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Tahiti Cafe

Japanese, Seafood, Polynesian
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Main Road | Maraerenga Village, Avarua, Cook Islands
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although on the main road this cafe takes a bit of finding, but is well worth it. Recommended by a local and only opens when fish is fresh. We had the platter for two - really good value and a good indication of other dishes. Unfortunately only discovered in last couple of days on island but next time we are... More 

Thank iamwarren
Gisborne, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

My partner and I visited the cafe on Tuesday 29 March 2016 for lunch. We had the shared sashimi seafood platter consisting of four different types of sashimi (tuna). (1) sliced raw fish with a specially made oyster base sauce, (2) Marinated sashimi in soy sauce with garlic and tahitian spices (3) Sashimi with garlic, ginger and lemon pepper and... More 

Thank KinaChick
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Great secluded little cafe hidden within thick bush it is certainly a hidden gem if you do come across it I would recommend the fisherman's platter it features a range of everything the cafe has to offer and is amazing.

Thank elsie217
Cambridge, New Zealand
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch here 4 years ago and fell in love. It was just as good this time round. They offer a variety of raw fish dishes which our group got one of each. They were all beautiful but the Tahiti style raw fish was the stand out. The sashimi is also devine. Everyone must try this cafe when in Rarotonga

Thank maidmarion0001
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Loved this place so much, I ate there 3 times during our stay. They only open if they've caught fresh fish, and it was tuna where we were there - served various way, salads sashimi/cerviche etc. style - great flavours. Would definitely recommend eating there.

Thank Sagittariustravels
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you like sashimi, this restaurant/cafe is the place for you! We went 3 times, and every time is was delicious! Best food we ate on Rarotonga. A must try! YUMMO!

Thank Felicity N
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We came here twice on our holiday when we felt like something light for lunch and dinner. The raw fish was amazing, Each version, sashimi, with soy, coconut cream and with the herb mix, were all delicious. The fish was so incredibly fresh.

Thank Octomoo
New Zealand
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157 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Tahiti Cafe was disappointing this time as this was my favorite in 2013, the platter was ok but not as fresh and tasty as it seemed last year, plus the price had gone up 25% which was a surprise.

Thank sallysage
Hamilton New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Aww, had lunch here wirh two friends... we each bought a different dish each to share amongst us. Ika mata, japanese ika mata and sashimi.... absolute yum! Sashimi (sliced tuna) with soy and grated cabbage was heaven...

Thank Ephraimite
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Love laughing and having a good time the people are friendly and down to earth I come back for more specially the drivers at Tahiti village n buffet and the hospitality it's awesome but you guys need to give him buffet more money good guy and a class act

Thank Chargertrip

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Restaurant Details

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    4 of 5 stars
Japanese, Seafood, Polynesian
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road | Maraerenga Village, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?