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Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
319-358-7342
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Ranked #4 of 206 Restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Owners and friends Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan created Oasis the Falafel Joint in the summer of 2004. After meeting for lunch in downtown Iowa City the duo lamented that (at the time) falafel was nowhere to be found, and vowed to right this wrong. Naftaly had just left the tech industry and Ofer had just completed his degree in engineering – an unlikely starting place for what would become the world’s best hummus, falafel and fries.
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Auburn
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Wow. So, I find myself in Iowa city. So far from what I know, and looking for a decent dinner, Mediterranean strikes my fancy - so I check this place out and all the reviews are amazing. We get there and the place is divey, crowded, and somewhat confusing. You have to order your food, find a seat, and they'll... More

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Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I love this place. The atmosphere is VERY casual. You order at the counter, then they bring you your food when it is ready. The menu can be a little overwhelming. It is on the wall and there are so many choices. This place also sells wraps at the hospital I work at and I eat one every day when... More

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Ames, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Oasis Falafel is located near downtown Iowa City. Service is prompt and friendly. There are a wide variety of interesting menu item choices even though Oasis Falafel is a fast food restaurant. I had the falafel pita with a side of tabouli, which were delicious. I got the half-pita, and it was a generous portion size. My son was equally... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Oasis is a small, casual, and informal restaurant with good and affordable food. Our meal included hummus, lightly pickled red cabbage, madjadra and maza ball soup. Everything was fresh, tasty, and interesting. If you have not tried falafel, you are offered a free sample. The wait staff is friendly and accommodating, the food is delivered promptly and the cost is... More

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Iowa
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228 reviews 228 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Oasis serves up outstanding quality food, made to order at a great price. Falafel are outstanding. But the meat dishes, kafta kebab, chicken and lamb skewers are equally divine. Great quality meats cooked right. The side dishes too are tremendous- hummus, baba ganoush, egg plant salad, Mediterranean salad, and more- all fantastic. The atmosphere is quick serve style, not fancy... More

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iowa city, ia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

1st time visitor. This is certainly not a fancy place. And I love that! Right away I enjoyed the casual, close quarters atmosphere. We sat at one of the small tables in the front, but I did see more tables at the rear of the restaurant. I noticed quite a few people pick up food for carry-out. I really liked... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The falafel here is simply outstanding. Also really enjoyed the chicken shawarma. The pitas were warm and fresh. Definitely a five-star experience for a small, order-at-the-counter, college-town middle eastern joint.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I give this place 5 stars not because it is a fine dining restaurant. Rather, it has counter service and does as much take out as it does dine in. What is great about this place is that the food is really tasty and fresh, and of good quality, and it is very affordable. We eat lunch here once a... More

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Panora, Iowa
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80 reviews 80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This place is always busy. It's crazy small so if you need to eat-in, be prepared to be stuffed-in. It's a little dumpy but very clean. The deal is a sandwich, a side, and any drink for $7.99 - a great value. I love the falafel with just hummus, on a whole-wheat pita. I hate the other stuff they want... More

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Davenport, Iowa, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Just a hole in the wall kind of place but wonderful food mainly Middle Eastern which if you like this kind of food this is a must try I live around 70 miles away and will make the trip for lunch. Good with kids great menu selection. Friendly staff.

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Additional Information about Oasis Falafel

Address: 206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
Phone Number: 319-358-7342
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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