Top 5 places to eat out in Rarotonga

Posted on June 15, 2016


Eating out is such a big part of any holiday and here at Pacific Resort we’re no different. Our favourite place to eat out is naturally our own Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar – it’s a great place to eat day or night and we love the amazing food our awesome chefs cook up each day – using local and international ingredients fused together to create some tasty dishes. Every now and again though it’s good to get out and explore and see what else is out there and we encourage all our guests to go out and try some of the local places to eat, whether it’s grabbing something for lunch or maybe trying something different in the evening if you have been out exploring away from Muri Beach.

We did a quick poll amongst the staff at Pacific Resort Rarotonga to see what their top tips are for eating out on Rarotonga and here are the top five picks.

1. Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar

Open to guests and non-guests, Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar offer up some of the best food options on Rarotonga and we’re lucky to have such talented chefs cooking up great dishes every day. With a prime location right on Muri Beach, enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes as you eat out under the stars with tables out on the beach or for something more formal, Sandals Restaurant is perched above the stream and pond that flow through the resort. Fish is an extremely popular dish on our menu during the day or at night with fresh caught fish of the day which changes every day. With stunning food to accompany the stunning location, Sandals Restaurant and Barefoot Bar is a great place to eat out on the island.
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2. LBV – Le Bon Vivant

Just a short 2 minute walk from Pacific Resort Rarotonga you will find this excellent bakery and café in the heart of Muri Village. Serving up speciality fresh food and some delicious baked goods every day, LBV also serves up some of the best coffee on the island. This is a great place to go for a late morning brunch, afternoon bite to eat or something a bit more casual in the evening. They serve everything from salads to gourmet sandwiches to savoury pizzas, pies and quiches. They are fully licenced and open for evening dining from Tuesday to Friday. The dinner menu is updated on a regular basis, using seasonal produce and making the most of the island’s delicious produce.
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3. Mooring Café

This place is a bit of a legend on Rarotonga and claims to serve the original (and most would say the best) fish sandwich on the island. Situated a short 15 minute walk from Pacific Resort Rarotonga in the historic Avana Harbour, the Mooring Café, or as it is sometimes known, the Mooring Fish Café is a great place to grab a bite to eat for lunch or a casual dinner. The Mooring Café is the top ranked restaurant on Rarotonga according to Trip Advisor and reading the reviews tells you all you need to know about this place – the fish sandwich is the only option! Serving up fresh mahi mahi, tuna, wahoo and more, straight from the boat to your plate, this place is popular with everyone who visits and is one of the staff here at Pacific Resort’s favourite place to grab some lunch.
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4. Vaima Polynesian Bar and Restaurant

If you are looking for something a bit more authentic and away from Muri Beach, Vaima Bar and Restaurant is a popular spot with guests and staff alike. The restaurant is set right on the beach on the south side of the island in the village of Vaimaanga. You can choose between indoor dining or dining out on the beach depending on the weather and the hosts, Cameron and Dorothy Robertson will make you feel right at home. Vaima serves up a great range of Polynesian inspired dishes including a delicious fish curry as well as a great steak and a lovely lamb dish. They also have a great cocktail menu so it is a great place to go for a sundowner and dinner.
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5. Sands Restaurant and Bar

A short drive to the village of Titikaveka is Sands Restaurant and Bar at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel. The Sands is an island favourite with a reputation for serving quality local and international cuisine and mouth-watering cocktails. Committed to using the best local produce the Sands Restaurant menu showcases unbeatable Pacific Fusion cuisine incorporating an array of delicious options guaranteed to please even the most discerning diners.  Especially popular is their Sunday night Beach BBQ with a local string band and sumptuous BBQ cooked food. The Sands relaxed atmosphere and beachfront location makes for a memorable dining experience.
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There are lots of great places to eat out on Rarotonga and these are just some of our favourites.

Bon appetite!

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