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“Wedding Reception Simplicity”

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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Good for: Scenic view, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, 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..
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Wedding Reception Simplicity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Tamarind House exudes the perfect Rarotongan laid back energy & atmosphere. It was perfect for our simple small party of 7 wedding reception. Our personal waitress was like one of the family, the food was amazing & the scenery was stunning... Ideal back drop for the celebration of our union. If you are laid back & not a control freak, Tamarind House is perfect, (if you are, I'm sure they can accommodate your ever whim). We could not have asked for more! Blessed to have hired the summer house, blessed to have been married in paradise.

Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Best dinner ever in Rarotonga”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

We did not book and just decided to take a look after reading about it...it was a Saturday night and although they were busy they did manage to accommodate us..being a vegetarian, I was extremely impressed with the veg dish...the flavours were great...hubby had the lamb shank , that he rated very highly....would definitely go back....oh and the setting and ambiance was amazing too.

  • Visited February 2014
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“This place is amazing and the best food I had on the island!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

I recommend booking in advance - this place was packed when the rest of the island was quiet! The food is delicious, the views and atmosphere are fantastic and the service was impeccable. We came on our last night on the island and I was so disappointed as I would have eaten here many more times during my stay had I of known how fantastic it was.

I ate at around 9 different restaurants on the island and this was the BEST by a LONG MILE. Do go!

  • Visited February 2014
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“Magical and historic setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Tamarind House is set on the beach and in beautiful gardens. The historic Union Steamship building features some fascinating photos and artifacts. The extensive menu offers something for everyone. Both island style and Asian fusion. The ika mata was the best I tried all week. Sadly the fish curry didn't quite live up to expectations. The fish was dry and over cooked and the curry sauce could have used a touch more coconut cream. My companions' meals were very good. The service was efficient without being overbearing although we did need to remind a waiter that we wanted to order a second bottle of wine. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“As good as we were told”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stopped here on the way back from town 1 day near the end of our stay for lunch. We found that all we had heard was correct.
The food and service were great and we were sorry we hadn't gone sooner. It has a great view over the lagoon and the menu is varied. We had the Ika Mata and parrot fish both of these I would recommend.
When we come back to Raro we will be sure to dine here again.

  • Visited February 2014
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