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“Classic - hard to beat” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tamarind House Restaurant

Tamarind House Restaurant
Ranked #3 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: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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..
Wellington NZ
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Classic - hard to beat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2009

Sue Carruthers, doyenne of island cuisine, owns and exec chefs this historic house on the beach near Avarua. Somewhat simpler in execution, it's the only real high-end competition to Windjammer. THE BEST SASHIMI WE'VE EVER HAD!!! Must've been straight out of the ocean. We've been twice, and I'd happily go again.

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Wellington NZ
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“Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2009

Simply beautiful - great range on Menu - Would say the BEST Resturant on the Island and over the years we have been to a few! Prices very good Service Excellent. Fantastic gardens to walk around - Just A1

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Victoria, Canada
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“A perfect night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2009

A group of 12 of us dined here on our first night in Rarotonga for my parents 30th wedding anniversary. I don't think we could have asked for a more perfect night! It was the best meal of our entire stay not one complaint at all from a bunch of foodies! Expertly cooked, great flavours, fresh food, beautifully presented and delicious cocktails too.

Our waiter was so friendly with a great sense of humour and was happy to answer any questions we had and definitely added to our night! Can't wait to go back on our next trip.

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Auckland
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“Wonderful Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2009

Tamarind House - the setting was lovely, try and go when there is a nice sunset, very romantic and the house has been restored to high standard.
The food was wonderful.
The Wine list by the glass was not too good, would have been better if there were a few more to pick from.

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Sydney / New York
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“Beautiful setting!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2009

This is a really special place. The house itself has bene lovingly restored by the present owner. The garden is lovely but simple. The food was very good especially the fish curry!
The service was quite slow on drinks but fast on food.

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