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The New Place Cafe Rarotonga

Ara Tapu Maire Nui Drive Avarua | Box 50, Avarua 0000, Cook Islands
+682 22 279
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“lunch” (28 reviews)
“sliders” (3 reviews)
“tempura” (3 reviews)
Opens in 7 min
Cafe, Healthy, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
Ara Tapu Maire Nui Drive Avarua | Box 50, Avarua 0000, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

We stumbled on this place on Easter Monday when not much else was open. The service was attentive and the menu was impressive- lots of healthy options and really interesting sounding dishes. I had the fish of the day (grilled tuna steak) and my friend...More

Thank Mitch0064
New_Place_Cafe_Raro, Manager at The New Place Cafe Rarotonga, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Kia Orana Mitch, Thank you for the wonderful feedback on the menu in general and deliciousness of specific dishes and beverages like the brownie and coffees, along with our service and al fresco fan cooled ambiance. We are proud to have an open kitchen so...More

Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We ate here twice during our 2 week visit. Good menu vegetarian options are great which is a big plus. Service on getting meals out at the same time could be worked on as our garlic bread arrived after we had finished our meals. Steak...More

Thank 507CountryGirl
Reviewed 28 March 2018

We had lunch here , good food, good service, friendly staff, reasonable prices. A GOOD PLACE FOR LUNCH.

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 18 March 2018

We popped into The New Place for an iced coffee while shopping in town. Had a stunning view of the mountains behind the cafe! We had a ice cream based iced coffee which was amazing. However it did say $8.50 on the menu, but they...More

Thank TheBuntFamily
Raroliving, Manager at The New Place Cafe Rarotonga, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you for your lovely review, so glad you found the atmosphere, views, and facilities beautiful and clean. We appreciate you pointing out the iced coffee price which we have now corrected in our point of sale system, as it was a backoffice computer input...More

Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Ika Mata island fish and coconut Salad and fish and chips were our orders. I also had a fruit smoothie, which hit the spot. The Ika Mata was unique but delicious.More

Thank TrvEnthusiast
Raroliving, Manager at The New Place Cafe Rarotonga, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Kia Orana TrvEnthusiast. Thank you for the lovely feedback on your meal with us. So glad you enjoyed the smoothie and our Cook Islands specialty the Ika Mata marinated fish and freshly squeezed coconut cream salad. Look forward to seeing you next time you visit...More

Reviewed 3 March 2018

Ate here on two occasions. Had the mixed tempura fish both times, very good, nicely cooked and tasty. Service with a smile and was efficient. Don't be fooled by its quite simple looks it's good, anywhere that has an open kitchen has to be confident...More

Thank Stephen H
Raroliving, Manager at The New Place Cafe Rarotonga, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Kia Orana Stephen, Really appreciate your positive feedback on our casual dining and the combination tempura dish. Will relay to the smiling and efficient front of house and the chefs in the open kitchen, who love to hear feedback like this! Kia Manuia

Reviewed 23 February 2018

I think this place is relying too much on its relationship with the Tamarind. Had a very average breakfast here with my husband. The waiter did not say a word as she took our order. I had a smoothie which was mostly water. The food...More

Thank bluegal
Raroliving, Manager at The New Place Cafe Rarotonga, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2018

Kia Orana bluegal We appreciate your feedback on your experience. We are investigating why on this morning it was not up to our usual friendly quality standard. We do not use water in our smoothies, only Nu (coconut juice) and fresh fruit, in this case...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018

There isn't much choice for lunch in Avarua, Capital town of Rarotonga/Cook islands. Situated right on the main road and central town. It is open, has bar and food not too bad. If you can have the octopus curry - try it! It is beautiful...

Thank JustABV
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

My wife and I plus our good friends from San Diego, CA, visited Rarotonga via a Cruise Ship port call. We walked the main Street and saw The New Place Restaurant with an inviting Menu sign outside. The owner Pasha invited us in and since...More

Thank TampaBayJeff
Reviewed 27 January 2018

We had quick stop at this place. Food and drinks were sooooo good we stayed longer than planned :) simply GREAT

Thank Ms B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ara Tapu Maire Nui Drive Avarua | Box 50, Avarua 0000, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 22 279
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Breakfast and light meals from 7:30, all morning light savouries and desserts, coffee, tea, smoothies. Lunch 11:30 to 2:30. Also open for light meals and refreshing drinks or afternoon tea through to 5:30 pm. Evening opening to 10:30pm coming soon.
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