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Cafe Salsa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 22 215
07:30 - 15:00
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Mon - Sat 07:30 - 15:00
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have eaten at the Cafe Salsa for breakfast and lunch on each of our 3 visits to Rarotonga. The food is tasty and well portioned. There is a good variety to chooose from and the prices are reasonable. My favourite is the Hamtomchee toastie. We will eat there again.

Thank Sharon L
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 1 week ago

Lovely food, great service the y are very helpful, nice place to sit in the shade and have a quite drink or just a coffee

Thank Bernie F
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was very good. Nice glass of wine and flat white. The pizza though was undercooked and the toppings so wet they slid off the fork. Could not pick up a slice as the middle was a sloppy mess. The menu said mozarella but the cheese was definately not, tasted like cheddar. The waitress cleared the plate and did... More 

Thank surfgypsy74
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121 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice cafe and atmosphere, love the fans. Service was slow to order and we waited 40 minutes for fish curry and another meal. Fish curry was not so great with under cooked rice so I gave Tom all my bread. No one asked how our food was and we left paying for our meals disappointed. This place was recommended to... More 

Thank Australiacatcat
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off here last week for a bite to eat and really enjoyed the food. Excellent fish sandwich (fresh grilled fish) and good chicken caesar salad. Delicious fresh fruit smoothies too - recommended!

Thank Kate S
Inuvik,NT Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for supper on our way back from walking around the area. It was pouring rain, so we ducked into this restaurant. We sopped in here as we told that the pizza was exceptional. The service was friendly and quick, the pizza however was just average. I did enjoy the thin crust however. As there were other establishments... More 

Thank agatha255
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our second year in Raratonga, we again visited the Cafe Salsa. This cafe is located mid Avarua and easily accessed from Cooks Corner and the bus stop. We ordered fish burger, Iki Mata and a Matutu beer. All were delicious. We were drawn back to the Cafe Salsa a few times and enjoyed the fare there immensely.

Thank linda m
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered 2x Eggs Benny, some smoothies and a mocha- my hungry husband and father were not impressed and said it was "the worst eggs benny ever in the history of eating eggs benedict" I have to concur- I tasted it and for the price it was small and not so tasty. The hash brown was a joke! my mocha... More 

Thank excelandexalt
Blenheim, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food pretty good for lunch. A bit slow though. You can sit for 10 minutes before approached. Coffee not a strong point.

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

We went to this cafe on our first day, and each had a different meal. We were all impressed with the food and the service provided. It is right in town and offers both in door and outside dining areas. There is a good selection of foods on offer and as with previous reviews, fresh local fish is a dominant... More 

Thank Kelvin L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: In Avarua Near Tourist Info | Next to CITC shopping centre, Main Road, Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 215

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