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The Mooring

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Off Main Road | Avana, near Muri., Cook Islands
+682 25 553
9:30 am - 3:30 am
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

This low key venue offer excellent seafood based cuisine in a relaxing and welcoming environment. Not licensed but they welcome you taking a wine along to wash down your choice. Picturesque setting by the lagoon inlet, thoroughly worthwhile stopping off while touring the island.

Thank Wayne D
Washington, DC
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

This low-key fish joint is delicious, and serves extremely fresh (caught same-day) fish. I had fish and chips and definitely recommend!

Thank Tanya G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We went back here numerous times during our trip in Rarotonga. The Ike Mata on a Sunday with live music is just awesome. The standard menu is also out of this world and the fish is just so fresh - you see if being filleted on the boat and then walked into the café! The service is fantastic too -... More 

Thank Leah K
Huntly, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

What a gem this place is.....couldnt go past the Fish Sandwich each time we dined and the smoothies are to die for. The staff are fabulous and so bright & breezy. We were treated to some live entertainment the last day we were there which was so lovely. Best casual eatery in Rarotonga!

Thank 86Campbell
Visalia, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Decided to try the Cajun Tuna Tacos this time instead of the FOB sandwich, was not disappointed. And just as with the sandwiches & salad, the tacos were enough for 2 people.

Thank milhous
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

My partner and me went twice to the Mooring Cafe during our stay in Muri. The first one was after a rainy ride, we were hungry but did not want to spend a lot of money. Muri Beachcomber advised us this place and we were not disappointed. I took the IKA MATA which is the local dish of the Cook... More 

Thank Marionlaa
London, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

By far the best place we went to for lunch, the fish sandwich was amazing! We also had the fish tacos which were huge! All the portion sizes are pretty large. Nice spot too, down by the water and plenty of tables outside or under shade.

Thank James G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We visited The Mooring due to great feedback on TripAdvisor and it did not disapoint. Fantastic burgers and even better wraps with excellent service to match. Kind, friendly ladies could not do enough to accommodate any request. Will visit again.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

FOB - Fresh Off the Boat…….says it all. Goes down so well. You can tell this place is good, when you are on a small chilled island and there is a queue at lunchtime. And the view is great. Sit on the jetty if you like. Great and fast service and local musicians last Sunday, made it feel even more... More 

Thank jubeslife
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Greatest fresh seafood you can have we had lunch there on a daily basis for a period of a week and never got disappointed

Thank christianp027

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
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?