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The Mooring

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Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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Off Main Road | Avana, near Muri., Cook Islands
Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 3:30 am
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

we absoulty love this place!! top food, top service!!! this is an absoulte must stop location on the island for everyone!

Thank Brendan F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a great place to have lunch. Huge and tasty fish sandwiches. Highly recommended. This isn't a place you need to get dressed up for, just show up and enjoy great food in a the beautiful rarotongan sunshine.

Thank Kateog74
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hands down best fish burgers in the island we were told by locals over and over again and we were NOT disappointed! We went there three times!

Thank Mona C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We both had the FOB (Fresh off the Boat), and it was exceptional. Mahi mahi, deliciously breadcrumbed in lovely bread, with salad and a lime mayo. Chips, just one between us. Delicious food, sit outside in the shade (very important in Raro to be in the shade), and enjoy the dogs who are very friendly. Very busy when we came,... More 

Thank nztraveller1971
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Everyone visiting rarotonga must eat here. food is terrific especially the tuna sandwich. staff are friendly and full of smiles. Only small letdown was the chips - undercooked and soggy :( but everything considered would always recommend a visit or two !

Thank Chrissy P
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed not far from 'The Mooring" and Avana waterfront apartments, so we could see the cafe from our beach. We walked there on a Sunday, Very busy but lovely sandwiches,,Huge! and the coconut drink I got while we waited was yum. They also had relaxing music playing.

Thank jojo652015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were told to go to the Mooring to have a FOB. We did, it was so fresh and delicious. Lovely friendly staff too, dogs wandering around, chickens too, all part of the laid back atmosphere of Rarotonga.

Thank Rachel v
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the tastiest sandwich I have eaten in a long time the boys kept going back for lunch everyday

Thank BronwynMA
Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cheerful friendly service and eating by the fishing jetty makes this a nice spot to have lunch in the sun. While all the tables are outside there are large sun umbrellas. We were there on a rainy day and the umbrellas gave good cover for that too. Interesting menu with lots of choices. Love the 3 dogs that hang about... More 

Thank bianca5699
Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place to have lunch. Fish sooo fresh and the staff were so friendly and nice. They dont have a licence but told us to Byo so we took along a couple of beers perfect. It was so good we went a couple of times during our stay 👍😋

Thank Binzski

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
9:30 am - 3:30 am
9:30 am - 3:30 am
9:30 am - 3:30 am
9:30 am - 3:30 am
9:30 am - 3:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Off Main Road | Avana, near Muri., Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682-25-553

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