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Trader Jacks

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
11:00 - 03:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 03:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The spot is great and beer is nice and cold but did not go out of my way to eat hear again after eating hear once. Food ok! Service ok.

Thank Jamie L
Ripon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended here for dinner so headed down one night on our holiday. It was okay! I got the chicken, which looked like someone had been sick on my plate when it arrived. But I guess looks can be deceiving as it tasted okay. My friend got the ribs but she said they were dry so didn't finish them.... More 

Thank JuliaRoseWaterworth
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Trader Jacks. I'm sorry you found your meals un-appealing to look at but glad you enjoyed your chicken and risotto. We run monthly staff training courses on drinks, ratios and service and will mention your comments in the next meeting. I do hope you loved your stay in... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate here for lunch twice. Don't eat at the bar; go to the restaurant, service is terrific and great view over the water. Seafood Chowder is exceptional. Pizza great too.

Thank 215DebR
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I'm glad you loved our food. Just confirming? The service was bad in the bar but good in the restaurant? If you would like to email me directly, It would be great to narrow down any issues so I can better train my team. Thanks again, Jason Cleverley General Manager jason@traderjacks.co.ck More 

Parramatta, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the great customer service and the food presented was on point, the pizza's were big and full filling as well as my favourite the mac/cheese ball for appetisers. The waiter and waitress were friendly and continued to check on my husband and I with our meals. Had a great view of the water front and no complaints none what... More 

Thank Arden83
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review, please come back soon. I'm so glad you loved Traders. More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was a nice place but the food was pretty average. I think it's best to stick to the fish and chips. The service was very good.

Thank shazhelin2013
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

I'm glad you loved our service. Thanks for coming in. I cant believe you didn't try our seafood platter? It is worth the trip from NZ More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Trader jacks has a great range of food on their menu which would appeal to most people! Lots of fresh fish to choose from. My boyfriend got the pork ribs and said they were amazing!! Was lovely being so close to the ocean, very nice place to eat. Staff were very friendly as well. Definitely worth going to 😊

Thank RachelMoo2
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44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice taste of the true spirit of Rarotonga, on the harbour, in an opened bar. Efficient staff, good bar food. An atmosphere which belongs to the island.

Thank Michael E
Rangiora, New Zealand
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Harbourside bar and restaurant on the edge of town, a good mix of visitors and locals. Didn't eat here, we were just in need of something long and cold. Reasonable prices, and a fair selection of beers

Thank Jim333
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good. Quite good for island food. House APA on tap was slightly mislabeled, more like a light ale. Forgot our dessert until prompted but that's not crippling as wait staff were friendly. Non stop mosquitos weren't their fault but they could have done something about them maybe

Thank S1697RIchristopherb
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great food at a reasonable price, we ate there for lunch and found it very good, a little bit pricey compared to other places on the island but would still recommend giving it a go.

Thank Raymond B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$21
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 26 464
The Cook Island's most iconic dining destination. Stunning views over the south pacific. Come in and dine with us on our al fresco deck or join our friendly team at the Vaka bar for an icy cold tap beer or the best cocktails on the island.

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