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“A Raro Favourite”

Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 30 Restaurants in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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..
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Raro Favourite”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Absolutely delightful. great food, great friendly service and reasonable prices.
although we had 2 teenage children (well behaved) they were made to feel welcome, with generous sized portions

  • Visited May 2013
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melbourne
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food & view”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Great food, service and view from the restaurant. This place was highly recommended by everyone we spoke to and rightly so, our experience was fantastic!

Visited May 2013
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Mothers day at Tamarind House”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Celebrating Mothers Day with brunch or lunch at Tamarind House is something of a tradition here in the Cook islands.
Beautifully set tables with fine linen and glassware and bunches of colorful flowers, heliconia varieties and leaves greeted us on our arrival last Sunday.
Table service was prompt, and the pre-lunch Mai Tai was just to thing to have whilst viewing the lagoon and ocean.
Portions are always generous at Tamarind House, and after an entree of Ika Mata and yummy breadfruit chips, we sampled various dishes on offer, the lamb lunch special, fish of the day and the steak.
Always a special place to visit.

  • Visited May 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Romantic dinner”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This restaurant is in the only colonial building left on the island. Book and ask for a table by the window. The windows open right up and there is a lovely garden The fish curry was very good.

  • Visited April 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Top restaurant, delicious food”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Tamarind House Restaurant is located on the edge of Avarua (the main town on Rarotonga, located on the north side of the island). It was recommended as the top restaurant on the island and 'expensive'. We agree that it deserved the 'top' rating but disagree about it being pricy. We arrived hungry and ordered a main only, Swordfish @ $NZ30, and tucked in to a big and delicious dish of this local fish.

The location is stunning too. It's right on the waterfront and the doors of the restaurant open wide so that diners can see and smell the sea.

The location, the character of the Tamarind House building, and most importantly the deliciousness of the food make this a great place to go for a meal.

Visited May 2013
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