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The Islander Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pub
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Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
+682 21 003
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08:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Awesome Pizza great and also the seafood dishes. Great service great place and Hula bar for the drinks great price

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Thank Bernie F
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We hope see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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121 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In a group of 8, the $49 dance night buffet was a great option for us & we were not disappointed. Nice setting once past the pub like carpark that fronts to the airport. Large open air verandah seating overlooking pool were after dinner we were entertained by young dance troop. Choice for buffet was great, a little slow in... More 

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Thank PauleLec
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your night. Kia Manuia. More 

Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for Dinner during our stay at Rarontonga and the came back for lunch the day we were flying out as it's located directly across from the Airport. We checked our bags in to our flight and then walked over to the Islander. During lunch it started to rain and rain some more. After lunch we made our... More 

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Thank nealon123
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals for dinner and lunch prior to your flight home. When it rains, it really pours at Rarotonga. Our shuttle bus service is a small gesture of our appreciation of your custom. We hope to see you again in the Cook Islands, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by here for lunch one afternoon. We were in a group of 12 with no booking. They seated us straight away and told us we could buy our drinks from the Hula bar (which was right next to the restaurant) to bring back to our table if we wanted to, as it was only $3.50 for beer, wine... More 

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Thank whanau_travels
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals, service and beverages with us. We hope to see you all again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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146 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here for a meal towards the end of our stay and it was well worth the effort of driving from our accomodation on the other side of the island. The service was very good with an attentive and friendly waitress looking after us throughout. The food was very, very nice and we all agreed that it was one... More 

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Thank Kelvin L
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meal and service at the Islander Hotel. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Stayed at this hotel for a couple days, The food was very good. Also they have an island night on tuesdays with an excellent dance performance. Interactive and fun for families and couples. They also have a Bar with a happy hour which means if you are on the ocean side of the hotel you will have music and talking... More 

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Thank Connell501
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your stay; your meals at the Oceanfront Restaurant; and the Island Night Buffet & Cultural Show on Tuesdays. Our Hula Bar (happy hour bar) offers best priced drinks on the island. Our lemongrass sticky fish with cumin & coconut beans is a popular sharing dish. Kia... More 

Sydney, Australia
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482 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The food is lovely here and not outrageously expensive. We (4) had a few meals here and we're never disappointed. The drinks are reasonably and the staff very nice. If not staying close by, take the Island bus.........we thought worthwhile.

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Thank Lyrebird6
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals, drinks and service at the Islander Restaurant. We hope you enjoyed your stay in the Cook Islands. Kia Manuia. More 

Arorangi, Cook Islands
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The Islander has made some changes to its menu and its absolutly great now ... tasty , fresh and a good atmosphere although its like sitting in a marquee .. not a bad thing

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Thank JoKupu
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We were blessed to have Celebrity Chef Deb McCarron with us for a week to enhance & refine our menu & kitchen ops. This is the start of many more enhancements and refinements to come. We hope to see you again, soon. Kia Manuia. More 

Australia
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

My friends and I stopped here for our first lunch on the Cook Islands ! All of us thoroughly enjoyed our food I ordered the chicken Caesar salad and the non alcoholic cocktail and all up I paid under $25 for this which I think is quite reasonable the service was excellen, friendly and laid back in fact I would... More 

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Thank EuniceTravels
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. Our restaurant focuses on fresh, tasty meals at value for money prices. Our Hula Bar offers best prices $3.50 for world brand spirits & mixes, beers, wines and soft drinks - all day, everyday, from 11am to 11pm daily! Our team enjoy looking after visitors and locals who stop in for a meal... More 

Seattle, United States
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This place has the best food all around and it is just across from the Rarotonga airport. By just looking at the place it looks like a Motel 6 and you would not think they had any decent food. Let me tell you we had breakfast and dinner here and it was totally amazing and cheap compared to other restaurants... More 

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Thank Norma E
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your breakfast and dinner at the Islander Restaurant. Our all day happy hour HULA BAR on the beach from 11am to 11pm offers drinks (beers, spirits, wines, soft drinks) at $3.50 each. Cocktails are $13.50 each. We do our best to keep our prices down without... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
Cuisine
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 23:00
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 21 003
Description
The Islander Restaurant features fantastic cuisine using fresh ingredients supplied by local market gardeners as well as imports from New Zealand. Open for breakfast from 8am; and an all-day lunch & dinner service featuring light meals to hearty options that are guaranteed to fill up even the hungriest tummies.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?