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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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Whakatane, New Zealand
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Did have lunch at this lovely small restaurant in one of the back streets of Rarotonga. Beautiful fresh food. specialy enjoyed the big King Prawns meal and the friendly staff.

1 Thank 77capricorn
Papamoa, New Zealand
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Cafe Ariki is the place to go if you are hungry! Wee been told about this place before and we were not disappointed. Huge portions and tasty food. I had the ribs and my plate was stacked with tender juicy ribs and wedges and a fresh garden salad. My husband had the steak meal and his too was piled high!... More 

1 Thank Bud-Candy
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Enjoyed the food very nicely done and a quietly surprised. The steak was lovely and cooked well and my daughter loved the pork ribs

1 Thank mmaten_561939
Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

My family and I were there for a birthday the waitresses were very helpful and agreed to let us use their refrigerator to store our cake the food took a while but was worth the wait it was enormous great value and the flavours mixed well each other

Thank elsie217
New Plymouth
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Arrived for dinner one saturday evening with family. When we arrived we were greeted by a waitress who informed us everyone was hung over. There was one table of eight seated and us in the restaurant. We got seated and ordered our food. The waitress wrote it down haphazardly. Two of us ordered entrees, two didn't. After approximately half an... More 

Thank Stacey G
Avarua, Cook Islands
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

My partner and I have dined here quite a few times. the first time was great, the meals are big and of decent pricing. our visits after that wernt so good. the meals seemed to be rushed and microwaved. So they dont taste fresh. the chicken breast has alot of fat on it, you wont see it as the chef... More 

Thank Mariana N
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

I came here with some friends on a Monday night. They were open so that was good. We had table and placed our orders. Unfortunately one of the entrees that we ordered was sold out...Bugger!! never mind we will still content with what we ordered....so entrée was tasty, we ordered, Spring rolls, garlic bread, wedges, raw fish, prawn sticks, so... More 

1 Thank Metz72
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Really lovely staff and really good fun... however, despite the huge portions, the food is a perhaps to locals tastes. Good value for money.

Thank BuriedBones
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

Great value for money, huge serves of fresh food. Fresh local tuna with salad and chips.they are known for their tender steak, but one of the favourites was the bbq pork ribs! At dinner they also had lamb shanks and their pork belly was tender and Yum, large serves that we often shared!

Thank JetsetterNat1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

A gorgeous cafe/bar in a Spanish style building. Perfect for lunch and dinner, take the whole family, awesome for private functions too. The food is amazing! and the best value for money, portions are always served huge. Ate here ALOT! and will keep coming back. Definitely go with an appetite and order the ika mata, the Ariki fish and chips... More 

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?