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Trader Jacks

Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (490 reviews)
“seafood” (122 reviews)
“fish cakes” (26 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Avarua, Cook Islands
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1 - 10 of 2,316 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Many of our friends and family recommended we try Trader Jacks during our stay in Rarotonga. Unfortunately we were incredibly disappointed - service was terrible, food was bland and poorly presented. We definitely won’t be back.

Thank rmrbabbott
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The staff were relaxed and perhaps preoccupied with the prospect of another long shift into the early morning. The food was well prepared and was served in a timely manner. The location on the lagoon is first class though the earth works on the adjacent...More

Thank Ken P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Food okay but be prepared for a long wait. Seemed understaffed and were struggling with the numbers coming in, although there were free tables still available.

Thank jobrennan2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a place where you can have Cook Islands local beer. It is located in the centre of Avarua. It is right next to the lagoon so I believe an ideal place to watch sunset.

Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 6 days ago

People we were with booked this as its so iconic. The views are lovely but the cigarette smoke not so much. Service was amazing, the ladies were so friendly and kind but the food really didnt live up to expectations. Way better options out there...More

Thank MrsBails83
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always go here when back as is always good and the best place to have a beer and chat with locals and tourists. Its a must do place when in in Raro.

Thank LeonKiwi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time we are here we come to Trader Jacks frequently. The 13 year old loves the pizza and the cocktails are great for adults too. Enjoy a part of Cook Is. history....

Thank Kiwicobber
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place to spend the evening. Great bar with some lovely views. Food is very tasty and service very good. They do serve some fantastic vegetarian food too.

Thank deendayals2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

“You have to go to Trader Jacks” is what we were told, so we did. The staff were lovely and so helpful the atmosphere felt good. My beer arrived in a glass that had lipstick on the rim, wow that caused some concern. The Calamari...More

3  Thank Steve D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trader Jacks is a cool place to sit and relax either at the bar or at one of the tables looking out to the water. The food is delicious and the prices of the drinks are very reasonable. The staff are cool too :)

Thank paraniw
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27 May 2016|
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Response from A7079BPjasonc | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Sunday is always difficult here. Trader Jacks is open six nights a week with Sunday a day off for the hard working team. Bamboo Jacks is open on Sundays for an awesome dinner and a great selection of drinks.
21 April 2016|
Response from A7079BPjasonc | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Jack Cooper has owned Trader Jacks for over thirty years with his business partner Chris Douglas. Chris runs all of the menus and Jack is the face and money man. Just like the restaurant, he's a bit of an icon around the... More
1 October 2015|
Response from A7079BPjasonc | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Its in the works sorry Robyn, we're just getting the labels compliant and bar coded. For now, you will need to take the time every few weeks to come back and join us in Rarotonga
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$20
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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