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Cafe Tupuna

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Polynesian, Seafood, International
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Tautu Road, Cook Islands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food, friendly staff and cozy place. We biked there under a tropical storm: we got there absolutely soaked in water. The staff kindly gave us towel and fed us with beautiful fish, local vegetables and tasty pork. A must go if you are in Aitutaki!

Thank Alex0tt0
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open for dinner Tuesday through Friday. The lamb salad was nice, as was the flambeed banana dessert. Cute place, low key.

Thank DarrenHumphrey
Saint Nom la Breteche
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am surprised by the lavish reviews. Yes the place is very quiet in the greenery - don't expect any view -. Friendly welcome and service yes. But nothing outstanding for the food good yes but very highly priced. For roughly the same total amount you can have a far better dinner elsewhere on the island.

Thank Francois L
Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Tapuna (Tapuna's) is a 'MUST DO' during all my/our many trips to Aitutaki. The food is fresh, local and prepared with love and skill to provide an authentic and first class island dining experience. A small diverse menu, with exceptional seafood dishes including Ikamata (a favorite) and the mud crab is world class every time! Book ahead for mud... More 

Thank Flyfisherfnq
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to visit whe. In the island . Good and service was very good, I woud, reccomend earring here when you visit the island

Thank 123cherylcra
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Simply the best on the island. The ika mata & island curry are the highlights. Service is a bit patchy, but Aunty Tupuna's kitchen is where the locals go to celebrate.

Thank PedesOrbisTerrarum
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Just a small well put togather restaurant in the heights of Aitutaki, friendly staff, only seats a small number. A special of coconut crab worth the visit and a very good price, not sure they always have it. Nice break from the hotels.

Thank AucklandDevon11
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

As a couple we dined several times at Tupuna's Restaurant. The delicious food never disappointed. If your heading that way, I highly recommend Tupuna's flambéed bananas, just sooo good. With a great atmosphere, add to this, the waitresses are happy, helpful, and polite. See you again next year. (Really)

Thank chrisadi2014
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

Hands down the best chowder I have ever consumed and the raw fish salad... OMG. Delicious. Friendly service, delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and gorgeous cocktails. What more could you want? A must in Aitutaki!

Thank ToLiveLoveLaughEat
Whittier, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

The food here was full of flavors & delicious! An island local suggested we have dinner here... I'm glad we listened! This restaurant is at someones home and has a very chill and relaxing environment. The day we went there were a few locals dinning there along with other tourist. While, I understand it was a somewhat busy night I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $31
Polynesian, Seafood, International
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tautu Road, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Aitutaki
  • Phone Number: 68231678
A la-carte Casual Fine Dining. Covered but in a garden setting. Fully Licensed. Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm. Major Credit Cards accepted.

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