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Saltwater Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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Main Road, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 20 020
Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I can not comment on the food as the cafe is hardly ever open and on the day it was and we stopped for lunch we were informed it was closing at 1:00pm so we were turned away.

1 Thank WoollamiaTweety
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here 3 times during our 10 day stay. Lovely food, great coffee and excellent service. Would certainly go back again.

Thank Marlene R
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good and the view was great. This restaurant sits at the half way mark of the island. A great place for a meal or just a snack.

Thank luvhugin
Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Big portions on the pancakes and Saltwater Breakfast. the BELT sandwich is also really good. All the bread is super fresh, being that they are also a large scale bakery for the Island. Definitely recommend for anyone staying on the south side of the island.

Thank jimriddle4
North Shore City, New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On other trips to Raro we haven't been able to try this Cafe (due to closure and then the fire etc). We finally got to experience the food/drinks in October 2016. Well worth the wait - deliciously fresh and tasty food. Very friendly staff and gorgeous setting overlooking the lagoon at the 'halfway mark' of the Island. Recommend to all.

Thank bruceandwendy
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Great value family friendly the best fish and chips on the Island Staff fantastic very friendly to all worked tirelessly to ensure meals came out fast in there little boxes eat in or take away.

Thank lockvale
Waynesboro, Virginia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

This place was recommended to us as it was close to our accommodations so we went here for breakfast the first morning of our vacation. We found the food to be mediocre at best and well overpriced. Out of all of the restaurants in Rarotonga, this is one that I would skip.

2 Thank allisonmaupin
Perth, Australia
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Super busy - waited an hour for food - however they did warn us. Great location with a new view. Food was pretty good, some meals better than others... Pad Thai was nice. Service was good!

1 Thank bnabroad
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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162 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The food may be good here, lots of people recommended it, but it is only open for lunch and not especially big on seafood, if the menu is any indication.

2 Thank Karen F
Melbourne, Australia
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89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We sat down at 11.30am for lunchand were handed menus almost immediately. Having chosen what we wanted, we had to wait 15 minutes before being asked for our order. (2 canned cold drinks and a seafood share plate.) The drinks took a further ten minutes to arrive,, and the food finally turned up FIFTY minutes into out visit. The food... More 

2 Thank potblak

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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
$6 - $20
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 20 020
"Where meals and memories are made..." Saltwater Café is a casual beachside café located on the south side of the island. Guests can relax and enjoy their breakfast, lunch, Lavazza coffee, delicious dessert, icy cold beer or favourite drink while gazing out into the beautiful lagoon.

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