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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Grill, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22 796
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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food and service was very good but expensive. I would not recommend a visit here though. This will serve only to fatten the pockets of those who own it especially as they exploit their staff! And they want a $5 donation from every person that enters!!!

Thank catherineg135
Cambridge, New Zealand
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Heard this had the best cheesecake on the island and have to agree. Overall standard of all food was great, if a tad pricey, but was in a beautiful setting and a walk through the gardens after lunch was very nice. The all fruit cocktail was very tasty.

Thank wce427
Tamworth, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Hidden Spirit Cafe for lunch, the gardens were nicely manicured however we found the food and drinks to be very overpriced! Would not recommend a visit as there are far nicer cafes that do not overcharge.

Thank kirstynixon
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The café is located in the beautiful Maire Nui gardens and is a great setting to have a relaxing meal. Their menu options clearly exploit the local produce available to them with the salads not an overabundance of lettuce leaves with a few token items thrown in (which I hate) but include fresh fruit, coconut, chicken and locally caught and... More 

Thank RamblingAmbler
Queenstown, New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is located in the middle of a botanical garden which was the main reason we went... that and we heard they had amazing lemon cheese cake! I had a tiger prawn salad for lunch, it was fresh and delicious. My partner had the chicken curry which he also raved about! The service was flawless. Really nice experience. I... More 

Thank nicms07
Fareham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Driving past we were attracted by the claim of best cheesecake in Rarotonga. Plus Botanical Gardens. They ask for a voluntary donation of NZD 5 each, but it is worth it. The gardens are wonderful, magical and well maintained. But take insect spray. We just had a coffee which was served in a cafetiere and...we had to try the cheesecake.... More 

Thank David M
Hobart, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We were recently on holiday in Rarotonga and while driving around the island stumbled across The hidden Spirit cafe. The service was great, despite the fact they were packed and when the food hit the table it looked amazing. One of the best meals we had on the Island, definitely a 10 out of 10 for us! A must try... More 

Thank lizkb
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Four of us came across this place while driving around the island... the name and the signs for organic and fresh caught our eye - and the sign for the tiger prawn salad. The gardens were beautiful, our waiter was so friendly and accommodating - even though he had a full garden full of tables to serve. And the food... More 

Thank JJ2411
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

My favourite place and a must see in Rarotonga: a beautiful zen garden with the best fresh food and service.

Thank MissDri
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

I stoped in here with my daughter an ordered a curry and cheese cake to takeaway. Best meal on holiday so far! We have previously ate at the markets and numerous hotels and this topped them all! Pricey but all worth it

Thank PTJonathon

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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
$13 - $24
Cafe, Grill, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 22 796
The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.

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