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Istanbul Cafe

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156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
385-4998
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 5
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and service in Cuba Street

Four of us had lunch at the Istanbul cafe in Cuba Street, great service and information from Rachel, lovely food at a reasonable price on the specials menu and we also had a nice wine. Definitely worth a visit for lunch, we would go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
mnmh
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Gold Coast
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Was here for my birthday dinner, ordered the seafood platter, when it arrived there were four things missing off the platter, no king prawns, no smoked salmon, no smoked mussels and the calamari was just squid rings that you can get at the supermarket. If we had have known this when ordering we would not have ordered this platter.We called... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

First time eating out at a Turkish Restaurant. Heard heaps of good things about this place and was super excited when my flatmate decided to celebrate his birthday dinner here. We went on a "2 for 1 mains" night which was awesome! Got to try the Garlic Prawn entree (omg possibly the best GP's I've ever eaten) and the Sigara... More 

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Gold Coast
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Four of us had lunch at the Istanbul cafe in Cuba Street, great service and information from Rachel, lovely food at a reasonable price on the specials menu and we also had a nice wine. Definitely worth a visit for lunch, we would go back.

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Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Good kebabs and good quick service. Causal and affordable - a great place for lunch in the vibrant Cuba Mall.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Looked like a good menu so walked in, could see tables were full but asked if one might be available soon.Yep,they said they'd ring me in next half hour. Went next door + waited. Nothing. Son walked past but yeah still people at table. Waited some more. No call. Table empty. Cool, let's go. Inside:Possibly rudest girl I've ever met... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Friendly efficient service. Well-priced specials menu, with affordable drinks list. Definitely worthwhile casual dining experience in Cuba St Mall.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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145 reviews 145 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great casual restaurant with very good food. We had one chicken dish and one mixed meat dish with a very tasty fresh salad, hummus. Excellent value for money. Happy friendly staff. Nice Middle East background music. Would highly recommend.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Amazing value, well prepared, fresh salads, large servings, excellent service from two beautiful French girls, good decor and the inevitable Turkish soundtrack is unobtrusive

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Apparently only open for a couple of months, and just recently with a bar license, the Istanbul provided us with a very good, tasty meal and bottle of wine for a very good price, in comparison to other restaurants in the Cuba St. area. The menu had a good variety of dishes, and the chicken dishes we ordered were excellent.... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This isn't a vegetarian restaurant but has excellent choices for vegetarians. In particular, the vegetarian moussaka is probably the best I've ever eaten - not just a thoughtless compromise dish made by simply removing the meat from the regular moussaka, which one encounters so often, but thought out from scratch - and it was delicious. The serves, both appetisers and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 385-4998

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Turkish

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