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Trader Jacks

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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73 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here once for dinner. I had a pesto salmon ravioli dish which was very rich and I left two thirds of it. Friends had pizza which was average, and a fish in banana leaves which she didn't rate. There were not too many dishes for vegetarians and only 1 salad. Most dishes are fish related.

Thank drcallycat
Lower Hutt
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We dined at lunch time - and shared a HUGE seafood pizza between two of us. It was reasonably priced, well "filled", hot and delicious.

Thank Penny B
Tauranga, New Zealand
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had dinner (pizza & a chicken dish)) here. The pizza was good the chicken was quantity over quality, both were acceptable. We felt the prices were a bit high particularly the drinks, as compared the other restaurants on the island. Trading on the name will ultimately fail if value slips down.

Thank topzy
Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great location overlooking the sea. The food and service were great. Highly recommended for lunch or dinner.

Thank KiwiBruce2015
MATAVERA Rarotonga
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is lovely and serene by day, and comes alive at night with live music and DJs entertaining you

Thank GGsBeautyOnTheBeach
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the seafood platter at trader jacks. Whilst the location is great, I must say the platter was a bit of a let down. Too many items are deep fried on the platter, it just didn't seem as fresh as other platters we had on holiday.

Thank Michelle W
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your platter but there are only 3 items deep fried out of 11! On our platter we offer: Panko calamari, (fried) oysters, soft shell crab, (fried) sashimi, smoked marlin, sushi, scallops, (fried) ika Mata, prawns, grilled fish & octopus. We always value constructive complaints but are you sure you are reviewing the right platter? More 

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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the view here and also the food was excellent service was very good. I had the salmon and to add variety to this meal I had a side of tartar sauce and a wonderful garlic dip. I would definitely come back here and the prices were a little bit more pricey but definitely worth it with a great... More 

Thank EuniceTravels
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finding good food in Rarotonga is hard. Sadly, everything is the same. There's very little fresh seafood and most things are fried. Here they fry their oysters! I have no idea why. Sadly trader jacks was no where near as good as we hoped. However, the history and atmosphere were great! The staff were friendly too. I'd go here for... More 

Thank Jess1ca1210
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a normal go to location. Not fine dining but the food is fresh, the service is good and the location is great. We had salad, and pizza. Both were fresh and good. At traders you always get to look out over the harbor so absolutely ideal. The staff always remembers us from year to year which is nice.... More 

Thank holidayfuncalgary
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to meet the locals and it's opened till late. Excellent place for the view of sunset and really good food.

Thank C0rrene

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $21
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 26 464
The Cook Island's most iconic dining destination. Stunning views over the south pacific. Come in and dine with us on our al fresco deck or join our friendly team at the Vaka bar for an icy cold tap beer or the best cocktails on the island.

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