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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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10:00 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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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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Visitor rating
  • 430
    Excellent
  • 162
    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
Nicest on the island

Lovely spot - wish we had gone during the day to enjoy the view. We had a few starters and shared the seafood platter for two;\ - the local seafood (ika mata, sashimi, fish curry) was delicious, but the rest of the seafood was (scallops, mussels, squid etc.) was frozen. Would have preferred to have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Lovely spot - wish we had gone during the day to enjoy the view. We had a few starters and shared the seafood platter for two;\ - the local seafood (ika mata, sashimi, fish curry) was delicious, but the rest of the seafood was (scallops, mussels, squid etc.) was frozen. Would have preferred to have less variety and just eaten... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Nice restaurant. Food was very tasty, and the service excellent. We sat outside instead of in the restaurant which was a great way to cool down.

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The setting is great, the waiting staff are attentive, the food fantastic what more could you ask. Make sure you visit

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Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's probably already all been said before…but this is something special. The food, the service and the location are simply the best on the Island. We have been many times and most recently with another couple who also were most impressed. Cannot speak too highly of Tamarind…its rather special!

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glendale, ca
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

SIt back in the white wicker chairs and enjoy your favorfite drink while you look at a picture perfect vision of the timeless South Pacific at your feet This open airy/breezy restaurant is non descript from the outside but steeping into it is a time piece This is the South Pacifuic of Somersaet Maugham. Don't leave Rrotonga without dining here,

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Wells, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A simple enough restaurant from the outside but we enjoyed excellent Thai food in charming surroundings, Unhurried and friendly service made for a delightful evening.

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Lasne, Belgium
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?