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Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
+1 319-358-7342
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good33%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“falafel” (95 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00 Hours
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This restaurant has authentic Middle Eastern food that they cook extremely well. They don't skimp on proportions or the spices. I was not surprised to see people of all ages coming and going in this local gem. And, they cook their meat dishes in separate...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a hard day? too hot to cook? The oasis is beckoning you. Falafel as it should be. Crispy on the outside. Soft on the inside. Cucumbers, yogurt, onions are layered into a pita bread. Yum

Thank gbergus
Reviewed 4 days ago

Local gem with the BEST Flaffel I have eaten! Lots of other good kebabs etc too! Easy to park in front (mostly!). Friendly and easy going staff.

Thank kearnest63
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food at a good price. Go for the grill plate, and try the falafel, babba ganoush, hummus, lamb skewer or gyro meat. Dining room is a bit lacking in atmosphere but they also do carry out.

1  Thank Elisha K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

People pack into this small restaurant to get this amazing food. My chicken shawarma pita was to die for. Everyone in our group loved what they ordered. Nobody was disappointed. I've never seen pitas stuffed so full - they were a whole meal.

Thank SteveMirn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My go to place for a quick tasty lunch at a no nonsense restaurant! Recommend it to anyone who isn’t afraid of flavor.

Thank person777
Reviewed 17 May 2018

I love their salads, Taboulas, egg plant dishes, Falafel, and desserts. You can even get their falafel sandwiches at the UI Hospitals and Clinics in the eight floor by taking Elevator F. Enjoy the fun food.

Thank 307seascape
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Oasis was delicious, affordable, quaint, and conveniently located. I got the chicken shawarma, which was delicious. My vegan friend got the falafel pita sandwich, and boy did she love it. The baklava was also INCREDIBLE, and the staff was a delight.

Thank Abby N
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Was there around 11:30 on a Saturday, no crowd. Order at the register and they bring it to the table. The food tastes wonderful with the mix of earthy and spicy. Pita sandwich and Mediterranean salad was a great combo. The food gets a 4.25...More

1  Thank Michael R
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Two couples: Genie's Platter, Kebab Platter, chicken shawarma whole pita and chicken shawarma half pita. Sides were Moroccan eggplant and red cabbage and Babba Ganoush. All fresh, delicious and served with homemade cabbage condiments and outstanding homemade green pepper sauce. Friendly, helpful service. 5 out...More

1  Thank Karwendel52
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-358-7342
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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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