• Istanbul Hawaii

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Turkish and Ottoman-inspired local restaurant in downtown Ward Center. The flavors are derived from Turkey’s “7 Gastronomic Regions and Middle-terranean locations.” All the chilled appetizers are vegetarian or vegan, from fresh hummus and baba ganush to smokey muhammara. Both the lunch and dinner menus have several hot vegan and vegetarian entrees that rotate daily. Staff are knowledgeable about vegan options and are happy to help. The location has free parking at Whole Foods and is located directly across the street for indoor and outdoor dining options. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-2:30pm, Tue-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 5:00pm-9:00pm. Closed Mon.

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13 Reviews

First Review by missprecocious


Points +16

04 Sep 2023

best restaurant in Honolulu

This mother & daughter owned restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. Delicious Turkish food, high end, high quality, healthy food.
The only problem is that if you go for business, be prepared to be talking about the food more than work. Really though, I went with some clients and they were thrilled, like I was.
Service was very professional, food is fabulous, location is great and atmosphere is great. Craft cocktails are awesome. No regrets or recommendations here.



Points +13

01 Sep 2023


Locally known as an amazing restaurant. Hard to get in, make a reservation. Charming fine dining Turkish eatery. Finally got to try for my birthday! 
Reservation of 2 at 530pm. Waiter was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.  Service and food exceeded my expectations. The appetizers came out fast I would definitely come back again and recommend to others.  
Meze platter - 10/10 highly recommend. Fresh, healthy and full of flavor. 
They have many gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian options.


Points +13

31 Aug 2023


Definitely one the best restaurant in Honolulu. Definitely one of the best for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free and more....
Everything we had was amazing, lots of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and DELICIOUS

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-31

Pros: delicious, gluten-free options, vegan options


Points +38

12 Jun 2023

Best Vegan-Option Restaurant in Hawaii

Flavors that jump off the plate, this mother/daughter Mediterranean treasure is my favorite ethnic restaurant in all of Hawaii, not just Oahu. I’d do anything to have Istanbul come to Maui.


Points +1055

25 Dec 2022

Tasty flavors!

Woman owned, mother and daughter duo! Vegan options are clearly labeled with “V,” vegan crème brûlée! Tasty flavors and great find in Honolulu

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-25

Cons: Make reservations ahead of time, can get busy


Points +6000

23 Dec 2022


Turkish food, labelled vegan options, roasted cauliflower with tahini. Love

Pros: Tahini cauliflower , Spicy food

Cons: Not 100% vegan , Very oily , Uses impossible meats


Points +61

17 Oct 2022

Yummy, vegan options.

We had a lunchtime reservation. We arrived early and were seated immediately with options of an indoor or outdoor table. We were seated comfortably at an outdoor table under a pergola. We were able to sit and enjoy the tradewinds and people-watch. The setting is lovely. Another reviewer mentioned the restaurant is Downtown, but it's actually in Kakaako, across the street from the new Whole Foods. The service was attentive and friendly. I was the only vegan at the table and had multiple options on the menu. I ordered the cauliflower shawarma wrap and a refresher beverage of Turkish rose water and watermelon. The food was excellent, and my lunchmate agreed. I appreciate that I can bring my non-vegan friends and family. It's a bit pricey, but what restaurant isn't in Honolulu?

Pros: Multiple options for vegans., Lots of accessible parking available., A craft cocktail menu is available.

Cons: It was pricey., My wrap had more EVO than I ever eat., None of the desserts were vegan.


Points +645

16 Feb 2022

Great downtown place

Great place to go for Turkish food! We used to live in Turkey and this place is good. Lots of vegan options. Try the lentil soup!


Points +16

26 Oct 2021


We appreciate this place exists in Honolulu. I have a celiac disease and I’m vegan. It is not easy to find both vegan and gluten-free options in Honolulu. We dine here at least once a week. The flavors are complex and amazing. It is a very clean restaurant with a lovely decor.

Pros: Inexpensive for the quality of ingredients , Clean , Delicious


Points +44

23 Aug 2021

Would give 5 stars if allowed

The vegan food here was amazing. So many options and all delicious! I had the Vegan Izmir Kofte, which included Impossible meat, vegan saffron rice and a tasty salad. We also had the Punishment of Sultan Suleyman and it was soooooo spicy but so good! For dessert we had the saffron lilikoi sorbet and it melted in my mouth! I would go back here again and again. Highly recommend!

Pros: Lots of well thought out vegan options, Fun video of Turkey playing on wall, Delicious cocktails

Cons: Expensive


Points +307

31 Jul 2021

Ambience without High Value

Great location good, fresh food! However, nothing to go crazy about here. They have "near" fine dining prices without the fine dining (I'm local, so it wasn't suffering from sticker shock). There were quite a few things that fell short. I have a coworker who agrees from their seperate experience.

Pros: Great atmosphere (we had a street side table) , Clearly labeled "V" options, Parking at Whole Foods

Cons: Not exactly "money well spent"


Points +36

03 Apr 2021

Best Mediterranean Option

Like the previous review it offers clearly marked and available vegan and vegetarian options to include vegan pita and some unique wraps and plates in a very nice setting with plenty of free parking garages around. If you enjoyed their offerings at farmer’s market over the years always teasing a sit in restaurant coming —they delivered and in elegant fashion with a diverse and extensive menu bound to please many preferences.
The vegan wraps from the impossible meat option to cauliflower one are well spiced loaded with great fresh local fillings.
Sides like the babaganoush and hummus are fresh and very tasty.
Staff is great and service really good.
Besides you can get a two-fer as it across from Whole Foods so grad some things on the way out.

Pros: Wonderful food, variety , No need to drill down to ensure vegan or vegetaria

Cons: Noise level -up against the window, Popularity😉, as there are booked reservations and


Points +77

01 Feb 2021

Wonderful Experience, Amazing Vegan Food!

The ambiance, craft cocktails, and food are amazing! Almost everything on the menu is vegetarian or vegan, which is so refreshing to have a hip restaurant to meet friends at where there are so many options and hot entrees (hint: not all vegan offerings are on the website. There were FOUR vegan hot entrees when I went). Such a great time and I can’t wait to go again! *bonus: my server was vegan for 4 years!*

Pros: Hot vegan entrees , Delicious, authentic savory spices

Cons: A little spendy, but that’s Ward Center.

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