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“Fantastic Food”

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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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..
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

We ate here for a wedding venue. The atmosphere was great, service was at it's best and the food was fantastic. Could not fault.

Visited May 2014
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Brisbane
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and beautiful meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

We had lunch here one day and really enjoyed our meal. The location is spectacular and the house is a beautiful plantation style that has large glass doors that open out onto the lawn. The views are beautiful of the water The service was excellent. I would highly recommend coming for lunch.

  • Visited May 2014
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The finer things”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

We visited Tamarind house on mothers day and the setting was beautiful, and it has a relaxed atmosphere. When I go to a place I do always check for the finer details and did notice the table cloth was certainly not clean and had spots of what looked like rust as well. Maybe the staff need to be a bit more vigilant on this aspect as well as listening to guests when they request certain things such as their coffee in a cup rather than in a glass. Yes small concerns but important. Our food was nicely presented and had nice flavours.

  • Visited May 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch on a thursday then again for dinner the following Thursday.didnt make a booking either time.having said that we were there quite early for dinner (530) As i wanted to see the sunset.Had great tables both times. Food was excellent. Service prompt, friendly. Big white board with the specials is placed against next table when perusing the menu book. good idea. Remember it is a restaurant...you wont get pizza or tap beer....clearly a big group of backpackers didnt do their research and left without ordering-having messed up the clothed table first,ahh! Dressing casual is fine. Easy to find, on the bus route too. Great views.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Terri T
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Large tables for large groups”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

We enjoyed our seafood platter for two but found the atmosphere suitable for large groups who wanted to join in singing Waltzing Matilda and Pokarekare ana with the live musician. Fortunately we had a quiet table away from all this in the garden. Whilst the location is on the beach you won't see this in the dark.

  • Visited May 2014
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