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Cafe Salsa

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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 22 215
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You must try the coconut pancakes for breakfast. Deep fried I think so not healthy but hey sometimes you just have to endulge. Great Pina colada for afternoon drinks on a hot afternoon as well.

Thank shellsyy4u
Hokitika, New Zealand
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Cafe Salsa after the Saturday market and the carrot cake with ice cream and fruit was so good we went back again mid week for another lot. Just wonderful.

Thank Lynne H
Paeroa, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Did shops on first day and came upon this cafe when we were looking for somewhere to eat. So many delicious things on menu difficult to decide what to have. Staff efficient and friendly. Wonderful food.

Thank waimarei
New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great staff here very helpful always busy no waiting to be served food is always good close to the shops

Thank merlot1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This restaurant is always reliable over the years for an outstanding meal. Fast friendly service, great food, lovely surroundings just cant be beaten. ( even with the rowdy bossy roster, who is entertaining to watch). Want a great meal this place you cant miss

Thank Taupoite
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had many visits to Salsa for lunch and their smoothies. Always found the food great and the service friendly.

Thank kja68
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105 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe is located in the central shopping area of Rarotonga. My wife and I went there for Saturday lunch. Firstly we were surprised how popular this place was. Secondly we were impressed with the food we had. I had a seafood cram chowder soup and it was packed with seafood and very tasty. My wife had a Thai noodle... More 

Thank Hiro H
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was fantastic. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient giving us great recommendations and making sure we were ok. The eggs bene was great and so were the milkshakes.

Thank iakopofamily
Porirua, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff are friendly and helpful, they don't leave you sitting for too long before you order and food was served reasonably fast.

Thank sullivanwhiting
Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered a steak on Cibbatta and to pay $28 is not cheap for what you get. I was hoping for more than just 1 piece of bread for that price I did manage to get two eggs I feel that they were golden at this price. I do not have salad and you will see from the picture that... More 

Thank Cam P
Gerrard K, Owner at Cafe Salsa, responded to this review

Cam. This has me stumped. Not your comment about price, but just the way you have gone about this. A simple request to talk to the manager or ourselves would have been sufficient if there was a problem. You never mentioned any dis-satisfaction when you had your meal, even though the wait staff went past your table at least 4... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $22
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 215

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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?