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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
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Today
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:30 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:30 - 23:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This would be one of only a couple of 'smarter' restaurants in Rarotonga. However shorts and a smart shirt are still the order of the day. It's a beautiful old colonial house right on the beach with beautiful views both during the day and as the sun is setting. Its location is just outside of the main town and its... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here. The setting is an old villa built in 1901 for the Union Steam ship company with some further additions. The food was excellent and you had a good choice. If you get there early enough you can go and watch the sun go down on the beach close by.

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Thank harvard1078
Auckland, New Zealand
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of, the service is amazing...for a start the waiter remembered us from 2 years ago! Food was fantastic, can't fault it. Sashimi was like steaks! Kids meal was polished off very quickly - salad and all. Steak was cooked perfectly, with all sides just as good. Pasta was made fresh, and wow! Prices were actually no higher than some... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of 10 went here for dinner and we weren't disappointed. Our waiter was great with the kids and accommodating with the couple of changes to some meals we had to make. Everthing from the food to the setting was fantastic. Would definitely go back and recommend others also.

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Thank Rebecca P
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137 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding, absolutely loved the food, the service, the atmosphere, loved every minute of it. The staff are attentive, the food is great portion sizes and beautifully done and plated, and the atmosphere was relaxed upmarket and tropical, all three of us were in agreement that this is one of the better restaurants in Rarotonga, recommend booking for a lovely beachside... More 

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St. George, Utah
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our favorite restaurant on Rarotonga. The sashimi melted inour mouth. I could have had three servings of it for dinner and dessert! The setting is exceptional and real luxury. We took many pictures during and after dinner of the food and setting. A meal to remember.

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Thank Carla C
Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely location and one you eat dinner at with a view despite rain. We had the seafood platter other people have raved about... We felt the platter was a mix of fine dining dishes and more basic 'fish and chip shop' dishes. It was a lot of food and we only just finished it after a 2 hour swim and... More 

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Greenock, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate at the restaurant on our last night on the island and we were not disappointed. Spectacular location, friendly staff and excellent food. It's fine dining with an emphasis on fish. Not inexpensive but well worth it.

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Aitutaki Cook Islands
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent menu, service, view (especially in whale season) and delicious food. Moderately high prices and worth it.

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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful view of the water. Excellent food. We had the best tuna sashimi ever here, and the seafood chowder was also excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Romantic, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 14:00
Monday
18:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
18:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 14:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?