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Istanbul Cafe

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156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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Renwick, New Zealand
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The food was great. We turned up on a Monday, the cafe was busy which was a good sign. The waitress was lovely and very helpful. We all decided to go for the mixed grill. I was not massive but it was very tasting and it filled the spot. It consisted of a small steak, chicken and a lamb kebab.... More 

Thank Kate D
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

The food here is delicious and excellent value for money. The staff are all friendly. We all enjoyed our meals very much.

Thank Jossun
Honolulu, Hawaii
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We ordered the 2 for $30 special and got a chicken plate and the spanakopita. The cucumber yogurt was wonderful. The plate comes with salad, and hummus. Depending on the main, it also had bread,cucumber yogurt or tabouli. Each individual dish would not stand out, but the combination, especially with two plates was wonderful.

Thank Gayle H
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

If you love Turkish food this is the place to go. You need to book as it's obviously very popular. Our meals were most delicious and the waitress charming. Right on Cuba street.

Thank traceyz22
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The food was good. Initially was skeptical what would it be like in New Zealand to have Turkish food as I had bad experience at other places. Surprisingly for a joint outside Turkey the food was good and if I may it was splendid. They have a wide range of items to serve but sadly they don't serve the famous... More 

Thank Devashis B
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

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 

Thank Kris s
Boulder Co
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 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.

Thank Arthur1938
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 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 

Thank Chris S
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 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 

Thank Karen C
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Turkish, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, 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?