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Tamarind House Restaurant

$$$$Seafood, ,
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish curry” (57 reviews)
“blackened tuna” (13 reviews)
“pork belly” (24 reviews)
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Seafood, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed yesterday

The Tamarind House is undoubtedly a beautiful venue, with a brilliant view of the ocean and gardens from a very charming colonial-style building. However, our experience there was a series of unfortunate events. First off, on arrival, they did not seem to have a record...More

1  Thank Richard M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Setting was beautiful. They seated us by the window looking out onto the sea which was lovely. Food was very nice, though I thought a bit unmemorable, small fine dining portions. Blackened tuna was great. The deep fried brie for starter is gorgeous, we got...More

Thank Claire D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set in a carefully restored beach side villa, the outlook across the lawn and sea is divine. Very good and prompt service, with a “fine dining” experience. But the night we were there, the food was not exceptional and rather let the setting and service...More

Thank Daydream800448
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful colonial style building that opens out on to a lawn and palms that leads down to the beach. Excellent food and service. The parrot fish was well presented and prepared. Worth a visit.

Thank Venture732016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us went for dinner here October 2018. Nice setting in an old colonial house with ocean view. Good beer and wine selection. Fettuccine dish was good. Indian dish very good. Fish of the day needed a bit more flavor. Dessert was delicious. Some...More

Thank Bill P
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I went here for our last dinner whilst in Rarotonga - food was incredible as was the location! Only thing to fault was the service for drinks, glass were cleared but no drinks were offered when doing so

Thank Oliviacleverley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great, relaxed evening (but call ahead for beach view table) with a walk on the beach, friendly staff, good food and the treat of a group of humpback whales that entertained us (everyone ran out to look, see photo). We look forward...More

Thank Chonker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner here booked after hearing several excellent reports and wanting something a bit wow for a final night. Setting was gorgeous, staff very pleasant and polite without being overbearing or intrusive. We shared the seafood chowder (very good) and then a seafood platter for two....More

Thank Jocablebay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful location. Great menu food was absolutely delicious. Sadly one waitress let the side down. Eye rolling wanted to usher us out ASAP . The other staff were fabulous. We were a group of six looking forward to a lovely last night in Rarotonga it...More

Thank MissPaula2261
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Romantic dinner for two. Lovely setting, attentive service but not intrusive (just right), delivery of the different courses of the meal was beautifully paced. Outstanding quality food, perfectly presented. Enuf said!

Thank nicrobnz
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24 June 2017|
Response from Foodbusters_Rebecca | Reviewed this property |
Hi I don't work at this venue I was a tourist and dined here during the time I reviewed it. Please try the website And contact them direct. Good luck
27 April 2017|
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Response from DistantVoyagerNZ | Reviewed this property |
The currency used in Rarotonga is New Zealand dollars. Rarotonga does have its own low-denominational coins which you will often get as change when paying for items. Visa and MasterCard are accepted everywhere but Amex... More
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Response from DTG59 | Reviewed this property |
They have a website. Type into your search engine tamarindrarotonga as one word and you will find it
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 66
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, View
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: +682 26 487
  • E-mail
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.
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