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“What a difference - you have to try!”

Little Polynesian Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Titikaveka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 13 - USD 34
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Little Polynesian Restaurant offers casual poolside dining in an open air setting with the most spectacular views on the Titikaveka lagoon. Enjoy a tropical island breakfast, lunch and dinner with a fusion of classic fare with Polynesian cuisine. To complete your dining experience, indulge in one of our tropical dessert delights, a coffee, or perhaps a cocktail or two!
Reviewed 28 July 2017

My partner and I had tried the Little Polynesian Restaurant a few years back as their had been huge reviews on Getaway (travel show) about this place. That experience a few years ago was horrible - terrible service and even worse food - we could not understand what all the hype was about, when it was so bad.

This trip around we had heard that Pacific Resort had come on board and that the Little Polynesian was now part of the Pacific Resort Group - We had experienced Pacific Resort both in Raro and Aitutaki and had some great stays and food - Therefore we thought it time to give the Little Polynesian Restaurant a second chance.

I have to say, we are so glad we did. My partner and I ended up dining here 3 times during our stay in Raro.
All times were for dinner, dessert and a sneaky cocktail.

The staff were always so friendly, on our return visits for dinner (for the 2nd and 3rd time) the staff had remembered our names and the whole time would refer to us by name. It was like we were old friends. This was so nice.

And WOW - the food was just divine. Beautiful flavours and always so fresh. There is a good variety on the menu - something for everyone.
And you all must try at least one of their desserts or be cheeky and share two !!

A Big Thank you to the beautiful night staff at the Little Polynesian Restaurant

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Thank Sally P
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

This place is just like a picture from a luxury resorts magazine.
Loved it, and they make great hot coffee. Top spot!

Thank AucklandWino
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

We came here on a cocktail tour and were blown away by the stunning location. Would love to stay here. Service was perfect and the cocktails were delish.

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We went here for a bit of brunch, I had eggs benedict which was absolutely fine. I found the place its self rather pretentious. If you like no atmosphere what so ever then try it out.
We were also told by our venue hosts that if you dine here you can use their pool. The Little Polynesian promptly sent an email to our resort to say please do not advise any one that the pool is available for non guests, which apparently was on their policy that it was available. However no big deal I dont need to go back there.

Thank Rizzla33
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PRHGCookIslands, Manager at Little Polynesian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Kia Orana Rizzla33,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, we are glad you chose to dine with us at Little Polynesian Resort and that you enjoyed your food.
At our small boutique, adults only resort, we strive to achieve a quiet, calming and intimate atmosphere. The majority of feedback from our resident and casual guests who make use of our restaurant and bar facilities, indicates that they enjoy the amazing lagoon view and peaceful ambience.

We are very sorry you were misinformed about your ability to use our pool when dining (guests are more than welcome to swim in our beautiful lagoon). And we did indeed send a polite communication to your accommodation provider updating them on our policy to ensure that their guests would not be disappointed when referred to dine with us in the future. There are a number of information boards strategically placed at resort entrances informing outside guests of our policies. And our Resident Manager you will remember also explained our policy to you as you arrived. But it seems you may have been disappointed you could not swim in the pool and the ambiance was not to your liking and for this we are sorry. We trust that you will find enjoyment at more suitable facilities on the island.

Meitaki e Aro’a nui,
Little Polynesian Resort

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

From the moment we walked into this restaurant we felt comfortable.
We were shown to one of the cabanas from which we had a wonderful view of the lagoon across the infinity pool.
We chose to share a serving of bruschetta for starters. This was the only downfall of the evening, it was more like a pizza on turkish bread rather than a bruschetta.
For mains we both chose the pork belly, mine accompanied by vegetables, my husbands' with salad - both meals faultless.
For desert, I devoured the vanilla brulee - just delicious, my other half, the petite fours which I didn't get the opportunity to taste but they looked wonderful.
The prices for such a quality dining experience were very reasonable.
The service was excellent, our waitress was just a delight.
If it hadn't been for the not so great bruschetta, I would certainly have rated this restaurant higher.

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