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The Islander Restaurant

) #5 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua €€ - €€€ Pizza, Fusion,
Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands
+682 21 003
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Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (26 reviews)
“baked alaska” (2 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Pizza, Fusion, Polynesian, Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands
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1 - 10 of 196 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Wanted to see a local show but didn't want to break the bank doing it so opted for the cheapest option and was not dissapointed. They organised a return pick up for $10 which was the going rate and no more and we had great...More

Thank Sandra B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the edge of the reef and right across the road from the airport. If you have time it doesnt matter where you stay. The bus service is great.

Thank Te_Kiteroa_Lodge_NZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

what a fantastic place to stop and have a cold one, or more, great service, good mix of people, local and out of towners!! like us, a must to go to

Thank jandbatkins
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your meal, drinks, service and ambience at the Islander. See you again, soon. Kia Manuia.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first lunch in Raro was on the deck at the Islander. My wife had the Beef Noodle Salad and she enjoyed it so much that we had to go back for her to eat it again when we returned to Raro after visiting Aitutaki....More

Thank Derek W
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your Beef Noodle Salad with fresh herbs and spicy Vietnamese sauce and your Chicken Caesar Salad with lotsa chicken filet pieces. Our 'pool in the middle of the restaurant' enables families...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here before catching our flight back home. It was busy and staff were friendly and attentive. The food was good but my Ita Mata had way too much red onion in it which over powered the delicate flavour of the dish. The...More

Thank rayandhelena
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your day with us before flying home. Our ika mata is balanced with red onion, carrots, capsicum, coriander, chili, and garlic - our kitchen crew have been advised to 'stir' the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered Ribs for dinner. I believe it was NZD $26.50. You get 6 bones covered in hoisin sauce with good serving of fries and coleslaw. They were very soft and tender. As a point of comparison, it is softer and more tender than the ribs...More

Thank Benjamin T
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. Our Pork Ribs has a plum & aniseed & hoisin sauce which is basted during the 'long bake' process resulting in tender 'fall off the bone' ribs. We are pleased to read you enjoyed some cheap drinks at...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had an urge for a steak while in Raro and had already seen the menu before arriving . So just had to get a steak , mushroom , chips and salad meal there . Found it to be just perfect and filling and the service...More

Thank Scotty-fisho
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. Our Mushroom Steak meal is a HUGE hit with visitors and locals and is one of our top 5 selling dishes all day, everyday. This means you get freshly prepared meals every time you dine at the Islander...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just over the road from the airport, The Islander is well placed for those with time to spare before a flight. I had a snack prior to an outer island flight and a pizza meal on my return, prior to boarding for Auckland. Both times,...More

Thank AnnH777
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are only 200 meters from the airport terminal on the waterfront offering all day meals and beverages at very reasonable prices. We also offer a secure luggage storage facility for $5/piece/day. We hope to see you again,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here twice for lunch before and after flights and not at all disappointed. Friendly service, beautiful fresh and tasty Ika Mata and reasonably priced drinks all with a view right next to the stunning Pacific Ocean.

Thank NASASSY
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Orana. Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to read you enjoyed your meals and drinks at the Islander Restaurant before and after your flights. Kia Manuia.

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Great food at affordable prices, cheap bevys from the Hula Bar and a fantastic view while you just chill out! The ribs do actually fall off the bone and the calamari should definitely be one you try!More

Thank rachnz2015
RPTE, Owner at The Islander Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Kia Orana. Thank you for you review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your meals and drinks with us. Our meals are hearty, filling, fresh & cooked to perfection at prices that wont break the bank. Our busy restaurant means that nothing sits in...More

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RPTE
2 October 2016|
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Response from RPTE | Property representative |
Absolutely! We can hold your bags in our secure luggage room for NZD5 per piece per day. You pay when you drop off bags and hold your receipt until your return to Rarotonga so we can release your bags to you. We are open... More
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RPTE
2 October 2016|
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Response from RPTE | Property representative |
Absolutely! Come on over, store your bags in our secure luggage room (NZD5 per piece) and spend the day at the hotel - swim in the pool, lie on the sun loungers, sit at a table or lounge and read a book or have a cold drink... More
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Yes we do, as long as you consume food with your drinks. Our bars are open from 11am.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 23:00
Monday
08:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 23:00
Thursday
08:00 - 23:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Coast Road | Opposite Rarotonga Airport, Avarua 0682, Cook Islands (Formerly Aquarius Rarotonga on the Ocean)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 21 003
  • E-mail
Description
The Islander Restaurant features fantastic cuisine using fresh ingredients supplied by local market gardeners as well as imports from New Zealand. Open for breakfast from 8am; and an all-day lunch & dinner service featuring light meals to hearty options that are guaranteed to fill up even the hungriest tummies.
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