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Oasis Falafel

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206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149
+1 319-358-7342
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really cozy atmosphere. Fast service, good portions and a lot of variety/selection. You must try their freshly brewed authentic Turkish coffee. You won't regret it!

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Thank SimpsonTide985
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a great place for vegans and carnivores to break bread. Obviously the falafel is the main attraction and theirs is always perfectly fried with a satisfying cripness that holds up it's texture in a pita sandwich with the various sauces and condiments. Everybody does falafel different, and I've heard some people remark that Oasis is a little drier... More 

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Thank MikeyMark
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 483 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Order three sides in the Genie's Plate and get a sampling of a long list of side dishes. I chose Madjadra, a rice and lentil dish with a mild seasoning, Moroccan Egg Plant salad that was quite spicy, perhaps a harissa dressing, and baba ghanoush to die for all served with warm pita. There are also pita sandwiches and other... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Thought the blackboard menu is a bit confusing, the food is excellent! Hummis is made on site so as to be fresh each day. Try the lamb plate.

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Thank Christopher B
Charlotte Amalie, null, United States
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65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I finally went to Oasis Falafel to check out what all the excitement is about. I have a gluten allergy which is always a concern when eating out but the staff was very helpful in recommending things I could eat (which was a majority of the menu). Today I enjoyed the chicken skewers, falafel, hummus and babaganoush. They were all... More 

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Thank Ines K
Wheaton, Illinois
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

My husband and I came to Iowa City to visit our Hawkeye daughter for Labor Day weekend. We stayed at our favorite Brown Street Inn and they named some local restaurants that we might enjoy. After our golf day, and football game day, we had to travel home. But we decided to grab lunch here on the way out. I... More 

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Thank Gwen_Illinois
Vineland, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Stopped in for a quick dinner during our road trip. Good middle eastern food. You order at the counter and they bring the stuff to you. A bit pricey ($10 for a chicken/falafel pita) and no wifi??

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Thank Stu C
Naftaly S, Owner at Oasis Falafel, responded to this review

Dear Stu, Thank you for visiting Oasis Falafel during your road trip to Iowa City. Lots of thanks for taking the time writing a review. As an owner, those reviews are valuable. I just wanted to comment that the price of our Chicken / Falafel pita is $7.95 (+ 6% Sales Tax) and not $10 as you stated in your... More 

iowa city, ia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

3 of us arrived around 5:30 pm. It was not too busy. We placed our orders and took a table at the back of Oasis. I ordered the Kebab Plate. I had the Chicken Shawarma, and Gyro for my meats. Sides were French fries and Mediterranean salad. It took a really, really long time to get our meals. Not a... More 

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Thank iowacityia
Iowa City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Seriously, I have tried hummus everywhere and this is best. When we travel anywhere, friends request this hummus. We pack in ice and bring it. Rest of their food great but hummus amazing.

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Thank IowaCityProf
lawrence
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I just carried out the hummus and now that I am back home I am dying for more. Take a cooler and stock up. It's worth it

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Thank alawrencetraveller

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Cuisine
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?