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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+61 410 609 463
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (74 reviews)
“cheesecake” (66 reviews)
“tropical salad” (19 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Polynesian, Grill, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very fresh, delicious, real whole foods used for meals. Refreshing, tasty and healthy too! Best meal we had on the island in our 7 day trip! Great customer service. MUST try the cheesecake! Will be back next trip, thanks guys!

Thank Charlotte K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here by chance and it was one of the best meals we had while on Rarotonga The setting is just superb -the garden is serene and beautiful with vistas then hidden views through the trees that you come upon unexpectedly. The planning of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly owner, great service. World famous cheescake (ok, at least Cook Island famous) and the curry was excellent. They have a private gazebo that you can reserve to eat your meal in as well. The grounds were imaculate and you could tell that they...More

Thank not2cre8ive
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went through the gardens, which were nice and decided to try the cheesecake, as I'd heard it was good and they advertise it as the best on the island. The cheesecake itself was delicious, but for what we got i think $16 is very much...More

2  Thank Philange
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very tasty food. Helpful staff who made the effort to accommodate for us vegetarians. Great customer service.

Thank chooks1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had driven past the gardens a few times and noticed the sign for the Hidden Spirit Cafe which sounded so nice, unfortunately it didn’t live up to its name, the food was mediocre at bet, the service, slap dash and the food very expensive...More

1  Thank Jane H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love flowers and gardens this is your place. They have a cafe too but unfortunately don’t do barrister coffee and I can only do soy or rice milk. Nice place to chill out though.

1  Thank peraandy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can't express enough how disappointed we were with the quality of food and how completely overpriced it was. Chose a salad, and received a plate overflowing with lettuce leaves and very little else. Next time I'll just go straight to a local seller and...More

1  Thank I_am_suze
Reviewed 12 June 2018

We are garden people, so a non-beach experience of this type in the Cooks would always drag us in. The menu is not extensive but we visited twice and found the food simple but totally fresh. When you travel, diet and food can be a...More

Thank BDJ750
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Cafe set in beautiful location . Our first choice for lunch was not available on the day we visited , but we were able to order prawn salad , serving size was small for the price , however , it didn't matter as it was...More

1  Thank weekend-escapist
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$24
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +61 410 609 463
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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.
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