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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+61 410 609 463
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“lunch” (74 reviews)
“cheesecake” (63 reviews)
“tropical salad” (19 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Polynesian, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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1 - 10 of 294 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had driven past the gardens a few times and noticed the sign for the Hidden Spirit Cafe which sounded so nice, unfortunately it didn’t live up to its name, the food was mediocre at bet, the service, slap dash and the food very expensive...More

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you love flowers and gardens this is your place. They have a cafe too but unfortunately don’t do barrister coffee and I can only do soy or rice milk. Nice place to chill out though.

Thank peraandy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't express enough how disappointed we were with the quality of food and how completely overpriced it was. Chose a salad, and received a plate overflowing with lettuce leaves and very little else. Next time I'll just go straight to a local seller and...More

Thank I_am_suze
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are garden people, so a non-beach experience of this type in the Cooks would always drag us in. The menu is not extensive but we visited twice and found the food simple but totally fresh. When you travel, diet and food can be a...More

Thank BDJ750
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cafe set in beautiful location . Our first choice for lunch was not available on the day we visited , but we were able to order prawn salad , serving size was small for the price , however , it didn't matter as it was...More

1  Thank weekend-escapist
Reviewed May 16, 2018

the whole menu looks amazing and the owner and staff are super friendly. we grabbed tea and walked around the grounds :)

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed May 15, 2018

The ambience of the place is indeed worthy, but I am unsure how they justify the cost for the food. None of what we ordered was worth the amount we paid. The food looked lovely, yet tasted plain. Maybe our experience was different from what...More

1  Thank molopomaniac
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

$66 for 4 pieces of cheesecake that looked like it had been dropped on the floor. Never again and the only disappointing thing we have experienced on rarotonga

2  Thank Ian T
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Lunch in the palms. Very friendly service with nice food. Served wine from their own vineyard in Tasmania. Really enjoyed our lunch even though we were both feeling poorly. Great Place.

Thank Neil C
Reviewed January 26, 2018

We ate there for lunch and had the smoked marlin salad - which is the best smoked fish we have ever eaten. Highly recommend this!

Thank B-JG112017
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $24
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +61 410 609 463
  • E-mail
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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