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Cafe Ariki

$$ - $$$Barbecue, ,
Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 22 772
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good39%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (15 reviews)
“cake” (5 reviews)
“salad” (9 reviews)
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Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great selection of local dishes. Was our favourite cafe we visited for Iki Mata. The sign said closed but it was open

Thank Jenni A
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a decent sized meal for a good price and great atmosphere, Cafe Ariki is your place. A local friend brought us there and it was awesome. Would definitely go back.

Thank Mer B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a Local favourite, delicious meals, huge plates and yummy choices. Perfect for families, with a child menu too, and good service. They never dissapoint.

Thank iamnataliashort
Reviewed 6 March 2018

Once you have dragon fruit (plus other fresh fruits and herbs) in your chicken of fish salad, it's hard to go back. Fresh and filling. I go to Ariki Cafe, like all good locals, because it provides the best value for money (and local portions).

1  Thank Mii M
Reviewed 5 March 2018

OMG was told by a local to go here, was the most delicious food with healthy portions I have eaten on the island. Prices are awesome highly affordable. Make sure you book a table as it is always busy.

Thank Grant5050
Reviewed 19 January 2018

Spent a family celebration here, portions were huge and the price is affordable, will go back, great service for large groups

1  Thank Angela B
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Wonderful service and huge helpings of food that tasted awesome for a cheap price (cheaper than NZ) It is a locals cafe and is frequented by them so it must be good.

Thank Smithy6966
Reviewed 5 January 2018

The price for what you get (ie portion size) is exceptional - probably one of the best on the island. It is a little of the beaten track - back road behind town. The food tastes pretty good too and is homely, good solid food....More

Thank Cooksta
Reviewed 5 January 2018

We have enjoyed eating at Cafe Ariki based on their "Steak and mushroom" meal. We have eaten there quite often & know this meal inside out! The one night they served us meat that was not beef steak. I would like to post a warning...More

Thank KiwiShezza
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This was our last stop before hitting the airport but it was the second best meal I had in Rarotonga. Located slightly off the main road in Avarua. If you can, find some time to go there. It's quite popular with the local people which...More

Thank Michalovy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 772
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