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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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Charlies Cafe and Bar is on the edge of the Akapuao Marine Reserve. Enjoy light meals of chicken teriyaki cheese melt paninis tuna cheese melt paninis, fresh fish sandwiches, island infused fruit smoothies, beef, chicken and fish burgers, fresh salads, teas, milkshakes. We are now open for dinner untill 8pm Monday through untill Friday with live music EVERY one of those nights. Saturdays we open at 11 and close at 3.30pm. Try our cocktails, Charlies lager on tap- brewed by the Rarotonga Brewing Company, Matutu Ale and lager, Vaima still water and a selection of beers- corona, Heinken, Speights, Steilarger- wines- Sav, pinot gris, chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz and merlot. Kayaks and paddleboards
US$5 - US$17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, Cafe
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews lunch fish sandwich sandwiches fries fruit smoothies bread sashimi calamari biggest fish paddle boards live music amazing fish huge portions local beer iced coffee special sauce lovely spot
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We right our reviews in a considered manor because we know how important these are to businesses so here the highs and lows of Charlies. Staff great but busy Environment/Ambiance fantastic Menu good Food mixed. Sashimi was fantastic but the fish was over cooked.This is...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank kiwitravlers
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were recommended to go to Charlie’s and in a week went there twice and almost three times [closed !!] .Recommendation was ands is their Fish sandwich BUt be warned it is HUGE and can feed easily two maybe three people for a lunch feed....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ron P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Chilled and relaxed beachfront cafe with great views. Great atmosphere with delicious food and the servings are huge! Must do whilst on the island.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Nathalie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Charlies for both a lunch and dinner. Very quick service with fresh, tasty food. Very reasonably priced. The live music was super and so were the cocktails.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank rebeccawD7393QW
Reviewed 1 week ago

11 of us went here for dinner, easy walk from Moana Sands Hotel. Nice location on the beach, great sunset! Festive band playing in the restaurant. Pub type food

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ChrisW311
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for lunch on our recent vacation three times. Great food, drinks and staff. Sashimi platter was amazing!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank donnag5652
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for dinner it was very busy but service was quick The servings are LARGE so you could share a meal. Fish fresh and tasty. Good atmosphere with a band playing, lovely spot to watch the sunsets

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Hills50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by a number of other people staying at our hotel. But we were on dinner, bread and breakfast! So we went for lunch. It’s obviously a popular place, and has a wide variety of clientele. Fish and chips with beer was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 318barriel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty milkshakes , clean bathrooms,beautiful view and wonderful service. You should definitely go and eat there. There is only one flaw and that is that the meals are a bit too big but if you’re really hungry it doesn’t matter

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank austravelgp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been coming to the Cook Islands for a number of years and alway bypassed Charlie’s for no reason but this time we decided to go for lunch, we had a lovely meal and the service was quick the staff very friendly and very...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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24 December 2018|
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Response from nzlilibet | Reviewed this property |
Hi At the top of the review page for Charlie's you'll see 'email'. Click on that and send a message. It may get to Charlie Senior or Mary but I'm sure they'll pass it on. I know the email address works - I've used it myself... More
Maki P
11 July 2018|
Response from Mary H | Property representative |
Hi there- yes you absolutely can! Leave your email details we look forward to your booking and meeting you :)
Maki P
11 July 2018|
Response from Mary H | Property representative |
Hi Maki - we've connected- look forward to meeting you :)
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