Cafes and Restaurants

Rarotonga boasts an impressive selection of food and dining out options from cafes offering great cafe style food, local fish 'n chips lagoon side to more fine dining experiences. You will find a selection of both local and international cuisine. Most restaurants are licensed with a good selection of beers, wines and spirits. There are also some BYO options too.

To save you some time we have noted most of the restaurants, cafes and takeaway options (in alphabetical order) with location and phone numbers...feel free to ask us for recommendations and make bookings

Eating Out...Restaurant, Cafe and Bar Guide

Aro'a Beachside Inn...Sunset BBQ's on the beach at Shipwreck Hut...Sunset BBQ's with local entertainers (selected days) and daily pub 22166

Bamboo "offshoot" from Trader Jack, good atmosphere and good food, located in Avarua, open for dinner 6 days a week

Café Salsa, breakfast, lunch and open selected days for dinner [next to CITC main store, Avarua]…Ph: 22215

Deli-licious, Located at Muri 6 days - 7am to 3pm for breakfasts, coffee and deli style food.

Kikau Hut, dinner only and open Monday-Saturday located in Arorangi, Western side of the island…Ph: 26860 BYO wine & licensed

Le Bon Vivant, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday, located in Avarua

Maire Nui Cafe and Gardens, Titikaveka...Open for breakfast or lunch, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm and evening grill Tuesdy-Thursday...Ph: 22796

Mooring Cafe, Avana Fishing for lunch, great fish meals, smoothies and cold drinks, open until about 4pm, Has a pretty big reputaion

Ocean's beachside restaurant and bar, Located at Crown Beach Resort on the Western side of the Island...they also have an Island night and Seafood night...Ph: 23953

Raviz Indian restaurant, open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday located right in Avarua on the corner by Budget…Ph: 22279 BYO wine and licensed

Sails Restaurant and Bar, open lunch and dinner located beachside, Muri Beach…Ph: 27349

Sands Restaurant & Bar, breakfast and dinner and open 7 days [Moana Sands Resort, Titikaveka]…Ph: 27189/54379

Saltwater Café, open for breakfast and lunch Sunday-Thursday located in Turoa at the halfway mark…Ph: 20020

Sandals Restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days located beachside at The Pacific Resort, Muri Beach…Ph: 20427

Tamarind House, breakfast, lunch and dinner located beachside just outside Avarua…Ph: 26486

The Café, breakfast to late afternoons, open Monday-Saturday (closes a little earlier on Saturdays)  located in the Beachcomber gallery…for some of the best coffee on the island... Ph: 21283

The Flame Tree, dinner only located in Muri...Ph: 25123

The Flying Boat Takeaways…eat there or take away located seaside at The Rarotonga Game Fishing Club, Tupapa…Ph: 22230, one of the best for fish and chips in Rarotonga

The Point Restaurant & Bar, breakfast, lunch, dinner, 7 days located at the new Muri Beach Club Hotel at Muri Beach…Ph: 23000

The Rickshaw, dinner in Muri, Monday-Saturday, Sue and Robbie of Tamarind House fame now have their Asian cafe style dining

Trader Jacks Restaurant and Bar, lunch and dinner, nearly always open with regular live entertainment located right on the water downtown Avarua…Ph: 26464

Vaima Restaurant & Bar, BEACHSIDE dining, dinner only, open 7 nights, Vaimaanga, just down from Wigmores, transport available…Ph: 26123

Waffle Shack, Open Tuesday-Saturday, located at the Punanga Nui Markets, great waffles, great coffee and croissants Wed & Friday (be in early from about 9am)

Restaurant, dinner only, 6 days, closed Tuesday located at Crown Beach Resort in Arorangi on the western side…Ph: 23950

Waterline Bar and Grill, lunch and dinner, Western side, Arorangi

Whatever Bar and Grill, Great food, Cold drinks and Hot for lunch and dinner, 11am til late, Monday - Saturday...It's all in the name at this bar, which is a great start to any great night out. A mixed party crowd doing "whatever". This is one of the most popular bars with visitors' and locals. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights are busy up here, located upstairs and around the back, opposite the Empire Cinema in Avarua, our recommendation for a good steak or Whatever…Ph: 22299

Yellow Hibiscus restaurant and Bar, located at Palm Grove...serving breakfast and dinner daily, Check in for Friday night live entertainment and great happy hour drinks - pulls a great crowd Ph: 20002

Trader Jacks bar/restaurant is situated harbourside in Avarua. Trader Jacks again is a very old Rarotonga watering hole and is a  popular venue with a mixed crowd. Great location makes for near perfect day and night out at this bar.Friday nights a must!

RSA (Returned Servicemen Association|) commonly called the RAZA by the locals, it is located across the road from our airport  Open Monday - Saturday. As with any RSA, NO hats allowed

Staircase Restaurant and Bar situated in the heart of Avarua, Staircase is the most popular dance spot on Thursday and Friday nights after 10pm. Staircase features indoor/outdoor flow with large dance space and a balcony with a beautiful view of the ocean. One of the best value Island Nights in Raro...Open Wednesday - Saturday.

Rehab Across the bridge from Trader Jacks and just before the Whatever Bar. Club style with sounds from Raros hottest Djs and international visitors. Top nights are Wednesday - Saturday.

Fishing Club, mature crowd who love many a good drink. Play pool with some of the best in Raro...Lots of local music played here. The Fishing Club has character and regulars to match. Cheap drinks and has great fish and chips at The Flying Boat...sit beside the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the catch of the day

Roadhouse, The Roadhouse pulls in a good local crowd, relax and enjoy.


  • Please check restaurants/cafes for opening days and times as not all are open 7 days a week and the days vary. The above is just a guide!
  • We also recommend you book for dinner, if possible.
  • A number of the bars offer happy hour drinks.
  • Check out the hotels/bars on the Western side of the island for “sunset drinks”.
  • A number of beachside resorts do a BBQ night. There is usually a sign out advertising these or check the daily paper - The Cook Island News for details.