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Bamboo Jacks

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Ara Tapu | Cnr Victoria Rd, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 28 830
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had takeaways here one evening and enjoyed them so much we had another takeaway several nights later! Staff very friendly and very prompt. Definitely worth a look. Would thoroughly recommend.

Thank Nanette T
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117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the mis match decor, awesome friendly smiling local service, very clean and the fans are perfecf. Can't believe more restaurants in Raro don't have ceiling fans! As for the food OMG the crab and pork dumplings are delicious. You could export these and I would keep them in my freezer for my regular bamboo jacks dumpling fix. The fish... More 

Thank Australiacatcat
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've had takeaways and I've eaten in. I wasn't impressed with the food (quantity or quality) both times, but my mother did like the vegetarian green thai curry. I definitely did not like my chicken pad thai- never before have I eaten pad thai with fried chicken- didn't like it one bit.

Thank excelandexalt
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your multiple meals at Bamboo Jacks. The Pad Thai is probably our most popular dish, it has a huge following but I'm sorry it is not to your taste. As to the dish sizes, I very rarely see anyone finish their meal, the portions are very large. I'm glad your... More 

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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

A nice change from some of the other island food. Nice decor, good service. Especially enjoyed the spring rolls, pork belly, and the relaxed atmosphere.

Thank holidayfuncalgary
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Dined at Bamboo Jacks during Nov/16 - the food for their cuisine was excellent. Servers were great to work with.

Thank Douglas M
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Went to Bamboo Jacks which is more Malaysian than Thai. Ordered a beef dish (cant remember the name ) and Pad thai. The pad thai was nothing like a normal pad thai. The beef dish which was almost like a chop suey was good but I would not recommend the Pad thai at all. Atmosphere was good, feels authentic.

Thank Michelle W
Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

My hubby and I were recommended Bamboo Jacks while we stayed in Rarotonga. We had lunch there on the Friday, which was the only day open for lunch otherwise it was open in the evenings. We were there as soon as it opened, so no one else was there yet, but the waitress was lovely and very welcoming. Bamboo Jacks... More 

Thank Stephany21
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

I recently made the sad decision to give Bamboo Jacks another try. I had vague memories of a pretty average experience a couple of years ago. The restaurant was not overly crowded when I arrived Monday around 8 pm. One large table of around ten people and maybe 3 couples. No one had any food, just drinks. The waitresses seemed... More 

Thank Strez13
Inverloch, Australia
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

Love this for a change from just seafood in Rarotonga. Great atmosphere and the menu is superb. One of our favorites to eat at for 2 or with a crowd.

Thank Tracey G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We just had takeaways from here but they were lovely! I wish we had tried it earlier to be able to have a few more meals from the menu. However, the 40 minute wait was a tad long. Glad we weren't dining in with the kids or they would have gone crazy. Loved the meal though.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $21
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Fusion
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ara Tapu | Cnr Victoria Rd, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 28 830
Authentic Asian cuisine served in a spacious modern restaurant. Enjoy your dining experience seated in our comfortable booths or indoor & outdoor dining within an exotic asian garden. Bamboo Jacks has a VIP room for dinner, buffet, meetings, hens or bucks nights seating up to 20 guests. This is an excellent space for conferences as there is wifi, computer compatible 42 inch LCD screen & white board. We offer a take away and catering service and ensure quality.

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