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“Great Food, great location, great value for money!”
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: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Brisbane, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Food, great location, great value for money!”
Reviewed January 4, 2010

We had dinner at Trader Jacks one night at the start of our honeymoon, the view at sunset was to die for. We sat outside right beside the railings so we couldn’t have been any closer to the water if we tried. My husband ordered the “Whole Snapper” which was literally a whole snapper cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce and put on your plate, I ordered a seafood curry served with rice and salsa. Both meals were absolutely delicious and were great value for money compared to other places we had dined at on Rarotonga. We loved Trader Jacks so much we went back for a second time with another honeymoon couple that were in the villa next to us later on in the week. This time I had a chicken dish and it was one of the best chicken dishes I have ever had, it was cooked perfectly. We also had dessert this time round and we tried the chocolate coated bananas with cream and icecream, they were just delicious. One thing about Rarotongans is they know how to use bananas, other than just peeling them and eating them. The best way is grilling them on the BBQ mmmmmmmm mouth watering! Overall Trader Jacks is a great place to have a meal at a great price with a great view. We highly recommend it!

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Rotorua New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“disappointed”
Reviewed November 24, 2009

This is the 3rd time we have been to Trader Jacks I thought we would give it another go since it was 4 years since we were there last, however it hasnt changed. I feel it lives on a reputation because of where it is. The food is very average and some of the staff are rude.(ie ask a question and they just shrug their shoulders???) . But for those travelling to the island there are some truly lovely places to eat at.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
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“Great view; friendly service; food was good.”
Reviewed November 22, 2009

Trader Jacks was n the must visit list and we would easily go back. A variety of prices gives you options; a great wine and cocktail list; excellent non alchoholic coctails and excellent views. The good was fress and interesting .

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wellington
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“nice food”
Reviewed November 15, 2009

i had a crayfish yum, chips could have been nicer, good service nice ambience

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Warkworth, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent food, friendly Cook Island service, great views.”
Reviewed October 25, 2009

We ate here twice in one week after recommendations from friends. If you like seafood you will like Trader Jacks. It is comparatively good value, wonderful tasty and fresh food although a wee bit slow on the service. However, we sat out on the deck watching the locals fishing and were in no hurry to move so didn't mind. Very friendly to children, even little ones. Our daughter is Gluten Free and they made every effort to accommodate her diet. The pizza bar attached kept the teenager happy.

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