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Sands Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 27 189
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Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to Rarotonga & our third to Sands. When we saw the menu we were both a bit underwhelmed, to be honest. In the end, my husband had the chicken & I had the pork belly, which was actually an entree, but they made it into a main for me. This was the best pork belly... More 

Thank AnnaBanana17
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wouldn't rave about the food here but it wasn't too bad and not too expensive. My wife and I shared a chicken curry ($24) and a Hawaiian pizza ($20). They had tables and seating out on the beach front but we were told they weren't serving out there so we had to sit on the roadside.

Thank pianosimon
Croydon, Australia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing and delicious food, with plenty of variety but the service could have been a little bit better.

Thank Famput
Brights Grove
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dining in 2 areas, one overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean, the other in the front of the hotel with larger tables for families. One of the few restaurants that serve pizza. Food is very good, delicious, and service is excellent.

Thank Allen & Judith C
Monaghan, Ireland
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined here twice and thoroughy enjoyed the food and atmosphere both times. The restaurant protrudes over the beach, offering beautiful views, especially at sunset. The pizzas here are generously topped and coked to perfection and the extensive bar menu is reasonably priced.

Thank ShortyMc86
Queen Charlotte
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272 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Sands provided us with the only poor dining experience in two weeks on Rarotonga. From service to ambience to food quality, it was a total disappointment. We booked for dinner a day in advance, expecting from other TA reviews that it would be a water's-edge dining experience. When we arrived, we were seated instead at a table 10 meters... More 

Thank Bima77
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3 reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We 5 girl called in for a quick late bite - Curry was awesome - Scallops big fat and with the roe the only way to go - they were almost ready to close but fitted us in anyway - excellent food all round - staff could not be faulted - service second to none - A must visit you... More 

Thank Carrol G
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Small restaurant doing simple food with pizzas. Huge entrees, and the curry was fantastic, informed by chef all hand made, bottle it and sell!!!. Given free transfer to restaurant. Great friendly staff.

2 Thank AucklandDevon11
Whangarei, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The best Sirloin Steak I've had in a long time. Great casual dining, but go prepared for the mosquitoes.

2 Thank Fisherman966
Auburn, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

We dined at the Sands twice during our recent visit to the Cooks. An easy 5-minute stroll from our villa at the Royale Takitumu, it was pleasant to sit on the covered dining area right at the beach but without sand under our feet. The service was typically friendly and the food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the shrimp salad.... More 

Thank Brent S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$23
Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moana Sands Hotel, Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Titikaveka
  • Phone Number: +682 27 189

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