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Istanbul Istanbul

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91 High St, Carterton 5951, New Zealand
06 379 7667
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Dining options: Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good healthy food and fast service - excellent kebabs

Have been here many times as we pass through Carterton. Their Kebabs are excellent - filled with lots of meat and salad. My daughter says the falafael is excellent as well. Staff are fast and efficient. A great place for a stop on a long road trip. Prices are good value and the baklava looks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We've had takeaways from here a couple of times. Delicious both times - good quality middle eastern food, with a nice range of meat and vegetarian dishes, plus a selection of syrupy filo delights for a little something afterwards! As others have said, the decor is very nice and there's a relaxed, buzzy feel to the place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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257 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

The Turkish food was delicious and authentic, even though the staff got the pronunciation wrong. The toilets were clean and the Turkish nick nacks and images made for a cosopolitan decor. The seats were comfy and the dining room spacious.

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Thank platypus150
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171 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Have been here many times as we pass through Carterton. Their Kebabs are excellent - filled with lots of meat and salad. My daughter says the falafael is excellent as well. Staff are fast and efficient. A great place for a stop on a long road trip. Prices are good value and the baklava looks delicious as well. We will... More 

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worcester
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Good food - authentic when compared to what we ate in Turkey, good service, nice atmosphere. A staff and owner that cares about what they're doing.

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Thank agb12
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 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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Thank Derek6458
Porirua, New Zealand
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250 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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Thank walkingholiday
Greytown, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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Thank travelbug5456
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 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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Thank FSwift
Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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

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  • Cuisine: European, Turkish

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