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“Fantastic and what a view!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tamarind House Restaurant

Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 30 Restaurants in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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..
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic and what a view!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Great food, great service and fantastic setting. An overall great experience. We ate here several times duirng our stay and each and every time was perfect!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Best food on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Best dinner we have ever had! (Chicken Curry and Seafood Platter). We loved it so much that we bought the cook book that is for sale in the restaurant. Tamarind is a MUST

Visited February 2013
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Thank amy k
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Auckland
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6 reviews
“WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

This Restaurnt definetly has the WOW factor We have been there twice and will go again and again when we visit Raro . The food is Top class and the service is second to none.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank keepin-katz
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Island time service gone too far.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Tamarind in Rarotonga is set on a beautiful spot, the restaurant is nicely laid out to provide good views from most tables. The food is average to very good (our Mahi Mahi steaks were great, but the cheesecake was only average for the prices paid). It's overall a nice restaurant but was let down by extremely slow service, with plates left on the table between courses and over-long waits between receiving menus and then taking orders. I would recommend but only to people prepared for a long slow evening out (plenty of time to talk etc!).

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Thank Sskwirrel
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Go for the view, not the food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

An amazing place, just wish they would sort out the food, it was very, very average.

Try doing some local flavours rather than Western food (Enchiladas, really?).

Visited March 2013
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