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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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Dargaville, New Zealand
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

If you love ribs you will love this place. We went here and there was 4 of us and we all had drinks and mains and deserts and only cost us $110.00. Food was great.

1 Thank kyliemarieflood
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by friends and locals and we weren't disappointed, Loved the whole ambience and set up. The service was top notch friendly and efficient and the meals were delicious not to mention good value for money. Every time we have friends or family visiting Rarotonga we always make sure to recommended this place. I can't... More 

Thank DebbieT339
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

brilliant staff at this cafe and very accommodating. food took a bit long but then everything in raro is island time.

Thank Serahna S
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2012

Cafe Ariki is a few streets back from main st in Avarua but locals come here and you get a great feed for low cost. Service was a bit slow but it was a busy night and for a table of 10 all our meals arrived together which was good. Very much recommend.

Thank Lorraine J
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

This was our first time dining at Cafe Ariki, we had heard from others that the spare ribs are great! and they were not wrong, prices and resonable and meals are big. Kids friendly, we ordered juice for the kids which came in a one litre bottle which worked out cheap for 3 children - even a plastic cup was... More 

Thank familyx3kids
Kaitaia, New Zealand
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

Had a nice lunch there with friends on a rainy day and a pleasant coffee/muffin afternoon tea the day before (when we could sit outside).

Thank Greg P
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2012

This restaurant is on the back road from Cooks Corner, its where the locals eat so you know its decent meals for decent prices. eg. roasts - $15-18. Good atmosphere too.

Thank rayjenk
Raetihi, NZ
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012 via mobile

A beautiful setting, there were 40+ of us we had not booked, they made us feel very welcome, beautiful meals all around, considering only 2 or 3 at the most in kitchen the staff did an excellent job, no orders were mixed up, a reasonable wait, was really lovely!! We got takeaway a few nights later and was same beautiful... More 

Thank RTIRaetihi_NZ
Warkworth, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2012

The location is on the backroads, but once you are in the restaurant it is very pleasant, and the meals are HUGE, and very nice, as well as being excellent value compared to the same type of meals in other restaurants. Around $16 gets you a huge tender steak, with mushroom sauce and fries.

Thank Brigid06
Dunedin, New Zealand
Level Contributor
61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

The great service from our waiter got us off to a great start on our first night in Rarotonga. Great menu for our family group and fair prices. Intended to return on our last night but they were closed as it was a Sunday :-(

Thank Felix150

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Restaurant Details

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