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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish curry” (64 reviews)
“blackened tuna” (17 reviews)
“pavlova” (14 reviews)
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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 2 weeks ago

A trip to Rarotonga wouldn't be complete without at least one dinner at the historic Tamarind House. The food is fantastic and the outlook is hard to beat. You will need to book though because it is very popular with locals as well as visitors.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Vacation252820
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the best dinners I’ve ever had. The fish was so delicious and all of the ingredients worked perfectly together. The pavlova was light and extremely tasty. The service was quick and the staff were so friendly. Thank you so much!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MargieB369
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding, they definitely make sure you are satisfied with your visit ,

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank chunks_norton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I dined here with my husband twice whilst in Rarotonga. First time was celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary so we had two courses...mains and dessert. Second time we just ordered a main. I'd read in the tripadvisor reviews that the steaks were tough and chewy...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank seniorluvstotravel
Reviewed 13 December 2018

We chose this restaurant based on local referral as being the best on the island. We celebrated our daughter's birthday and really enjoyed the location, the service, the extensive menu & wine list.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RJD58
Reviewed 12 December 2018

We ate dinner here twice on our week in Raro and both times the meals were fabulous. The fish was delicious and the wine list had good offerings. The views are stunning. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Maree R
Reviewed 11 December 2018

We've eaten here many times on our trips to Rarotonga and always had a great experience. The lunch specials are excellent value and the blackened tuna is divine. Service is friendly and the setting is lovely.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nicola J
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Fantastic view and great food. This was the best meal we had on the island. Service was amazing and we have recommended Tamarind house to friends traveling.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank kaylesha
Reviewed 3 December 2018

We have been going to Tamarind House now for 8yrs. On our last visit earlier this year we went there for a couple of meals before our children arrived and said we would bring the grandchildren with us next time. They were all smiles until...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Morticia2
Raroliving, Manager at Tamarind House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2018

Kia Orana Morticia, We do strongly recommend reservations (including on the board outside our restaurant, our website and our facebook page), and if children are mentioned at the time of booking we request that guests come at 5:30pm or book the adjacent summerhouse venue where...More

Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

We received a referral as a must dine in. 11 people for dinner, we didn’t have a reservation. But the lovely lady made up a table and we were extremely happy. A couple of large tables were already there and partying. Tamarind restaurant is a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank X9477ZRkarenm
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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
26 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 David nJacquie O | 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$ 12 - US$ 67
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 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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