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Tamarind House Restaurant

$$$$Seafood, ,
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, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

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 27 February 2018

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 21 February 2018 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 16 February 2018

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
Reviewed 13 February 2018

I had the Brie appy was okay not outstanding. My husband had the wine braised Lamb Shank, I think they forgot the wine, It came with mashed potatoes and FROZEN PEAS!? I would have expected seasonal vegetables not FROZEN PEAS.The Lamb was okay however there...More

1  Thank ElizabethKelowna
Reviewed 7 February 2018

A large variety of choice on the menu to please all family members. The seafood platter to share was amazing. Highly recommend Tamarind House & it's wonderful setting.

Thank catia672018
Reviewed 5 February 2018

this is one of the finer places to dine and has a great menu - it is set up for those who have an eye for fine dining.

Thank 021TainaS
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

On our latest trip to Rarotonga we had an awesome meal at Tamarind House. Once again it was a most enjoyable seafood meal of nainly local produce. They have kept their high standards up and never fail to disappoint!! Highly recommended for an awesome meal...More

Thank Libby R
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Tamarind is set in a lovely, colonial house directly on the beach close to town. Parking can be tricky at busy times (as it was for us). We went as a couple for our 'date night' (leaving our teens at home). We chose the Tamarind...More

2  Thank Fareeater
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Ate here for a dinner and a lunch recently. Food was excellent on both occasions. Vegetable lasagne was very good and a notch above what you usually get. On the second visit I had the halloumi salad followed by the fruit Pavlov - both were...More

Thank Elaine393
Reviewed 18 January 2018

Have been here for casual drinks on the beachfront as well as seated for a four course meal. Both times came prompt service and deliverance. The food was good in portion size as well as being luxuriously tasty for all types of peoples tastes. If...More

Thank Kaitlyn Nicol N
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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
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, 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
  • 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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