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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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293 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lovely setting with rolling lawn to the beach. Enjoyed the steak and sashimi and also the desserts (sticky pudding, brûlée and passionfruit tart). But seafood pasta was overcooked and french fries were frozen chips cooked badly. For my money, the restuarant OTB (see other review) was much better for fine dining. Tip: If you do go, take plenty of mosquito... More 

Thank familyfuninsun
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

After 3 weeks in Raro our final meal out was at Tamarind House.it was their first night open after their christmas break. Everything was excellent. The drinks were cold the seafood prepared to perfection and great service. The location and grounds also made for a perfect balmy eveming of culinary delights.

Thank Libby R
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My fiancé and I absolutely LOVED this place, the food is just amazing, the staff are so friendly and welcoming and look after your every need. We wish we had a Tamarind House in NZ, we will be back!

Thank katyw593
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117 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice location, close to town and lovely view. The tables were arranged strangely as the people behind us were awesomely set up as a diamond with a great view but we were set up as a square facing a beam and the fold out doors trying to fight for the view. A bit annoying but it happens. Grand building but... More 

Thank Australiacatcat
Melbourne, Australia
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205 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on our first night as it was the the closest place we could walk to from our hotel. It was a real blessing in the end as the quality of food was excellent. Service good and it was a waterfront location. Not cheap but worth what we paid for the great food we received. Probably pick of the... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location is gorgeous, down a longish driveway and right by the beach. The views are uninterrupted and dreamy. The villa itself is old with the history of the people who once lived there. We sat out on the deck which steps down onto the lawn. It can open up or be closed up from the weather. Quite a lovely... More 

Thank whanau_travels
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269 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Remodelled government residence - now capable providing an excellent venure for weddings and functions and for families and couples having dinner or lunch. My preferred restaurant in Raro.

Thank DTG59
Adelaide, Australia
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can understand why this is a must go to when in Raratonga...beautiful elegant building which has been lovingly restored. .the location amazing right on the beach with lovely gardens and the food was superb. .all our meals were faultless. .staff and service was great ..don't miss out on eating here.

Thank studiowild
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food well presented and fresh seafood.Will always visit when in Rarotonga. Need to book first to be sure of a table.

Thank johnandkathyw
Greater Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If visiting Raratonga, Tamarind House is a must visit for lunch or dinner. Overlooking the Pacific (facing east) the restaurant is a restored colonial house. Reservations are highly recommended, especially if you want a table near the windows. By Raratonga standards, the food is very good and reasonably priced. I had a rib eye steak which was perfectly cooked. It... 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
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
Business meetings, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, 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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