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“Amazing seafood chowder!”

Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar
Ranked #3 of 7 Restaurants in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$27
Cuisines: Polynesian, Contemporary, International
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar at Pacific Resort Rarotonga prides itself on offering the best in international cuisine with a Polynesian Pacific Rim influence. Be relaxed with a casual beachfront cocktail at the Barefoot Bar, be tempted by succulent fresh seafood and international dishes at Sandals Restaurant, or be summoned by beating drums to an authentic Cook Island feast. Either way you will enjoy the gentle lagoon breezes with the sand between your toes right on Muri Beach.
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice complimentary breakfast buffet here on a daily basis because we were guests at the resort. The breakfast is quite nice but does become boring over the course of several days.

It is a continental breakfast buffet that includes a large selection of beautiful tropical fruits, a nice variety of breads and muffins, a quiche casserole of the day and several cereals. Beverages include coffee, tea and tropical juices. The coffee is prepared in a French coffee press and its quality varied over the course of days even though staff reported that the brand never changed. Since it's from a local source on the island of Atiu, it is possible that the variability was natural. The quality ranged from being as excellent as good quality Kona coffee but sometimes was marked by bitterness.

It's worth noting that the restaurant did not have any artificial sweeteners. Sugar was the only sweetener offered. People that need or prefer artificial should definitely bring them along. In fact the hotel should recognize the widespread need for artificial sweeteners in today's world and should have it available wherever they make sugar available.

Although we did not have a full dinner at this restaurant, we did stop in at dinnertime for some of their popoular seafood chowder. The high acclaim is well deserved. The seafood chowder is incredibly delicious. Fantastic! It has very very few potatoes and is chock-full of chopped seafood. Another guest jokingly offered to take up a collection to purchase the recipe from the chef. It was undoubtedly some of the best seafood chowder I've ever had in my life. It was amazing and worth the NZ $18 for a small bowl. A large bowl cost even more.

Service at this restaurant was always excellent and the staff are extremely kind and attentive. It's an expensive restaurant for sure but the amazing nature of the seafood chowder is reason to try it.

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Excellent & friendly service. Very good food & wonderful cocktails. The outlook on the beach was spectacular & the staff were great.

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Reviewed 6 February 2018

So, we walked down here for dinner after seeing the "on the sand" opportunity from the beach. We were greeting in the bar and when we asked to be seated the person said to us...why don't you sit down and look at the menu first. Then let me know. Well...immediately warning bells went off..either this place is terrible, or ridiculously overpriced. So, the 8 of us sat down, reviewed the menu, and we're like yes...this is fine...the person (a he/she) then said are you sure? Warning bells again.

However, we said yes...were shown to a lovely table on the sand under shade with a remarkable view of the water. The food was absolutely delicious and I didn't think too overpriced. My husband had a pacific sizzler plate that was a local fish of the day (ika mata) on a bed of bok choi and it was absolutely amazing. I'd order it again 100 times. The service was excellent, the food was excellent and I really am not sure what the reluctance was buy definitely worth a visit. Probably some of the best food we had while there.

Thank TampabayLA
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Good food with daily dinner specials providing some additional variety. Eating on the beach most days - weather permitting. Two happy hours an evening which is a bonus. Amazing friendly & engaging staff. At times food took a while to come out - not an issue as on “island time” enjoying the scenery & company.

Thank 422sallyc
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We, a family of 3 adults, 2 children and a toddler, came for dinner. The customer service is excellent, everyone is friendly, helpful and kind and the food was delicious! The view is absolutely beautiful and there was a wonderful singer performing.
Our host Bianca even took my infant son for a little walk to give me time to eat my beautiful dessert, what a lovely person! Highly recommend the Sandals Restaurant and I can’t wait to come back on holiday to eat here!!! Love this restaurant!

Thank Nas C
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