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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
humus, muhammara, babaganush, su borek, spanakopita, peynir & karpuz, pita
Chicken Tenderloin Shish
Lamb Tenderloin Shish
grass-fed Kohala lamb
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.
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.
Amazing food and friendly staff. Loved having date night here
Fun atmosphere, good food, fine dining experience !
The food and service was amazing! Will definitely go again!
There is free parking and the food was amazing.
Had a great time celebrating my birthday! Definitely recommend the prime rib shish and the lamb chops. Dessert: hatay kunefe for sure!
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!
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.
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
The cauliflower shawarma was delicious and the desserts were out of this world. Highly recommend.
Service was awesome and food was delicious! Love the ambiance of this restaurant
Hatay kunefe was the highlight of our meal-good food but pricey. Lunch for 3 was $120 including tip.
Great food. Location is meh, but perfect if you plan on shopping at the mall before hand.
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!
Quite authentic Middle Eastern/Turkish food, fancy cocktails, but very expensive. It took me 3+ weeks to get a reservation for 6.
Nice dining experience outside under the canopy. Table was setup and ready before we arrived. Food was delicious and came out in good time.
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.
A delightful collection of flavors and textures! A must try!
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
Great food! And a really amazing outdoor seating area
Mesa platter is *chefs kiss*
Mediterranean authentic food 👌🏻
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!
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!
Although we hsf
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%
Loved the meze platter and sangria! Baklava was amazing as well
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.
Great food! Love the lamb chops it was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The mule cocktail was very tasty too.
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.
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!
Noted birthday on the reservation but nothing was mentioned when we were there
Server was very helpful in explaining the dishes and giving recommendations. Nice outdoor area for Covid safety
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.