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“The Cuisine and Service Falls Short of Setting and Atmosphere...”

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: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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..
kemer
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“The Cuisine and Service Falls Short of Setting and Atmosphere...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2011

Tamarind House is originally an old colonial house with a wonderful beach setting, a nice garden patio under the palm trees, and beautiful sunsets. And that's about it.. The food and service is just mediocre. After having eaten delicious dinners elsewhere in Rarotonga, Tamarind House fell behind expectations and the cuisine and service has some way to go to match the setting and atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“Beautiful food, Lovely setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2011

My husband and I ate at Tamarind just before Christmas. It is such a gorgeous setting, and the house has a lovely history. The atmosphere is very romantic, with a piano player and candlelight.

We would love the recipe for the fish chowder, as we found it to be the best we have ever tasted. All of the dishes were delicious and fresh, prepared perfectly. Couldn't ask for a nicer dinner on all of Raro.

We highly recommend Tamarind for dinner - but don't forget to wear your bugspray - the mossies like it there as much as we did!

  • Visited December 2010
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Wellington, NZ
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beautiful food in a stunning setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2011

This would be a great place to book out for a wedding or birthday. Private and lovely old villa which opens out onto beach. We had a gorgeous sunset to watch being on the West of the Island. I had lamb shanks, which melted in mouth! Coffee was good and service friendly. Big meals too. Probably the best meal we had on the island.

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Thank Robs014
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Norfolk Island
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4 reviews
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“Made our 20th Wedding Anniversary one to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2010

Celebrated out 20th Wedding Anniversay at Tamarind House, we were going to do the Elvis Chapel bit in Vegas, but as family and friends met up with us in Cook Islands decided to do it there. Arrived at 6.00pm with Blue Hawaii in the car all the way, had 2 bottles of Mumms in ice buckets, one on the beach and one at our table. Walked down the beach and renewed our vows, then hit the restaurant, what a amazing night, my husband had the Chocolate Mousse Dessert, to die for. Thanks Sue for the recipe he is making it for Christmas. Hopefully be back to celebrate our 21st. Amazing staff and would highly recommend.
Raewynne
Norfolk Island

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Over-priced and under-whelming”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2010

Disappointed with this restuarant. The menu was average and the food even less so. Both my entree and main tasted of nothing and cost me $50 for the priviledge (oh, the water is almost $5 a bottle!!!! Other places I ate at on the island offer free water.
The atmosphere in the restuarant is dull, as were the staff. The bathrooms shabby and dated.
Did not even bother with the drinks menu as they only had one type of sauv. blanc sold by the glass, all others were by the bottle (at 3 X the price the same bottles are in town)
Tamarind House, never again!!

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