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Tamarind House Restaurant

) #1 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua $$$$ Seafood, European,
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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341 - 350 of 1,144 reviews

Reviewed March 14, 2016

This is a really lovely place with good food. Pricing on par with NZ restaurants. E.g $26-38 for mains. The setting is delightful and so is the venue. would be perfect for weddings.

Thank Jo-O2006
Reviewed March 8, 2016

This is one of my top restaurants on Rarotonga! Fantastic service and superb food every time.... great selection too! Not to mention the lovely location!

Thank Hackneed
Reviewed March 8, 2016

This is a very romantic restaurant. We booked a table that was next to the windows. The food is amazing. My Wife had Parrot fish and I had a chicken curry. Both were delicious ! We both had drinks and a dessert and it came...More

Thank Cambodiacarl
Reviewed March 6, 2016

This restaurant is surrounded by emerald seas and swaying palm trees , it's a pleasure to sit and sip your drink whilst pursuing the menu. The staff are welcoming efficient and unobtrusive. I opted for "catch of the day"which was parrot fish served with a...More

Thank Sheila335
Reviewed March 4, 2016

Nice 'old fashioned' atmosphere at this 'up market' restaurant, which we've visited several times over many years during trips to the Cook Islands. It is set in beaut location, not far from Avarua city, looking out across the water, with the mountains of Rarotonga as...More

Thank travelfotofanatic
Reviewed February 19, 2016

For a special occasion we sought out what we considered to be the best restaurant on Raro. We were not disappointed. we were surprised that the meals were not more expensive than many other lesser quality places we'd eaten at. The management needs to be...More

Thank PaddyFlann
Reviewed February 19, 2016

We had a birthday dinner here. The food was amazing, so fresh and well presented. Big portions and great service. The wait staff were knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. Would absolutely recommend for everyone to go here. We were told it was a...More

Thank OscarPirate
Reviewed February 18, 2016

We treat ourselves to dinner at Tamarind House to remind ourselves of the all round dining experience. The service is always great, menu varied and delicious and location regardless of weather conditions perfect. We keep going back and are never disappointed, one of our most...More

Thank ShelleyRarotonga
Reviewed February 16, 2016

Staff were excellent. Always making sure we were fine but didn't make it feel like they were crowding us. Food was delicious. Made our last outing on the island a good one.! Only small tiny down fall - coriander in the Ika Mata (Raw Fish)...More

Thank syana22
Reviewed February 15, 2016

We have been several times for lunch in the Tamarind Restaurant. The view is breathtaking, the service is very friendly and the meals have been excellent. An unforgettable place to stay and to enjoy a really great lunchtime. Unfortunately we had twice during our stay...More

Thank birgitella7
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June 24, 2017|
Response from becks1269 | Reviewed this property |
Hi I don't work at this venue I was a tourist and dined here during the time I reviewed it. Please try the website And contact them direct. Good luck
April 26, 2017|
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Response from DistantVoyagerNZ | Reviewed this property |
The currency used in Rarotonga is New Zealand dollars. Rarotonga does have its own low-denominational coins which you will often get as change when paying for items. Visa and MasterCard are accepted everywhere but Amex... More
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Response from DTG59 | Reviewed this property |
They have a website. Type into your search engine tamarindrarotonga as one word and you will find it
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic, 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
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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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