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Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

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Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
+682 20 501
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has...
A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us!
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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
great staff average food

The service was friendly and efficient but the fish platter was not great value or quality, a lot of the cooked fish was over cooked and tasted the same regardless of what it was. The venue is attractive - especially the exterior, a little dark inside. I would choose something other than the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
Annie908
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Nelson, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The service was friendly and efficient but the fish platter was not great value or quality, a lot of the cooked fish was over cooked and tasted the same regardless of what it was. The venue is attractive - especially the exterior, a little dark inside. I would choose something other than the platter next time!

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

Kia orana Thankyou for your review. I am sorry you didn't enjoy the platter as many have and raved about it. However I do apologise if it was not up to our usual standard. If you ever visit Rarotonga I hope you might call in and try us once more. Kia manuia The team at Tumunu Garden restaurant More 

Coromandel, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The lighting at night gives this place a deceiving outlook. On entering restaurant the interior hits you as being very busy in look and not the classy look I assumed upon entrance of premises. Food is of quality and substantial. Service was standard as our waitress was still learning the ropes,we all have to start from somewhere,so that was ok.... More 

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

Kia orana Thank you for your review. We always welcome reviews good, bad, not so good or otherwise. This is the only way that we can truly learn and improve. yes the waitress was new and I am pleased that you acknowledged this. The lighting was just to add a little more character to the entrance. We have always advertised... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I you like fish this is the place for you.The special is a fish platter for two at $80 (£40). All sorts from shellfish to moonfish, we nearly but not quite managed to eat it all. Quirky decor inside, staff great!

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

Thanks so much for a really nice review. The staff and management really appreciate the reviews - good, bad or otherwise. They are a real learning kerb and help us to improve wherever we can. Glad you like the seafood platter too. I have to admit that it takes 3 of our staff to eat one platter for two. So... More 

Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Liked the setup of the restaurant with the posters on the ceiling and the gardens and the food, good service.

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

Kia orana Thanks so much for the great review. We are happy that you enjoyed our restaurant, food and service. Hoep that you will visit Raro again one day and call in to us again too. Kia manuia The team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant More 

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Awesome place with amazing atmosphere. Eric the owner has been on the island 50 years and he is quite the character. Lots of history on the walls. Very nice staff who come to check several times during the meal to make sure everything is ok. Normally I will always finish my main and what is left of my wife's. I... More 

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

Kia orana Thank you so much for a really lovely review. We are all so happy that you enjoyed your meals and ambience at the Tumunu Garden Restaurant. More importantly thank you for taking the time to do this. We are all very appreciative of it and we can always learn from these reviews. Kia manuia until the next time... More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Went there for our staff party. Everything was beautiful and spot on. Food,Seafood platter to die for. Would deffinetly recommend this place. Lovely staff there as well

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

Kia orana Mere and Meitaki Maata for your great review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your meal and the Tumunu and that the staff looked after you for your Christmas party. It is great to get reviews from visitors but it is even greater to get them, and good ones too, from our local community. Meitaki Maata from... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Visited after reading TA reviews and its was well worth the effort. We did not go for the highly recommended platter as we were not ravenously hungry. My wife had the lemon fish and I the pepper fish. Both great and the mash was very tasty. The decor is quirky and entertaining, the staff attentive. Great place.

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

Hi Nick Thanks so much for the review. We like to get them because it keeps us on our toes - especially if it isn't such a great review. We are never too cocky to learn form them. So glad that you enjoyed your meals and the "quirkiness" of the Tumunu. It turns 36 years old in March and still... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very friendly and attentive staff, huge portions of delicious seafood, go for the platter!!! :) Not for someone on a tight budget, but worth it!

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

Kia orana from Rarotonga and the Team at the Tumunu Restaurant many thanks for a great review. We are all really happy that you enjoyed our food and service and Tumunu. Hope that the next time you visit you will call in again. Julie and the Team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant Kia manuia More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had the Seafood platter for two and it was amazing. Great mix of a lot of different seafood and it is massive! Couldn't quite get through it all. its a little corny all the posters over the roof but there's something cool about it. It feels like the place has some good history

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

You are quite right - The place does have a lot of history. The Team and myself are always so happy to receive a review - good, not so good, bad and otherwise. It helps us to stay on our toes, even though our claim to fame is as a casual restaurant. The platter is our "signature" dish and it... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We couldn't believe the size of the meals - way more than we could eat! It was a real pity to see so much wasted. Restaurant has a very eclectic atmosphere but is one of the 'icons' on the island and doesn't seem to have changed much over the years.

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

Kia orana Thanks for your review. Yes it is the oldest restaurant on the island that still has the same owners and same name! Ecclectic? Guilty! Glad you enjoyed it and yes - we really must do something about portion control LOL. Hope you visit Rarotonga again and call into visit the Tumunu too! Julie and the Team at Tumunu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: +682 20 501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 35
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

Description

A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us!

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