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All 205 Iowa City Restaurants

Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
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Ranked #5 of 205 Restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
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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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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227 reviews 227 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

This is the place where you can find good falafel. I was impressed the first couple of times I went and I still am impressed. I would argue that Oasis is a little on the pricey side, but the quality is great. If you are in the area this place is definitely worth your money.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I have been to Oasis few times, I usually go on Saturday for dinner. Their falafel are quite good, the hummus is sold in local stores and it's much better than the usual packed ones (but not as good as the one you can make yourself), although a bit on the pricey side. The location is good, a bit hidden... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Oasis Falafel restaurant is awesome. They have it all from falafel, of course ,to lamb, gyros, hummus (to die for!), baba ganoush, tabbouleh and soups. If your family or mix of friends is a combo of meat eaters and vegans, this is the place for you!!! (Our family also loves their french fries. ) The place is small, they... More

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