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Tamarind House Restaurant

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$$$$
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
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Today
09:30 - 14:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Have the Seafood Platter for 2 . . . It is fantastic. We will be back again. My husbands 50th Birthday dinner. He loved it!

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Thank Lea S
Dannevirke, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our meal we got the seafood basket too share for 85 dollars money well spend it was huge massive seafood plater 10/10

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Thank chelcmisty
Arorangi, Cook Islands
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

fine dining at its best .. great place to go for something special or lunch by the ocean .. lovely service , great food and excellent ambiance

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Thank JoKupu
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The character of this restaurant was awesome. The food was amazing and the service was great. Definitely worth a visit.Would recommend trying the Broadbill swordfish.

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Thank wesariss
Auckland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I'd say that this was a very 'nice' restaurant, but because of its reputation I perhaps expected a little more than 'nice'. They didn't have several of the wines listed on the wine list (I wanted to order a single glass rather than a whole bottle). The food was nice, the service was good, but other than the location, nothing... More 

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Thank Lynnette_New
Rotorua, New Zealand
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We gave this restaurant a try for the first time after many visits to Rarotonga and had an absolutely lovely lunch. It is now in the highly recommended list. The food was fresh and beautifully presented and prepared, the service very good and the location just perfect. The old building created a lot of charm and all in all ,... More 

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Thank Beckyboo03
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We had a nice little surprise with this gorgeous restaurant. After asking our hotel reception for a good salad recommendation and being sent here, we had no idea it was so beautiful! We weren't dressed for the occasion at all but had a lovely time, the food was perfect and the service excellent.

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Thank LittleBitOfLisa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Celebrated a birthday here and got serenaded by waiters as they brought cheesecake over. Lovely view and amazing tasting food for a good price. Good selection of seafood.

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Thank James G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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73 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We treated ourselves to dinner here one evening and were not disappointed. Although it pouring with rain so we didn't have much of a view, the restaurant is in a lovely old colonial house by the sea. The menu was fantastic and it was tough to choose one dish. Two of us had the halloumi salad which was fresh and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Food was ok - just not at the standard I expected for an upmarket restaurant. Service ok but not outstanding - had to ask for wine with our meal twice

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 14:00
Monday
18:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Saturday
18:30 - 23:30
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
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..

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