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Cafe Tupuna

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$$ - $$$
Polynesian, Seafood, International
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Tautu Road, Cook Islands
68231678
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Whittier, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here was full of flavors & delicious! An island local suggested we have dinner here... I'm glad we listened! This restaurant is at someones home and has a very chill and relaxing environment. The day we went there were a few locals dinning there along with other tourist. While, I understand it was a somewhat busy night I... More 

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Thank Hulklady
Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had dinner at Tupuna 2 times while we were staying in Aitutaki. Food and service is great and loved the island feel with the sand flooring and tropical trees around. Definitely book a reservation on a weekend it small and could fill up all seats quickly during a busy time on the island.

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Thank Bob715
Brookline, Massachusetts
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234 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This place has very very good food. If you spend any time on Airutaki, even a single day, this should be the place that you get dinner.

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Thank Paul G
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We had wanted to save this place for a nice romantic dinner & my bride & I are so glad we did... The home style cooking in this quaint little place was amazing... Local food cooked perfectly... We felt so relaxed & loved the home style feel this place had... Suggestion, be sure to book as this is a popular... More 

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Thank Carl D
Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Cafe Tupuna is up in the hills of Aitutaki - tucked away in a lovely garden with sand floor - excellent menu and wine choices; quirky decor and friendly service - we loved it.

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Thank Jane B
Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Nice romantic ambiance. Food took very long though. The cocktail ($15) was not great. The pork chop (gewoon karbonade) was a bit dry but the sauce was very nice. I have heard much better stories than my own experience so maybe it was just a bit of bad luck.

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Thank Wybke
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

My partner and I ate 3 nights straight at Tupuna's. Every local we met said to get there. We did. Nothing comes close to this place! The Ika Mata - woahhhh!!! Get into it. The staff and owners are just gorgeous too. We loved it thank you :)

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2 Thank Janaleo
Auckland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Everything is good at Tupuna. The raw fish is the best I've ever had. My only complaint is that they never had the crab for the last trip...got to get those fisherman not consuming the profits.

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1 Thank Jack R
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

If you want honest tasty genuine home cooking for dinner while on the island, then Tupuna's is bank ! A cute restaurant creatively set-up on the front deck and yard of the owners' home. Service is friendly and efficient with a no-muck-about and humorous attitude. The food is wholesome and really tasty. Decent size meals and a great atmosphere. Went... More 

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1 Thank Nicole M
Melbourne, Australia
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This restaurant has a sandy floor and is up in the hills (so wear mosquito repellant). However the food is amazing. The ika mata was the best on the island (and I tried 4 of them), the fish was so fresh and the chowder was incredible. The signature dish of tuna with shrimp, cheese and pesto sounded strange but worked... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 31
Cuisine
Polynesian, Seafood, International
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tautu Road, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Aitutaki
  • Phone Number: 68231678
Description
A la-carte Casual Fine Dining. Covered but in a garden setting. Fully Licensed. Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm. Major Credit Cards accepted.

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