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Cafe Ariki

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
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Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group Red Comets U17 Girls Soccer Team ended our 1st Day in Raro with a dinner at Cafe Ariki - we booked 2 tables for 38 people the week before and there were only 3 of awesome ladies looking after the whole Restaurant plus the chefs - BUT these 3 were absolutely wonderful - they took our orders and... More 

Thank NgaKairua
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to eat top quality food where the locals go, this is the place. YUM! I had the Tropical salad with tuna steaks for about $23. It was by far the tastiest salad I've ever had - coriander, mint, fruit and two huge tuna steaks. Far too much for me to finish by myself. My son had the... More 

Thank Michelle H
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This place has great meals and great value - and so tasty! Nice and quaint, so the service is good too. You never leave here hungry!! Yummo!

Thank Hackneed
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

This would be about our 8th meal at Cafe Ariki. The meals are always very hearty and are a combination of local and European style cooking. I had the Ariki Tropican Salad which was huge and the flavours were beautiful

Thank Cheryl Burton
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Dinner for 4 adults on a Monday evening in this quiet hidden gem of a restaurant on a back road in Avarua. First time here and 1st impressions always count in the end. We were ushered to a table of our choice and drinks ordered. Meals came and they were big servings (steak cooked really well and accompanied with beautiful... More 

Thank paulamka
Whakatane, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

Did have lunch at this lovely small restaurant in one of the back streets of Rarotonga. Beautiful fresh food. specialy enjoyed the big King Prawns meal and the friendly staff.

Thank 77capricorn
Papamoa, New Zealand
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016

Cafe Ariki is the place to go if you are hungry! Wee been told about this place before and we were not disappointed. Huge portions and tasty food. I had the ribs and my plate was stacked with tender juicy ribs and wedges and a fresh garden salad. My husband had the steak meal and his too was piled high!... More 

Thank Bud-Candy
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Enjoyed the food very nicely done and a quietly surprised. The steak was lovely and cooked well and my daughter loved the pork ribs

Thank mmaten_561939
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

My family and I were there for a birthday the waitresses were very helpful and agreed to let us use their refrigerator to store our cake the food took a while but was worth the wait it was enormous great value and the flavours mixed well each other

Thank elsie217
New Plymouth
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016

Arrived for dinner one saturday evening with family. When we arrived we were greeted by a waitress who informed us everyone was hung over. There was one table of eight seated and us in the restaurant. We got seated and ordered our food. The waitress wrote it down haphazardly. Two of us ordered entrees, two didn't. After approximately half an... More 

Thank Stacey G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +68222772

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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?