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“Consistently fantastic (which is very unusual for Vanuatu)”

Tamanu on the Beach
Ranked #15 of 95 Restaurants in Port Vila
Price range: $10 - $29
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: With our truly breathtaking absolute beach front location , our fine dining, yet casually relaxed restaurant, is considered to be the best in Vanuatu and is renowned for its pavilion styled, open-air al fresco dining. We also offer our chapel for larger groups. Tamanu on the Beach's restaurant has earned a highly respected international reputation for delivering the most distinctive dining experience, featuring local organic meat, indigenous produce and the freshest of seafood. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests and visitors, our restaurant offers quality dining at affordable prices. Bookings are recommended.
Reviewed September 3, 2013

What amazing food and service, definitely worth the drive out of town!

You also get a look at the other side of Vanuatu with the reef and surf and stunning white beach. The best for a Long long long lunch. Seafood is just spectacular the flavours are also just spot on. Virginia has picked a great team and the current chef Cam has really got the local staff excelling.

You cannot go past lobster mornay best I have ever eaten and literally picked off the reef the night before we lunched by hand!

I also love the sashimi. Excellent wine list and reasonable prices same for all entrees all mains and all deserts.

Thank NTtravels
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

We ate here for lunch after a tour around the island and the food was very good and the location beautiful. If you want to sit and look out over the sea and beach, then this is the restaurant for you! It wasn't particularly cheap and the location is quite isolated, but definitely worth the trip.

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Thank TheSnakebite
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

The drive is well worth the trip. The restaurant is located on a beautiful beach. Our food was fabulous. The chef was very friendly and checked a number of times that our party was happy with our dinner choices. Our group had a really nice night.

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Thank jenny c
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We recently visited Tamanu restaurant having read various reviews. Some of our party ordered the special fish dish of the day which was supposed to be seared.The dish was well over-cooked which was such a disappointment. However, we gave the chef the benefit of the doubt and went back a second time. There were 9 of us in total and the majority of us were disappointed again. Most dishes were very bland, nothing seasoned (this is not a quality of a trained chef)! The steak had been cooked not as per order and one dish came without a major component (not as described on the menu). For such an establishment, this is really unacceptable. The owner asked how our meal was after our first meal - feedback was given but did not appear to care or take on board our comments. Such a shame as the setup is otherwise good. I think the chef/owner are new, therefore most of the reviews below refer to the old set-up. Let us hope it improves.

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Thank Helen E
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Tamanu, Owner at Tamanu on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Tamanu has not changed ownership for the past few 3 years and our current Resort Manager has been with the company for this time and is highly customer focussed and process driven. As owners we take all reviews seriously and have conducted intensive investigations into your allegations. We have in place a quality management system with a highly sophisticated service recovery program and can find no evidence of your initial complaint to our manager or to any staff. Nor do our reservations records show a repeated group booking as you describe. If you had complained at the time to the Resort Manager, as you allege, I can assure you that your complaint would have been taken most seriously and recovery action would have followed. Based on our consistently high previous review rankings and the lack of any quantifiable evidence to support your review, we find your allegations unjust and unsubstantiated.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We had hired a taxi for the day who suggested Tamanu when we asked about seafood after going to turtle bay. The restaurant was beautiful and a lovely hostess to greet us and get out some books and colouring for the kids even though its clearly a quite romantic spot. We had the curry main and the rare tuna and they were excellent, then the crepes and chocolate mouse for desert and the kids even got ice cream in a cone. Atone point when the taxi driv was entertaining the kids on the beach the hostess asked a couple of nannies to go watch the kids so we could enjoy our food (the taxi driver got a free feed too). Loved loved it!

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