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Whatever Bar and Grill

Bar, Steakhouse, Grill, Pub
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Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 22 299
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Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2012

neat little bar to at least pop into once...really friendly staff and views to die for...place is what i would call 'rustic' and could do with a simple 'dress up' but not too much as part of its character is the way it is!!

Thank Niccibergman
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2012

Wonderful views, music & beers after checking out the Saturday Market. Would love to go back to check out the Menu.

Thank Cathietay
Queenstown, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

We first visited Whatever Bar in 2011 for lunch and thought it was awesome with the rustic feel to it and the amazing views. Lunch was a $5 burger which was great with a guy cooking on a BBQ. We then came back on the night life tour and this place was packed both upstairs and downstairs. Then again we... More 

Thank Kirsty R
Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2012

This is definately a bar, although they have a very small menu of food. For day time, it has a nice view, but that didn't balance the night-club feel and smell.

Thank mbmomma
Christchurch, New Zealand
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2012

The staff were friendly when we popped in for coffees on the day of the parade. We didn't ask for takeaway but we were all presented with takeaway cups.

Thank Glow_wormnz
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2012 via mobile

Great views, and simple meals, burger and chips with a view for $18 can't really complain especially when the food is great!

Thank Kelvin A
Manyana, NSW Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 July 2012

So nice looking out at the waterline, drinking cocktails (dont forget happy hour), having a chat with the friendly staff. Had a great time there several days in a row. Was great esp after climbing the Needle and after the Quad bike adventures... staff didnt care about my dirty joggers ha

Thank Karen H
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2012

When you come to Raro, your holiday is what you make of it .. if you expect the best of everything then you're in the wrong place at the Whatever Bar .. its a place where atmosphere counts for everything .. meals are basic, drink prices are good and we had a great time talking and mingling with locals and... More 

Thank BeachCocktailsDone
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2012

"Whatever" tshirts can be found in most bags leaving Raro and it's alongside Trader Jacks so we expected a slick upmarket operation. Instead we climbed the stairs to the open air balcony and bar that felt more like a sports clubhouse than a restaurant. The service was great and the food was simple (burgers) and divine and just what we... More 

Thank itamer
Dunedin, New Zealand
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2012

Dropped in for a quick and cheap family meal and that's what we got. Friendly staff and good food worked for us, we intended to return but ran out of time.

Thank Felix150

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$14
Bar, Steakhouse, Grill, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua Waterfront, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 299

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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?