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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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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  • 56
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  • 35
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
So many amazing choices!

The hummus. Oh the hummus. Thank goodness you can buy big batches to go. But aside from that, the falafel is top notch, as is the red cabbage and madjadras. Love the orange curry sauce at the condiments station. Tons of delicious, authentic food for very reasonable prices!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
Amanda B
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Waterloo, Iowa
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The hummus. Oh the hummus. Thank goodness you can buy big batches to go. But aside from that, the falafel is top notch, as is the red cabbage and madjadras. Love the orange curry sauce at the condiments station. Tons of delicious, authentic food for very reasonable prices!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Several of us go to Oasis every Tuesday after yoga. It's the perfect place to have a healthy meal at a good price point. The food is fantastic. Nothing better then a whole wheat falafel pita!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We love the hummus and pita chips. Other great items are the falafel balls, falafel pitas, Mediterranean salad, chicken skewers, and pitas. You get lots of food for a great value.

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Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My son and I each had the falafel pita with gyro. The hummus and babba ganoush spread inside served as a tasty condiment to the meat. The Mediterranean salad and falafel inside were also tasty. My husband had the kabob plate, choosing gyro and beef kafta (tasted like hamburger) as the main dishes and Mediterranean salad (cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes)... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food here is great, service is a little slow and parking is a pain, but the falafel is fantastic and their french fries are to die for.

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Madison, WI
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Oasis is the best vegan eating experience in Iowa City (they also have food for carnivores, but we can't speak to that.) It's got no atmosphere (kind of like a fastfood restaurant's) - dining tables are squeezed into the front ordering area or in a room in the back - but the falafel on pita, with their homemade hummus (and... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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?