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Tamarind House Restaurant

) #1 of 23 Restaurants in Avarua $$$$ Seafood, European,
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, Gluten Free Options
Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is colonial style restored and has a lovely setting right near the beach.... We reserved a seat and had the perfect setting....Congratulations was given to us by friendly staff. Food was excellent....the seafood chowder soup, tempura prawns for entrees were delicious...for mains chicken...More

Thank Rosemarie G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice location with a relaxing atmosphere. Sunset was beautiful and they had the doors all open to provide an inside/outside open air experience. Food and service were both good.

Thank MDRams
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were really looking forward to this meal and were sadly disappointed. The food was mediocre and not worth the money. The service was poor with our bottle of wine just being plonked down. Eat elsewhere. Go to vaima!

Thank Emily C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is under a large verandah looking out over a lawn area toward the sea. Relaxed, casual environment. We had the yellow fin tuna and beer-battered wahoo. Both were exceptionally fresh and well-cooked. The battered fish came with 5 largish wedges/fries and a small...More

Thank custy_10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A large group of us had dinner at this restaurant. The service was very good and the food was excellent. I can especially recommend the Ika mata, it is just superb. The seafood platter is also worth trying.

Thank Bigall1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Several of us went to this restaurant. everyone had a good meal and the service was very good. The fish was beautifully cooked, I can especially recommend the ika mata and the seafood platter. This is excellent value and delicious

Thank Allan Helen W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife took me here near the end of our time on Raro for a special treat. She had the Rib eye steak and I had the Fettuccine with prawns (the prawns were the best that I had on the entire tripartite). Both meals were...More

Thank Derek W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were recommended this place for a fine-dining experience for my birthday while on a family holiday last week. The setting was lovely, garden all lit up and lovely old villa that has been restored. It would be an even nicer place...More

Thank achammond12
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a Cook Islander and have been back living in Rarotonga for the past twelve years after nearly thirty years in Australia where good food rules! If I have a special occasion, or even if I don't, Tamarind House is always my first choice. Because...More

Thank truthinreporting
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely location to eat. Great food. Friendly waiters. Great view on the lagoon. Colonial style house. Wonderful dessert. M&M

Thank Maarten P
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24 June 2017|
Response from becks1269 | 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
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
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View
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
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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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