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“Good but not exceptional”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ripples

Ripples
Ranked #23 of 87 Restaurants in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $23
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Ripples on the Bay, Vanuatu, is a small, four room resort and restaurant, located on beautiful Teouma Bay, a twenty five minute drive out of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila. Our restaurant has a small but varied menu. We're known for our Asian dishes, but also serve great fish and chips, burgers and chips, and steaks. Bring your swimming gear and enjoy a dip in our pool after lunch, or contact us about staying over in one of our spacious, waterfront rooms. Contact details are on our website and Facebook page. A complimentary breakfast is included in our room rate. Restaurant is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon. (Open to in house guests every day.)
Port Vila, Vanuatu
1 review
“Good but not exceptional”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

This place is beautiful. My husband and I went there a couple of months ago and decided we would go there again for their yummy curries. At our arrival we were greeted nicely by the staff.
We didn't know we could only place our order after 12 which was fine.
My husband had the balinese pork which was a bit too oily and I had the veal steak, which came out rare but it was still nice.
We will definitely be back.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank master r
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sally w, Owner at Ripples, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Dear Master,

What a pleasure to receive a review from another member of that well know Port Vila family, the Rs's.

You really shouldn't have been surprised to find that you could not place your lunch order until 12, as all of our advertising and signage states, quite clearly, that our restaurant does not open until 12 noon.

Breathlessly anticipating your next 'visit.'

Regards,

Sally and Damien
Owners
Ripples
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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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“Nice Location, Limited Menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

Ripples is a nice relaxed Nakamal style restaurant.

The menu is mainly curry influenced dishes, they also do burgers.

Food is quite good, but wouldn't say the best I have had and quite expensive.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank Gary R
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sally w, Owner at Ripples, responded to this review, December 22, 2013
Dear Gary R,

Am I to assume that you're a wealthy retiree? As a resident of Vanuatu, you clearly have the budget to eat out regularly, as well as time on your hands to write reviews of all of the restaurants you visit. Six local restaurants, and one resort, visited and reviewed over the months of November/December? You have been busy.

I'm surprised that, as a resident of Vanuatu, you find most of the establishments at which you dine to be overpriced. Assuming that you do occasionally shop in the supermarkets and eat at home, you should be familiar with the high price of all imported foodstuffs, and the rising prices of many locally produced ones.

On Efate, there are many restaurants, over sixty now, competing for what is, at present, a dramatically reduced consumer base. One would hope that we are all competing honestly, with integrity, and to the best of our ability.

No, Gary R, I am not going to defend our food or our prices to you, as I believe that the other, thirty, unbiased reviews of our restaurant do this quite adequately.

Regards,

The Owners,
Ripples on the Bay
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Consistently Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

Ripples- one of the best kept secrets in Port Vila.It is a little hike from town but, it is one of the best places for a long, lazy sunday lunch or a quiet romantic dinner.
Enjoy a dip in the rockpool or the sunset view with a glass of wine while you order a meal.
The coconut prawn triangles and the specials are fresh and delicious - some restaurants can be hit and miss at times - not here!
Treat yourself to Ripples!

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank jworthington
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sally w, Owner at Ripples, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Thanks for the lovely review, Jworthington,

We put a lot of work into making sure that our food maintains a standard, and it's terrific when our Vanuatu regulars recognise and appreciate that consistency.

Looking forward to your next visit,

Damien & Sally
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Mullumbimby, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Balinese Pork.....MMMMMMMMM!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

What great little gem out of town! Lovely spot for lunch or dinner. The service was spot on & we found Sally, the owner, really welcoming & friendly. The food was absolutely perfect. The flavours were amazing & we all loved it. I would thoroughly recommend the balinese pork, even our kids were raving about it!

Visited November 2013
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1 Thank AWTYblogger
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sally w, Owner at Ripples, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
So, you enjoyed the Balinese Pork, did you Danielle? Well, you're not the first. One customer who was ordering it for the 5th or 6th time commented that it was more like an addictive drug, than a foodstuff. I've also been ordered never, ever to take it off the menu.

So it will undoubtedly be here for you when you come back to Vanuatu.

Please say hi to Mullumbimby for us.

Damien & Sally
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Wodonga, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

if you want to get away from it all, eat great food meet fantastic people you MUST visit ripples
all you hear is the sound of the sea, soo lovely, spent a week at ripples and would definately recommend this place to anyone travelling in Vanuatu! The accomodation is first class ( have hot showers ) which i believe is a luxury, food is first class, but the best is the owners Sally and Damien are so accomadating..... its worth the trip there for at least ameal let alone overnight stay. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL YOU TRAVELLERS!

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Marina P
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sally w, Owner at Ripples, responded to this review, December 15, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write this terrific review, Marina.

We really enjoyed the week you, Pen and your friends spent here at Ripples, and are glad you found the kick back relaxation that you needed.

Very much hoping to welcome you here again, some time.

Damien & Sally
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