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Captain Andy's Beach Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Aroa Beach
Price range: $9 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Captain Andy's Beach Bar & Grill offers a wide selection of casual dining options either poolside or overlooking the island's best snorkeling beach & marine reserve.
Reviewed February 18, 2012

My previous review of this restaurant found some redeeming qualities to write about - alongside some not so great comments. In 2011 I returned to the restaurant twice, hoping that standards would have lifted and the service would have improved. Unfortunately, not so. Prices have risen, the service was slow and disinterested, and several of the waiting staff seemed unsure of their role. When the order did arrive my meal was over-cooked, and the small serving tasted bland. The lagoon views are still nice though.

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Thank Frangipani08
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

There are amazing places to eat in Raro - this isnt one of them.

Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

This is part of the Raratongan Beach resort but is certainly not worth the visit. There are many other places nearby that have much better food, service and prices.

Thank Feisty003
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We drove to the Raratongan for dinner one night when we had a car rental as we were staying on Muri Beach and had been to most of the restaurants there. What a bad decision. There was no atmosphere for couples. A fair priced restaurant if you had children and they were everywhere. The cocktail of the day was drinkable but not very appealing visually - it looked like dirty water. When we finally were served the meal was delivered promptly and was adequate. If you are looking to have a nice meal together as a couple I would not go to this restaurant.

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1  Thank Susan G
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

A local friend and I chose this spot on a suny Sunday, due to the relaxed atmosphere and attractive indoor/outdoor setting. Iinitial service took some time, due to lack of interest or uncertainty among stationary waiting staff and the bar-attendent. I'm well used to "island time" being a native Cook Islander, but this wasn't a good start so far. We requested a table on the deck space overlooking the lagoon. Since this area was part of the wedding gazebo, it took some time for staff to approve. With a favourable response granted, our first waitress tidily presented the table in no time.

Luncheon menu choices are tempting. Wine by glass offers decent servings and very good value. Meal portions are generous, especially the garlic bread platter, and all food was on the affordable side of Raro pricing. I enjoyed flavoursome chicken kebabs on rice with well dressed side salad. Although the King Prawns my friend had ordered looked extra huge, that's because they had been deep fried in batter with their shells still intact!!! Took some explaining to a new on the scene yet disinterested waiter, to pass on the problem to the kitchen staff and especially for the benefit of other diners. We hoped that none of the hotel guests had ordered the same dish, perhaps with unfortunate consequences to dentures!

The covered deck-space became popular, with most of the remaining tables occupied, and by non-wedding guests too. This spot offers sorely needed respite from the glaring afternoon sun (wintertime) . The crystal lagoon waters below teems with marine life. If visitors are keen to see colourful tropical fish, this is a prime location in a beautiful area of Rarotonga.

My friend who shouted us lunch out, was happy to pay the full bill. As she explained to the cashier it's more important that staff receive feedback and learn how to improve our the hospitality industry from concerned locals, than to have overseas guests served sub-standard meals and with greater consequences. We will definitely return on future balmy Sundays. The Rarotongan was once the flagship hotel for all of the Cook Islands, of which we were both regular patrons. Indelible memories remain from former glory days when Sunday dining at the Rarotongan was The Key Feature for entertaining family or guests outside of home cooking. The Rarotongan Resort resembles a grand lady or Pacific matriarch of local society and its island lifestyle and flavours. Besides, Im keen to see what improvements have been implemented on the HR side at the restaurant. Kia orana e kia manuia.

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1  Thank Frangipani08
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