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Trader Jacks

American, Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Pizza, Gastropub
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Avarua, Cook Islands
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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Geelong, Australia
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We finally got around to having a meal at Trader Jacks during our recent holiday in Rarotonga. The restaurant was busy with a lot of people coming and going even on a rainy night. Our meal was tasty enough but the presentation was average. I had a burger and it was squashed onto a small oval plate with fries. Also... More 

Thank McKenzo
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited Trader jacks for lunch, the lobster was a quick selling point on the menu and paid "market price" of $40. The size was generous but the meat was tough and rather bland. My wife ordered the Caesar salad that looked and tasted dreadful, the lettuce was discolored and for the price very underwhelming. The service... More 

Thank Tasting-from-shadow
Whangarei, New Zealand
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here for dinner with friends. It is a lively place, friendly staff, quite a good menu and drinks. The fish is fresh and they usually have a special. Pizzas are a popular speciality and some of the group had them and said they were very good. I had fish in a banana leaf, which was fresh and tasty.

Thank Hilary M
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want ICE COLD beer this is the place to go and also the best pizzas on the island! Recommend to all

Thank 297kyliem
Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Love this place. Great view and great service. Had to go back a second time and have the crayfish. So good. My partner had a pizza from a proper pizza oven which was also delicious

Thank Laura D
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here twice while on holiday and they had the best food we found on Raro! Very good prices too! It's a must when visiting Rarotonga!

Thank Jennie M
Napier, New Zealand
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146 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Superb location right on the waterfront in Avarua. Very family oriented. Vibrant friendly atmosphere. Lots of deep fried goodness! If someone asks are you ready to order accept as it will be a long time before you are asked again.

Thank NeilHBNZ
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Diner of Pork Spare Ribs :) perfect but the best part except the view was the Caramello Spring Roll for desert with ice cream - the chef has created these himself & they are to die for. Great night, atmosphere was great & busy. Humpback whale's playing was a bonus.

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

Thank you so much, I'm glad you love the spring rolls. Kirby is our new chef just arrived from Timaru NZ. These are one of his babies. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is a bit big and touristy. Terrible selection of beer (don't even stock the local one which is pretty good). Quite expensive for the island.

Thank Scott J
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great bar and food right on the waters edge in the main town. The fish was very fresh, all served by extremely friendly staff.

Thank wayne_MCMLX

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $22
American, Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Pacific Rim, Pizza, Gastropub
Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
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: +68226464
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?