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“Great hospitality and excellent fish and chips; I could have eaten the tartar sauce as a yummy soup!”

The Islander Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 30 Restaurants in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Islander Restaurant features fantastic cuisine using fresh ingredients supplied by local market gardeners as well as imports from New Zealand. Open for breakfast from 8am; and an all-day lunch & dinner service featuring light meals to hearty options that are guaranteed to fill up even the hungriest tummies.
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great hospitality and excellent fish and chips; I could have eaten the tartar sauce as a yummy soup!”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

We ended up here during a long layover. The restaurant is "almost" right across the street from the Raro airport, so we used the airport's rolling luggage carts and brought over our suitcases (taking the carts was permitted by the airport). The restaurant welcomed us warmly, asking us to bring our luggage in and have a seat anywhere and stay as long as we like. Our intended stay was about 2 to 3 hours, but we'd quickly learned that our flight home was canceled, so we ordered food and drink and pondered what to do because the Air New Zealand offce was not open until 9 or 10pm... hours away. The waitress mentioned she'd heard about the flight cancellation, and soon others for our flight showed up. Sensing our anxiousness, the waitress took it upon herself to make some phone calls on our behalves to see if she could get further information about what we should do. After an excellent meal of fish and chips, accompanied by the most "normal" martinis we have ever had in the Cook Islands in our two week visit, the waitress handed us the house phone and dialed Air New Zealand for us and welcomed us to take our time with the call. After being on hold for 15 minutes, we relinquished the phone line and had another martini to sooth our woes knowing we were likely in for a long, uncertain night. The waitress and bartender could not have been nicer to our group, which by the time we left numbered close to 15 "stray" passengers. I would highly recommend a stop by here if you have a layover. It's really a quick walk from the airport (be careful crossing the busy road!), and I would just take my luggage over and not bother with using the airport lockers. Oh, the joke about the tartar sauce... isn't a joke. I hate tartar sauce, normally, but the tartar sauce that came with my fish and chips was excellent. I highly recommend patronizing the Aquarius (which may also go by the name "Coral Cafe," I think).

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank mhb1954
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Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant has it all! A pool right in the middle of the restaurant, how neat is that. Plus hammocks and sun loungers out to the side in the sun. Food was very nice and we'll priced. Staff were very friendly, would highly recommend checking this place out if you are visiting the island.

Thank AliceHeaslip
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great place for dinner waiting for your flight”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

We arrived back at Rarotonga from Aitutaki at 7.30pm and had to wait several hours before our midnight departure to New Zealand. The security officer at the airport recommended we go to the Aquarius for dinner as they are open late. Almost our whole plane load headed over there. I ordered a chicken & cranberry pizza and mum had a stirfry. The food came out quite quickly and was absolutely delicious! The staff were very friendly and helpful. They let you take your leftovers with you to eat later as the meals are big. Definitely a great place for dinner, especially if you are waiting for a late night flight! We will be back next time we are in the Cook Islands.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Dreamy_Angel_Travels
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Gisborne, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Love the view”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

A great view to relax and have a drink and meal while you wait for your next flight. Very handy to the airport its a pity they have taken the dorm unit out it would have been good to have got some sleep while we waited there.

Visited August 2013
Thank steve s
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Clay City, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great place to eat”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

The service is excellent at this place. It's never too crowded and it is roomy. The fish is incredible at most places on the island and this restaurant is no exception. The bar offers a variety of drinks and serves the local beer, which is a drink you must try while in Rarotonga. The food is cheap as well, which makes it even better!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank halleagles92
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