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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%
Travellers talk about
“fish curry” (55 reviews)
“pork belly” (25 reviews)
“tuna” (17 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM Hours
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A lovely setting, lovely food, lovely and helpful staff, what more could one want when dining out. If booking in advance, book a window seat.

Thank Annelies F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful setting for this beautiful restaurant. Set in an old colonial style house looking out to see. Friendly waiter who was only to happy to take our photos. The food was outstanding and the deserts were delicious. Went there twice.

Thank 702lynleyc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had saved Tamarind House for our final dinner in Rarotonga, and it didn't disappoint. The food, atmosphere, and drink options were amazing - favourite meal out by far! The prawns were a standout - huge and juicy!

Thank SarahCampbellNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined at Tamarind House twice. You need to book ahead and that is not difficult. Staff and Management are most accommodating and very professional. The wine list is very good and the food excellent. The location is beautiful.

Thank Peter W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at historic Tamarind House, starting with the tempura prawns. Our mains of seared blackened tuna (a generous piece) and poached mahi-mahi were delicious. Our window table had a lovely view of the lagoon, and we watched a couple of fishermen...More

Thank AnnieV3833
Raroliving, Manager at Tamarind House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your evening with us. Look forward to seeing you again when the opportunity arises.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate here one night while staying in Rarotonga, my Air BnB was just up the road from it. I ordered the Rib-eye Steak with hand cut fries and mushroom sauce. The steak was cooked perfectly and the mushroom sauce was amazing. It had nice...More

Thank DeirdreShiels
Raroliving, Manager at Tamarind House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Orana Deirdre. It is always great to get specific dish feedback like yours. Will mention to the chef about a few more fries if possible :) Some guests have asked that we reduce our main serving size so that they have room for starters...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to come for lunch with my husband and the view was amazing on this gorgeous day. I ordered the lunch special which was fish curry with a chocolate fondant dessert. The curry was good but the dessert was absolutely horrible. A piece of small...More

1  Thank bluegal
Raroliving, Manager at Tamarind House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Orana Bluegal, We are glad you enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere of Tamarind House at lunchtime. A chocolate fondant is rich chocolate sponge filled with a chocolate melting middle and is not meant to have icing poured over, but rather chocolate oozes from the middle....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In Rarotonga on a 'working holiday' for a couple of weeks my wife and I were really looking forward to a night off after working for 10 days straight. a dinner somewhere special sounded great and on recommendation we booked at Tamarind. We had booked...More

1  Thank John M
Raroliving, Manager at Tamarind House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Orana John, Thank you for your compliments on the eggplant entree and ika mata raw fish salad, and we are glad the food service was timely. We have discussed your feedback with our three front of house staff, whom normally get positive comments about...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome setting and super friendly staff . We had a few bottles of wine and got really drunk . We think the food was really good but can’t be 100%. Good times with the Mcintyre’s.

Thank Ivorylozbre
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had dinner at tamarind restaurant on Valentine's Day. The staff there is top notch and the three course set meal for that night had a lot of variety to choose from. We both had the smoked tuna mango salad for a starter which was so...More

Thank cooks18
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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
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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
  • 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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