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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
Closed now
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Sun 09:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family went here to celebrate a birthday on a recomendation from a local. The food was lovely, service was great with views of the water. Would definately go back again.

Thank Marg M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On 1st Feb we arrived for dinner, no other patrons there. We didn't have a booking, but felt that as we were early and tourist season had slowed we would be ok. "Let me see what's available?" Well during the course of our 75 mins there only 2 other couples arrived. So not sure why we were made to feel... More 

Thank Stuart C
London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had 2 meals here - one night we went for mains - steak & tuna steak, both were excellent. As seems to be the norm in Rarotonga the meals are large. Second time we ate here we chose the seafood platter for 2 - we were 3 & still couldn't finish it, excellent dishes on this platter.

Thank kayejust
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was my birthday dinner so we booked a table at Tamarind House and what a lovely evening it was. The staff are so friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make the evening fun. The kitchen produced a wonderful gluten free chocolate torte (with very little notice) which tasted great. The food was terrific, plump fresh... More 

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Kimberley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a restaurant that fits the ambiance when you wish to "dress up island style" good casual and feel you are out for a special evening at a special place.

Thank RnDBCCanada2014
St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beachside position and looking directly across to the Ocean Pleasant gardens and ideal to meet friends for pre dinner drinks Lovely old colonial property with lots of atmosphere Professional and helpful staff helped us to make our dinner choice The menu was not extensive but choice available was very adequate in its variety. Good choice of wine Excellent fresh... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We shared a seafood platter, it was generous, fresh, so so delicious. The waiting staff helped organise a birthday celebration. Going out of their way to organise for dietary requirements. A beautiful evening

Thank msmanda2015
Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bills itself as fine dining but I wouldn’t Ho that far. Service was poor. Told we couldn't sit near the window even though we booked and were there for my husband's birthday yet no one took the tables before we left. A local came in and was clearly given priority to have a window table without a booking. Poor management... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for breakfast on the beach we had a amazing meal for breakfast and and view of the ocean, and great food & services. Please check out this place.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Tamarind to celebrate the birthday of a friend while visiting Raru. The staff went out of their way to make the night a special one - from seating our (large) party in a great location by the windows, to baking a beautiful and delicious gluten free cake! Each of us loved our starters and meals, and the house... More 

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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
US$25 - US$100
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Romantic, Groups
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?