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64 Manchester Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-379 4447
11:30 - 03:00
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Mon - Wed 11:30 - 10:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 03:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 03:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Went here with friends. Lively and busy, good atmosphere & music and good helpful service. However the food was poor, All 6 dishes of mains were poor standard. No seasoning used in cooking & it was bland. Meat thrown on a barbecue and lamb was tough and dry. Good for drinks but cant recommend the food.

1 Thank Cealan S
Mumbai, India
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66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Visited this place the night before the 7.8 earthquake. The crowd was scintillating, music was tripping and the hookah was buzzing!

Thank VKP1981
Christchurch, New Zealand
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72 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Topkapi offers fresh healthy food including vegetarian options. Standard and low seating is available. I had a Souvlaki which was very tasty. If you go early you can normally get in without a booking

Thank Beachbuoynz
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Had a great night at this venue that we located unintentionally after walking around Christchurch city exploring the sights. Plenty of upbeat atmosphere and even tried a Shisha pipe for the first time there.

Thank Jacqueline S
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Went here for a friend's birthday dinner. The music was so loud we had to shout over it to be heard - I thought the volume had been turned up for the belly dancer, but the noise continued after that. I am prone to migraines, so I might be extra sensitive, but the music really spoiled my experience. Don't get... More 

1 Thank Sarah T
Christchurch, New Zealand
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104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We came to Topkapi early on a Sunday night and we were one of only two groups there. We ordered three islanders (lamb, chicken, and eggplant) and two lamb stews. We all really enjoyed our meals and the portions were big too. The special Topkapi sauce is so yum. The decor is unusual with a mix of restaurant/bar/club but the... More 

Thank AliceH123
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

After hearing the advertisements on the radio, we thought it would be a nice idea to try it out. Much to our delight it is a BYO venue and were able to share a few bottles of wine between the table. The food came out promptly and the service was lovely. Thank you to the wait staff for your recommendations.... More 

Thank robge733
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Takeaway iskender (sorry if mispelt). Meat was ok. Not much flavour. Minimal sauce. No hummus. Did not taste of much. On the plus side great party atmosphere inside just food a bit below par.

2 Thank Emma T
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Atmosphere is good, music and belly dancers added something that other places didn't have. A 'modest' 1 BYO per 2 people was a bit 'annoying' but really not an issue. Food took a long time but was at least 50 people there, so just about acceptable. Food itself was what you'd expect given the prices.

2 Thank honestreviewer2015
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Dinner was great, service was great, dinner entertainment! Definitely recommend the pita, cheap delicious and filling! Great night! Then it turns into a nightclub and they have an awesome DJ, overall excellent experience!

Thank Sarah B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 19
Mediterranean, Turkish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Reservations, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
16:00 - 03:00
11:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 03:00
11:30 - 03:00
16:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 64 Manchester Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-379 4447
We offer a relaxed, open and friendly environment where
you can get a variety of food and or beverages to suit any occasion. Our Turkish
& Persian themed decor offers a unique experience and we offer indoor and
outdoor dining. Our venue is available for hire .
, all prepared on site by our experienced kitchen staff. We
are a fully licensed restaurant & bar and we also offer BYO (Wine
only). For a delicious three course meal we charge a flat rate of $47.50 per
person and there is a $7.00 corkage fee per bottle if you prefer BYO, however we
also offer an extensive wine list.
Taking its name from the mid-fifteenth century palace in Istanbul, Topkapi is inspired by the rich history of the opulent Middle east.

The restaurant uses the rich influences of Turkish and Persian cuisine to consistently produce delicious dishes for its customers, tapping in to the unique flavours and spices Middle Eastern food is renowned for.

Unique flavours are accentuated in the menu’s. The lamb rack and back strip dished are all cooked traditionally on a charcoal grill – which the restaurant had especially installed to preserve the meat’s natural flavours – is a favourite for its tenderness.

among other menu favourites, is the award-winning drinks selection. From the Denizili region, Topkapi’s Angora dry white wine is the light and fruity choice, while Yakut, which is known for being the best-selling red wine in Turkey, mixes spice with cherry and strawberry flavours, giving it its rich red colour. For those who like beer, the selection is vast. However, for an authentic Turkish experience, international award-winning and premium beer, Efes.

A night at Topkapi wouldn’t be complete without its live entertainment offering. Belly dancers are scheduled to perform every Friday and Saturday night for 20 to 30 minutes and are often the highlight of the evening for diners,

Belly dancers can also be requested for other nights of the week for functions and customers might also take advantage of access to a shisha pipe on special occasions.

Topkapi is well-known for its overall Middle Eastern experience. With fresh and healthy cuisine, a relaxing but charged atmosphere, and staff who appreciate every customer, it’s a sought-after lunch or dinner option for guaranteed exotic flair.

Topkapi has been Open since 1990 in Christchurch.

· Topkapi, 64 Manchester St, is open from 11.00am until late, Monday to Friday and from 4pm until late on Saturday and Sunday.

·To make a booking, phone 379 4447.

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