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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22 796
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of the dishes served here are made with organic ingredients grown on-site by Hinano and John in the botanical garden, and the local freshness makes such a difference in the food. We had a green salad with local lettuces, veggies, and fruits with some chicken on top, and a chicken salad made with chunks of chicken, a whole bunch... More 

Thank Chris R
Yeppoon, Australia
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for there "famous" Cheesecake but couldn't get over it that they charge $16.50 for one piece of cheesecake. Absolutely over the top. Employees on the island get $6.50 per hour and they charge that --- no way.

1 Thank Thomas J
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for lunch after being recommend by friends. Was. It disappointed. We had the tiger prawn salad and world famous cheesecake for lunch. OMG!! They were delicious so delicious!! And I can now see why the cheesecake is world famous. You haven't been to Rarotonga until you've had lunch here. The smoothies are also amazing too!!

Thank Phillip S
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Wow what a hidden gem. These gardens are so pretty and the tropical flowers are just so vibrant and a true gift of nature. The gardens are set amongst approx 6 acres. There are an abundance of the most beautiful ginger flowers displaying the most vivid colours. We stopped and ate at the cafe inside the gardens. Delish salads and... More 

Thank kjonthetown
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

we visited the gardens and fell in love, went back for dinner for our anniversary, and were made to feel like movie stars, sat in the rotunda, a beautiful meal and fab setting.

Thank Lynette A
Dunedin, New Zealand
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146 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

We went here for a quiet late morning tea and had a variety of drinks and some muffins. The service was good and we were made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived. The gardens around the dining area was fantastic and is open to walk around. The food and drinks were good and no complaints from any of... More 

Thank Kelvin L
New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Stopped in for lunch and ordered the prawn salad and the chicken curry for my partner and I to share. Both dishes were very nice indeed as was the wine and local beer. A very relaxed spot with lovely front of house staff. Be prepared to pay though, this place is not the cheapest lunch on the island and does... More 

Thank Piers B
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

We visited twice and the food was divine and we feel the best we ate while we were there and we even managed to have the famous lemon meringue cheesecake - to die for yum yum. Plus the gardens are wonderful a truly wonderful place.

Thank Colinmchristie
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

I was informed that 'The Hidden Spirit" was a very nice place for lunch with excellent food. Being of a trusty nature, I believed and I decided to see if the place was worthy of such a praise. On arrival I was welcomed in an almost jovial way and invited to pick any table of my choosing, so I picked... More 

Thank Allways_Correct
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

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
hardtoget, Owner at The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill, responded to this review

Kia Orana Catherine, Thank you for your review. We take note of your comments on the price of our food. We look very closely at our food quality ongoing and do everything to make it as cost affective as possible. As well we endeavour to make sure that all our ingredients are as fresh as possible as well as growing... More 

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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, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?