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Trader Jacks

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American, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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Avarua, Cook Islands
+682 26 464
11:00 - 23:00
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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Timaru, New Zealand
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

friendly staff, eager to please, meals were great, nice place to sit drink eat and relax on the waterfront. just make sure you have sprayed insect repellent on your legs and ankles cause the little buggers wanted to have a feed as well... oct 2015

Thank gavinr17
fraser island Australia
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Traders is a must for a drink & lunch We always have a seafood meal as it is always great. The pizzas are another must as well

Thank castaway40
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff here are friendly and make àn effort to remember your drinks. Same prices as bars in auckland and better measures!

Thank surfgypsy74
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting. Once the team know your drink, you're a local! Welcome to the family More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We recently travelled to Rarotonga and ended up at Trader Jacks for an impromptu meal when our son went on a swim out through the passage with a local friend. The balcony setting is lovely with a great view and the food and service was good. Fabulous place to sit and while away a few hours staring at the ocean.

Thank fiona323
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope your sin had an awesome swim too. Just off Traders is my favourite place to see turtles More 

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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are some places, where you g and politely ask for a beer and you will get served what you have asked for, there are some other places, where the waitress serving you will even smile, and I mean a genuine smile, not a faked one. Then there is Trader Jacks. You ask for a beer, Steinlager Pure, and they... More 

Thank Allways_Correct
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you once again for reviewing our restaurant. And once again giving us one star. I am truly sorry that you do not enjoy your visits to Trader Jacks. We pride ourself in offering genuine, friendly service. In this situation I am very sorry that you were served the wrong beer. I have discussed the event with the bar tender... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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205 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It has been 14 years since we last visited Raro and ate at Traders and it is still good valve and food is fresh and tasty. Service is good and atmosphere buzzing. Location is great on the waterfront. Book first to avoid missing out, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

Thank our56
A7079BPjasonc, Manager at Trader Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming back to us and taking the time to write a review. Hopefully we'll see you again before the next 14 years. More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A popular destination for Tourists and Locals and I now understand why. It offers a great atmosphere, friendly and efficient service! Stop by for a drink or a meal (lunch or dinner)! Make sure you order the Sashimi plate at least once - it was the stand out for me and I had to make multiple visits to just have... More 

Thank Lauren S
Bend, Oregon
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time eating out on Rarotonga on our first visit to the Cook Islands. My wife and I had a very nice lunch at this restaurant. I had the fried oyster special and my wife had a lunch special with smoked fish. The food was good but the service was a little sketchy. There were times when... More 

Thank John L
Petrie, Australia
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139 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great night at trader jacks, the meals were superb and very tasty, it was reasonably priced and great service

Thank nosurf
Inuvik,NT Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went into the pub for lunch, it was our last day in the Cook Islands, and I wanted to complete my shopping for gifts.So we hopped on the bus from our accommodations. So after viewing all of the shops and having made my shopping list of where we going back to make our purchases,we decided to stop off at... More 

Thank agatha255

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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
US$12 - US$21
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
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
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?