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Tamarind House Restaurant

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Avarua Main Road, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
+682 26 487
09:30 - 14:00
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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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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our favourite places to go on the island. We love it for lunch but it is also open for dinner. The views of the ocean are breath-taking and there are some stairs that lead down to the sand. We often start & end our trips to Rarotonga on those stairs with a bottle of wine - dreaming and... More 

2 Thank DistantVoyagerNZ
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

White table cloths, fine dining, open outlook to the ocean. Impeccable knowledgeable staff. Great quiet atmosphere, you feel you are somewhere special.... which you are, can't beat it!

1 Thank AMacEdinburgh
Wellington, New Zealand
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of family and friends over for a wedding, dined here prior to the wedding . We enjoyed a pre dinner drink admiring the views . A set menu was prearranged which suited all including vegetarians and gluten free diets. For many it was there first dining experience in Rarotonga. Loved the brie entrée and the baileys cheesecake superb.

Thank Andysafrica11
Avarua, Cook Islands
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Congratulations to the owners for their success in maintain the food and standard of raro. No other place can define the real taste best dining experience on the island just what we want best light attractive and filling........will highly recommend don't miss tamarind for dining lunch or dinner simply the best

Thank Samantha F
Hervey Bay, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lunch we had was fresh, tasty and filling. Very good service and the view looking out over the reef and ocean helps you enjoy your meal and very cold drinks a lot more. I'm told by friends and locals it is a good viewing platform during whale season.

Thank Neil K
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a delicious lunch of fish curry, with tomato salsa, cucumber raiti and banana and coconut with poppadoms. The restaurant is waterfront and the restaurant has a lot of character with French doors across the entire front. Great service and food

Thank LorraineCQueensland
Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had our last dinner here on Rarotonga at the Tamarind house - we should have come here every night. Tamarind house is noted as fine dining so we thought one meal here would be enough for our budget- big mistake!!!! The food is sublime, the staff attentive , the location stunning - best restaurant we've been to in a... More 

Thank mummycate
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here Valentines Day 2017 plus our Anniversary and we were more than pleasantly surprised and delighted with everything that special night. The setting is just magnificent and to have food at such a high standard & quality was sensational, service staff are the Best,super courteous, well trained and welcoming. To fault Tamarind House's food, service, location, ambiance' you would... More 

Thank Gary B
Monza, Italy
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260 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Tamarind House Restaurant for dinner, it was suggested by some italian people living in Rarotonga. The atmosphere is quite sophisticated, I see on their website that the restaurant also organises weddings and special events. If you are travelling on a budget, I suggest to keep this restaurant as an option for a "special occasion". We had a... More 

Thank BurgerQueen78
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

You get a feel of the past there in a nice old house by the sea in a quiet parc. Lunch was giving you the perfect idea of Rarotonga.

Thank Michael E

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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
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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
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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