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Trader Jacks

Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (512 reviews)
“crayfish tails” (25 reviews)
“seafood” (126 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Soups, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Avarua, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 13 May 2009

We went to Trader Jacks for lunch and all went well until I found a piece of paper in my Ika Mata. It looked like a piece of a label or something, and I wasnt overly disgusted by it - not like finding a fingernail...More

2  Thank Deb_Wellington
Reviewed 10 May 2009

Everyone said to try Trader Jacks so we did. The Food was Good, fish very fresh - Wine List OK - but felt the service was a bit slack, had to wait till someone else had finished with a menu before we could order. Maybe...More

2  Thank kiwigran12
Reviewed 8 May 2009

Have eaten at Trader's many times over the years. They never seem to decide whether they are a bar serving food, or a restaurant with a bar. But we thought we'd try again. Starters, ika mata, were surprisingly good and we both enjoyed them. However,...More

1  Thank nzlilibet
Reviewed 3 May 2009

went for lunch asked for the thai fish cakes and when they arrived it was just like three peices of dog roll fried; sent it back and refused to pay;

Thank benz8
Reviewed 22 April 2009

Trader Jacks still remains consistently good having travelled to Raro four times. The fish always tastes fresh and they provide some different options that we had not seen anywhere else; eg parrot fish wrapped in a banana leaf with coconut and rice, our children were...More

Thank Beach4eternity
Reviewed 13 April 2009

Highly recommend the seafood. All really good value.

Thank peterf3088
Reviewed 20 March 2009

We had dinner here as a group and I had dukka parrot fish which was very impressive as the establishment comes off as an oversized bar on the ocean. The food was great-everyone agreed, and we all had wine or beer with the meal. The...More

Thank nomadkate
Reviewed 17 March 2009

Had a lovely meal at Trader Jacks on a recent trip to Rarotonga. Restaurant overlooks the port and whilst inside/undercover, large open windows provided a very welcome breeze. The food we had was excellent. Menu is primarily fish but there are a few meat options....More

Thank Sue028
Reviewed 8 March 2009

We had lunch here in the bar, which was quite jolly, but it was a Saturday so it really ought to be. Its quite walk in the heat from the Market and Dance stand at the other end of the town (must visits), but this...More

Thank jj-the-jetsetter
Reviewed 6 March 2009

If your hearts desire is deep fried anything, then this is the place to go. It was like stepping back into the 1970s. Deep fried scallops, deep fried fish, shrimp cocktail and so it goes on. Just like the old seafood baskets of back then....More

Thank Bigwens
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27 May 2016|
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Response from A7079BPjasonc | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Sunday is always difficult here. Trader Jacks is open six nights a week with Sunday a day off for the hard working team. Bamboo Jacks is open on Sundays for an awesome dinner and a great selection of drinks.
21 April 2016|
Response from A7079BPjasonc | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Jack Cooper has owned Trader Jacks for over thirty years with his business partner Chris Douglas. Chris runs all of the menus and Jack is the face and money man. Just like the restaurant, he's a bit of an icon around the... More
2 October 2015|
Response from A7079BPjasonc | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Its in the works sorry Robyn, we're just getting the labels compliant and bar coded. For now, you will need to take the time every few weeks to come back and join us in Rarotonga
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 21
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Soups, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 26 464
The Cook Island's most iconic dining destination. Stunning views over the south pacific. Come in and dine with us on our al fresco deck or join our friendly team at the Vaka bar for an icy cold tap beer or the best cocktails on the island.
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