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Cafe Tupuna

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Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Seafood, International, New Zealand
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Tautu Road, Cook Islands
68231678
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want honest tasty genuine home cooking for dinner while on the island, then Tupuna's is bank ! A cute restaurant creatively set-up on the front deck and yard of the owners' home. Service is friendly and efficient with a no-muck-about and humorous attitude. The food is wholesome and really tasty. Decent size meals and a great atmosphere. Went... More 

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Thank Nicole M
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a sandy floor and is up in the hills (so wear mosquito repellant). However the food is amazing. The ika mata was the best on the island (and I tried 4 of them), the fish was so fresh and the chowder was incredible. The signature dish of tuna with shrimp, cheese and pesto sounded strange but worked... More 

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Thank Anne H
Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us had the most amazing meal here last night, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with lovely staff. The seafood chowder was creamy and delectable: the raw fish salad divine; the tuna stuffed with shrimp and cheese and topped with pesto was a wonderful flavour-combination that I would never have thought of but which worked to perfection; and... More 

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Thank Manurere
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This restaurant is situated outside the main village on the back roads but well worth the trip. You will need to book in advance as it is small and very popular for good reason. Excellent food, great ambiance and a great change from eating in hotels. Onelin teh and tw

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Thank dewarsalbri
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

I would just like to say that Tupuna is a legend in her own lunch hour!!! Myself and some friends had the honor of dining at Cafe Tupuna's and I had the Mud Crab Special!! I literally thought I had died and gone to heaven! You could taste every spice used and the prawns and mussels you get with it... More 

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Thank R0s1e1983
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is a lovely place to come to dinner, the food is great, staff friendly and all very relaxed. Would definately go again.

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Thank Gary Judith S
Atlanta
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Hard to get to. MAKE A RESERVATION. Cook is amazing. What a great surprise on this quite little island.

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Thank ndspider
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

don't mistake my rating ! the food here is the finest dining on the island and up there with the best I've had ! However the reason for a 4/5 was only because they don't cater for children and I have one! but This is typical of a lot of great restaurants around the world that i have visited .... More 

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Thank chriso308
Murchison, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

An evening meal at Tupuna's is a must do if visiting Aitutaki ! Make sure you prebook as its very popular

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Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We celebrated our anniversary at Tupuna's. You have to remember this is locally run and the staff are all very friendly and there is plenty of options on the menu. We choose to have a taxi pick us up and return us to the hotel which cost $30 for the return trip but worth it to arrive relaxed and dry.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $31
Cuisine
Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Seafood, International, New Zealand
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tautu Road, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Aitutaki
  • Phone Number: 68231678
Description
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?