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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
9:30 am - 3:30 am
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 3:30 am
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Opua, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

When you find great food, friendly staff and value for money, why wouldn't you. A trip to Rarotonga is not complete without a visit to Mooring. Love the Tuna and lime mayo sandwich and now I can have it as a salad or a wrap too. I'll be back again next trip over. Save me a seat 😎

Thank GailL0612
Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

I had the fish tacos and they were a bit spicy and super delicious. My husband had the fish sandwich, it was large and delicious.

Thank Karen K
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

Went there for lunch because everyone said great place to eat. Partner got a fish sandwich he enjoyed, fish is freshly caught. I had a chicken sandwich wasn't impressed quite tasteless hard to eat because everything falls out. Friendly staff nice position on waters edge.

Thank Yayleen H
Lakewood, California
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147 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

Everything you've heard is true. This place has the best fish on the island. Great, friendly service. Casual outdoor seating. Lunch only. I tried the FOB fish sandwich, fish tacos minus the Cajun spice, fish and chips, and a Wahoo with grilled prawns salad. All delicious. Huge servings. Share with a friend, or pack to go fir your next meal..... More 

Thank Karin W
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

The Mahi-mahi sandwich is AMAZING! lovely fresh salad with a large helping of crumbed Mahi-mahi on turkish bread makes for the best fish sandwich I have ever had!

Thank Ange J
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Were in Rarotonga just over 1 month ago and during our stay visited The Mooring 3 times, a wonderful place to eat, excellent food, friendly helpful staff , and a beautiful outlook

Thank JudithAH
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

After reading the Mooring reviews we new we had to try the moorings Typical of Cook Islands restaurants The Moorings is pretty basic a container turned kitchen with a covered area and some tables and chairs. The food however is far from basic The fish on bread sandwich ( FOB) lives up to its reputation. A large portion of fish... More 

1 Thank Jim R
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Great tasting sandwiches, fresh fish... just amazing. the FOB is definately the thing to get, its very oily but god it tastes good. I would not order this more than once a week as i am sure i would die from oil overload... But man is this good... and the service was excellent even though they are very busy.

Thank Adam H
Sunshine Coast
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

Always look forward to having one of these sandwiches/burgers when we holiday in Raro. My favourite is the Tijuana Yellowfin Tuna.. So soooo good! The tuna is cooked perfectly, medium rare, so juicy and tender with lots of spicy flavour. Chips are really good too. Also good options for those who don't like spicy (like my husband). Only negative, is... More 

Thank Tarns29
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

This place doesn't look like much, but it was some of best food we had on Rarotonga. Very friendly staff, great prices and it's right on the water. The fish is freshly caught daily and the sandwiches and smoothies are amazing. I highly recommend!

Thank Jonna P

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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
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?