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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+61 410 609 463
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (74 reviews)
“cheesecake” (65 reviews)
“tropical salad” (19 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Polynesian, Grill, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Titikaveka, Cook Islands
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1 - 10 of 313 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

It's easy enough to miss the turn off to here so just keep an eye out for the little A-frame they have setup roadside. Well worth the visit if you're after something laid-back. The coffee was good but I believe they only offer french press....More

Thank User12304
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although its not very big it is an interesting place and so quiet entrance is via an honesty box the cafe is nice sitting under the vegetation with excellent food to choose from

Thank andypavey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a the cheese cake here. It was well presented, with not only the cheese cake but bananas and coconut. The combination was good, but the cheese cake is just okay not great

Thank jrsee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had driven past the gardens a few times, so decided to stop in & have lunch. Don't get me wrong, the gardens were nice, but Lunch was over priced, and they didn't have a few things listed on the menu. The chocolate cake was huge...More

Thank Q1071JNjasonw
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

The food is fairly good but not value for money, $28 for a salad that was mostly lettuce left a member of our group feeling ripped off, the gardens were lovely, wouldn’t rush back to the cafe though

Thank Tinnie26
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We have visited Rarotonga a few times and I always wanted to visit these gardens and taste the "best cheesecake in Raro". The gardens are beautiful as all of Raro typically is. We love the Cook Islands and have NEVER felt so ripped off after...More

2  Thank Theresa B
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This place is a wee hidden gem found off the one main road. It can be found at the beginning of the gardens. The menu has a small selection of fresh items and has a specialty dish of cheesecake. I had the chicken Turkish bread,...More

Thank Nigel2312
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Lovely little spot to view a tropical garden, lovely cafe and staff, put it on the list of things to do while you stay on the island.

Thank Karen E
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Overpriced sandwich, the cheesecake was nice but coffee was the worst I've ever paid for. $62 for a very average meal that was pretty disappointing. Wouldnt go back :(

Thank Helen D
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We had a chicken curry which was really nice and full of flavour. The location of this venue is beautiful garden and you will feel fresh here in a hot day.

Thank Evgeniya C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 13 - USD 24
Cafe, Polynesian, Grill, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +61 410 609 463
  • E-mail
The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.
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