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Tamarind House Restaurant

) #1 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua $$$$ Seafood, European,
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, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful place to dine, we sat at an outside table and watched the sunset. Amazing venue. I had the fish curry and it was delicious! Friendly wait staff and we were served promptly. Good portion sizes and I thought it was well priced. The White...More

Thank kaylahow
Reviewed 3 days ago

We always come here on our annual trip to the Cooks. Dependable service and food, as Rarotonga can be inconsistent. Entrees are large and both couples shared the Tempura Prawns, five of them well cooked and with a good dipping sauce. My wife enjoyed the...More

Thank GastroGaz
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had eaten here four years ago and were not disappointed when we returned for lunch on this trip. The food was excellent and the setting spectacular. It would be a great place for weddings, with a platform overlooking the water, at the far end...More

Thank Alan G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner at Tamarind House was wonderful. My starter of Ika Mata, Cook Islands raw fish salad was outstanding, the prawn pasta was also excellent. The pavlova was large with plenty of fruit. The service was outstanding. I would definitely go back. Ensure you arrive early...More

Thank Elizabeth_and_David
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing right on the beach. Great service. We had dinner here & returned for lunch the next day as enjoyed so much and wanted to try other dishes. Seafood a must. Very large servings. Good wine list . Prices average to high.

Thank Belinda62
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely meal here sitting right by the window looking out over the seas watching the sunset go down. It is fine dining and the meals were lovely. Staff were pleasant and the atmosphere was very romantic if you are just a couple....More

Thank Madness051
Reviewed 1 week ago

Still after all these years visiting great to see service,quality is still wonderful. A Raro institution! Bus stop outside no excuse not to visit!

Thank CantabNZ17
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely location, close to Avarua town and yet has a secluded feeling. A nice colonial style building. Friendly staff and delicious food. Good value.

Thank 50lady61
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best ever Fish curries ever! Service couldn't be beaten anywhere we have travelled! Very fine dining for a low cost! We can't wait to go back this year in August AAAA+

1  Thank bruceg436
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for Sunday lunch after church, surprised that it was almost empty! I suspect dinner (not Sunday) is where the real magic happens but it was a beautiful day and the setting was fabulous as you can see in the pics. A few minor...More

Thank TiggerK1
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Kia orana are you serving Christmas lunch this year and if so could you please give us an idea of the menu.
24 June 2017|
Response from becks1269 | 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
How does a visitor pay for meals on Rarotonga? (currency?) Do you accept american dollars?
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
Hi do yous have a on line menu and prices please
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
US$25 - US$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
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • 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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