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The Yellow Hibiscus

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
+682 20 002
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Auckland, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant has a limited menu but the food is excellent! The best fish curry I've ever had! Prices are reasonable and Friday happy hour serves free wine and beer and cheap cocktails that are delicious and with generous serves of alcohol. The spread for the Sunday barbecue was amazing- salads,prawns, and choice of large beef steak or fish fillet,... More 

Thank RonelBarlow
Auckland, New Zealand
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247 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place served great food but lacked the WOW factor that others have but served wonderful prawns and has great curry. It is attached to The Palms so we didn't expect a lot as prefer to dine at restaurants that have no accommodations. Their mixing machine was broken which was shame as it limited their drinks and they had run... More 

Thank Sandy R
Lake Forest, California
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The food is really good and the service was great. They have live music and the gentleman who played the guitar was excellent. Again, portions are big so consider sharing. Not on the water but close enough to.

Thank travnerd
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at Palm Grove and had several meals on site. Every time the food was excellent - fresh tasting and everything was cooked really well. Can highly recommend the kumara stack although all options we tried were delicious

Thank J2392FErichard
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42 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food here was good and can be charged to your room. However , if you are veggie then there is only one pasta dish. During our stay we had the fish, the chicken and the burger. All were nicely presented and very tasty.

Thank Sheilafor
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a stop, even if you are not staying at Palm Grove resort. Sitting out on the porch, you are sitting among the hibiscus flowers (remember your bug repellent), and feel like you are truly on a pacific island. On the night we dined there, there was a musician playing local songs and old hits too. The food was good... More 

Thank Georgina F
Adelong, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I LOVED this place. The traditional dish was by far the best I tried on the island. Best thing was the 6 week old chicken that jumped onto the table and shared my lunch LOL!

Thank Sherise1967
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182 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and I dropped in here on Boxing Day a bit wary after our awful time at the Spaghetti House on Xmas Day. The reaction of the staff could not have been more opposite. They were warm, friendly and welcoming. We arrived just before the start of the Fish BBQ and it was fantastic. Fish or meat done on the... More 

Thank lucystarbuck
Blaxland, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is hands down the best restaurant in Rarotonga. We went there on a recommendation from people we met on a tour and was not disappointed, we ate there twice. The service was wonderful, very friendly and attentive and the food was outstanding. The raro prawns and the ika mata are a highlight. Very highly recommended.

Thank Mountaingirl78
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

our 7th time on the beautiful island of Rarotonga and we never miss bbq night at this wonderful restaurant/resort. Such a happy night with great music by Lincoln and the BEST steak cooked by Eugene ...the wonderful Mata and her team of amazing staff (Mary, Nicole and Emile to name just a few) a truly happy place and just wonderful... More 

Thank Sarah B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Seafood, Polynesian, Bar, International, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Vaimaanga, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Vaimaanga
  • Phone Number: +682 20 002
Open-air restaurant open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Casual dining at affordable prices. Reservations recommended for dinner. Ask about Friday Happy Hour and Sunday BBQ dinner.

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