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Fast Food, Middle Eastern
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0.8 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Reviewed November 21, 2019 via mobile

After a day of mountain biking we really wanted a big tasty meal. This place did not disappoint. The food was very tasty and portions were huge. The salad was fresh and crisp. The falafels had lovely flavours. I really can’t praise this place enough....To top it all off, it was a bargain.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

Expensive for the small portions. Very bland. Mostly lettuce and little meat. Agree with the other reviews about poor service. Better to go to Falafel Hut or Falafel Santa Cruz. They've got better food with better attitudes.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed May 20, 2019

This is my go-to place for falafel, schwarma and gyros. They have excellent sandwiches, but I think I like the combo plates the best - you get a good helping of veggies (lettuce, tomatoes, onoins) along with either veggie items like falafels and baba ganoush...or meat items like koftas, schwarma, gyro slices. I have never had a meal here I didn't love.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Regularly stop in for the shawarma and falafels. All good. Pricing reasonable. Fresh preparation. And a very congenial owner!

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed July 9, 2017

The price is good for the amount of food you get but wasn't overly impressed with the flavors. Tasted like a pretty standard falafel but nothing really gave it that extra kick that made me want to go back.

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed December 29, 2016

Savory dishes: the taste tells you the food is prepared daily and is fresh. Ambience is cozy, nothing fancy and ample room for small and larger groups.

Date of visit: August 2016
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

I was walking around downtown Santa Cruz and came upon the Falafel House. Having spent some time in the Middle East, I was keen to try the place. Upon entering I was ecstatic to see that it was owned by Syrians. I recognized several of...the places in pictures on the walls. Damascus has been my favorite place I have lived, and I remembered the food being excellent, much better than the Lebanese versions. The Falafel House did not disappoint. The food was great and brought back good memories of my time in Damascus. The Falafel House is a great place to try some Syrian Arabic cuisine.More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed September 16, 2016

This is the best falafel place in town, and a bit of a local secret. Great gyros, shawarma, pepper steak, and burgers too! And the fries - I don't know what they do - I usually avoid eating french fries but theirs are irresistible. They...have the best tabbouleh I've ever had anywhere, and I haven't found anything on the fairly extensive menu yet that I haven't liked. Friendly people, great prices, right downtown. And unique decor - the kind and culinarily-gifted Syrian-heritage owner put up tourist posters from Syria that predate the awful war there, and Arabic language music videos (mostly from Egypt) play quietly on a small TV screen - like MTV of the 80s but middle eastern.More

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed July 21, 2016

Falafel should be crispy on the outside, and soft inside. Many places can't get it right. This place does, and has a nice menu and is a cute place off of Pacific Ave. Great for a cheap yummy Middle Eastern food fix.

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed June 3, 2016

...what more can you ask for? Only in a college town, something like this will thrive. Mediterranean/middle eastern flavours at an affordable price. The food is authentically prepared. I love the lamb combo plate. This was one of our go to places when we lived...in Downtown SC.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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