcoholic cocktail and all up I paid under $25 for this which I think is quite reasonable the service was excellen, friendly and laid back in fact I would... More 

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Thank EuniceTravels
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. Our restaurant focuses on fresh, tasty meals at value for money prices. Our Hula Bar offers best prices $3.50 for world brand spirits & mixes, beers, wines and soft drinks - all day, everyday, from 11am to 11pm daily! Our team enjoy looking after visitors and locals who stop in for a meal... More 

Seattle, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has the best food all around and it is just across from the Rarotonga airport. By just looking at the place it looks like a Motel 6 and you would not think they had any decent food. Let me tell you we had breakfast and dinner here and it was totally amazing and cheap compared to other restaurants... More 

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Thank Norma E
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your breakfast and dinner at the Islander Restaurant. Our all day happy hour HULA BAR on the beach from 11am to 11pm offers drinks (beers, spirits, wines, soft drinks) at $3.50 each. Cocktails are $13.50 each. We do our best to keep our prices down without... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Doesn't look much from outside, but once through the doors you will be amazed. A swimming pool sits amongst the dining tables which is pretty cool. We visited after checking in our luggage at the airport (across the road) , as the airport has limited facilities. We found that half our flight had the same idea, and we all agreed... More 

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Thank DelS22
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your transit time with us before your flight to home. Our restaurant offers excellent value for money meals and our bars offer top value beers, spirits, wines and cocktails! We have commenced work on our new Hula Bar on the beach which will feature a new... More 

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's worth the money you pay for! Really enjoyed the food and entertainment. A bonus for us was having the beautiful Miss Rarotonga 🌴 there as a guest as well as the popular reggae master Conkarah. It was a great experience. The performing group were awesome to watch. Check them out y'all.

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Thank Solz A
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your Island Buffet & Cultural Show experience with us on Tuesdays. We do hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Resturant looks over northern aspect of the Pacific Ocean . Light & breezy to temper humidity. The Resturant appeared to be frequented by many locals- not sure if this was due to the cheap drinks from the "Hula bar" outside. Meals were delicious & staff were extremely friendly

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Thank Charlaine H
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are a popular choice for locals & visitors who like to eat, drink & be merry due on the waterfront, with 'value for money' meals & drinks; & our warm polynesian service from the heart. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Rarotonga. Kia Manuia. More 

Auckland
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful spot for lunch before our flight back home. The service was really good and food delicious. Would Definately visit again when we come back to paradise.

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Thank Ally21
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your delicious meals and friendly service from our team. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Evergreen, Colorado
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Good Happy Hour! Good appetizers, and drinks. Also looks out over the ocean. Great place to spend time if waiting for airplane.

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Thank kcrooks78
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We do hope to see you on your next visit to Rarotonga. Kia Manuia. More 

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

we enjoyed one the best fish of the day with a specially munchy salad i have ever eaten , sitting with a great ocean and reef view , unforgettable .

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Thank gorman11
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your 'fish of the day' meal and our new crunchy salads w secret dressing! We hope to see you again on your next visit to Rarotonga. Kia Manuia. More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Definitely recommend island night as my family absolutely loved it, the staff were very friendly, the food was amazing and the performance was awesome and fun..

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Thank Warren W
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. We are pleased to read your family enjoyed their Island Night experience with us. Every Tuesday featuring live band, buffet dinner, cultural show & fire dance by the dynamic 'Akirata Dance Troupe' for $49 adults / $20 children. See you again soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Tauranga
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This restaurant and bar is huge and is well placed near the airport. The food is good, service good and the place is fair buzzing in the evenings.

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Thank Lita-Tauranga
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We offer 80 tables for dining pleasure from the sandy beach, the Tiki Terrace, the Tiki Lanai, and our inside dining room. All tables command an impressive view of the Ocean. We feature nightly entertainment that changes every day. Kia Manuia. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $18
Cuisine
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Buffet, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 21 003
Description
The Islander Restaurant features fantastic cuisine using fresh ingredients supplied by local market gardeners as well as imports from New Zealand. Open for breakfast from 8am; and an all-day lunch & dinner service featuring light meals to hearty options that are guaranteed to fill up even the hungriest tummies.

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