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Mediterranean, Barbecue, Turkish, Middle Eastern
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Reviewed 8 February 2024

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 hillMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

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.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

Amazing family run turkish restaurant, food is amazing with lots to choose from, the staff are so polite and accomodating. They are very good with children and I have been coming for over 7 years and can not fault them at all.. I really recommend...this place to eat 🙂More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023

Once again the food was gorgeous but guys I have to say the portion size greatly reduced the Istanbul special me and my son always order was quite disappointing no shredded lamb or chicken on the bedded rice no lamb kofti only 2 lamb chops...no sausage I understand the price increases from £28 - £40 and happy to pay but come on guys let’s not pull the wool over our eyes go back to your basics that’s what we loved about Istanbul Regards SteveMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 May 2023 via mobile

Very lovely restaurant, I have been coming here for over 7 years, the food is amazing and the staff are always very friendly. Lovely atmosphere and a really place to eat nice food. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

Absolutely delicious meal. Excellent vegetarian options. Very tasty bread and salad provided free before your meal. We both had the vegetarian Vegetable Kebab, which was wonderful, with aubergines, peppers, mushrooms and onions and an amazing savoury rice. Very generous portions, we were very, very full!...Restaurant seems very clean and hygienic, the staff are helpful, friendly and speedy. Lovely atmosphere. Cannot fault this place. Thanks!!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2023

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!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2022 via mobile

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.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 1 December 2022 via mobile

This place does not disappoint! We had a mixed grill for 2 and some drinks, which was absolutely delicious an great size portion. It is consistent every time we go or takeaway. This is my second review because its that good. Please dine here and...keep this restaurant in business, Ruislip needs you.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 24 October 2022

Saturday evening meal at 7 ish, service was OK, food was OK, nothing special. Place lacked atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 October 2022

Istanbul is just the best restaurant Family atmosphere excellent service still very reasonable prices their kebab is the Best and the grill grey mullet is the best fish I ate,in a restaurant is,a great place,if u want to spend z night out and enjoy ur...Keal in a family atmosphereMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Been here with a group of friends as I was craving for a Turkish meat feast and since my favourite place is quite far I looked up for some place nearby and found Istanbul. Since I remember eating in other decent places with the same...name in and around London and Leicester I haven’t hesitated. ....well...not what I was expecting, neither quantity nor quality. The meat was ok but very limited amount, no starter, the chilli sauce was warm and with an off taste to it, and the ayran, which was bottled I just couldn’t drink. I think they need a competitor in the areaMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 31 December 2021

Over the past 4-5 years, I have eaten here many times and I'm never disappointed. My usual order is a large chicken shish. Yes, the price has increased slightly, no doubt due to the ever increasing costs of everything that we all have experienced recently,...but the quality has remained great. 'Yes, they may have reduced the 'freebies' but that enables you to enjoy your meal, so you are left feeling satisfied but not uncomfortably full.' I used to see so many plates go back into the kitchen with food on - such a waste, was my thought. The Istabul specials remain very good value. I shared the one for 2-3 people at £42.95, with 2 friends, and we were struggling to eat everything. Less than £15 per head so, to me, a superb choice. There was definitely no room for any Baklava. We sampled all 3 Turkish wines, their house wines, and were definitely impressed. I have always found the staff courteous. In busy times you may have to wait 5-10 minutes for some service but I don't see that as a problem as I'm relaxing and busy socialising. It's also nice not to be rushed and made to feel that you are on a conveyor belt, that they want the table back and you're being pushed out the door. I'll be back there in the new year, to sample 'their fares' and drink their lovely Turkish wines again.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 22 December 2021 via mobile

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.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 30 September 2021 via mobile

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

Date of visit: September 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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