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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fabulous dinner, right on the beach, feet in sand drinking cocktails watching the sunset - AMAZING. Quality of food and service incredible - super friendly and nothing too much trouble. Next time on the island we will be back for sure - Slainte Mhath :).

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely location right on the beach. Good friendly service, the server was very careful to make sure our orders were prepared as we requested. I ordered the catch of the day and it was delicious, tuna medium rare with roasted veg and a tasty fruit...salsa. My partner had the seafood Curry, very little seafood which was disappointing. A few dollars more than some of the surrounding restaurants but being seated by the water for dinner with your toes in the sand was very nice.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024

Lovely environment, on the beach, feet in the sand looking out at the ocean. Had dinner 3 nights here & enjoyed every meal. Friendly attentive service & very tasty food. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

I stay in Tupapa and if Im craving pizza for dinner then you know damn well i’ll be driving to the other side of the island(25-30mins drive) just to order a pizza. Best pizza on the rock!!! Keep up the good work team!!!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2024 via mobile

Enjoyed a meal with a large group of friends for a 50th, the hosts were very friendly and efficient ( compared to other places on the island). Everyone enjoyed the food and cocktails came flowing. The evening was made extra special because the servers were...incredibly friendly and funny xxMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 November 2023

Bad food and RUDENESS 4 November --Vaima Restaurant, Rarotonga On Saturday the 4th November my partner and I attempted to have a special celebration meal at Vaima. Throughout, all the wait staff were kind and polite. We loved their friendliness. My partner ordered the Beef...Wellington and I, a fish meal. Ours was one of two Beef Wellingtons which remained uneaten. The couple at the next table had a similar raw Beef Wellington experience. They were too shy to complain, given what they could hear what was happening to us. They simply left their meal. My partner’s Beef Wellington was raw, and not rare. Semi -cold and oozing blood. Wait staff took it back and after several minutes returned after the manager told her to offer to recook it, or for my partner to order something else. You can’t recook something and still have it right, and so she ordered the curry in the hope it would come out faster and we could eat together before my fish went cold. FACT: Thirty minutes later still no sign of the curry. I approached the manager and she was totally unfriendly. I was told in no uncertain terms by her that a lot of people had come in after us and their orders were ahead of our ordered curry. That is why I stopped listening to her. That explanation to me was a very, very bad joke, and an insult. So after an uncooked Beef Wellington we were going to be last to be served, behind all those people who came in later. FACT: The restaurant owner came across and he was in an aggressive mood and accused me of being abusive. He was annoyed that we had disrupted his time with his friends. “Ten years, and none of my friends have never complained” FACT: Not once did he, or the manager offer and apology and offer to “Make it Right” for us. FACT: Our evening was ruined. We never got to have a meal together in happy enjoyment. The owner aggressively stated that there was only one way to cook a Beef Wellington. He simply would not accept that it was raw and not rare. Rarotonga is wonderful for its friendliness and helpfulness. The owner and manager of Viama on the Beach are letting the country down.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Dorothy Robertson, Owner at Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2023

Kia orana Denis, I believe you have dined with us previously, that would explain why you walked in without a reservation for your special night! I carried out a forensic investigation on the CCTV and my phone audio and our data. No reservations - we...More

Reviewed 6 November 2023

Despite not having a reservation, and being happy to wait for an available table, we ended up, in our opinion, at the best table - right on the beach! If I compare this restaurant to others we dined at, Vaima comes up a little short...when it comes to 3 things: portion size, price and flavour. We ordered 2 entrees, 1 main, 2 beers and 1 cocktail for $108. Ouch. The entree of scallops with a roast pumpkin and turmeric quenelle was nice with the scallops cooked perfectly - but there were only 3 scallops. 5 would have been nice. Chicken and spring onion wontons (5 pieces) with sweet chilli and lime caramel was OK. The Vaima Yellow Seafood Curry for main comprising of fish, scallops and prawns was quite insipid. The colour was great but the depth of flavour was missing. I make a better tasting curry at home. A shame really, because it's situated on a lovely beach setting.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023 via mobile

Oh my god, the pork belly is to die for! According to the rest of the party, so is the beef Wellington and the fish of the day (mahi mahi when we visited). The staff were friendly, quick to take our orders, and the food...didn't take long at all to come out. The kids had a play in the sand in the outdoor seating area while us adults had a few cocktails before dinner. Tika was awesome (I hope I got your name right!) and we ended up making a reservation for tomorrow night after paying the bill.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Very nice atmosphere, very marginal food, with the exception of the wontons. They were extremely good will not go back there again for dinner. When the waitress told us they were serving frozen fish, that seemed almost unbelievable when so much good fresh fish is...available.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Dorothy Robertson, Owner at Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2023

We cannot understand why she said it was frozen! We have local fishermen who deliver our fish daily - obviously dependent on the weather. Will question the girls - it could have been a new girl who should not have been taking orders. Our apologies...More

Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed this restaurant so much we ended up going twice. The first night we reserved a table and were lucky enough to be seated at the very front on the beach. This allowed for a spectacular view of the sunset as well the passing...whales. You didn’t even need to eat to enjoy yourself. The staff were very attentive and the food was very nice. It really is an idyllic spot worth the visitMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2023

We came here two years ago, enjoyed it so much- we came back. We were not disappointed and will be back again. Having dinner on the sand, with wide menu choice and food cooked to perfection was the standard. Friendly staff as well. Great experience.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023

It’s all been said before so can only reiterate how nice it is to sit with the sand under your feet (if you wish) enjoying your favourite drink watching the sun set. If preferred, choose a table inside. The food we’ve found to always be...nice, fresh and tasty. The staff very pleasant, prices comparable to most restaurants in Raro. Plenty of parking opposite. Book ahead so as not to be disappointed.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 17 August 2023 via mobile

This restaurant has it all, great food selection, great cocktail list, great service and exceĺent location. The host was very friendly and very accomadating. The prices were a little high. However you expect to pay for quality.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 August 2023 via mobile

We happened upon Vaima last night and were pleasantly surprised. The service was excellent. We all enjoyed our dinners very much. We came later so there isn’t much atmosphere after the sun goes down and you can’t see the ocean but that wasn’t important to...us. There were young kids in the restaurant too having a good time so I’d say it is family friendly. Recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 August 2023 via mobile

Had reasonably high expectations after looking at other reviews. Too many bookings for the number of staff on. Meal took 1hr 20mins to arrive. A really mixed meal - Seafood curry was mega-hot (and delicious), rice was crusty and obviously pre-prepared, potatoes were luke-warm on...the outside & raw in the middle. Mentioned to the waiting staff and the as offered replacement, however after the long wait was not an option. Paid full price. Won’t be back again. A bit overrated I feel.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Hi, the only day we are closed is Christmas Day. We are open for lunch and dinner right through the Festive Season. Only day not serving lunch is New Years Day, 1st Jan 2017. Hope to see you at the Vaima - bookings... More
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Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5