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Sahara Cafe

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39 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is on 'restaurant row' but while every other place was full with a wait time, Sahara was pretty empty. The food was affordable and a good choice of authentic Turkish food. The cracked glass tabletops were a poor start and I think the place could do with a revamp decor wise.

Thank Camda
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307 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place I come back to again and again as their kebabs are good solid and reliable food for when you are hungry and want to grab something quickly. They are generous in amount and filling. We have been able to get a table to eat our kebabs at no matter what time we go. The price is... More 

Thank Weetbix7
Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a Sunday afternoon, looking for a mixed mezze (middle eastern fare) before going to the movies. Sahara is a small intimate cafe but is done up in an authentic middle eastern style. Place is clean and intimate and while there only on other group here (close buy) we didn't hear them, although I would assume it would get a... More 

Thank Henare H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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361 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This cafe is authentic middle eastern cuisine.. Good service and interesting menu. Ignore the fast food facade and go into the back restaurant for great dishes.

Thank Jancrow4
Tauranga, New Zealand
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We were last here just on a year ago and loved the food and the atmosphere. This time, not so much. Okay, we were early diners but that hardly excuses the guy at the front counter ignoring us and the waitress getting our order wrong (at least she didn't charge us for the missing Fatoosh). The dips were bland and... More 

Thank twokiwis2014
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch during a lunchtime walk. Found awesome food. Kebabs were very yummy and good value. Recommended

Thank Clinton S
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Quick friendly service, quirky atmosphere right in the hum of Courtenay Place, and great food. And we had four big, tasty meals, shared starters, drinks, and a bowl of lovely olives for $120, so you can't grumble at the value! Highly recommended.

Thank Traveller5662
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Dined in, had the lamb tikka which was so tender and tasty. Good service, reasonable good value for money. Highly recommend

Thank Kirovfan
Takaka, New Zealand
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

I pass the Sahara on the way home from work. With a takeaway kebab shop at the front of the cafe, you could be forgiven for not realising there is a full cafe service available in the back. The service is friendly and you are seated quickly. The decor is dated but you're not there for that. The menu has... More 

Thank SwinnTaylor
Young, Australia
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29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We ate here on the spur of the moment with our two young kids and the cafe was very accommodating. The service was good. The food was fantastic and we would definitely eat here again

Thank FinZ2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Turkish, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 385-6362

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