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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
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All hours
Sun 09:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A historic spot for dinner, in a very laid back atmosphere (at least when we were there). Our table was inside but right on the edge of the lawn and we had a nice stroll before dinner was served.

Thank jamesmullins
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Tamarind House on our last night in Rarotonga. As we were on an island we were hanging out for some really good, fresh seafood. The seafood platter for $85 was worth every cent! It has prawns, scallops, mussels, fish, sushi, tika mata ( seviche) The décor and cleanliness of the restaurant is another level... More 

Thank Michelle W
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place never disappoints. Food, service, venue an absolute treat. Great value too with a top view too, if you go to Raro it's a must eat!

Thank RacingRobyn
Te Awamutu
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently visited Tamarind House whilst on holiday in Rarotonga with family. We came across it by chance whilst driving round the Island. A very fortuitous choice. The venue was spacious set in lovely gardens and the views were awesome out across the garden to the beach. The food menu and drinks menu was extensive serving both lunches and dinners,... More 

Thank June S
Wellington, New Zealand
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very highly rated but it appeared to few staff at front of house. Drinks took a very long time to be delivered. Entrée Shrimp and Pawpaw salad with mild curry mayo was delicious, the Seafood chowder was good as expected, Mains Pork Belly was dry and a very small servicing, the Slow Baked Lamb Shank was very tough, asked for... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything was just great, the food, the service, the setting. Highly recommended. The menu is varied, and presented well. I'd go back in a flash.

Thank topzy
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told this was the best restaurant on the island, and we would absolutely agree from our experience. The old restored colonial villa is just beautiful, and in a stunning setting. The food was delicious and the meals were huge. The staff were friendly and attentive, and we left wishing we had more time to keep coming back.

Thank katy796
Sweet Home, Oregon
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had read about this place in the local paper, tried the curry fish, which was amazing. Worth the money to try once.

Thank 753rosannej
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing setting and atmosphere, great for a special occasion. Try get a table by the open windows - amazing views at sunset, even on an overcast night! Plenty of gluten free options and great wine list. A highlight of our trip!

Thank Bronte A
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Usually try to have a meal here whenever we are in Raro, but this time a little disapointed with service and food. Went for lunch and while my wife enjoyed her Vegetable Lasangia my Fish sandwich was fairly average - turkish bread with a bit of lettuce, a couple of slices of tomato and fairly dry fried fish. $ 17.00... More 

Thank Chris M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Business meetings, Romantic, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?