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Falafel Drive-In

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128-1651
408-294-7886
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Ranked #1 of 1,919 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: African, Hamburgers, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
Great Falls, Virginia
Top Contributor
216 reviews 216 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Wow. You read reviews and you just don't know, but this place rocks -- plain and simple. I tried the falafel sandwich and banana split and, on this day, had a slice of heaven. The flavors abound, the place is fast, and it is a $9 meal unlike anything you can find on the west coast. Exceptionally fun and iconic.

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California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Been coming here for over 30 years. You can't beat their falafels. Don't be afraid to ask for extra sauce. The line looks long around noon, but it moves fast.

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San jose
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My friend and I have always made it a point to stop off at the Falafel Drive In when we go Halloween costume shopping each year. My friend was concerned at first when I drove her to this fine establishment (location isn't the greatest) but once she tried her first falafel- she was hooked! I wish I had the metabolism... More 

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california
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This falafel place makes the very best falafel I've ever had. It's sort of a joint--a former drive-in, where there's usually a line (it moves fast.) They have a very small area inside, and several tables outside, under an awning, for one to enjoy the falafels and other middle eastern goodies. I always order the falafel (large, with extra tahini)... More 

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San Jose, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We love this place, great fresh food a very reasonable price, the only problem is parking at lunch time is hard to find.

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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Always a line at this place! Great food, fair prices - then it shows up on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive in's & Dives. Still lines, but oh so worth the wait! Family operation, been around forever!

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Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are in san José, near valley fair, you need to stop by this classic drive in with a twist: they serve great falafels. Try the falafel and banana shake special.

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Before "Diners & Dives" and Guy Fieri they were pumping out great falafels before most folks knew anything about middle eastern food. Their banana shake and falafel combination is a great standard. I also like the Koubide (sp) which is ground lamb with pine nuts surrounded by a crust of bulgar wheat. It does get busy if you hit it... More 

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san jose,ca
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I went on a weekday during lunch. Although the line seemed long, but moved very quickly. I was able to find seating, shared with another party, and that was fine. The falafel here was very tasty.

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San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have lived in the Middle East and eaten falafel all over the world. For me, this remains the best. I like it with extra tahini and light on the hot sauce. Not fancy - just really really good!

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Additional Information about Falafel Drive-In

Address: 2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128-1651
Phone Number: 408-294-7886
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: African, Hamburgers, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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