Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Restaurant & Bar

Celebrate your next occasion at the Tamarind House. Tamarind House can easily accommodate corporate events, private parties, birthday or anniversary celebrations for both lunch and dinner.  Your special occasion can either be held at the Tamarind House Main Restaurant or at the Summer House for a private event overlooking the beach and ocean. If you are interested in making a reservation please call us directly at (+682) 26487.

For more details, please email tamarind@oyster.net.ck.

Our Story... 

Most recommended restaurant in Rarotonga... 


Tamarind House was built in 1904, as a home for the management of the Union Steamship Company, later the home of the British Consul. It was refurbished and opened as a restaurant in 2004 by Sue Carruthers  Brown and her husband, Robert Brown.   Sue is originally from Kenya and Robert is a Cook Islander from the island of Mangaia.

Sue & Robert have been in the restaurant business together since 1988, originally with The Flame Tree restaurant, and then Ambala Garden Cafe in their private botanical garden in Muri before opening Tamarind House.  

They named the new restaurant after the tamarind trees that once grew on the roadside at the property but were destroyed in a cyclone.  They have planted a tamarind tree on the edge of the parking area, which like the restaurant, is flourishing.  




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Inspired by her years living and working with food in the Cook Islands, Sue published a cookbook in 2010 called simply South Seas Cuisine. It features tropical recipes from Rarotonga and the Pacific Islands.  South Seas Cuisine was a tribute to the wealth of tropical fruit, vegetables, fresh fish and other foods, found in the Pacific islands.  She also earlier published the Tropical Garden Cookbook inspired by her extensive travels through the Tropics.

Sue & Robbie also own La Casita Mexican Café & The Rickshaw Asian   Cafe,  both simple street cafes in Muri offering the delicious flavours of very affordable ethnic cuisine.


Tamarind House is one of the most recommended restaurants in the Cook Islands.  The Restaurant is spread over two levels and overlooks the beach, lagoon, garden & beach deck.   The VIP area is a veranda wing (upstairs) in the restaurant that seats 10 to 20 people and is a semi-enclosed area on the second level of the restaurant. It is favoured by smaller birthday and wedding parties. 

The Summer House is a private roofed deck with a bar overlooking the private beach and lagoon. This is a popular daytime venue for Corporate Meetings of up to 30 people. Evenings bring a backdrop of the setting sun and a venue for up to 35 seated for a set menu dinner or up to 80 people standing for cocktails.