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156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
385-4998
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dunedin
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here a few times and by preference wouldn't go again. the menu is very repetitive especially when in a large group. Far too much bread comes with everything - of course this is a great filler and allows the meal to look bigger and the same salad comes with entrees and mains. Too little variation and having... More 

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Boulder Co
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Visited the Istanbul twice and each evening sampled a different dish. Both were excellent and very reasonably priced. Don't expect a lavishly decorated restaurant but do expect good serve and great food.

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

A solid dining experience. Had been to this restaurant when they were at their old premises and the standard has slipped a little bit. However, there are plenty of mountain in the Himalayas that aren't Everest. Everything on the menu is great and I recommend you try an Apple Tea afterward. They did a reduced size meal for my daughter... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We actually went into this cafe thinking we were somewhere else, but decided to stay and give it a try. We are glad we did. Not being familiar with Turkish food we relied on the staff to guide us as to what to eat. They were great and the food was lovely. we would definitely go here again next time... More 

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Thank Karen C
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Hi everybody, I'm not being racist but this place is not a turkish restaurant. Look turkish and the menu is turkish but FOOD IS NOT TURKISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ok food is indian, waiter is indian and l'm pretty sure that chef is indian too. Please don't get me wrong I LOVE INDIAN FOOD. But if I want to eat Indian l can... More 

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Thank alamuttt
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172 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

As someone who has lived in Turkey for a while, I know how Iskandar looks like and tastes like. Not the same in thins place. If you order iskandar, You will get some doner chops, some vegetables and some rice. It is just not Iskandar. The quality of the food is not that bad but I would probably only order... More 

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Thank Reza S
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7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had a great meal with their 2 for $30 lunch deal but the amount of time we waited for someone to come to the counter to serve us was a little bit ridiculous. We also got our meals before two other couples who had been their before us. The food was great though and I will... More 

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

Four of us fronted up to the restaurant at peak time, the young lady who served us made us very welcome, sat us at a reserved table until there was one that came available. Superb food, brilliant service and lovely Atmosphere. We will be back.

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Thank Shonachris
Wellington, New Zealand
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113 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

I used to love Istanbul when it was up the top of Cuba Street. I visited here on the weekend for the first time since it had moved/re-opened. Was bit disappointed with my meal. The chicken was.. chewy/rubbery. Salad was nothing special. Feel it has gone a bit downhill over the last couple years. The service however was wonderful and... More 

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Thank Racheenz
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Food was okay the salad was sad looking. Very friendly and helpful staff. Probably wouldn't visit again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Turkish, Middle Eastern
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 385-4998

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