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Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

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Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
+682 20 501
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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Disappointing overcooked seafood which seems to be a painfully common issue on the island. The restaurant itself is quirky and eclectic with cool lighting and lovely tropical surroundings. Very pretty.

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Thank LanzLuvsShoes
Geelong, Australia
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided to try this restaurant as it has been operating in Rarotonga for so many years which should mean that it is reasonable. The menu is very limited and pricey for what you get. My husband had the rib eye steak which wasn't too bad. I chose the Ship N Shore and my prawns and calamari were drowned in... More 

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Thank McKenzo
Coromandel, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here with our best friends from NZ. Lovely staff, good food and wine.... Very Intersting place full,of history. The only thing I would say is they did rush our meals a it but apart from that well worth a nice night out

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Thank 744Sharon1947
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place on the last evening of our stay in Rarotonga my husband had chicken schnitzel not nice frozen and heated through covered in a so called mushroom sauce I had fillet steak which tasted sour and had to leave it mentioned it to the front of house staff who advised that she would tell the chef paid top... More 

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Thank Tina C
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Seafood platter ( for two ) was fantastic , i ate it myself , being a big seafood lover , and my wife had the prawns

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Thank Paul M
TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana and thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the food. And we do hope to see you again on your next visit. Meitaki Maata Manager and Team More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family of 6 dine here for dinner. 2 couples ordered seafood platter for 2.$80.00. Frozen food, raw fish tasted off but I ate it. Oysters were ok. Payed for it during the night. Disaster. Best part was the music.

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Thank Gayle S
TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana Meitaki Maata for your review. As for everything on the Platter they are all freshly made every night, but never the less, We do apologies for this, if this was brought to the attention of the Front Of House Waiters, we would have offered an alternative. However each review is, we learn from it, (Great,Good or Bad etc).... More 

Richmond, New Zealand
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived right at opening after walking for :20 minutes. They were not ready to open but let us sit at the bar to wait. Got friendly with the cats who enjoy lounging on the bar as well. After :15 they got us a table in the patio. Okay margarita and nice ambience other than these crazy laser lights that... More 

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Thank MoabMic
North Shore City, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the off chance that they could fit us in, 20 friends rocked up for dinner on Sunday night. They seated us outside which was lovely and on the table were cans of bug spray to use...nice touch. Cocktails were potent and the food plentiful...i fed 2 others off my plate! The decor is eccentric but the owner will give... More 

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Thank KAMM78
Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best thing about Dining in Rarotonga is the Fresh Seafood and produce on offer. Tumunu is no exception, their seafood platter was the best I have ever eaten. and incredible value for money

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Thank FamilyRadders
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we loved this place, and the food is amazing! we enjoyed the Tumunu experience so much we changed our plans and had our anniversary dinner here as well. Best resteraunt on the island.

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Thank JodyP1098

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $35
Cuisine
New Zealand, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: +682 20 501
Description
A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us! A fun place for children too with a garden and "dancing laser fire flys"

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?