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Tamarind House Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options
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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
6:30 pm - 11:30 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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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great menu (incl. homemade pasta) and good wine list. Outstanding, friendly service and beautiful views.

Thank MissDri
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The service is exceptional, (which is AMAZING for Rarotonga where mostly service is non - existent!) The food is delicious and the location is stunning!

Thank Rosemary C
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having been told this place was expensive, I was prepared to place my wallet on a die after eating there. What I found instead, was that after having a very pleasant lunch served by an attentive waiter while enjoying a great view my wallet was far from panicking. I had a green chicken curry which was rather nice, I asked... More 

Thank Allways_Correct
Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I love going to the Tamarind House for lunch - the location and outlook are superb. The food can be variable from average to great but the location and service make up for any shortcomings with the food.

Thank Fleawee
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed a lunch here so much that we decided to have our final dinner on the island at this restaurant. Staff were delightful and attentive. Food was wonderful. Beautiful location looking out on the ocean.

Thank Janjon10
York, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful location & amazing food. The service was great & made us feel special throughout the evening. Thank you

Thank Joanna G
Alexandra NZ
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been to this restaurant previously and had regarded it as a slightly higher class than some we still enjoyed it immensely . The staff took good care of us and placed us at a table looking out to the sea .Sadly they know longer have spotlights high lighting the coconut trees outside it added a touch of magic to... More 

Thank AlexandraNZRarofan
Nelson NZ
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and another with 5 children ranging from 10-16 had a wonderful evening meal. Views were gorgeous, service was great and the seafood platter was top class. Highly recommended.

Thank thorplevien
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined here with friends and were all very pleased with our experience! The setting was lovely and very romantic. Food was exceptionally good quality and service was very good. We didn't have to wait for long for food and drinks orders etc. The mood here was very calm and special with a bit more class than some other restaurants.... More 

Thank Jessica33333
New Zealand
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Returned three years later and were very happy with lunch, service and setting. The is the #1 restaurant on the island, no doubt.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Gluten Free Options
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, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?