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Tamarind House Restaurant

Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+68226487
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Ranked #1 of 22 restaurants in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Pacific Rim
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We had the best meal in Rarotonga at Tamarind House. The location is gorgeous, service so so but we didn't mind as the food was so good. My husband had smoked Broadbill. He is a foodie and very particular about what he eats and he said that it was the best meal he had ever had. Absolutely delicious. I had... More

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phoenix
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After talking to people locally and reading reviews we chose Tamarind House for our w 20th Anniversary dinner. We called days ahead to request a table and did have a lovely spot. Unfortunately the service was some of the slowest we experienced which would have been ok if food was good. Food was served cold and had clearly been sitting... More

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Gorgeous location, fairy lights at night and the sound of the sea! Great team of people looking after us, could not fault the service! Food was great...ambience plus!

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WPG
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The meal was very good but it should be because it was quite expensive. We were really not impressed by the wine waiter who brought us cheaper wine by the glass than what we paid for. We know our wines! When he brought the bill at the end of the meal, he charged us for a bottle instead of a... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I really liked the setting of the Tamarind and we had a good night. The food was a high standard but not the best we had in Rarotonga. We had the seafood platter which was good but not great - quite a bit of deep fried food and not all fresh (i.e. some imported frozen). My daughter had the vegetable... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Our family of five had a lovely night out here in a beautiful setting. We had a table with a wonderful view and the food was very nice. Thanks

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The food here was fantastic, and the service was great too. The prices are really reasonable compared to other places we ate, and the food is as good as you will get anywhere. We ate here for dinner and lunch and both menu's were great.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

One of my favourite restaurants on the Islands. Beautiful food, setting and service. Sue Carruthers cookbook is a must to buy!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We went here for my daughter's 21st birthday and ot was just perfect !! I had the lamb shank and it was supurb !! The rest of the table thoroughly enjoyed their meals too. Their cocktails were absolutely divine !! I think this was, in my opinion, the best restaurant we have been to on the island. The service was... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Super food, decent wine list, lovely location, top service, friendly staff and a character homestead. Tamarind House is deservedly the best "fine diner" in Rarotonga. Order off the fresh specials board if you can, and leave room for the superb lime sticky toffee pudding! Wife recommends the green bayou cocktail, or she did till I told her that bayou was... More

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