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Trader Jacks

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American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
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11:00 - 03:00
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 03:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Had lunch at Trader Jacks. Service was superb. Staff were very friendly & great hosts. Food was fantastic, fish was yummy. Views from the seaside were amazing.

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Thank Lynne M
Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

As the publicity states, Trader Jacks is a 'Rarotongan Institution' or 'An Icon'. The location on the the end of the wharf overlooking Avarua Harbour creates a perfect Pacific Island scene. The establishment consists of a bar, restaurant and pizza bar. Tastfully displayed memorabilia in the entry foyer provides a good history, including the building being demolished by two cyclones... More 

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Thank Diana M
Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Went for both dinner and lunch. Great service and great food. Well worth going for a drink and pizza in the bar or a meal in the restaurant. It was all good. And the friendly cats that sit on your lap while you eat, what a laugh. Great times held by all.

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Thank Yendor64
Preston, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Great place to relax enjoying a few beers in Rarotonga, especially after you have explored the town. Everyone is very friendly, the service is great and the food is delicious. A good place to meet people and chill out for a few hours in the sun.

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Thank Gareth H
Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Good food served with prompt smiling service. Not sure if it was just the night but there was no ambience. It felt a bit like eating in a cafeteria. Pricing is OK for Raro.

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Thank merryth
Porirua, New Zealand
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Had a pizza meal for lunch - yummy! Great service and reasonable prices. Would recommend this place after a day of shopping in Avarua.

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Thank Rosa19662013
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78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Good lunch spot overlooking the lagoon. The restaurant overlooks the shipwreck located in the lagoon. They have a restaurant and a bar area. The bar area has outdoor picnic tables as well as seats by the bar, they have the same menu. The restaurant is all under cover. The food is good quality, a little on the pricier end for... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

Unfortunately this restaurant has been hyped up and didn't meet expectations. The service was horrendous, however the food was good value for money. The seafood platter was enormous (note, it is for 2, but will easily feed 3 people), and only $80... potentially less. This even included crayfish and a good variety of seafood. Sadly the service really let this... More 

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Thank corinnets
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94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

We went into Trader Jacks after walking the markets on Saturday for lunch. We had high expectation given the reviews we had read, so maybe our experience was overshadowed by our high expectations. Fish and chips tasted as though the oil they were cooked in was weeks old. Everything else was okay.

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Thank Martin0NZ
Wanaka, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

A friend who is allergic to garlic , pointed out to staff that he could smell Garlic in the stirfry Veg,s he had ordered a steak, crumbed .. They very happily took it away and replaced the meal ... Great service..

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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$ 12 - US$ 21
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 03:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 26 464
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.

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