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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Cafe, Vegetarian, Grill, Polynesian
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Concord, California
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120 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Their mission must be to serve healthy, fresh food, and do a few things but do them well. We shared the chicken sandwich and lemon cheesecake and it was plenty. Not a very big menu, but everything was great. Enjoy a stroll in the garden to help digest your food.

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Thank Sojourner_mom
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the tropical salad and it was my favorite out of everything i tried while in raro, the view of the gardens is just beautiful and the staff were so friendly and efficient! Love that everything was organic and grown right there

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Thank Bridie B
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to pull into this place for long on one of our many circles of the islands. The gardens were great to wander around and the staff friendly. The salads we had for lunch were great.

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Thank JoKeller
Christchurch, New Zealand
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The gardens here are absolutely beautiful. You feel like you are in the middle of a tropical jungle with all these beautiful tropical flowers around. The man that worked there was nice, he served us immediately, and checked on us during meal. The lady who took our payment wasnt so nice and was quite short with us. oh well cant... More 

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Thank Allykhat
Sydney, Australia
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385 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a nice little cafe situated in the botanic gardens, so the outlook is great. Love the friendly service. Had a cheesecake and coffee. Both were very nice although at over $NZ16 for a slice of cheesecake was a bit pricey, especially when told it was big enough for two people when I feel I could have knocked it... More 

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Thank RonRSydney_Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

If I was staying a little closer to the Hidden Spirit I would have dined here every day for a my meal. During my entire stay in Raro nothing else came close to the good quality food and freshness. The food was fresh, packed full of flavour, presentation was immaculate. I found the portion sizes extremely generous which made it... More 

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Thank hardlymorethan
Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

We rode our bikes here from ikurangi Eco resort,especially to visit this gardens and have some nice healthy lunch of salads with seafood and organic smoothies were amazing. Salads were about $18 to $22 each and homemade lemon drinks $7.50 ,smoothies $7.50. We were able to sit in the 4 person gazebo,which was very lovely and relaxing,many peolpe arrived after... More 

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1 Thank Elisa S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch, the gardens are beautiful, friendly service had a fruit salad with coconut was Devine wished they gave a bit more. Partner had prawn salad was nice just needed more prawns. Lovely setting & what the owner has done to turn a piece of swamp land into a beautiful tropical garden, very relaxing wondering through these... More 

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Thank Yayleen H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

What an absolute treasure! Set in tranquil tropical gardens with background music to set the mood, our lunch visit was a treat from start to finish. Delightful service (best I experienced on the island), we were recommended the prawn salad which was not to be missed. Not being a seafood person, I chose the Maire Nui salad, which was an... More 

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2 Thank Emma A
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Excellent, most AWESOMEST Island lunch we ever had Gardens are amazing Food is delicious and healthy Staff are very friendly welcoming humble prices are awesome

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $24
Cuisine
Cafe, Vegetarian, Grill, Polynesian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 22796
Description
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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