Tamarind House Restaurant & Ukulele Bar

Tamarind House Restaurant & Ukulele Bar

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Hours
Mon
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri
11:00 am - 2:00 pm5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice Best of the Best 2017

RATINGS
Food
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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About
With delicious and world-renowned Pacific cuisine, superb cocktails, an evening with your loved ones or any occasion at Tamarind House and Ukulele bar is an extra special experience. Whether your requirements are large or small, we are eager to accommodate you with an occasion that you will long remember. Tamarind House Restaurant and Ukulele Bar is a versatile venue offering five different areas to suit any occasion. 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. Ukulele Bar on the beach open from noon daily is a great place to while away seagazing with a drink and light meal Tamarind 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.
PRICE RANGE
$15 – $75
CUISINES
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Polynesian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach, Gift Cards Available
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,605 reviews
Excellent
1,087
Very good
346
Average
117
Poor
30
Terrible
25
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

graham j
Christchurch8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Spectacular setting. But the curry was absolutely horrible. Overall experience excellent but the curry !!!! - brown - as if a 10 year old had mixed cornflower plus water plus something undescriblely brown and proudly presented it . Did mention this to waitstaff but no feedback at all. G
Written 28 March 2024
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IlaiF
Auckland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 family
First time here & it didn’t disappoint. Great service welcoming staff & food/drinks came out quickly so we didn’t wait too long! Platter was exceptional hats off to the chef 10/10. View from the restaurant was amazing, added bonus! Definitely coming back when we’re back in the island!
Written 6 March 2024
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Sam
New Plymouth2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 couples
Had an amazing time here the service was brilliant. A beautiful location and the service and attitude from the staff was exceptional. Food and drinks were the best on the island. Definitely coming back here we had a great time
Written 23 February 2024
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Hafkiwi
Cape Elizabeth587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
One of the best restaurants on the island. Ate there twice . The views are amazing, lovely attentive staff! The manager was accommodating and stopped by for a nice catch-up.
Written 11 February 2024
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Karine
Auckland130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 family
Good quality ingredients, very fresh fish Mahi-mahi and Tuna, curry still excellent, really interesting and fresh salads - took trouble with presentation and service was professional. Shame we couldn’t fit desert as they looked fabulous. And some terrific old school desert coffees! Great smart beach vibe and a nice sense of ‘occasion’ … we will be back.
Written 3 February 2024
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AnAli
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 couples
Excellent service, lovely view and nice old building. Food was fresh and tasty with a good range on the menu. Well worth a visit
Written 22 January 2024
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Curious25547377192
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
Great location and service. Meals were disappointing. Chicken curry was 60% potato 40% chicken, flimsy mini roti and miniscule portions of chutney and raita. Partners beer battered fish was just that, no garnish or greenery to be seen. Not value for money.
Written 1 January 2024
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Hafkiwi
Cape Elizabeth587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
Stunning surroundings. Delightful waitstaff. Delicious food. Returning for another dinner ! One of the best on the island.
Written 25 December 2023
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Jacqueline H
Brisbane9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
Beautiful service and a tasty selection of food. Entrees quite big I couldn’t finish my main & definitely no room for dessert. However my main was good with a fresh salad the next day. The entrees we shared were the Arancini and seafood chowder. So so good. Stunning views of the sea.
Written 5 December 2023
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Dooogong
Wollongong123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
Lovely place for dinner. Food was amazing! The vegetarian lasagna was amazing!! Indi at the Ukulele Bar was the perfect bar tender! Inside the restaurant can get a bit noisy, but if you manage to book a table away from large groups its quite nice.
Written 1 December 2023
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JoAnna C
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 solo
Pros: delicious cocktails & views Cons: chicken tastes like rubber, way overcooked. The rice was undercooked. Completely overpriced for the low quality. Cheesecake was super salty. I don’t normally write reviews but for the price I was super disappointed ~ warning people before to not order the chicken or cheesecake The restaurant did take off the cheesecake from my bill because they saw I didn’t eat much of either of the plates. It was also my birthday dinner and definitely did not feel special. Honestly just go here for the drinks and views.
Written 27 November 2023
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BRET D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
Wow - what a place - and old house on a large property turned into a Pacifc Palace We started at the beach bar with great music from one of the locals and amazing cocktails Then fine dining in the restored 200 year old governors home - with fantastic food and service Don’t miss this
Written 11 November 2023
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DougieNZ1
Plimmerton87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 family
An excellent venue and the food and staff attention were top class! We were there for my mothers 80th birthday. I had a quiet word with one of the staff and the staff came out and delivered her dessert and sung her happy birthday. This made the night very special. I would highly recommend this venue for that special occasion.
Written 7 November 2023
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LJay
Mount Maunganui90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 friends
I was a bit disappointed this time, more in the atmosphere than the food. There wasn't a pleasant, comfortable seating area for pre-dinner drinks, (without going indoors without a view) firstly. Then at dinner time it was 'busy' with a mix of young families and groups, so wasn't the best for conversation. Granted, nothing to be done about that. Food. however, was very nice and staff attention very good.
Written 13 October 2023
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RachaelandAndrewNZ
116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 couples
We have been coming to the Cook Islands for many year now however had never visited Tamarind House or The Ukulele Bar. This trip (on advice from local friends) we decided to pop in and take a look at the Tamarind House location. What a gem of a location! As a result we decided to stay for a couple of drinks at the Ukulele Bar next door. We arrived at 2.30pm, just after the lunch and before the dinner crowd. What an absolutely lovely bar. Very calm and peaceful. Fantastic music playlist (70's/80's etc). We had the best cocktails and bar food. We were so impressed, that we decided to come back the following day before our flight home. An absolutely highlight was the outstanding service we received from Indi. He made our wonderful experience. We have since recommended this bar to several friends who have visited since we got home. We will definitely make this a regular hangout from now on and will also try Tamarind House next visit. 5 star experience!
Written 9 October 2023
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