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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Pacific Rim
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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+68226487
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Today
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 426
    Excellent
  • 159
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely restaurant. Great food.

We had a lovely diner. We both ate the market fish of the day with a lovely bottle of wine. Lovely house and atmosphere. Strongly recommend it. Good service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Chervault
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Lasne, Belgium
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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650 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lasne, Belgium
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had a lovely diner. We both ate the market fish of the day with a lovely bottle of wine. Lovely house and atmosphere. Strongly recommend it. Good service.

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food, great staff, great spot! Fast service. Loved it! Highly recommended! Will be going back for sure.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was a highlight of our trip, we had a table up the front by the open bi-folds that gave us a fabulous open air view of the garden at Tamarind house and the Ocean that is just in front of the garden area. Great spot for the sun going down and enjoying a bottle of bubbles, its a BYO... More 

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Stratford, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Good food. Like the majority of places on the island they cant get all the meals out at the same time. Waiter made a big deal of getting everyones names tagged to their order but when it came out he still couldn't get it right.

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Kirkby Lonsdale
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Had our final night in RARO at the tamarind. The location blows your mind - take a camara and arrive before 7pm as you will see the sun set and the setting is out of this world. The restauart was very busy and the food good with a buzzy feel. However the setting is the star.

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Auckland , New Zealand
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Set in a historic house with lovely view this place serves a very good meal. We had scallops morney follwed by a steak. Very good. The service was very good too. Yet another must do on Rarotonga.

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Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Lets be honest, seafood platters around the world look better on the menu than your table. Usually full of cheap fried food. Not here... Not a single fried item, not a chip to be seen, and it was so filling. The quality seemed excellent and fresh. Could have done without the squid but it wasn't bad at all. Relative to... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Touted as one of the best restaurants on the island, we had booked dinner here before we even arrived, and Tamarind House didn't disappoint. Set in a beautiful old house in lovely gardens by the sea, the whole place had a distinctly colonial feel, with a localised-French-themed menu. As with everywhere on Rarotonga, there was plenty of seafood on the... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

beachfront dining at its best...very relaxed casual Pacific Island cuisine and perfect for a long lunch looking at the ocean. Food and service was great...how much Tuna can you eat ?

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We were over for a wedding in November and found this beautiful restaurant while riding around the island. The meal was divine. Have recommended it to friends who have and are going to Raro. We will definitely be going back To The Tamarind when we are back there in November

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +68226487

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?