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Tamarind House Restaurant

Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited here for dinner one night, it had a beautiful view and the food was amazing also. Great for a romantic dinner I would recommend this place to my friends =)

Thank Tiana M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We just happened to be driving past and stopped for dinner, the staff were happy to seat us even though we didn’t book. The views are to die for and so is the food. Service was friendly and attentive. Would definitely come back again. If...More

Thank Samantha L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Simple menu. Generous servings. Good food. Wonderful location to eat at. It’s all about the ambience.

Thank Rohan P
Reviewed 2 days ago

My companion and I joined with 22 others from NZ and Australia for a good friend's birthday dinner. We arrived at 6:30pm to a fine evening after a week or more of wet weather. Lovely to enjoy the occasion in good conditions, with most of...More

Thank Frangipani08
Reviewed 3 days ago

After a long day of doing nothing but swimming and sunbathing we worked up a hunger. I had made a reservation for this place in NZ but had to confirm the booking by phone once we arrived in Rarotonga which was more labour intensive than...More

Thank Lsas26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our 3rd visit to Tamarind House, as with the first 2 visits we left dissapointed. We felt we had to go back one more time incase we had hit a couple of odd nights...but no.. Lovely venue for sure with a gorgeous beach...More

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Tamarind House again this holiday. Lunch again and there were only two other couples dining. The view of the ocean is lovely from the dining area. Staff were attentive and the meals were superb as usual.

Thank Lita-Tauranga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting old building in a beautiful location! Staff were attentive, food was pretty good, and the place had charming ambience. Great for a romantic dinner. Would highly recommend the seafood platter for two.

Thank GlobaltravellerG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely position on the beach. Charming garden entry. Immediately impresses with white tablecloth layout. Excellent service and hight quality service. NB Your 'click to rate' section not working on this site.

Thank Diana W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this is an upper market restaurant with a superb view and quite good dining. The food - while not perfect - is definitely a cut above the rest. This is the sort of place you would go for special occasions.

Thank lex_loci_david
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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
21 February 2017|
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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 25 - USD 100
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:30 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
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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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