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Falafel Drive-In

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2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128-1651
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10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Food average, banana milkshake = outstanding

If I am in the neighborhood, I will grab a banana milkshake. Everything else is pretty average, but decent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
john a
San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If I am in the neighborhood, I will grab a banana milkshake. Everything else is pretty average, but decent.

Thank john a
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this place! I used to live in San Jose and every time I'm in town I just have to stop and get a falafel sandwich (with extra hot sauce) and a banana milkshake. The food is just as good as it always has been. The staff are really nice, too. If you haven't been and you are considering... More 

Thank Nikki W
Akron, Ohio
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

nicely prepared flalafels, hummus and other Mediterranean foods...But the Banana shakes are something special. They have them lined up by the dozens cause everybody gets them. The food you may have to wait a few minutes for but the shakes are ready! Out door restaurant looks like an old custard store, but is PACKED everyday they are open. Stay away... More 

Thank charpezt
San Joaquin Delta
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Before the days of Triple D, social media and on-line consumer reviews, people usually found out about Falafel Drive-In in three ways. Either they lived or worked nearby or through word-of-mouth. We'd driven by this little place traveling up and down San Carlos, visiting the Valley Fair Mall or just exiting Highway 17. But when a good friend, and fellow... More 

Thank Kcfoxy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though there may be a long line, it is definitely worth it. The line moves quite fast. There is also sit down space on the side to eat the food there.

Thank peggyg931
San Jose, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Either you like it or you don't. I personally like this food a lot. I have been eating here for about 40 years. Service is fast even when lines are long. Falafels are fast food but not junk food. If you want burger and fries, soda they have that too. Sometimes I just snack on the hummus and pita chips.... More 

Thank GrannyGo55
San Jose, California
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This spot is a hidden gem that everyone seems to know about. I have been coming here for years. They offer burgers and other standard fare, but order the falafels or falafel salad, or one of the other favorites. Their banana shake special is great also (real chucks of banana). You can order the falafel with extra red sauce if... More 

Thank Morgan N
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Falafel Drive-In is an institution! The falafels are great, and the hot sauce (get extra) is very yummy. The meat is good, but the falafels are what makes this place. Eat fast before it gets all over you!

Thank meredeEetC
San Jose, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Ww have eaten theremany times over the years. Today the food was as wonderful as we remember it. The staff is always helpful and in good spirits! Can't wait to go afain.

Thank Richard K
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I am from the middle east myself and my Mom could even make falafels like this....so wonderful and delisous

Thank Fred A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128-1651
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-294-7886

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, African, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?