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“Best Hummus and Fries in town!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oasis Falafel

Oasis Falafel
206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
319-358-7342
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Ranked #4 of 207 Restaurants in Iowa City
Price range: $5 - $20
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.
Albert Lea, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
“Best Hummus and Fries in town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I use to work in downtown Iowa City and would eat at Oasis about twice a month. Pita, falafel, meet choices, fries, hummus- all excellent. They offer their hummus at the local Hyvee grocery store and it is AMAZING! I've sinced moved away and on multiple occasions have picked up a few containers of their hummus because I've yet to find anything half as good. Hands down the best french fries in town. I use to crave them- so stinkin good!
Always had really good service too- can't say enough good things. It's the perfect place for lunch when in Iowa City.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The best "order at the cash register" restaurant around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

As others have said, the hummus is absolutely the best. No one in Iowa City tries to make their own because you can't beat Oasis. Concerning the falafel and the rest of the menu, the spicing is magical. Just don't try to find out their recipes - they are top secret! Finally, their hummus is available in local grocery stores but you have to eat at the restaurant to let your taste buds have the full experience. Don't forget to add the toppings on the side table. You need several visits to develop your favorites.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Iowa City, IA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best hummus in the world”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Oasis makes the best hummus I have ever had. Eat it with pita chips, with baby carrots, or with your finger, it is garlicky-perfect and delish. They sell it to go at the restaurant downtown, or in the local Hy-Vee grocery stores. It is always fresh and consistently good.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cherokee, Iowa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Authentic Yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you're a fan...don't miss Oasis Cafe...I have yet to try anything on the menu that isn't delicious!! The lentil soup is "to die for", and the falafel...amazing. A great lunch stop...they get you in and out. THey also do a fantastic catering "party pack" as well.

Visited October 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Falafel is Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The food here is terrific. Their pita sandwiches, especially the falafel, are out of this world. They also have incredible hummus. If they would add an outdoor patio, this place would be perfect!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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