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Falafel Drive-In

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128-1651
408-294-7886
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Ranked #3 of 1,889 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: African, Hamburgers, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
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English first
San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I love falafel almost as much as I love hummus. This place does both well! It is essentially a grab it and go place, though there are tables out front. You will find parking just behind the building. Best of all, especially in the extremely expensive Bay Area, it is inexpensive. Oh, and did I mention that the falafel was... More

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Los Gatos
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A San Jose institution. This place has been here forever. The lines are always long no matter what time of day. Best deal is the "Best Deal" It's a great falafel and a banana shake. Now, I like bananas only as a standalone fruit and not in anything else. But, I must say, these banana shakes, especially on a hot... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I keep getting recommendations for better falafel places in the area, but after trying them I still end up going back to this place. Even though I'm lactose intolerant, I can't stay away from ice-cream & milkshakes ... just have to deal with the consequences! Their falafel gyro & banana milkshake combo is carb & dairy heaven, and a great... More

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San Jose, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's amazing to get such high quality food at a fast food place. And it's open convenient hours every day.

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San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My best felafel was had when I lived in Haifa, Israel. But that's a big commute form NorCal, Ca! Here in San Jose, I enjoy the delicious falafel at "the Drive -In". One doesn't go there for the ambiance, but for the food. In some ways it reminds me of the Arab kiosks I often visited on the streets of... More

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San Jose, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Best falafel in Silicon Valley. Every dish is authentic including hummus, gyro, and the salads. Great eat....

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San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This has been in the same place for quite some time and is very popular. Great falafel and banana shakes but be prepared for a line. It moves pretty fast.

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San Jose, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Falafel Drive-In is one of the more popular falafel houses in the area. They have almost any kind of you want. The problem is getting it. The place is so popular, it takes a bit of doing. But once you do, it is worth it. As an aunt of mine would say, "Try it! You'll like it!"

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San Jose, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Get the special, a falafel in pita bread with a fresh banana shake. If you like things spicy ask for hot sauce and an extra container of tahini to cool it down.

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San Jose, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you like falafels, this place is a must try. Always busy, but service is fast. Great outdoor seating and lovely choices for dishes

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