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Istanbul Restaurant & Patisserie

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1000 Aaron Rd, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-5019
732-940-1122
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Very Hearty, Sumptuous Weekend Lunch

We have been to this place many times in the last few years. Like previously, the place did not disappoint. Four of us came for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The place was quite empty when we arrived, but filled up quickly. The absolutely delicious starter bread, soft on the inside with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
FoodieandHistoryBuff
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Somerset, New Jersey
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Somerset, New Jersey
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286 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to this place many times in the last few years. Like previously, the place did not disappoint. Four of us came for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. The place was quite empty when we arrived, but filled up quickly. The absolutely delicious starter bread, soft on the inside with the crispy crust on the outside, was served... More 

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maryland usa
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We were happy to find this little gem not far from our hotel. Nice ethic decor, friendly staff and excellent food. I have been to Turkey several times, my husband has not and was a little reluctant to go, but he is glad he did. The servings were a little large for me, and I got a dessert to go... More 

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

coincidentally I went to this restaurant on ramzan. So there was long waiting. My wife ordered a veggi dish suggested by the waiter. It cam up as a plate full of overly boiled vegetables in loose gravy. My wife couldn't have second bite. The waiter could feel the disappointment and did not charge for it. My chichen on yogurt was... More 

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Thank Nik0312
New Jersey
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103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We are only occasional visitors in Turkish restaurants, but I would judge this one as good or better than most in the area. We shared a large kebob combination platter -- I would rate most as above average, one or two just average. Nice ambiance and low prices. Crowded at dinner time on Sunday.

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Thank NotAccidental
Marlboro, New Jersey
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225 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I found this restaurant to be really nice tho it was noisier than it had been. It was recently redecorated and has no sound buffers. However, It is still the same owners tho so the food was delicious. Even the chicken skewers, which are white meat and are usually dry, were moist. The price is reasonable.......only $70 for a couple,... More 

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Thank Joanne L
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We had been to Istanbul about 1 year ago & decided to come again for dinner after a movie. They must have been short in help in the kitchen because our dinner did not meet up to our expectations. I ordered the liver as my main course though the portion was plentiful the liver was so overcooked tasted like leather.... More 

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Thank ebmom48
North Brunswick, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

First time here. Came with friends who are regulars. Had the Istanbul Combination and it was outstanding. Baklava for dessert was tasty as well. Will definitely come back next time I'm in town.

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Thank Tom D
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Has become a go-to restaurant for us. The food and service have been consistently good, regardless of how crowded it is. Recommend the kebabs, and the desserts are great. Try the kazandibi.

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Thank Bill S
North Brunswick, New Jersey
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80 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went there with great expectations and ordered just 2 items to takeout as we were in hurry. They said 10-15 mins of wait, which was ok. But, it took 45 mins!! At one moment, I thought to cancel the order while waiting, but then I really wanted to taste their food. BTW, the food is average, we didn’t find... More 

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Thank rutansh
NO. BRUNSWICK, NJ USA
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great food, service, ambiance! I order the same thing every time I come because I LOVE what i get. I get the Istanbul Combination as the main meal because there are different Turkish food to taste on one plate. Portion is generous. Got baba gunnush (not sure of spelling) as an appetizer to share with a friend who came for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 Aaron Rd, North Brunswick, NJ 08902-5019
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  North Brunswick
  • Phone Number: 732-940-1122

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Turkish
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?