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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22 796
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible garden!!! Wow factor! Take lots of repellent and suntan lotion. If it wasn't so hot, I would of spent longer time! This place is beautiful! We were served by a fijian. Very lovely service, and the food was full of yummy flavors. We had the coconut curry chicken and a chicken pawpaw salad, a tropical smoothie and a refreshing... More 

Thank SouthSideKiwi
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Set in the Gardens , we went here almost every second day , for coffee and of course the Pav.. Sat on a table almost the beautiful gardens and bird life, very enjoyable

Thank Paul M
Peregian Springs
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a delightful place to have lunch as it is situated amidst beautiful gardens. Again (as with everywhere in the Cook Islands) the staff were so friendly & the food excellent.

Thank Jebelslaves
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148 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

went here 2 years ago and this time found it just as good or better. great service, excellent food and a good place to chill on a hot day. try the cheese cake it really is that good.

Thank martinaud37
Auckland, New Zealand
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden in a lovely garden this is a wonderful cafe offering pasifika fare with a lovely twist. Service, setting and food delightful

Thank Robert F
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It doesn't look like much from the road but we absolutely loved it here, set amongst gorgeous gardens. Food was really yummy and local, local beer served nice and cold and the staff were really attentive.

Thank Emily O
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Many of the dishes served here are made with organic ingredients grown on-site by Hinano and John in the botanical garden, and the local freshness makes such a difference in the food. We had a green salad with local lettuces, veggies, and fruits with some chicken on top, and a chicken salad made with chunks of chicken, a whole bunch... More 

Thank Chris R
Yeppoon, Australia
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went there for there "famous" Cheesecake but couldn't get over it that they charge $16.50 for one piece of cheesecake. Absolutely over the top. Employees on the island get $6.50 per hour and they charge that --- no way.

1 Thank Thomas J
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Popped in for lunch after being recommend by friends. Was. It disappointed. We had the tiger prawn salad and world famous cheesecake for lunch. OMG!! They were delicious so delicious!! And I can now see why the cheesecake is world famous. You haven't been to Rarotonga until you've had lunch here. The smoothies are also amazing too!!

Thank Phillip S
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Wow what a hidden gem. These gardens are so pretty and the tropical flowers are just so vibrant and a true gift of nature. The gardens are set amongst approx 6 acres. There are an abundance of the most beautiful ginger flowers displaying the most vivid colours. We stopped and ate at the cafe inside the gardens. Delish salads and... More 

Thank kjonthetown

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$24
Cafe, Grill, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 22 796
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?