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Istanbul Cafe

European, Turkish
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156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
385-4998
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 16
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  • 7
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  • 5
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nothing special

Food was okay the salad was sad looking. Very friendly and helpful staff. Probably wouldn't visit again

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Hanna C
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was okay the salad was sad looking. Very friendly and helpful staff. Probably wouldn't visit again

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Thank Hanna C
Auckland, New Zealand
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Went down for lunch a couple of days ago and my simple advice is.....Please stay far far away from this restaurant as the food is really SaaaaaaD!!!!!

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Thank arby235
Wellington, New Zealand
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The food here was fantastic - a solid plateful of bread, salad and stew. I'd definitely recommend the 2 for 1 weekly daily deals where you can get two mains for $30 from a selected list of courses. Really filling and very tasty - and I'm not usually a fan of Turkish food! The service was nothing special - really... More 

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Hawera, New Zealand
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Was really excited to eat here and our group packed the café to the max. The entrees arrived platter style and were tasty but was disappointed with my lamb main. It was dry

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Thank Allie H
Wellington, New Zealand
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77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

Went for dinner arrived and were seated towards the back. Ordered and watched the seats next to us pile up, soon our conversation devolved into 8 people speak. Meals arrived and what i expected of a halloumi dish was drowning in tabouleh sauce and my partners dish wasnt any better. Scoffed as fast as we could to leave as fast... More 

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Thank Lsas26
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 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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Thank Zippygirl61
Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank Steff M
Gold Coast
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42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 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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Thank mnmh
Lower Hutt City, Wellington, New Zealand
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129 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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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Thank Wayne M
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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: European, Turkish

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