offers a little of everything so once you have tried the umukai feasts
you may like to visit some of the other restaurants. Restaurants range
from gourmet cuisine to friendly island-style restaurants.
The food selection
includes superb international cuisine through to the old favourites –
Chinese, Italian, Indian and Continental.
overall quality and presentation of food in the Cook Islands is very
high, and a variety of international dishes are available.
Whatever style of
cuisine you find tempting, you’ll be impressed by the friendly, helpful
service. The staffs is always willing to meet your every need and are
only too happy to explain any dishes you might like to try.
are open for dinner from 6pm – 9.30pm.
RESTAURANTS & CAFÉ’S Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Set in a tropical garden setting with an inviting casual atmosphere.
Specialising in exotic cuisine from around the world- a changing
selection of tempting dishes to please all tastes
The ambience is simple, classy yet funky with spectacular artworks where
guests enjoy good conversation, fine wine and superb food. The
restaurant has the European influence of integrating the kitchen into
the restaurant so guests are able to watch the chefs at work preparing
their meal. The menu has a slant on cosmopolitan food with an Island
flavour, Try the restaurants signature dessert, the Pawpaw Brulee.
Beers are NZ$5 and top shelf from NZ$7
BBQ Buffet on Sunday 6pm –9.30pm
The Kikau Hut is in Arorangi and they serve European style cuisines from
Monday to Saturday .They have regular live music.
The Portofino Restaurant, a landmark in Rarotonga for over 15 years, is
open Monday thru to Saturday from 6pm to serve you the finest in Italian
cuisine on the island
It is located on the white sandy beaches with stunning views of Muri.
The indoor and outdoor setting is perfect for casual lunch, evening meal
or corporate and wedding and birthday luncheons and dinners. The
restaurant is open daily and the daily “
Chefs Special’ include inventive dishes using fresh produce and seafood
in season. The Sails Classic fishcakes on a bed of curried pawpaw are “yummie”.
Try the Tropical Flame cocktail
Staircase Restaurant & Bar
Reasonably priced cuisine with first-class views of Avarua harbour. Open
from Wednesday- Saturday, Staircase offers 2 island nights per week.
Friday nights are popular for locals to hang-out when dining is over and
its time to experience the Rarotonga nightlife!
Tamarind House Restaurant
Tamarind House is a beautifully restored heritage colonial house
originally built in 1910 for the Union Steamship Company. Located about
3 minutes from Avarua township it is set on 2.5 acres of lawns sweeping
down to the beach. There is a feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era in
the peaceful seclusion of a truly unique tropical setting.
Enjoy brunch, coffee, lunch, dinner with fine wines or a cocktail on the
verandah overlooking the palm-shaded lawns to the ocean
The curry dishes
are very popular and recommend the Tamarind chicken curry in tomato,
coriander and coconut sauce with cumin served with steamed rice and
chutneys. The baileys with white chocolate cheesecake are divine.
Trader Jacks bar and restaurant overlooks Avarua Harbour. The cool sea
breeze, beautiful views, “bar-over-the-water” ambience, Traders retains
a roguish charm where you meet the local characters and the proprietor
himself, Jack Cooper (aka “The Trader”).
It’s a very
popular spot for lunch and as the sun sets over the water the bar area
begins to fill up with the dinner crowd. They relax with a cool drink
and watch the local fishermen heading out through the harbour to net fly
fish. There is live music on Friday and Saturday nights. A variety of
dishes is featured on their menu but the emphasis is on the seafood.
Try he seafood chowder – its yummy
Tumunu Restaurant serve a selection of seafood, as well as local and
European dishes. Open for dinner from Monday – Sunday 6pm – 9.30pm
For that island ambience and friendly local style hospitality visit the
Vaima, near Wigmores Superstore coming towards the waterfall in
Titikaveka. Situated right on the beach, they have an extensive menu
with a touch of tropical tastes. It’s no wonder why its a favourite for
both locals and visitors. Open Monday-Saturday from 6pm
Fine dining in a relaxed & air-conditioned atmosphere serving world
class Pacific/European cuisine. The service is excellent, the food is
scrumptious, and a dinner reservation is a must. Its Cook Islands Fusion
cuisine at its best! Email:
Local, global and vegetarian cuisine. Open everyday from 8am in the
historic Banana Court Building. Ph 23236
Creative cuisine at affordable prices. The best woodfire pizzas and
breads in the pacific. Situated downtown Avarua.
Located at the “halfway mark” in Turoa, Titikaveka Saltwater Café boasts
the #1 Fish and chips on the island. Directly across from the beach with
their own marine viewing platform, it’s a great location for snorkeling
too! Open 7 days with Wednesday nights being their famous “Thai Night”.
Set in botanical gardens, Maire Nui is a traditional Polynesian Are
styled-café that has a backdrop of stunning mountain views. The Café is
open daily for breakfast and lunch with freshly baked olive bread and
tropical muffins. There are choices of either lunch or the afternoon
blackboard menu and the cafe features organic produce grown in their
garden. Try their fresh banana-pawpaw muffin with Atiu coffee or mint
Still looking for that Indian curry fix whilst on holiday? Then look no
further as Raviz is the place for you! Located next to Goldmine in
Avarua, Raviz’s is open 7 days for lunch and dinner. $6.95 takeaway
curry packs available during lunch only. Ph 22279 email: