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Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
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Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
+682 20 501
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tumunu Tropical was just down the road from our resort in Rarotonga so we strolled there for dinner one evening. We had a great time. The decor is quirky and there are displays and posters which catch your eye and generate discussion. We sat inside although there is also a large outdoor area. They were also playing a great selection... More 

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Thank Izy60
TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Kia Orana Thank you so much for your review. Team here at Tumunu are so pleased to hear that you and your husband had enjoyed your time, meals, displays on the walls/ceiling and our service here at Tumunu Garden Restaurant and Bar. We hope that we will see you again on your next visit to our shores. Meitaki Maata Team... More 

Woollamia
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of 10 dined at Tumunu during our last visit to Rarotonga. We have dined here before so basically new what to expect and as always Tumunu didn't disappoint. Service is good, the Cocktails never fail to disappoint, food is plentiful and well prepared and presented, all of our meals arrived timely and as always with a smile. We'll... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff were funny, helpful and pleasant. Their recommendations: Zesty Lemon Braised Fish - Fillets of fresh deep sea fish, braised in a zesty lemon butter sauce served on creamy spinach, mash potatoes and garden fresh salad $32 and the Garlic Prawns - Peeled prawns,skewered and braised in garlic butter served with spinach mach potatoes and garden fresh salad -... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food a must, darts night on Tuesday a must and great to meet the ex-pats who make you very welcome. Ideally situated and a great place to chill and relax at the end of the day.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was my third visit to the Cook Islands and I come back to the Tumunu every time. Their wonderful atmosphere and delicious food are hard to top. My husband and I aren't big eaters but we split the Seafood Platter for two and absolutely stuffed ourselves - everything was so tasty and fresh we couldn't stop! Oh and for... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

My husband and I got the &80 seafood platter for two. Oh my if you can get through this, you are doing extremely well. A fabulous meal with a lovely, down to earth waitress.

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Arorangi, Cook Islands
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

We are there every Tuesday for yummy whole hearted meals, a great laugh, game of social darts and the embience ...love

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Thank JoKupu
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I haven't been here for so many years and the only bad thing I can say is I'm sad I waited so long to go back and try it again. Very good quality food and the service is really very very good. So friendly and I love the atmosphere.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, nice food, reasonable prices, nice setting. Nice resident cat! Have been before, will go again!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The character of this place is awesome. The food was amazing and the service was good. Would definitely visit again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Arorangi, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Arorangi
  • Phone Number: +682 20 501
Description
A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us! A fun place for children too with a garden and "dancing laser fire flys"

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?