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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Thai, Pacific Rim
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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+68226487
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 536
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  • 195
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 11
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  • 13
    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
Island Style Hospitality

We took thirty people to Tamarind House for a family birthday. What a perfect choice! The service was excellent, the waiting staff really got into the occasion and made it special for everyone. The food was excellent both in the range of choices and the quality. The meals are large! They baked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
PutiputiPango
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took thirty people to Tamarind House for a family birthday. What a perfect choice! The service was excellent, the waiting staff really got into the occasion and made it special for everyone. The food was excellent both in the range of choices and the quality. The meals are large! They baked a cake for the birthday girl and the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely one of the best restaurants on Raro in terms of the food served which was delicious however the service was abysmal with only one staff member who seemed to know what was going on and he was busy on other tables and the rest were young girls who avoided eye contact at all costs. The food ordered came out... More 

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Thank swinz
Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I enjoyed a great dinner here one evening in Jan 2016. Steaks were the order of the day and all were cooked just right, Setting is very picturesque indeed. Recommended.

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Thank BuriedBones
Chilliwack, Canada
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with some friends and were very impressed. The restaurant was quite full and everyone was having a great time by the looks of it. We ordered a starter to share and it was absolutely delicious. Our main course we ordered was very attractively displayed on the plate and good servings. The wait staff they have are very professional... More 

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Thank SEASPREE
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a really enjoyable evening on the veranda setting overlooking the reef. The waiter Christopher was exceptional, very friendly and open to a laugh. The menu was superb with all of the four main cooked perfectly. The restaurant allows for BYO wine and accommodates this wine with ice buckets and a reasonable corkage rate.

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Thank AzzaRich
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my favourite restaurant on the island. We ate here twice. The location is perfect and Romantic. The food is delicious and well presented and the staff very friendly. Highly recommend

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Thank Rachie50
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set on in a stunning grounds on the beach front, this old homestead done up colonial French is an upmarket dining experience for the Island, modern gourmet food by the Owners. Service was efficient even thou we were second sitting on a busy Thursday night! Most of us had seafood chowder first which was very filling, so I had entree... More 

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Thank JetsetterNat1
Wollongong, Australia
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at Tamarind House twice on our trip to Rarotonga. The service was exceptional and the atmosphere was stunning. The food was so yummy and looking out to the ocean just made it really special.

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Thank beccadicko
Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here and the food was great value and beautifully prepared. Also particularly liked the resident cat who shared our fish dish. The gardens that you can sit in were very peaceful but faces the sea, with limited shelter, and on the day we went was really windy. Only negative would be that inside was very very hot... More 

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Thank TheLanes515
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant lives up to its name. It has a very charming restaurant that is housed in this olden style homestead. I invited some friends of mine for dinner and was referred to Tamarind. The service was warm, however at times was lethargic, there were a lot of diners and a large table arrived, so can empathise with the service... More 

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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: Thai, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?