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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Cafe, Grill, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22 796
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow what a hidden gem. These gardens are so pretty and the tropical flowers are just so vibrant and a true gift of nature. The gardens are set amongst approx 6 acres. There are an abundance of the most beautiful ginger flowers displaying the most vivid colours. We stopped and ate at the cafe inside the gardens. Delish salads and... More 

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Thank kjonthetown
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited the gardens and fell in love, went back for dinner for our anniversary, and were made to feel like movie stars, sat in the rotunda, a beautiful meal and fab setting.

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Thank Lynette A
Dunedin, New Zealand
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146 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for a quiet late morning tea and had a variety of drinks and some muffins. The service was good and we were made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived. The gardens around the dining area was fantastic and is open to walk around. The food and drinks were good and no complaints from any of... More 

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Thank Kelvin L
New Zealand
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch and ordered the prawn salad and the chicken curry for my partner and I to share. Both dishes were very nice indeed as was the wine and local beer. A very relaxed spot with lovely front of house staff. Be prepared to pay though, this place is not the cheapest lunch on the island and does... More 

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Thank Piers B
Matakana
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited twice and the food was divine and we feel the best we ate while we were there and we even managed to have the famous lemon meringue cheesecake - to die for yum yum. Plus the gardens are wonderful a truly wonderful place.

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Thank Colinmchristie
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I was informed that 'The Hidden Spirit" was a very nice place for lunch with excellent food. Being of a trusty nature, I believed and I decided to see if the place was worthy of such a praise. On arrival I was welcomed in an almost jovial way and invited to pick any table of my choosing, so I picked... More 

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Thank Allways_Correct
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The food and service was very good but expensive. I would not recommend a visit here though. This will serve only to fatten the pockets of those who own it especially as they exploit their staff! And they want a $5 donation from every person that enters!!!

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Thank catherineg135
hardtoget, Owner at The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill, responded to this review

Kia Orana Catherine, Thank you for your review. We take note of your comments on the price of our food. We look very closely at our food quality ongoing and do everything to make it as cost affective as possible. As well we endeavour to make sure that all our ingredients are as fresh as possible as well as growing... More 

Cambridge, New Zealand
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Heard this had the best cheesecake on the island and have to agree. Overall standard of all food was great, if a tad pricey, but was in a beautiful setting and a walk through the gardens after lunch was very nice. The all fruit cocktail was very tasty.

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Thank wce427
hardtoget, Owner at The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your Review wce427 We bake our cakes fresh every day and to our own home grown recipe. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your cheesecake so much. It is also gratifying that you enjoyed the ambience of the garden and its walkways. Thank you Again.. Hinano & John More 

Tamworth, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We visited the Hidden Spirit Cafe for lunch, the gardens were nicely manicured however we found the food and drinks to be very overpriced! Would not recommend a visit as there are far nicer cafes that do not overcharge.

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Thank kirstynixon
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The café is located in the beautiful Maire Nui gardens and is a great setting to have a relaxing meal. Their menu options clearly exploit the local produce available to them with the salads not an overabundance of lettuce leaves with a few token items thrown in (which I hate) but include fresh fruit, coconut, chicken and locally caught and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 24
Cuisine
Cafe, Grill, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 22 796
Description
The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.

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