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Istanbul Restaurant & Patisserie

1000 Aaron Rd, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-5019
732-940-1122
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Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
new jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have been to Istanbul several times now with a fairly large family group. The food and service have always been excellent. Even those guests who have never before had any sort of middle eastern food thoroughly enjoyed all the appetizers, entrees and deserts. I look forward to a repeat performance whenever we're in the area.

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

i went there twice for lunch and definitely recommend it if you like mediterranean cuisine. it's very affordable too

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Monroe, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The kebab's are uniformly excellent. Strongly recommend the Icli Kofte and for veggies Imam Bayildi for starters. Kuzu Tandir as an entrée is out of this world. You will have to wait longer than your friends to get the dish, but the wait is well worth it. Slow cooked lamb off the bone that is spiced and softened to perfection.... More

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I love the Istanbul combination platter and my wife loves the lamb chops. The grape leaves are some of the best we have had. The bread and oil with olives make for a perfect start to your meal. It is BYOW so that makes it an especially good value.

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NJ
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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

On a Saturday night when the temperature was well below freezing, Istanbul was a fine addition to our dining experience. It occupies a two store footprint in a small mall just off Route One behind a farmers market with a signature plaster cow outside. The owners are from southeast Turkey and they offer dishes from that part of the world.... More

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pa
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Food was very good, service was a little haphazard. It was very busy and could have maybe used more help, but fresh and well prepared food helped. Convenient to regal Cinema.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Istanbul R & P is right off US1 (northbound) , past the new BJ's . Decent portions and the food tasted fresh. Though our greek friends did all the ordering for us. The crowd looked for local , with it seemed a lot of regulars. Now they are also open for breakfast

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had an opportunity to visit this place recently. The decor of the restaurant is really good; they have tried to give it a Turkish feel. The menu has several vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. For appetizers we ordered Falafel & Zucchini pancakes. The pancakes were amazing! This was followed by Veggie Shish and 1/2 Doner 1/2 Chicken Shish. The veggie... More

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Minnesota
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114 reviews 114 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Used to live around here; whenever I come back, I try and see if there are any new restaurant finds. This Turkish place is just off Route 1, in a non-descript strip mall. Had take out, which was pretty good, with large portions. Not superb, but pretty good, a decent alternative option in an area (central NJ) that for some... More

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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45 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Spotted this place when going to farmers market next door (won't go back there) . However, a few nights later wife & I went to Istanbul for dinner. Started with tea and eggplant appetizer, excellent. I had chopped chicken & beef skewers, excellent. Wife had falafel, they were good but there were so many other more exiting things to try.... More

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