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 Le Méridien Tahiti. 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 562 reviewsTripAdvisor (562)
    $ - $$ | French, Polynesian
    PK 11. 1 Cote Mer, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #2
    Le Coco's
    #2 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 513 reviewsTripAdvisor (513)
    $$ | French, Polynesian, European
    Pk 13 200 Cote Mer BP 1603 Punavai, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #3
    Chez Remy
    #3 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 212 reviewsTripAdvisor (212)
    $ - $$ | Bar, French, European, Polynesian
    15 Pk Centre Tamanu, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #4
    Vaitohi Restaurant
    #4 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 158 reviewsTripAdvisor (158)
    $$ | French, European, Polynesian
    PK 10 5 Cote Mer Manava Suite Resort Tahiti, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #5
    Pink Coconut
    #5 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 269 reviewsTripAdvisor (269)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Polynesian
    Marina Taina, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #6
    Le Carre
    #6 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 318 reviewsTripAdvisor (318)
    $$ | French, European, Polynesian
    Le Meridien Tahiti Tamanu, 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 371 reviewsTripAdvisor (371)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European
    9 Pk Marina Taina, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #8
    L'Instant Present
    #8 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 73 reviewsTripAdvisor (73)
    $$ | Japanese, Bar, Sushi, Gastropub, Polynesian
    Marina Taina Sea Side, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #9
    Atelier du fare
    #9 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 34 reviewsTripAdvisor (34)
    $ - $$ |
    Route de la Pointe des Pecheurs Centre Tamanut Nui, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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  • #10
    Lycee Hotelier de Tahiti
    #10 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 44 reviewsTripAdvisor (44)
    $$ | French
    Outumaoro BP 13000 Moana Nui, Punaauia 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
    LE NEMO RESTAURANT
    #12 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 26 reviewsTripAdvisor (26)
    $ - $$ | French, Polynesian, Seafood, European, Gastropub
    Centre Commercial Tamanu Iti 1er Etage - A Cote du Meridien, Punaauia 98713 French Polynesia
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  • #13
    Cote Jardin
    #13 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 63 reviewsTripAdvisor (63)
    $ - $$ | 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)
    $ |
    Parking plage PK 15.5, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #15
    Taapuna Grill
    #15 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 14 reviewsTripAdvisor (14)
    $ | Barbecue, Steakhouse
    10 Pk Face Au Manava Suite Resort, Punaauia 98717 French Polynesia
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  • #16
    Captain Bligh
    #16 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 78 reviewsTripAdvisor (78)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Polynesian
    Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #17
    Le Crepuscule
    #17 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 25 reviewsTripAdvisor (25)
    $ |
    Across the Road From Punaauia Townhall, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #18
    Le Red Restaurant
    #18 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 25 reviewsTripAdvisor (25)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Japanese, Asian
    PK 13 Cote Mer, Punaauia 98703 French Polynesia
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  • #19
    Chocolatine
    #19 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 17 reviewsTripAdvisor (17)
    $ - $$ |
    PK 8,3 Cote Mer Seaside, Punaauia French Polynesia
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  • #20
    Roulotte Chez Vatea
    #20 of 36 Places to Eat in Punaauia
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4 reviewsTripAdvisor (4)
    French, Asian, Grill
    4 Parking 2 2, Punaauia 98718 French Polynesia
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