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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 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best Fish Curries you can have outside of India. Beautifully restored colonial building on the beach. Well done!

Thank Jayant B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A true fine dining restaurant that would be at home anywhere in the world. Fabulous food, beautifully presented. The restaurant is located in a building that had been the residence for the British Consul-General. It has a waterfront location and lovely spacious grounds that add...More

Thank Michael O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended to go to Tamarind for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. We were there for sunset and I recommended this it is beautiful and romantic. The food is delicious and a cut above the ordinary. I had fish if the...More

Thank donnagS4702EY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is located right on the beach. You can sit and eat your meal inside looking out at the sea or outside in the garden. You may even get to see whales breaching close to the shore. The food is wonderful. we ate there...More

Thank 155richard81
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had some amazing meals in Raro but this place was not one of them. They DO make a very nice mai tai but my meal was dry and my husbands was overcooked, one of our guests had to send back her meal twice as...More

Thank Kirsty H
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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
View, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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