Istanbul Hawaii

4.7
991 Reviews
$31 to $50
Turkish
When you step into our restaurant, you are part of our ohana!
Chef Mom Nili and Baba Aydin and their daughter Ahu will be cooking for you.

We are excited to share our culture, story, flavors with you through our Turkish & Mediterranean Cuisine at Ward Village. Our recipes reflect our multicultural roots. Our ingredients are sourced locally when possible.

We are 100% family and women-owned and operated business. Please say hi to us, when you see us at the events and farmers' markets. We would love to meet with you! We can't wait to celebrate and serve you in beautiful Hawaii!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 991 people are saying
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AngelynL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Nice ambiance and decor in the restaurant. Good service. Cute colorful dishes and cups. The Meze platter, Musakka, cocktails, Turkish coffee, and desserts were delish. The steaks and fish were flavorful but overcooked. The 100 day dry aged USDA prime rib steak was chewy. We asked for the steaks to be cooked rare and medium rare. They were cooked medium rare and medium/well done. The Onaga was difficult to cut and very dry. Overall, nice place to get together with friends and family. Probably best to order something other than the steak and fish. Would go again to try other dishes.

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Tigger
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to the restaurant and surely we were impressed. Our server took the time to explain the menu items since it was our first time. The flavor was outstanding and the service was excellent. We’ll surely be back.

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Shabby
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly staff. Loved having date night here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere, good food, fine dining experience !

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! Will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There is free parking and the food was amazing.

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JoshD
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating my birthday! Definitely recommend the prime rib shish and the lamb chops. Dessert: hatay kunefe for sure!

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808J
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to find a limited-time, special menu item on Istanbul's dinner menu, an EXCEPTIONAL 100-day dry aged New York steak served this evening with roasted whole garlic heads, ghee, saffron rice, beans & carrots, and warm pita bread! We understand that it was going fast, so if you're fortunate enough to experience this culinary delight, it's highly recommended! Kudos to the entire staff from the excellent hostesses, wait staff, the bartender making the excellent cocktails, and most of all to the chef...an absolutely superb dining experience!

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MargaretG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had the Vegetarian Meze Platter and found it fairly uninteresting. Basically Hummus and Pita Bread. For 29.00?

As a Vegetarian it just wasn't creative or varied enough. Kind of variations on a Hummus theme. I felt as if I didn't have a main dish.

My Husband had Lamb Chops. He loved them.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Disappointed that there were no lamb kebabs

Mezza platter expensive for pita bread, dips and 1 spanakopita. Lamb pita was described as shaven. Instead, the lamb was sliced and not spiced very well. I’ve had inexpensive donairs that were tastier and better spiced.

Customer service was excellent

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AnnB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cauliflower shawarma was delicious and the desserts were out of this world. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome and food was delicious! Love the ambiance of this restaurant

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Jaywhy
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hatay kunefe was the highlight of our meal-good food but pricey. Lunch for 3 was $120 including tip.

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AbiL
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Location is meh, but perfect if you plan on shopping at the mall before hand.

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WendyF
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the mezze platter and feast, some no alcohol drinks and dessert. All were excellent. Our waiter Jared advised us to order extra pastry with the mezze platter so there was enough to share. The best baba ghanoush and red pepper humus I’ve ever eaten in my life. The most tender and tastiness rack of lamb any of us have had. The beef and chicken shawarma were excellent too. My friends raved about the strawberry pomegranate drinks. Service was rather quick. Outside seating was comfortable even with a drizzle. Staff very nice. 18% gratuity added to our bill for 6 and we tipped Jared more. We’ll be back!

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Anon
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quite authentic Middle Eastern/Turkish food, fancy cocktails, but very expensive. It took me 3+ weeks to get a reservation for 6.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dining experience outside under the canopy. Table was setup and ready before we arrived. Food was delicious and came out in good time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommendation if you want to tryTurkish food. They've added more desserts. Worth trying their 100 days steak-it's awesome, and creative with their cocktail drinks. Will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful collection of flavors and textures! A must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very good, we had a nice experience. When we left we had accidental left our leftovers at the table. The hostess gave us a call and alerted us. Very thoughtful

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Zarina
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! And a really amazing outdoor seating area

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mesa platter is *chefs kiss*
Mediterranean authentic food 👌🏻

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 4 and sat inside. The exterior dining option looked great but there was a possibility of passing showers. The ambiance was good, the plates were colorful and the food was delicious. The only hiccup we experienced was that we noted on Open Table that we were celebrating an anniversary but the restaurant did not acknowledge this. After we paid the bill, the waiter asked how our experience was and we told him about the anniversary. He said he was not notified about this but would be willing to bring out some ice cream. We declined the offer since we had ordered 3 desserts to share and were pretty full at this point. We’ve traveled throughout Turkey and would say the flavors were reminiscent of our trips. We’re excited to return to Istanbul in the future!

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vipJOANNEP
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine selection is great. Food delish. Was very impressed with our server behind the bar (Emilio?) cutting ice cubes because the can't find the right size molds!

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vipHungry
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Although we hsf

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nickie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

lamb dish on menu not available at opening of restaurant (11am)

hibiscus tea too sweet = exchanged for hot turkish tea

prices increased noticeably ie: 15%

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the meze platter and sangria! Baklava was amazing as well

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vipIslandNosh
Hawaii
54 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The cuisine at Istanbul is competent, tasty, fresh. The noise level is extremely energetic and may be the element that detracted from enjoying the food. The wait service was excellent - attentive and accommodating. I would like to try more of the menu but the overall dining experience is a slight deterrent.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Love the lamb chops it was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The mule cocktail was very tasty too.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Told the server we only had 45 mins before we had to return to work and she made sure we had our food in 15mins or less. Food was amazing and staff were phenomenal. Planning our next husband-wife weekly date there soon. I think we’ll make it a once a month date at Istanbul.

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Glynnis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the BEST restaurant I’ve ever been to in Hawaii!!! I loved every single thing about it
Thank you Istanbul for opening up this restaurant and sharing your food!!I’ll be back and I can’t wait!

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MarianneH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noted birthday on the reservation but nothing was mentioned when we were there

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sara808
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very helpful in explaining the dishes and giving recommendations. Nice outdoor area for Covid safety

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MayaM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

3rd time to this restaurant. Sat outside. Seated without a menu or a code to scan for the menu. Drinks were VERY slow to arrive - 35 min after being seated. Felt forgotten by the wait staff. Empty cocktail glasses and plates slow to get cleared. Took 20 min to get the bill in order to leave. Not sure I would eat here again. Very different service outside(poor) with being seated inside.

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vipDiner
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and drinks. Restaurant is overwhelmed with the amount of outdoor and indoor dining. The service was lacking, especially the long wait for drinks from the bar. However, the quality of food and presentation were not compromised. Looking forward to places like Istanbul getting back to pre-COVID staffing and service.

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JayB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We made a reservation few weeks in advance, 5pm, opening time on Saturday, the staff didn't seem prepared, we were sat and waited a while for someone to come get drink orders, the menu wasn't easy to access online, or read.
We have been to Turkey and multiple other Mediterranean countries, in general, they are warm, welcoming and generous people.
We didn't feel that way Istambul, it was cold, unwelcoming, we felt like we were bothering the staff, and for the prices, it wasn't generous, a mix appetizer plate the cost $30, came with little bread, required us to ask for additional pita bread, which were were charged for...when your clients spend over $300...I love the culture and the food, but I was disappointed from my experience.

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CandaceH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing food, beautiful ambiance, and an amazing space. The service was excellent. And did I mention the food… ribeye, meze platter, Turkish coffee, with delicious deserts. Yes plural desert(s). Try the desert with cheese and honey. It is the best thing you will ever eat.

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Sandra
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant. Outside of the cold reception from the hostess, this restaurant is so fun and delicious. After checking in-again...cold-we were seated and a nice host (young man), welcomed us and shortly after our amazing server -which made up for the initial outside greeting. Food is amazing. Atmosphere is welcoming. Inside staff is friendly and fast to explain the food which adds to the experience. Clean, well staffed and not overly expensive. Fresh ingredients that are well thought out. We will be back.

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Diner124
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We made reservations and we’re there on time, and still had to wait for a table. Felt like the staff was rushing us to get through our meal so they could sit more people.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night so we sat outside. The cocktails, meze platter, lamb, steak and chicken kebabs and chocolate cake were so flavorful. Our server Christian was very courteous. Food was served quickly after order was placed. I can see why Istanbul is so popular.

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You can order delivery directly from Istanbul Hawaii using the Order Online button. Istanbul Hawaii also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 772-4440.

Istanbul Hawaii is rated 4.7 stars by 991 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.