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Oasis Falafel

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206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
319-358-7342
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Owners and friends Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan created Oasis the...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Falafel is great!

I always stop here when I am in Iowa City and sometimes more than once! The pickled veggies are delicious on the felafel. I wish I was there right now!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
connie C
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I always stop here when I am in Iowa City and sometimes more than once! The pickled veggies are delicious on the felafel. I wish I was there right now!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We try to stop here every time we go through Iowa City. Everything is delicious and a great value. I am not a big French fry person at all, but even their French fries are some of the best I ever had. I usually order a half falafel sandwich, but have had other sandwiches and foods there and loved them.... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

You can't go wrong here, everything is good. If you haven't tried this sort of food, you should. Great for vegetarians, great variety. Nice people, low prices.

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Auburn
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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 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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10 reviews 10 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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262 reviews 262 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 319-358-7342

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?