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Cafe Ariki

$$ - $$$Barbecue, ,
Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 22 772
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (16 reviews)
“cake” (5 reviews)
“ribs” (3 reviews)
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Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
Back Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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).

Thank Mii M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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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
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Always busy with lots of locals so you know its good value for your dollars. Best ika mata on the Rock! Great size meals with fresh produce another of our favourites when we are there!

Thank lynda580
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Awesome out of the way Cafe. Great food, especially the steak! If you want to go for a ride, this place is certainly worth it. Right next to the airport and up the road from town.

Thank Kruger W
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This is a locally owned family business. Rustic in it's environment however big on it's food and presentation. Be prepared for a substantial meal, absolutely fantastic, great value for money. If you are a foodie like me then you can't look past Cafe Ariki.

Thank NapaBeachfront
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Barbecue, Grill, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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