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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Whangamata, null, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely tops. Booked a table by the open doors looking out to sea. The meal was well presented and very tasty. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We were not rushed despite the place been very busy. Would recommend booking. If we return to Rarotonga will certainly be back.

Thank Noeline L
Brooklyn, New York
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I ate here during our stay for our honeymoon. The lamb we both had was simply fantastic...it melted in your mouth. The service is quite great and the ambiance is great for a special dinner. It was our best meal we had in Rarotonga.

Thank bdpellarin
New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

New Zealand friends had recommended Tamarind House as a perfect location to celebrate a milestone birthday during our stay in Rarotongo. As requested, we were seated by the window with a direct view of the illuminated garden and beach. Pretty special. Our starters and mains were sublime. A lovely touch was when the staff produced a dessert with a candle... More 

Thank Susan C
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at this very special restaurant right on the waters edge with lovely views from every table.

Thank Madstravel
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After being recommended Tamarind House for a special night out while on holiday we weren't disappointed. The location on the beachfront plus the style of the renovated villa were very romantic, and the food was delicious. Worth packing a nice dress for!

Thank rachelaitken
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 3rd visit (with breaks of 10 and 7 years in between) and the experience here has been wonderful each time. Top marks for consistency! Beautifully cooked food, an extensive wine list, the ambience of yesteryear and quality service on a verandah overlooking a lovely beach setting. Reasonably priced, considering the quality.

Thank JoyGAuckland
New Zealand
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with some girlfriends after an outdoor concert, spur of the moment. Given our very casual dress, we were welcomed as if we were more appropriately dressed and shown to a table. it was a quiet night, and we were nearer closing time than opening, and got very attentive (not over bearing) service. The food was divine and was... More 

Thank Rhubarb_88
Auckland, New Zealand
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd been recommended Tamarind House by a local on our recent visit to Rarotonga, and we really pleased we were able to take up the suggestion. We called in for lunch - what a stunning spot to sit and look out across to the horizon! I can imagine it would be such a special spot for a wedding. The service... More 

Thank yaven
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A delicious dinner, served with care and thought to guests. The setting by the beach with the mountains in background is spectacular. Especially brilliant sun set.

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

Usually a good meal here. As a former local I will always drop in for lunch during the week during visits back to Raro.

Thank Donald J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Pacific Rim
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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
The exclusive, romantic and private restaurant venue on the island with delicious and world-renowned Pacific cuisine. Away from the crowds and the public eye, a fine dining evening with your loved ones or a wedding at Tamarind House is an extra special experience. Whether your requirements are large or small, we are eager to accommodate you with an event that you will long remember. Tamarind House is a versatile venue offering five different areas to suit any occasion. Tamarind House Restaurant on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is situated on a large oceanfront property, with it's stately beautifully restored historic colonial house, huge verandas and french doors, and a lovely garden shaded by coconut palms and green lawns sweeping down to the ocean. It is just a 3 minute drive from the town centre, and the round the island bus stops just by the entrance. You can enjoy a feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era in the peaceful seclusion of our truly unique tropical setting..

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?