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156 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
385-4998
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I used to go to this place because there was something that reminded me a bit of Turkey. The way the meat was seasoned, the bread, the dips around your dish and even the decor with typical music made this place one of the few with Kilim in Petone where you can enjoy decent turkish food. This is no longer... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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109 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cuba Street is a bit down at heel these days but still has a funky style feel about it. Wanted to grab a quick meal early before a night visit to Zealandia and this worked well. Generous servings, quick, friendly service and good Turkish dishes.

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Thank bhtripadv
new zeland
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279 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only went in here because Cuba Dupa was going on outside and this place was almost empty - that should have told us what to expect. The menu was extensive but what we got didn't match any Turkish we had elsewhere, and that includes Turkey! That's not to say what we had wasn't passable, it was, it was just... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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186 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We came here to celebrate the graduation of my daughter and to welcome my cousins from the US. We had a voucher which made our dinner great value for money. We ordered ordered a lot of food to share. I particularly liked the chicken.

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Thank TAROTZAMM
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Kate D
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Jossun
Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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.

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Thank Gayle H
auckland
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

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.

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Thank traceyz22
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

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Thank Devashis B
dunedin
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72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Turkish, Middle Eastern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
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?