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“Was OK”
Review of Trader Jacks

Trader Jacks
Ranked #14 of 100 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: Pizza, Seafood, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The Cook Island's most iconic dining destination. Stunning views over the south pacific. Come in and dine with us on our al fresco deck or join our friendly team at the Vaka bar for an icy cold tap beer or the best cocktails on the island.
Auckland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Was OK”
Reviewed May 9, 2009

Everyone said to try Trader Jacks so we did.
The Food was Good, fish very fresh - Wine List OK - but felt the service was a bit slack, had to wait till someone else had finished with a menu before we could order.
Maybe they need to get more printed !

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nz
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257 reviews
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“So, so just as expected”
Reviewed May 7, 2009

Have eaten at Trader's many times over the years. They never seem to decide whether they are a bar serving food, or a restaurant with a bar.

But we thought we'd try again. Starters, ika mata, were surprisingly good and we both enjoyed them. However, as usual, our mains were delivered as soon as our plates were picked up. I suspect they'd been waiting somewhere getting cold. Why can't they ever get this right - on occasions they've tried to deliver the mains while we were still eating our starters.

The mains, of parrot fish and mahi mahi, were ok but not spectacular. Just as expected I suppose.

The wine prices were reasonable.

Would we go there on our next visit? Probably not. Would we recommend to a friend? Probably not, unless they wanted to try what is truly an institution.

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thames waikato
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“one of the worst meals i have ever encounterted”
Reviewed May 2, 2009

went for lunch asked for the thai fish cakes and when they arrived it was just like three peices of dog roll fried; sent it back and refused to pay;

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Thank benz8
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New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Great food- Great service”
Reviewed April 21, 2009

Trader Jacks still remains consistently good having travelled to Raro four times.

The fish always tastes fresh and they provide some different options that we had not seen anywhere else; eg parrot fish wrapped in a banana leaf with coconut and rice, our children were wrapt that sushi-sashimi was available (yellow fin tuna) which tasted very very fresh which is critical.

Staff great, service with a smile and wait not to long, the outlook is great to the sea.

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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
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“A Must go to if in Rarotonga”
Reviewed April 13, 2009

Highly recommend the seafood. All really good value.

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