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“Great place, great wait staff, sub-par food...”

Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar
Ranked #3 of 7 Restaurants in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: Polynesian, Contemporary, International
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar at Pacific Resort Rarotonga prides itself on offering the best in international cuisine with a Polynesian Pacific Rim influence. Be relaxed with a casual beachfront cocktail at the Barefoot Bar, be tempted by succulent fresh seafood and international dishes at Sandals Restaurant, or be summoned by beating drums to an authentic Cook Island feast. Either way you will enjoy the gentle lagoon breezes with the sand between your toes right on Muri Beach.
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great place, great wait staff, sub-par food...”
Reviewed April 4, 2011

Beautiful setting right on Muri Beach. Unfortunately the food was really quite bad. Had sashimi entree for NZ$19 thinking I would enjoy some of Raro's seafood. Two tiny bits of salmon, two tony bits of white fish, two small cooked prawns (not sashimi at all) and two oysters (also not sashimi). Oysters were imported from New Zealand.
My partner has blackened fish which she enjoyed, I had scallop and king prawn cannelloni which was extremely poor, with one 'king' prawn inside one cannelloni, and 1 or two scallops in the other one (two total). Also in them was some kind of filler with the texture and flavour of sausages. Not a pleasant dish, not recommended.
For the $35 price tag, I expected more.
Suggest having a drink in the barefoot bar, and heading down to Sails or up to Stefanos for your meal.

  • Visited April 2011
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Auckland
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“Very disappointed with lunch”
Reviewed February 18, 2011

We came here for dinner while on our honeymoon and it was fantastic! Apart from the cocktail I had, tasted foul. We thought since we enjoyed dinner we would go for lunch on our last day in Raro. We ordered a chicken burger, cheese burger and raw fish. The raw fish wasn't nice at all and cost tripple the price of much nicer one in a cafe in town. As for the burgers they were disgusting!! The takeaway shops made much better ones for 1/4 the price. Bread was heavy and dry,disgusting relish in middle and brown lettuce with small bits of cheap tasting chicken and beef. Not nice at all, we pulled them apart and left most of it. Total rip off. Staff were friendly and amazing setting but very dissappointed especially as it cost us $75.00! So we won't be going back there.

  • Visited February 2011
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Auckland
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“Absolutely Fantastic!”
Reviewed January 4, 2011

My whole family stayed over at The Pacific Resort for 8 days over the Christmas break and we were fortunate to have the Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar at our doorstep. The setting was amazing. The restaurant was out of a travel magazine where you get to have breakfast, lunch and dinner on the beach with fine white sand between your toes! The lagoon edge is just 3 meters away with crystal clear waters. The food and service was personalised and impeccable. James, who manages the restaurant, was absolutely brilliant. Nothing was a problem and his service was 5 star. There were many vegetarians in our family and the Chef, Arvind, was just too good! Nearly every night he cooked about 3-4 dishes out of the menu. To finish the experience off, the Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar had live entertainment every single night. I must say that the entertainment was superb.

  • Visited December 2010
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