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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Great atmosphere but the lamb was dry. A real shame

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Allie H
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Hawera, New Zealand
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English first
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 31, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

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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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 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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38 reviews
22 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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Gold Coast
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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12 restaurant reviews
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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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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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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 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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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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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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