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Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
682 20501
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Ranked #8 of 16 restaurants in Arorangi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Gastropub
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Loved the setting,the garden was a great place to have dine on the excellent seafood platter for 2. I shared it and everything was tasty from the mussels with parmesan cheese to the calamari and prawns. We couldn't finish the platter so definitely worth the price. Great friendly service and the tables had mosquito repellent which was thoughtful. Would definitely... More

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Auckland
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We were very impressed with the food, the setting and the service here. We chose to sit in the charming garden although there is a quirky maritime indoor area and both have their own charm. There is other food on the menu but we originally decided to go here for a fishy meal (!) and so glad we did. Had... More

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Vancouver, Washington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Five of us went for my nephew and his wife's 5th wedding anniversary. We sat inside among the eclectic atmosphere and we had a blast! First, and very important, we did have reservations. We came earlier that afternoon and booked on the chalk board. Very important to have reservations. My wife and I shared the captain's platter sans the mussels.... More

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana Thankyou so much for a great review. Please make yourself know if you come in again in June. We look forward to seeing you. Kia manuia Julie More

Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stopped in for supper and ordered the seafood platter for two. After a while the waitress, came by and notified us that because we didn't have a reservation, our food would be cooked after those with bookings. I guess that should have been the first clue... Anyway...50 minutes later our platter arrived. Anything that started cold and was meant... More

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TAMBA1954, Owner at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana Thankyou for your review. Whether a review is great, good, average, not so good or a pan, the only way we can improve on our service is to acquire feedback from them. I am so sorry that you had the experience that you did. Unfortunately it is a rarity that management were not actually on the premises. we... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The decor could use some work, but the food was fantastic and the staff gave us some of the best customer service we have had in a long time. The steak I ordered was juicy and tasted amazing, and the seafood sides were plentiful. On our table we had the seafood platter for one which was also very tasty! I... More

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TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello and thankyou for your great response. The team at the Tumunu are so pleased you enjoyed the food, ambience and staff. In the tropics, particularly when there is alot of rain, and we have had a lot of rain, there is no escaping the mozzies. So we tend to have the personal sprays on the tables in the courtyard... More

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

this the 5th time we have dined at Tumunu. we both had the seafood cocktail and it was certainly one of the best we have eaten. the atmosphere is always over whelming and Eric is a hoot. always has us in fits of laughter and there were a few locals there playing their weekly darts competition. what a friendly bunch

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TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your very nice review. I am glad you liked the atmosphere, the food and the regulars as well. They are a friendly bunch. Hope to see you again and maybe play a games of darts too. Kia manuia Julie More

Placerville, California
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I loved the quirky vibe of this restaurant, but I wasn't in love with the flavor of the surf and turf. Both the prawns and steak had a heavy charcoal flavor. The steak was tender, but the taste was just overwhelming.

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TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana Thankyou for your review. The ShipNShore is one of our most popular meals both with the local community and the visiting community. I am sorry that yours was tasty like it had been charred for too long. perhaps if you made mention of this to the staff then we could have cooked another meal or offered you a... More

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

My husband and were disappointed at the service we received at this restaurant. We chose the restaurant from reviews on Trip Advisor but were then truly disappointed that it did not live up to its expectations. We went early to the restaurant and at that stage there were only a few other customers present. We chose to sit outside rather... More

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TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana I am sorry that the service was slow for you at our restaurant. Normally our service is spot on. It is normal that we show our staff these reviews so they can learn from them or receive an accolade. Perhaps the next time you are in Rarotonga you can give us the opportunity to make this up to... More

Papamoa, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

If you like seafood then you should come here, the seafood platter was the largest and most extensive I have seen and was very tasty- we couldn't finish it all and at $75 for two people very reasonable. The service was very average and my coke was flat and the kids meals for nuggets and chips for $12 was in... More

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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana Thanks so much for your review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the platter and the ambience. I do have to apologise for "average service" though. We astrive to do more then that and obviously we failed in this instance. All the reviews we receive we do attention to our staff so they can appreciate them and... More

Stuttgart, Germany
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Tamanu is truely a unique restaurant, and a must see. Service is excellent and the food is plentifull and good - we had the seafood platter which we did not manage to finish unfortunatelly.

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TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia orana Thansk so much for a very nice review. These are always brought to our staff's attention and they do learn from them and appreciate the comments. Hoep the next time you visit Rarotonga you will return to our Tumunu once again. Kia manuia Julie Bateman More

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