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The Islander Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
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Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
+682 21 003
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08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

went here for lunch and had to wait a long time to get it they were not very busy so not sue why? i got the ribs nice but beware they have super hot little red peppers on them and will burn ur mouth for at least 15 min , good way to down sum beers in 15 min from... More 

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Auckland
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had two meals here, Good quality and good price. Hula bar next door offers happy hour all day and you can take your drinks to the table.

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Thank nzbrett
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals with us. Our Hula Bar offers excellent value drinks with all day happy hour. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Pizzas are good! The atmosphere was pretty cool too. Awesome place to check out. Wish the pool was open 24/7 though. Cheap drinks! It's also good that they separate the dining area from the bar... !

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Thank Inano P
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your pizzas, drinks at the Hula Bar (separated from the restaurant area) and the waterfront atmosphere. Our pool closes at 6pm to ensure the floor area around the restaurant is dry during busy service. Kia Manuia. More 

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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just could not finish my dinner : it was not fresh. The service was slow and not organized. Not enough light to check what's going on in your plate.

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Thank Michael E
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to read you did not enjoy your meal with us. If service was slow, it must have been a very busy night for us as we usually deploy the full floor team for dinner service. We have a small kitchen and simply cannot hold much food in stock, meaning everything... More 

Yeppoon, Australia
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Got there pre booked for the island polynesian night with dance and great food. Fantastic show 100% recommended.

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Thank Thomas J
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your Polynesian Night buffet & show with us. The Akirata Dance Troupe are indeed dynamic, informing and entertaining. Kia Manuia. More 

Sydney Australia
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went the the Islander night and it was fantastic. We had a great seat by the pool and could see everything. The night cost $49 per person for the show and buffet. The food was quite good including dessert. We absolutely loved the dancers. I wish I could swing my hips like that. The whole troupe was about 30... More 

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Thank Franko5
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your island night experience with us. Our Rarotongan-inspired buffet, dynamic cultural show and ambience is hugely popular with both locals and visitors. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great meal here. Had a delicious steak with mushroom sauce. Just hit the spot. Hubby had a Thai green curry. Yummy. Great service and a great price. Great nz wines.. Also had a pizza for lunch one day while there. Lovely friendly staff. .

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Thank Lee-Anne W
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals, wines, & prices with us. Kia Manuia. More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always busy, great fresh food - the salad mains are the healthiest and super filling - loved their version of a Niscoise... Heavenly!

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Thank Ani O
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We prepare so many meals per day that food literally comes off the organic farm or from the ocean to the table. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Awesome Pizza great and also the seafood dishes. Great service great place and Hula bar for the drinks great price

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Thank Bernie F
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We hope see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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125 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

In a group of 8, the $49 dance night buffet was a great option for us & we were not disappointed. Nice setting once past the pub like carpark that fronts to the airport. Large open air verandah seating overlooking pool were after dinner we were entertained by young dance troop. Choice for buffet was great, a little slow in... More 

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RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your night. Kia Manuia. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 18
Cuisine
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 23:00
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 21 003
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?