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Istanbul Cafe

156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
385-4998
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Ranked #249 of 618 restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We had dinner here on a wet, cold windy Wellington evening and were delighted with the food quality and serving. The atmosphere was just great and we were fortunate to be sitting beside the centre fire. Would go back next time we are in Wellington.

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

terrible from the start, got pushed to the bar whilst our table was set, so close too two other tables so we asked for another with more space as the place was half full, our sever didn't like this, angry bold man, shown only the two for one menu with limited choice. (where is the other menu options ? sides?desserts?drinks?... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

Delicious food and speedy service. Presentation of food was good although felt the browning lettuce could of been left off the plate. Only downside was the bathrooms, luckily I ate before using the restroom as they were gross! Outdated, small and extremely smelly and the hot tap was so hot I scaled my hand. But overall good night :)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

A wonderful meal, at a great price. The place was packed out by 6.30pm on a Tuesday night. I enjoyed all the food and the wine was a good price as well.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Istanbul is a solid restaurant. The food is very good and well priced. It offers a BYO service too with a $3.50 corkage fee. The night we went it was hugely busy but there wasn't too long a wait for food or drinks. The moussaka is yummy, but I can probably cook a better lamb shank at home.

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NZ
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451 reviews 451 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We 're not rushing back after our last experience. Slow tired kind of feel to the place. Charged a bYO wine but no ice for the Rose? Bland food served lethargically. Remembering how great it used to be here, now 'average' at best ...maybe not quite

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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Surprisingly a big and busy restaurant, very friendly and helpful staff, very prompt service, awesome food ! The belly dance was stunning! We had a really good time with family and friends! Thank you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Cosy and friendly with beautiful food. Great location in Cuba street. Would definitely return on further visits to Wellington!

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Fantastic Turkish food in very popular venue - great service and well looked after - doesn't need more to be said - just go and experience it!!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Delicious turkish food, nice atmosphere but can get a little loud. BYO is a bonus. Only time we haven't been satisfied was on 2 for 1 night - meals seemed a lot smaller, not quite a nicely presented. But they were very busy, and one meal was free so...

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