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Tamanu on the Beach

Whitesands Road, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
+678 27279
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Ranked #4 of 71 restaurants in Port Vila
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $27
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: With truly breathtaking, unsurpassed ocean views, our fine dining, yet casually relaxed restaurant, is considered to be the best in Vanuatu and is renowned for its pavilion styled, open-air al fresco dining. Tamanu on the Beach's restaurant has earned a highly respected international reputation for delivering the most distinctive dining experience, featuring local organic meat, indigenous produce and the freshest of seafood. Open all day for guests and visitors, our restaurant offers quality dining at affordable prices. Bookings are recommended.
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145 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Tamanu has been and remains the restaurant that all others compare themselves to. It is a fair way out - 30 minutes over a mix sealed and dirt roads, but is well worth it. It is situated right of a surf beach and definite has an upmarket coastal feel to it with white shiplap ceilings and open air viewing all... More

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Honiara, Makira, Solomon Islands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A little disappointing as it was our second visit to the restaurant. Out first visit was first rate, so we didn't hesitate to head to Tamanu a second time for a Sunday lunch especially after we had received a 'news' email from the owner, the day before, saying that they had fresh lobsters. Unfortunately, the lobsters must have sold out... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Vila does not have an enormous number of great restaurants. This is really one of the best and the view is unbelievable. A long way out of town but worth the drive. Great fresh food, nice wine (except stickies), and an unbeatable view.

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American River, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went here for a meal with a group of eleven. Unfortunately just as the entrees were coming out one of our toddlers power chucked all over the floor! What a nightmare for the staff! They were fantastic. They came and cleaned up straight away without any recriminations. This part of our family group departed straight away but the chef... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This place has a stunning setting. The food was absolutely delicious, as were the cocktails! We needn't have worried about booking as the place was practically empty, which is surprising because it was the best meal we had on the island.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Celebrated my 40th with friends here and loved it. The location is amazing. The highlight was the sashimi and coconut prawns. Everyone loved their starters, probably more the mains. Not that they were bad just not as tasty. The table was set up beautifully and they presented me with a cake. Really enjoyable.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The restaurant at Tamanu on the Beach is simply fantastic. The food is fresh and prepared beautifully and the service is fantastic. We stayed at Tamanu for a week and never ran out of different things to try. The specialty is the Lobster Mornay and it is easy to understand why people rave about it - absolutely brilliant. Looking out... More

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Ballina, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

While on one of tours on the Island of Port Vila we were taken to a little hideaway place at White Sands. Tamanu is a small resort with the restaurant located on the edge of the sand overlooking the Pacific ocean. Food and service were excellent with a beautiful view while having our meal. Waterfront is good for exploring for... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This was one of the best meal experiences we have had. The lobster moray was large and not all sauce. The coconut prawns were really nice and a great starter. My wife had the fish cappaccio which was really good. Her main was a duck curry, which she loved. It is out of town a bit, but well worth the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great to see Virginia and the crew at Tamanu again. Kids loved the sea pool. Fantastic service and great food as always, including the birthday cake after lunch. Will be back again when we can.

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