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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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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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
Avarua, Cook Islands
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

My partner and I have dined here quite a few times. the first time was great, the meals are big and of decent pricing. our visits after that wernt so good. the meals seemed to be rushed and microwaved. So they dont taste fresh. the chicken breast has alot of fat on it, you wont see it as the chef... More 

Thank Mariana N
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

I came here with some friends on a Monday night. They were open so that was good. We had table and placed our orders. Unfortunately one of the entrees that we ordered was sold out...Bugger!! never mind we will still content with what we ordered....so entrée was tasty, we ordered, Spring rolls, garlic bread, wedges, raw fish, prawn sticks, so... More 

Thank Metz72
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Really lovely staff and really good fun... however, despite the huge portions, the food is a perhaps to locals tastes. Good value for money.

Thank BuriedBones

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?