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Cafe Ariki

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
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Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 22 772
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Cannon Beach, Oregon
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Ariki is on the back road. The food is really good and made to order. Everything is casual in The Cooks so wear shorts and short sleeves and even flip flops. Enjoy the evening.

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Thank Rosterhold
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably the best food on the island, huge servings at bargain prices compared with every other restaurant on the island. What I would class as a 'local eatery' off the main road, this is a must visit if you are hungry and looking for flavourful western food with a Pacific Island twist. We had the Steak with Mushroom Sauce and... More 

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1 Thank Bert C
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

The food is pretty good! Really like there Sunday buffet! It's AMAZING! But the only problem is that the buffet on Sunday is mostly for functions.. I'm not too sure if they do that every Sunday. Very family orientated.

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Thank Inano P
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Had a wonderful meal here, great kids menu as well. Food was very good an plenty to eat, no hungry diners after this meal. Freindly staff.

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1 Thank Tina M
Melbourne, Australia
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296 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place has many locals dinning because of the size of the serves and value for money. We shared 3 main meals between 4 of us and did not have any room for dessert which was a pity as they sounded delicious. We enjoyed the ribs, mushroom steak and sashimi.

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1 Thank familyfuninsun
Mangere, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Most delicious steak meal i have had whilst on holiday! Cute nifty cafe, quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of town. The food was beautiful, steak cooked perfectly! An great on price with great serving size! Passion fruit cheese cake was divine.

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Thank angkal
Kaitaia, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Beautiful, yummy kai!! Great price, huge meals and very yummy. Staff are very friendly and a nice quiet setting. Highly recommend :)

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Thank maytakawe
Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Our group Red Comets U17 Girls Soccer Team ended our 1st Day in Raro with a dinner at Cafe Ariki - we booked 2 tables for 38 people the week before and there were only 3 of awesome ladies looking after the whole Restaurant plus the chefs - BUT these 3 were absolutely wonderful - they took our orders and... More 

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2 Thank NgaKairua
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

If you want to eat top quality food where the locals go, this is the place. YUM! I had the Tropical salad with tuna steaks for about $23. It was by far the tastiest salad I've ever had - coriander, mint, fruit and two huge tuna steaks. Far too much for me to finish by myself. My son had the... More 

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2 Thank Michelle H
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This place has great meals and great value - and so tasty! Nice and quaint, so the service is good too. You never leave here hungry!! Yummo!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Cafe, Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, 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?