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“Excellent Food and Value”
Review of Snack Mahana

Snack Mahana
Ranked #3 of 74 Restaurants in Moorea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Polynesian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The locals told us about this place, and the food was excellent, and a great value, considering the prices at the regular restaurants.
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We "discovered" Snack Mahana while looking out of the shuttle bus from the airport to our resort. We asked our driver about it and he said it is a good place to eat and a nice walk from our hotel (it is about 3/4 mile).

We also confirmed with another local that it is a good place to eat, AND they will accept US dollars at a rate of 90 Polynesian French Francs (XPF) per dollar. This is much better than the 82 XPF plus a transaction fee that our hotel would have charged us. Snack Mahana only takes cash.

Before I go further, a disclaimer is in order. Although we enjoy upscale restaurants, some of our best dining experiences have been at what we call "joints". These are usually small places that don't necessarily look pretty, but are locally owned and have amazingly good food at a relatively low price. Snack Mahana qualifies as a "joint".

It was a very windy day, so we sat inside. We ordered the local beers (Hinano and Tabu), a burger with fries, and a steak dish with salad. The burger was cooked properly and the lettuce on the salad was fresh. The steak was perfect.

Service is very friendly, but you should allow about an hour or so for your visit. Given how much we enjoyed being there and how relaxing it was, speed wasn't an issue for us.

Food at Snack Mahana costs about 20% less than at other modest sit down restaurants on Moorea, yet our meals were excellent. It is worth a visit, and if it isn't too windy you may want to consider one of the outside tables, which have excellent views of the ocean.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Following the reviews posted here and recommendations from friends we went for lunch to the Snack Mahana and were not disappointed at all. We were given a table very close to the sea. Everything that we order was prepared to perfection! The service was good but please do not go there if you are in a hurry since they are on island time. We were very pleased with the deserts. We are invited to come back for lunch again.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This restaurant on the island of Moorea is a favorite of the locals and now I know why... We stopped in the Snack Mahana while visiting the island of Moorea last month and it was great!! The beachfront seating has the perfect view of the beautiful ocean. We ordered the grilled Mahi Mahi and garlic grilled shrimp and the food was fresh, fabulous, and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend!!

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Just got back from my honeymoon in Moorea last week. We stayed at the Intercontinental, which is about a 15 minute walk from Snack Mahana. We went there twice, and it was probably the best food on the island (Including Mayflower and Coco D'isle.) It's only open for lunch, but if you're on the island, you MUST go.

The restaurant is just some family's house, and the dining area is in the back yard, with a gorgeous view of the ocean. There is a small dining area inside for rainy days.

The lightly breaded Mahi cooked in coconut milk was probably the best fish dish I've ever tasted. Absolutely delicious. Absurdly delectable.

The service is pretty slow, but good and polite. In fact, as far as it being slow, I'd say it's pretty on-par with every other restaurant in Moorea.

If you're down there, just go. You won't regret it.

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Thank Josh B
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Well, we were on a bit of a time crunch and knew we were on island time so we explained to the server that we had to be out in one hour. She took eight people's orders in front of ours, even though we were ready to order and were seated before them. Eight is a lot for this place because it probably seats 30 at capacity. Anyhow, we ordered when she got around to it twenty minutes later and kindly reminded her of the time crunch - we said we could leave if there wasn't enough time. She assured us there was so we ordered. Well, moral of the story - island time is never to be relied on and it didn't come out in time. My husbands steak was on the grill and it really looked disgusting. They don't have to-go stuff and overall it was just a mess. Other reviews of this place are good - but learn from our mistakes: I would avoid the steak and don't come here expecting great service! It was a beautiful setting.

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