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Istanbul Istanbul

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91 High St, Carterton 5951, New Zealand
06 379 7667
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quick and healthy in Carterton

When in the Wairarapa this is one of three or four restaurants we go to regularly. It is as good as the Wellington Cuba street Istanbul that went west last year, but the atmosphere is quite different. Whereas Wellington was dark and busy, Carterton is clean, bright and quieter, with a greater... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

When in the Wairarapa this is one of three or four restaurants we go to regularly. It is as good as the Wellington Cuba street Istanbul that went west last year, but the atmosphere is quite different. Whereas Wellington was dark and busy, Carterton is clean, bright and quieter, with a greater amount of take-away business. The atmosphere I find... More 

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Carterton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely wee restaurant with good turkish food that always pleases. Can be very busy at times but that suggests the locals understand how good it is. Prices are standard but given the quality of the meals value is excellent.

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Porirua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The staff were run off their feet but still had a big smile and great service. Just got a takeaway for something nice to surprise the family for when I got home.

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Greytown, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I always enjoy my meals at Istanbul, the owner and staff are really friendly and once they know your name you get welcomed by name which is always nice, The decor is done very well just like being in Turkey. The food is good value and always tastes great. Always enjoy going there.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

This was a good Turkish meal, but perhaps a little Istanbul via London - where our host/chef came from? He was good, but there was certainly a touch of London in these Turkish meals. Nice experience and good for a drop in at lunch time.

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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Lovely Turkish feel to the restaurant and very good value and excellent food. Whether you want a sit down meal or a quick takeaway they can provide both.

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Carterton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Seems hard to believe there is a Turkish Restaurant in Carterton, but the Istanbul is the place to go. Ethnic food, good selection, good quantities and a mixture of flavours. There is an area set aside if you want to do it the traditional way and sit on a cushion. Well worth a visit. (Our grandchildren love it)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Very nicely prepared meals filled the needs and diverse tastes of 4 young adults recently. We've eaten here a few times over the years and never been disappointed. The Baklava must be the best value - price for size - in the whole of New Zealand ! Love the Turkish cushions and seating arrangements. Will return!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We were hungry and we decided to stop. It is a pleasant cafe covering what would have been two separate shops. You can order takeaway or eat there. We choose the latter and thought it was nice. Various of the things on display around the walls are for sale. We had the grilled marinaded beef and chicken dishes which were... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We had takeaway meals (I had the delicious vegetarian moussaka) but I wish we had eaten there because the restaurant looks great! There was a raised platform where a large group could sit cross legged to eat, and there was also a selection of jewellery and accessories to look at purchasing - it wasn't overbearing though but added to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 91 High St, Carterton 5951, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wairarapa  >  Carterton
  • Phone Number: 06 379 7667

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Turkish

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