The more you explore the Cook Islands, the more local authentic cuisine you’ll discover, ranging from simple fresh fish enjoyed with your feet in the sand to high-class restaurants and everything in between. You could eat every meal in a different place. Superb game fish like tuna, mahi mahi or broadbill is typical – you’ll get no fresher in the most expensive restaurants in the world. Island night entertainment is a must: beautiful dancing, traditional costumes and mesmerising drums. The crowd participation in the ura dance is a highlight.

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, local fishermen venture beyond the reef before sunrise, helping us earn a reputation for creating the best cuisine in the Pacific. Fresh seafood straight out of the ocean, prepared simply with delicious local ingredients from our nutrient rich volcanic island gardens.

Love fresh food? There are over 100 places to eat and drink! You can easily dine in a different place for every meal.

The multitude of cafes and restaurants around the island just have to be experienced, the food is so good. From a casual fish sandwich to a complete gourmet meal, there’s something for everyone.

There are several great cheap places to eat at the markets and the fresh tropical fruit is plentiful, healthy and totally addictive. And while on the islands, you'll want to try our local dishes, like: Ika mata (marinated raw fish), poke, rukau, maniota, goat curry and fresh sashimi. A great way to try several of these local dishes in one place is at an island night buffet.

Some resorts also offer romantic beachfront dining by candlelight, complete with a private gazebo, so you can enjoy a gourmet set or A La Carte menu, cocktails, champagne or whatever takes your fancy.

Dinners for the family are easy and fun. There’s plenty of great, family places to eat and you can always find fresh fish and chips to eat on the beach. Many hotels and resorts have their own restaurants and others around the island feature ‘feet in the sand’ dining – where kids can play on the beach while you relax. If you’re looking for some timeout, babysitters are available.

Whatever you feel like, the choice of eating options is vast and varied in our little nation.

When the sun sets and you've had your fill of our delicious cuisine. The real party begins!

When the sun goes down, the party heats up. We boast the best nightlife of all the islands in the South Pacific. Mix with friendly locals in open-air bars, many on the beach soaked in cool island vibes and spectacular vistas. Grab a drink and enjoy the show, whether local live music or a stunning sunset over the water.

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Aitutaki
 
Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
Flying Boat Beach Bar & Grill - Imagine drinking in Aitutaki's best views as you enjoy a range…
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aqua-cafe
Rarotonga
 
Aqua Cafe
Al fresco dining Island style - A beautiful Polynesian style restaurant & cocktail bar…
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Atiu
Atiu Villas
Atiu Villas is situated on Atiu Island on the outskirts of the central villages. Atiu Island is in…
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Rarotonga
 
Crusoe's Restaurant & Wilson's Beach Bar
Breakfast Service | Our on-site restaurant offers a daily breakfast service from 8:00am - 10:00am…
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Rarotonga
 
Highland Paradise
Sometimes known as "the lost village" Highland Paradise is a cultural feast of Cook Islands…
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Rarotonga
 
Highland Paradise
Highland Paradise, was an abandoned, ancient mountain village retreat with stupendous sea and…
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Rarotonga
 
Kikau Hut
Kikau Hut Restaurant in Black Rock, Rarotonga owned and operated by Rebecca and Gordon with their…
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Rarotonga
 
Little Polynesian Restaurant & Bar
A typical day at Little Polynesian begins with a ""Tropical Island Breakfast"" around the poolside…
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Rarotonga
 
Nautilus Restaurant
Nautilus Resort offers a stylish Polynesian beachfront restaurant and chic beach bar celebrates the…
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Rarotonga
 
On The Beach Restaurant & Bar
Tropical Island Beachfront Dining. On the Beach Restaurant and Bar at Manuia Beach resort - your…
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Rarotonga
 
Plantation House
The "Plantation House" experience is perhaps one of Rarotongas best kept secret. We do not…
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Aitutaki
 
Rapae Bay Restaurant & Black Rock Bar
Take in the mesmerising panoramic views over Aitutaki Lagoon dining on international cuisine and…
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Rarotonga
 
Rehab's Raro Pub Crawl
- Raro Pub Crawl aka Rehab's Party Bus is the best way to see Rarotonga by night. Pub Crawl happens…
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Aitutaki
 
Rumours Cafe at Aitutaki Escape
Due to a high demand for Meal Services, Aitutaki Escape opened Rumours Cafe mid-March 2016 with…
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Rarotonga
 
Sails Restaurant & iSobar
Kia Orana! Enjoy epic views and creative cuisine at Sails overlooking majestic Muri Lagoon. Head…
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Rarotonga
 
Sanctuary Rarotonga - On the Beach
BlueWater Grill @ Sanctuary Rarotonga

Right on the white sands of Aroa Beach on the island'…
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Rarotonga
 
Sandals Restaurant & Barefoot Bar
Dining at Pacific Resort is a fine experience. Be relaxed with relaxed beachfront dining with your…
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Rarotonga
 
Shipwreck Hut, Aro’a Beachside Inn
This is a well stocked bar with wonderful cocktails in a jam jar. Pub meals are available for lunch…
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Rarotonga
 
Spaghetti House
The Edgewater Resort & Spa is the best-known Cook Islands resort, offering affordable luxury on…
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Super Brown Atiu
Atiu
 
Super Brown Atiu
Your one stop convenience shop! Drop in for burgers, toasted sandwiches, rental vehicles, groceries…
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Aitutaki
 
Tamanu Beach Restaurant
Tamanu Beachfront Restaurant offers guests from all over the island a wonderful Pacific Island…
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Rarotonga
 
Te Vara Nui
We proudly invite you to the biggest Over-Water Island Night Show on Rarotonga delivering an…
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Rarotonga
 
The Anchorage Restaurant and Bar
The Anchorage Restaurant is the ideal place to sit back and dine in a spacious, open-air dining…
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Rarotonga
 
The Bond Store
The Bond Store is a 100% locally run family business that strives to bring to the Cook Islands the…
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Rarotonga
 
The Lazy Trout Cafe
Located in Avarua, The Lazy Trout cafe offers stylish alfresco all-day breakfast and lunch,…
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Rarotonga
 
The Lucky Rooster Eatery
Popular bistro & meeting place serving all day breakfast & lunch. Relaxed atmosphere &…
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Rarotonga
 
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Captain Andy's Beach Bar & Grill offers a casual dining experience with a varied menu. It is…
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Rarotonga
 
The Yellow Hibiscus Restaurant and Bar
Our open-air restaurant overlooks our peaceful garden and offers great food in a casual atmosphere…
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Rarotonga
 
Tumunu Garden Restaurant & Bar
TUMUNU means Coconut Tree or as in this case, a social gathering place for food and drink.

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Rarotonga
 
Vaima Restaurant & Tiki Bar
This is the restaurant that is in the Lonely Planet Author' choice of restaurant on Rarotonga --…