What to Eat in Tahiti

Surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean and blessed with ample sunshine and rain, Tahiti is an ideal spot to harvest seafood and grow fresh produce. Fish reigns supreme on menus in the restaurants in this French Polynesian island, with mahi mahi, grouper and tuna undoubtedly the most popular. You'll be remiss if you don't sample Tahiti's national dish, poisson cru, which is raw tuna marinated in coconut milk and lime juice, similar to a ceviche. When it comes to fruit, the island grows some of the tastiest pineapples, coconuts and bananas. Roulottes (food trucks) are also a staple in Tahiti, dishing out a variety of quick (and cheap) eats like pizza, crepes and burgers all packed with flavor.

Many of the island's top resorts house some of the best restaurants in Tahiti – they're also some of the most expensive. However, experts, visitors and locals suggest at least one meal at one of the upscale eateries; favorites include the overwater Le Lotus at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa and French and Polynesian fusion restaurant Le Carré at the Tahiti La Ora Beach Resort. Downtown Papeete is home to some standout restaurants as well, according to recent travelers. They say those looking for a decadent French meal should look no further than Le Grillardin or Restaurant Le Sully.

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  • #1
    Blue Banana
    #1 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 620 reviewsTripAdvisor (620)
    $ - $$ | French, Polynesian
    PK 11. 1 Cote Mer, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #2
    Chez Remy
    #2 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 225 reviewsTripAdvisor (225)
    $ - $$ | Bar, French, Polynesian, European
    15 Pk Centre Tamanu, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #3
    Pink Coconut
    #3 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 289 reviewsTripAdvisor (289)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Polynesian
    Marina Taina, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #4
    Vaitohi Restaurant
    #4 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 172 reviewsTripAdvisor (172)
    $$ | French, European, Polynesian
    PK 10 5 Cote Mer Manava Suite Resort Tahiti, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #5
    LE CARRE
    #5 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 343 reviewsTripAdvisor (343)
    $$ | French, European, Polynesian
    Tamanu c/o Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #6
    Atelier du fare et fare des delices
    #6 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 51 reviewsTripAdvisor (51)
    $ - $$ | French
    Route de la Pointe des Pecheurs Centre Tamanut Nui, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #7
    Casa Bianca
    #7 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    9 Pk Marina Taina, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #8
    L'Instant Present
    #8 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 99 reviewsTripAdvisor (99)
    $$ | Gastropub
    Marina Taina Sea Side, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #9
    Lycee Hotelier de Tahiti
    #9 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 50 reviewsTripAdvisor (50)
    $$ | French
    Outumaoro BP 13000 Moana Nui, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #10
    LE NEMO RESTAURANT
    #10 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 32 reviewsTripAdvisor (32)
    $ - $$ | French, Polynesian, Seafood, European, Gastropub
    Centre Commercial Tamanu Iti 1er Etage - A Cote du Meridien, Punaauia 98713 French Polynesia
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  • #11
    Roulotte le Paradis
    #11 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 26 reviewsTripAdvisor (26)
    $ | French, Polynesian
    Pk 18 Cote Mer, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #12
    Taapuna Grill
    #12 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 18 reviewsTripAdvisor (18)
    $ | Barbecue
    10 Pk Face Au Manava Suite Resort, Punaauia 98717 French Polynesia
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  • #13
    Cote Jardin
    #13 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 68 reviewsTripAdvisor (68)
    $ - $$ | French, Polynesian
    Centre Moana Nui, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #14
    Creperie le Margouillat
    #14 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 16 reviewsTripAdvisor (16)
    $ | French
    Parking plage PK 15.5, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #15
    Le Red Restaurant
    #15 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 29 reviewsTripAdvisor (29)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Japanese, Asian
    PK 13 Cote Mer, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #16
    Captain Bligh
    #16 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 87 reviewsTripAdvisor (87)
    $ - $$ | Polynesian
    Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #17
    Chocolatine
    #17 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 16 reviewsTripAdvisor (16)
    $ - $$ |
    PK 8,3 Cote Mer Seaside, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #18
    Le Crepuscule
    #18 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 27 reviewsTripAdvisor (27)
    $ |
    Across the Road From Punaauia Townhall, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #19
    Taapuna Bar-Restaurant
    #19 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 10 reviewsTripAdvisor (10)
    $ - $$ | International, Asian, French, European, Polynesian
    PK 10.5 Cote Mer Manava Suite Resort, Punaauia 98713 French Polynesia
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  • #20
    Little bangkok
    #20 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 6 reviewsTripAdvisor (6)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, Diner
    Magasin Orohiti Taapuna, Punaauia 98713 French Polynesia
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