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Cafe Ariki

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Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
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Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 22 772
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Warkworth, New Zealand
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

The location is on the backroads, but once you are in the restaurant it is very pleasant, and the meals are HUGE, and very nice, as well as being excellent value compared to the same type of meals in other restaurants. Around $16 gets you a huge tender steak, with mushroom sauce and fries.

Thank Brigid06
Dunedin, New Zealand
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

The great service from our waiter got us off to a great start on our first night in Rarotonga. Great menu for our family group and fair prices. Intended to return on our last night but they were closed as it was a Sunday :-(

Thank Felix150
Avatiu, Cook Islands
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

Their food, though a bit more expensive than some places around the island, was delicious. It was a welcome break from burgers and fried chicken that are all too common here. Everything from meal to dessert was fantastic. We definitely plan to go back!!! :D

Thank rjc210
Hamilton, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

Good simply prepared and presented food, good price,courteous sand genuine service, quiet relaxed garden setting ... wish we'd found it earlier. We'd have gone into town from Titikaveka to eat there more often. Try it - it's where locals eat.

Thank Kate_S_D1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

Loved our brief visit here and will go back next time we visit

Thank Pam B
Nelson, New Zealand
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159 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

This had been recommended by locals. It's out of the way, being behind Avarua on the inland road, but the trip is worth it. No views to speak of but the service was excellent by any standard and the food portions were a good size. Very tasty and we appreciated the value for money. We will be going back. The... More 

Thank BruceFarquhar
Gore, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

Definitely our pick after trying lots of restaurants in our 3 trips to the Cook Islands.It was recommended to us by a local. The food was really good and well priced.

Thank Shona R
Hamilton, New Zealand
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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

I would have had no idea this place existed if I hadn't talked to the locals. It is located on the back road, up behind Avarua. Went there on the last night of my holiday & wish I had discovered it earlier, as I probably would have gone there more often! The meals we had were of a decent to... More 

Thank NZJayDee
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

love the food love the service love the atmosphere.... :) will recommend to others :)

Thank Makai S
Napier, New Zealand
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

unusual setting, but very good service, the food was all freshly cooked, it was delicious, fresh and yummy!! Probably would be good to go there at night too.

Thank Yvonne600

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 772

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