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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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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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Monza, Italy
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186 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Tamarind House Restaurant for dinner, it was suggested by some italian people living in Rarotonga. The atmosphere is quite sophisticated, I see on their website that the restaurant also organises weddings and special events. If you are travelling on a budget, I suggest to keep this restaurant as an option for a "special occasion". We had a... More 

Thank BurgerQueen78
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You get a feel of the past there in a nice old house by the sea in a quiet parc. Lunch was giving you the perfect idea of Rarotonga.

Thank Michael E
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a perfect romantic getway. I love the history here... we followed our dinner with a wak along the beach... PERFECT!

Thank Glenda D
Sydney Australia
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove past Tamarind restaurant quite a few times before deciding to go in. What did we get...excellence, from knowledgeable staff quick service and stunning food. it is a little expensive but not overall. For instance I had a seafood chowder to start followed by two beers a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and we both had the seafood platter. Be... More 

Thank Franko5
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has become my restaurant of choice - great service, wonderful location, consistently good food, friendly staff. Excellent menu range. Not to be missed.

Thank 59sander1
Orlando, Florida
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102 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set in a beautiful historic building in the coast, Tamrind House serves up delicious food with a terrific view. Both the pork belly and duck were excellent. I'm only withholding the five star rating because I felt drinks were over priced -- $7.50 for a bundaberg ginger beer and $7.00 for bottled water is a bit steep on top of... More 

Thank DarrenHumphrey
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful location, if you want a romantic setting then this is a must. The food is awesome and the service is great. This is definitely a restaurant to eat at especially if you are looking for that special romantic evening. Tina

Thank Tina F
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Tamarind House for dinner, following good recommendations, and I'm pleased to say we were not disappointed in any way. The service was really good (this is not always the case in Rarotonga), and the staff were helpful and very willing to please. We also found the food to be excellent. Portions were perfect, a little on the generous... More 

Thank Natasha E
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for some fine dining then this is a great restaurant with lovely views. We did book ahead just in case they were busy. We each had 3 courses which were all excellent. The service was great too. We will definitely go back again the next time we are in Rarotonga.

Thank Snowy6163
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family went here to celebrate a birthday on a recomendation from a local. The food was lovely, service was great with views of the water. Would definately go back again.

Thank Marg M

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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: +682 26 487
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?