Istanbul Restaurant & Meze Bar

Istanbul Restaurant & Meze Bar

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+44 1895 623775+ Add website
Hours
Sun
12:00 - 23:00
Mon
12:00 - 23:00
Tue
12:00 - 23:00
Wed
12:00 - 23:00
Thu
12:00 - 23:00
Fri
12:00 - 23:00
Sat
12:00 - 23:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.2 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Mediterranean, Barbecue, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
features
Does this restaurant offer free wifi?
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Barbecue, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles234 reviews
Excellent
143
Very good
55
Average
18
Poor
5
Terrible
13
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Philjml
London93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 friends
My friend and I went to this restaurant for the first time. The restaurant was very clean and the service polite and friendly. We both just had a main chicken Shish and lamb doner. This came with rice bread and salad. Very fresh and both meats cooked well over a charcoaled grill. The music was slightly irritating with a repetition of jazzy fusion with up tempo vibes. Pity there was no heating on as it did become cold over time. Priced medium. I just wished at the end as is usually customary they would hve offered us a Turkish tea and piece of bavclova. But nothing. On the whole enjoyable visit with a few tweets would raise the standards higher.
Written 8 March 2020
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istanbulr2015
Thank you Phil, we are glad you enjoyed your overall experience with us and hope to see you back again. We are open for take-aways at the moment and have free turkish tea whilst you are waiting for your order ;)
Written 2 May 2020
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Brian S
97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 family
I highly recommend this restaurant whether eating in or using the takeaway service. The food is always very well cooked, fresh and lots of it! A wide choice on the menu too and decent Turkish beer too. Have visited many times and never disappointed.
Written 23 January 2020
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Plus one
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 couples
This restaurant is a favorite of ours throughout the year. The food is reasonbly priced you are given complimentary salad and bread befire your meal. The portion sizes are perfect we are always full by the end of the meal. The restaurant is clean and tgere is lovely wall art. The staff are always accommodating and very friendly. Never rushed to leave. Great overall experience. I also come with friends due to the overall cost, cleanliness and friendly welcome.
Written 31 December 2022
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Emma B
Shoreham-by-Sea10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 family
Ordered a take away via Uber Eats, the website does state it's delivered by a restaurant driver. Arrived on time, if a little on the cold side. We had 2x box meals (adult) and 1x kids meal. There was more in the kids meal than the adult meals! Our boxes consisted of 5 pieces of chicken and a small fist full of chips. My child was happy though, she had plenty of chips. Very disappointed. Won't be going back again.
Written 6 February 2020
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istanbulr2015
Hi Emma, Whilst we are sorry you had a bad meal, we want to highlight that we are not on Uber Eats or any delivery services, so you must have got the wrong restaurant name. Sorry
Written 2 May 2020
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PCS
London272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 family
We used to go regularly but this was our first visit since covid lockdown. Our visit was disappointing. The complimentary starters had been vastly reduced to a tiny portion of salad and bread for 4 people. The mains portion was also a lot smaller but prices have increased . The shish meats were still very tasty but with a very small portion of rice. We used to visit as it was very good value for money but not anymore for the portions we had.
Written 20 September 2020
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broganlea2
London5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 family
Have always been long standing customers of Istanbul, even though portions decreased and prices increased recently. Tried to make an order over the phone for half chicken shish/ half mixed veg kebab (not on the menu but has been done before for me at the same price as a mixed meat kebab) and the man was extremely rude and was not bothered to be losing our custom. Very very disappointing and will be losing our custom in future. Also a shame that they are still using polystyrene for their takeaways, not really doing their bit for the environment. Went to manor kebabs instead who are cheaper, use paper trays, better chicken and chilli sauce! No brainier.
Written 30 October 2020
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MHU
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We used to be regular customers before lock down even though the prices had gone up it was still good food. This was my first take away from here since and I would never have it again. The meat was its usual good quality (mixed kebab) but the bread was not seasoned and a little under cooked, the salad didn’t come dressed and there was no red cabbage only a couple of bits of cucumber, tomato and lettuce and one small green chilli. It used to come with two flavoured rice now only comes with plain rice. Also didn’t come with any garlic sauce only a pot of chilli sauce. Such a shame as used to recommend to friends and family and would now tell them to avoid and save their money!!!!
Written 10 August 2020
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Odyssey211588
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
We have been fairly regular customers of Istanbul and have always loved it. But we were disappointed with our most recent visit. You don’t get olives and tzatziki as a free appetiser anymore. The salad they give as a starter has shrunk to just a few bits of lettuce, onion and cabbage. The portions for the mains have decreased while the prices have increased. This started before COVID so I cannot accept that as an excuse. Really disappointed and won’t be going back which is a real shame. They’re also not participating in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme which is very odd.
Written 10 August 2020
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Moose J
Titchmarsh81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 family
I travelled 80 miles to take my elderly mother and father to this restaurant at their specific request. The table was booked on line and I received a courtesy call confirming the booking. On arrival at Istanbul found that work was ongoing to the front door and that they were closed. We were offered a very cold and very noisy (drills) restaurant, with a take it, leave it, or come back this evening attitude. No call to say they had problems and no apology. Thanks very much for spoiling a family lunch out.
Written 22 December 2021
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dodgerreadinguk
Reading240 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 friends
Nice upgrade of the interior with large fans to keep restaurant cool. Unfortunately having been here numerous times did not enjoy the experience. Very rushed service, seemed chaotic inside and outside seating areas. Visible huge reduction in the complimentary starers. 2 niniscule dishes with dips, pitta bread basket was sparce to share amongst 4 of us plus vasstly reduced salad for 4. To add price increases. The customers are definitely paying for the upgrade. Lost it appeal that it had before.
Written 23 July 2021
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Clarkee
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 couples
Am ever so pleased they shifted around the seating. Food is lovely, staff ever so polite. Turkish wine was also good. We asked for the main dishes to come out 30 minutes after the starter. Was no problem. Been a few times. Recommend
Written 30 September 2021
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KingMaximus
London44 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 couples
Used to go here years ago and loved it but after todays visit I won’t be back again. The atmosphere….none! Staff were miserable and it wasn’t because it was busy, it was far from it, in fact we didn’t even get a smile. They served our starter with salad but didn’t clear the dishes etc before coming out with our mains. We asked where the salad was for the mains to be told the salad from the starter was it and he seemed pretty put out because we questioned it. I will add the salad wasn’t fresh either.The mains were ok but nothing special at all in fact mine was pretty dry and it’s small portions but as others have said the prices have gone up and portion sizes down. I then had to visit the toilet and that’s was enough for me. They can obviously refit the main eating area but can’t clean toilets or even refit those (I’ll include pics of it). Save your money and go somewhere else. Lots of lovely places to eat in this area so their establishment needs to improve as their competitors are certainly outshining Istanbul by far.
Written 5 January 2024
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123kazs
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 none
I visited a week ago Friday, as 2 friends hadn't been for a month and wanted to go back to eat their tasty, well cooked food again. We arrived at 630pm and were greated with a warm smile. It was relatively quiet, as a little early, but that was nice as it wasn't too noisy for my elderly friend. We chose the Istanbul special for 2-3 people with a side of humus, all to be eaten with the complimentary salad, yoghurt, chilli sauce and their special bread. The platter came, bursting with a variety of meats, on a bed of rice and bulgar wheat, topped with some freshly grilled green peppers. I am pleased to say that nothing was wasted - we did struggle towards the end but as it was so delicious, we couldn't leave it alone. Our dish of salad ran out so, as per usual, they were happy to replenish it. All was washed down with a few glasses of their Turkish house wine - delicious. All in all, lovely as always. My friends have said that we should make it a monthly event and are already looking forward to their next visit. Keep up the good work and we'll see you again soon!
Written 16 January 2023
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Kb
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 family
Second time round we received raw chicken shish with a wrong order too. First time I thought maybe a mistake as we have never had issues. The man on the phone apologised and asked us to come back and will prepare our order again. A month later we ordered our usual and It’s happened again Spoke to the man on the phone and he told me to send him a picture of the food and then started to become defensive saying the chef has been there for 9 years and they cook chicken medium and if we wanted it well done we have to tell them?! He then told us to come back again and will prepare it again and I said no I wanted my money back and he refused and said we didn’t need compensating even though my husband had to drive back there again. They have lost a customer not going back there again. It has gone down hill
Written 8 February 2024
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SAMB12344
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
I either write a review if its really good or really bad, but this was bloody amazing! We had the mixed kebab. The meat was well marinated, and tender. Portion size was also generous. Id like to say this is the best of its cuisine I've had in Ruislip but Id say its the best takeaway Ive had in a long time! I couldnt stop thinking about it the next day. We will be ordering again.
Written 4 July 2020
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