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Trader Jacks

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
11:00 - 03:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 03:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Henderson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

As usual this is a busy place. great food and drinks and great staff. We always make a point of coming to Trader Jacks. Great Bloody Mary's for those who need brain food, a great range of beers and wines to accompany your meals.

Thank Steelo58
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Whilst well known, a quick look is enough, or a quick drink. The food quality poor. Not a good standard of eatery.

1 Thank davidhN2360AX
Opotiki, New Zealand
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Fantastic meals and cold beer the staff were great and the smoked marlin fish cakes were the best, a must visit when in Rarotonga.

Thank Rudkins2014
Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

We make a point of eating at Trader Jacks every time we visit Raro!! I always get the spare ribs. So yummy!! They are always busy so pays to book. On our last visit we went with a large group & they were very fast & attentive with service. Always friendly & great for kids too. The deck area offers... More 

Thank RuAlice
Whangarei, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2015

Very good service and very impressed that the locals are all employed here and always smiling. Best location on the island, awesome food, mahi mahi was yuuummo. Keep it up Trader Jacks

Thank Karener06
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Everyone was raving about the Seafood Platter so we had to try one. It was lovely although they serves Oysters and we specifically asked to omit them. The location is OK but it is amongst run down buildings but definitely worth a visit for there Seafood!

Thank rrumba
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

We always visit Trader Jacks when in Rarotonga. It has a fantastic position right on the waterfront and the staff are always willing and friendly. We love the Ike Mata here and go back most days for lunch just for this.

1 Thank Nakigirl62
Claremont, California
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231 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

We made reservations in the Trader Jacks Restaurant our last night in Raro. I was worried at first because the atmosphere seemed more informal than we were used to, and although it got quite noisy and our food took quite a while, it was good. Trader Jacks isn't the best restaurant on Raro anymore, but it's still the best in... More 

2 Thank Zachary W
Wellington, New Zealand
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76 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

Really nice location, plenty of seats inside and outside, with a beautiful ocean view. We went there twice, for lunch and for dinner. For lunch, I had a grilled chicken sandwich ($17) and my husband had fishcakes ($19.50). The sandwich was really good, if a bit soggy at the bottom, and therefore hard to pick up and eat, but the... More 

1 Thank abere8
Adelaide, Australia
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

Stopped here a couple of times for drinks and a feed....The pizzas were sensational and drinks were well priced...Great view of the water and lovely place to burn up a few hours...

Thank Mark M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 22
American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, 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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 03:00
11:00 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?