Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Hawaii
  4. Oahu
  5. Honolulu
Istanbul Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Istanbul Hawaii

4.7
4.7
1695 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 772-4440

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Persons with Disabilities, Women

  • Executive chef

    Mom Chef Nili and her daughter Chef Ahu

  • Catering

    With a variety of event options, our Chefs will create you memorable personalized menus and dining experiences both on and off site from intimate seated dinners to catered receptions, professional meetings, weddings and etc...<br />Istanbul (cinema/ high resolution) projector and Istanbul's beautiful garden trellis is also available for your events.

  • Private party facilities

    With a variety of event options, our Chefs will create you memorable personalized menus and dining experiences both on and off site from intimate seated dinners to catered receptions, professional meetings, weddings and etc...Istanbul (cinema/ high resolution) projector and Istanbul's beautiful garden trellis is also available for your events.

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Cross street

    Kamakee and Queen street

  • Parking details

    Enter Istanbul Hawaii parking lot from Queen street. Parking available at any Ward Village parking structure for our guests, including the Whole foods parking lot. Parking is free.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,695 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oahu

    Healthy

Sort by

Filters

  1. RV

    RobertV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food but a bit high priced. Dinner for two was 175 without alcohol.
  2. b

    brah

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back soon.
  3. L

    Live

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love this place
  4. TO

    TracyO

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was prompt and attentive, food was exceptional as always. I love the decor and details of the dishware— colorful le creuset pans, Turkish coffee cups, and my latte was presented in the cutest mug with a lemon wheel as a handle. Istanbul never disappoints!
  5. CK

    CarlK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    our server helped us choose. She was good because she accommodated our ordering food and gave us time to decide. We enjoyed the mezze platter and our wine. Will be back again. Thanks
  6. BW

    BrianW

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a different ethnic dining experience. Staff was outstanding! Very attentive. The food was savory and tasted great. Only point of issue for me is that I thought the price points were a little high. Excellent dining experience and I thought the story of ownership was/is awesome.
  7. v

    veganfoodneedsflavorstoo

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Overpriced, tiny portions. Lacking flavor, bland. Extremely oily. Sorry excuse for a meal.
  8. LV

    LenaV

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    As always excellent! One of our favorite places!
  9. C

    Celia

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I made reservation for 4 and unexpectedly a 5th showed up. I told the waitress and without any fuss they set up another table to accommodate 5. I was grateful for that. The food was very good and their seasoning on the lamb was perfect. I would go again to try other dishes for sure.
  10. LG

    LeaG

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious and service is great! I also enjoyed dining outside. The cost is higher than other places, but considering the location and overhead, it's still worth it to dine there. I will be back.
  11. F

    Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Your hostess is always busy taking reservation over the phone so it takes ten minutes or longer to be seated. Your servers are very slow to response. My guest asked for extra sauce, Simon said he will be right back. Seventeen minutes later I had walk up to him to remind. He was too busy talking to two other waiters by the kitchen. I like everything else. Better service will be appreciated. I am not going hold my last experience, I will be back as do. I will have lunch again once a week.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experince!!
  13. GA

    GloriaA

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Waiter was attentive but entree took a long while to come out. Kitchen issue? A bit overpriced. Great cocktails. Food very tasty.
  14. EJ

    EricaJ

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Keenan was great. Service very good and the food delicious
  15. MR

    MaybelleR

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I've dined here numerous times, and last night we al felt the steak shish were very very salty and cut out much smaller pieces than usual. I felt they were over marinated and probably the end pieces of the steak. It was my family's first time and I wish it was the usual flavoring and quality like my past dine ins. Other than that, everything was great. I was just very disappointed about the steak shish. On another note, our waiter was superb. Friendly. Excellent service all the way.
  16. ML

    MaliaL

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always everything was excellent! I took two clients to lunch, it was their first time, and they loved it. They both work in the are and I am sure they will be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience4
    Ordered the steak… waitress came back and said no more steaks. Ordered the tomahawk, waitress came back and said no more tomahawk. Ended up having lamb which is not what we wanted, but was too hungry to make a fuss. Not going back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We brought a birthday cake to celebrate 71 birthday but was very disappointed to hear that they were going to change $6.00 per person as a serving change. This killed the celebration! Took the cake home to cut and eat with family and friends. What kind of Hawaiian hospitality is this for a local family.
  19. KW

    KathyW

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Simon was very pleasant and very professional. We enjoyed our dinner very much!!!!
  20. TS

    TanishaS

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One hundred percent fabulous! This was the best brunch I've had in Honolulu in a very long time. We had the Kadayif Pancakes, the Delectible Cilbir, and the Spanakopita Eggs Benedict. They were all amazing. The service was fantastic too. You can tell people enjoy working there. Our server recommended the Hatay Kunefe for dessert and it didn't disappoint! I wish we would have brought more guests so we could have tried more dishes. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. This is a meal we won't forget. Highly recommended.
  21. TD

    TaetaeDM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Food was good, service was terrible. I was super excited to take my wife there for her lā hanau. I made a reservation for the 5 of us (including tutu) 2 weeks in advance, we were treated like walk-ins when we got there. Took half an hour for us to get water and order pupu's while everyone around us was getting great service. We're a local family and it felt like we were nuisance because we obviously did not have the spending power of the tourists that surrounded us. If you're looking to try some good Turkish food go for it. If you're a local and you care about ho'okipa and aloha don't go here. No aloha in this place. If you like sample some Turkish mea 'ai, chance um, geeevum, but bumbai no grumble cuz u heard um hea first, a'ohe aloha ova dea.
  22. W

    Wondererinhonoluluhawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It great experience from making the reservation to check in and ultimately enjoying lovely time. I would highly recommend this spot!
  23. MB

    MattyBoy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the service to the food (and drinks of course 😉), everything was excellent!
  24. HR

    HafaRamon

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Our server was pleasant but not very helpful in helping us with menu items. (For example, there were 4 of us but he steered us towards the Meze Platter as an appetizer, which when presented was clearly not enough for four. Imagine an appetizer featuring 1 Spanakopita pastry triangle to split 4-ways, plus small dishes in quantities equally ill-suited for 4 adults.) He also described the platters as being suitable to share family-style, but when they arrived it was obvious they were dishes intended for one diner. (Not a big deal, but not as he described.) For dessert, we looked forward to the Saganaki — which should’ve been a dish served enflamed to melt the Haloumi cheese. Instead it was just a sad, room temperature plate of pita bread with 2 cubes of un-melted cheese, a few walnuts and barely a drizzle of syrup. Meanwhile we had to ask for 4 dessert plates after expecting him to return with them. (We sat waiting, til finally we asked a busser for plates to eat with.) Sadly, not worth the buzz. At least not on this particular trip.
  25. J

    James

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    My bill was $90 more than I expected it to be. It was actually quite shocking.
  26. GP

    GuyP

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and a great ambience
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for my wifes birthday , shes been wanting to try this place, and they did not disappoint! Food was delicious, they were really busy so i expected to wait a little in between my appetizer and entrée.
  28. LB

    Lucy123B

    Los Angeles

    56 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The food was fair at best we had the cauliflower Shawarma and the mezze platter as appetizers. After having these two dishes and not being happy we decided to leave and go somewhere else for dinner. I was too bad the food was not better. The setting and ambiance are lovely and the service is was good.
  29. JO

    JOANNEP

    Las Vegas

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with their Meze Platter, it's the best! Always tell myself to try something different but the different flavors reflect the tasty dishes of Istanbul. The lamb tenderloin shish, so tender & flavorful. Next time we'll order the 3 shish to be able to take some home. Very good gluten-free options too!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Poor quality meal for the price charged. Taste is much below even average expectations. No creativity in preparing and serving/presenting the dishes. Also quantity is very small (esp. the skewered meat dishes). This will be my first and last visit to the Istanbul Resto.
  31. CG

    CynG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was AMAZING!!! The Meze platter was wonderful and the Lamb shishkabobs ono! (And i usually dont order meat at restaurants)
  32. CJ

    CalvinJ

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience! Would highly recommend. Food, service and overall experience a must! The lamb melts in your mouth.
  33. M

    Melissa

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Small portions Flavors are lacking Too expensive for what you get
  34. m

    mab79

    Hawaii

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my friend's first time there and she loved it! Will definitely be back.
  35. J

    Jupop

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Istanbul was amazing ! If you haven’t been here yet , it is a must try , you will not be disappointed .
  36. GM

    GusM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service; super well prepared food and drinks; and great suggestions from the servers! Beautifully decorated with small Mediterranean touches. Definitely a perfect date night restaurant!
  37. S

    Sasha808

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome time @ Istanbul. Got seated right away. Food was good! Service was great! This was our 2nd time dinning here. Will definitely be back!
  38. M

    Momo

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Food very very exceptional. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. We come here every time we visit from Maui. Need one in Maui. BRAVO
  39. j

    jeanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful place to dine for lunch and dinner. we were late for our reservation and they still took us in. i was very grateful. food is amazing as always so tender and flavorful. simon our waiter was super helpful in helping us decide which things to pick as we were indecisive. always a great experience.
  40. O

    Orchidgeower

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beyond expectations , menu is varies depending and service quick and friendly

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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 1695 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Istanbul Hawaii

1108 Auahi St, Honolulu, HI 96814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kamakee and Queen street

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Enter Istanbul Hawaii parking lot from Queen street. Parking available at any Ward Village parking structure for our guests, including the Whole foods parking lot. Parking is free.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Persons with Disabilities, Women

  • Executive chef

    Mom Chef Nili and her daughter Chef Ahu

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 772-4440

  • Catering

    With a variety of event options, our Chefs will create you memorable personalized menus and dining experiences both on and off site from intimate seated dinners to catered receptions, professional meetings, weddings and etc...<br />Istanbul (cinema/ high resolution) projector and Istanbul's beautiful garden trellis is also available for your events.

  • Private party facilities

    With a variety of event options, our Chefs will create you memorable personalized menus and dining experiences both on and off site from intimate seated dinners to catered receptions, professional meetings, weddings and etc...Istanbul (cinema/ high resolution) projector and Istanbul's beautiful garden trellis is also available for your events.

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo