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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” (77 reviews)
“cheesecake” (71 reviews)
“tropical salad” (21 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Polynesian, Grill, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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1 - 10 of 316 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

6 adults and 3 children easily accommodated without pre-booking. Food available to suit all tastes, including those with food allergies.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JanK5684
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for a second time, after a very satisfying meal a year ago. After walking around the extensive gardens (just beautiful), the outdoor restaurant is an oasis of charm.. Great service, and excellent food. The tropical salad was agreed to be the best of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lovegrove2016
Reviewed 27 October 2018

A great place to get away from the bustle of Muri, and the main road. Nestled in extensive tropical gardens (which can be enjoyed for a further $5), with organic and tasty food.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jafapete
Reviewed 9 October 2018

It's easy enough to miss the turn off to here so just keep an eye out for the little A-frame they have setup roadside. Well worth the visit if you're after something laid-back. The coffee was good but I believe they only offer french press....More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank User12304
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Although its not very big it is an interesting place and so quiet entrance is via an honesty box the cafe is nice sitting under the vegetation with excellent food to choose from

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank andypavey
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Had a the cheese cake here. It was well presented, with not only the cheese cake but bananas and coconut. The combination was good, but the cheese cake is just okay not great

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jrsee
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Had driven past the gardens a few times, so decided to stop in & have lunch. Don't get me wrong, the gardens were nice, but Lunch was over priced, and they didn't have a few things listed on the menu. The chocolate cake was huge...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Q1071JNjasonw
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

The food is fairly good but not value for money, $28 for a salad that was mostly lettuce left a member of our group feeling ripped off, the gardens were lovely, wouldn’t rush back to the cafe though

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tinnie26
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We have visited Rarotonga a few times and I always wanted to visit these gardens and taste the "best cheesecake in Raro". The gardens are beautiful as all of Raro typically is. We love the Cook Islands and have NEVER felt so ripped off after...More

Date of visit: August 2018
2  Thank Theresa B
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This place is a wee hidden gem found off the one main road. It can be found at the beginning of the gardens. The menu has a small selection of fresh items and has a specialty dish of cheesecake. I had the chicken Turkish bread,...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Nigel2312
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$24
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +61 410 609 463
  • E-mail
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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