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Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
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Ranked #7 of 206 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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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
18 reviews 18 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 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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Iowa City, Iowa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My wife and I went to Oasis after several years being away. We remembered their tasty and healthy choices, so decided to revisit the place. This is a small restaurant near the Hamburg Inn. You walk in and order off the chalk board menu on the wall. They have all the usual Mediterranean dishes: Shawarma, Pitas, Falafels, Baklava, Greek salads,... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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565 reviews 565 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
471 helpful votes 471 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Good food served in a very small restaurant. Try out their hummus and baba and pita at the local grocery stores and then go there for the falafal and meats and salads.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Best falafel you can get. Hey had an eggplant salad which was very tasty. Their baklava is to die for.

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