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Falafel's Drive-In

Falafel Restaurant and Burger Joint$$$$
Central San Jose, San Jose
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  • This place is famous for their falafel. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • jenny s.
    "get the falafel sandwich with hot sauce and the banana shake"(49 Tips)
    Michael L.
    "Get the chicken Gyros, the Falafel Sandwich and the Banana Milkshake"(15 Tips)
    Alex F.
    "Get the banana shake and add Gyro to your Falafel Salad."(6 Tips)
    Amelia H.
    "Best gyros I have had in ages and the hummus was also amazing."(18 Tips)
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  • Angelo S.
    Angelo Santa anaApril 2, 2013
    Been coming here for decades and always leave satisfied. If you have a craving for a falafel, this is the place to go. Tried everything on the menu, everything you expect from a good diner.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaagDecember 23, 2012
    You must, MUST get their baklava. It's one of the best I've ever had. I've had some really good ones in NYC. Who wudda known? This little hole in the wall in SJ...
  • Mohan G.
    Mohan GaradiSeptember 23, 2014
    Best place for middle eastern food...try their falafel wrap and strawberry shake...you will not regret...their hummus and pita bread are great choice too
  • Francesca H.
    The best deal is the large falafel and banana shake🙌 you won't be disappointed!!! Ask for extra sauce!
  • Cheapism
    CheapismJuly 11, 2011
    This family owned drive-in has been around since 1960. A local favorite, they serve unique American food like burgers and ethnic food like falafel. Starting around $3 or $4. Read more
  • Chris V.
    Chris VuongDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Large falafel pita w/ extra red sauce. Banana shake if you're up for the calories. Do it. (Also, the dolmas are surprisingly good.)
  • Michael H.
    Michael HalberstadtOctober 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in San Jose- highly recommended. I only eat the falafel, though they have gyros and other stuff.
  • Eric A.
    Can't go wrong with the Large Falafel Sandwich with the Fresh Banana Shake combo!
  • Nishad G.
    Nishad GeorgeJuly 30, 2013
    There's usually always a crowd. Really nice outdoor casual setting, it's not "authentic" falafel by any means, but still delicious and worth my money.
  • Janet F.
    Janet FoutsJune 12, 2016
    This is the line on the weekends. Still, well worth the wait! Bes TR Falafel in San Jose
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Barracuda Networks
    Barracuda NetworksSeptember 13, 2011
    This is a great place for our vegetarian friends! The falafel's are delicious but the banana shake is what makes the trip worthwhile- yum yum!
  • sophia h.
    sophia hadarSeptember 16, 2015
    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives spot. Awesome falafel and banana shake combo is the go to. Lines get long but move fast
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GordonJuly 20, 2013
    Falafel sandwiches are very messy! A salad with a pita on the side seems the way to go. Ask for extra red and white...
  • Greg K.
    Greg KalekaJune 27, 2015
    So good. Get extra hot sauce for your falafel - it's delicious, and you'll need it after the first few bites.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TraganosDecember 15, 2013
    Get the falafel, dolmas, and EXTRA hot sauce - that sauce is addictive
  • Perry B.
    Perry BrownAugust 14, 2013
    Large falafel with extra red sauce for sweet & spicy zip. Fresh ingredients; delicious food. Locally-owned & operated.
  • Alex
    AlexJanuary 20, 2012
    This place is fantastic. I always order a full beef gyros with a side of fries. Probably one of my favorite places to eat at.
  • Amelia H.
    Amelia HurlbutDecember 2, 2015
    Best gyros I have had in ages and the hummus was also amazing. Wish they had a place in SF!
  • Catherine G.
    Catherine GiguereSeptember 27, 2011
    Try the falafal salad if you don't want the special. Just as delicious, less messy, and totally uuber delicioso with the banana shake!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KhouryMarch 12, 2012
    Disgusting conveyor belt falafel. Want good Falafel? Head over to Santana Row, the Falafel cart right outside Magianno's. Reminds me of my grandfathers! It's really good!
  • Bonnie B.
    Bonnie Boglioli-RandallOctober 22, 2010
    Iconic midcentury spot not to be missed: large portions for cheap eats; wish gyro meat was thin strips but falafel is superb as is hummus and tabbouleh .. 2 thumbs up
  • Luxe S.
    Luxe SalonJune 7, 2015
    I had a large Falafel and a Koubby. D'lish. I would of taken a picture but I ate it to fast lol
  • Yvonne B.
    Yvonne Barter1 week ago
    Great falafel but their sandwich was ok. Next time I may just get their salad style option
  • Krithic A.
    Krithic AnnamalaiNovember 8, 2012
    Get the large Falafel Sandwich! Seating is outdoors, and its cash only! I'll be baaaaack
  • Kunal M.
    Kunal MehtaJune 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the special, a large falafel and a banana milkshake, the best things on the menu
  • Stephanie
    StephanieSeptember 7, 2011
    The BEST falafels around. Watch it at lunch hour -- the line gets insanely long, and with good reason!
  • Nuna
    NunaSeptember 19, 2014
    Falafel awesome get the hot sauce on the side. Pigeons annoying band will walk on your feet
  • Rebekah D.
    Rebekah DavisJanuary 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG yum. Have been going here since the early 90s. I always get the falafel special, which comes with a large banana shake. The hummus and tabouleh are also fabulous! Read more
  • Al B.
    Al B.August 11, 2014
    Great place for some Falafels but for some reason, I feel like other places could offer more variety.
  • Marcus O.
    Marcus OwensNovember 26, 2014
    The Dolmas grape wraps are AWESOME. A great alternative to the burger.
  • Joris E.
    Joris EversApril 21, 2010
    Bring cash, they don't take credit and add a surcharge for ATM transactions. I always get the large falafel sandwich and pita chips, can't go wrong :)
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CuilanSeptember 16, 2013
    The falafels they serve are pretty good had a chicken pita with some dolmas it was good.
  • Perry B.
    Perry BrownJanuary 30, 2013
    Yes!! Add me to the list. This is flavored Middle-Eastern food at very reasonable rates. Best falafels!
  • Mark F.
    Mark FancherMarch 24, 2015
    The line is worth the wait. There is reason there is always a line.
  • jenny s.
    jenny scottAugust 26, 2016
    get the falafel sandwich with hot sauce and the banana shake
  • Rob T.
    Rob ThompsonNovember 30, 2013
    Best value hits the spot every time. Falafel and banana milkshake. Yums.
  • Nirav S.
    Nirav ShahSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the jacks if you wanna remix between a falafel and a gyro. Too good and not on the menu.
  • logiclust .
    logiclust 🎬July 11, 2013
    Oh, it's all about the special! Hey, I wonder how Jello feels about FDI being on food network.
  • Ilian G.
    Ilian GeorgievApril 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best falafel I have ever had. Get a milkshake as well
  • tina c.
    tina cheungApril 16, 2012
    The malt shake + fries.. so yum!The salads and dolmas. i like :)
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeAugust 23, 2015
    The the falafel, gyro and banana shake. Don't they your fries!
  • Solario
    SolarioMay 1
    Falafel (extra hot sauce) and a banana shake is how I want to spend every hot day.
  • Lu M.
    Lu MAFebruary 27, 2015
    You can do half hummus half baba ganosh if you are craving both.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YauOctober 22, 2012
    "Best Deal" really is the best deal. Their banana milkshakes are to die for!
  • Becki H.
    Becki HughesSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Falafal place around. Must have the banana shakes!!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 16, 2013
    Get the special. You far a banana milk shake!
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AlonzoMay 6, 2011
    Try the falafel salad (a falafel without the pita bread) for a low carb meal
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaJanuary 5, 2016
    The falafel here is outstanding. Get the large
  • Robert H.
    Robert HunterJune 22, 2014
    Awesome! Food was as good as advertised. Banana shake? Killer
  • Hi2singh S.
    Hi2singh SinghasticJanuary 9, 2010
    awesome falafel wrap.... and if u r not on diet go for the banana shake as well...And they also give falafel balls @ 25 cents...
  • Ally N.
    Ally NorthamApril 30, 2012
    Awesome falafel!!! Make sure to try their sweet spicy sauce!
  • James S.
    James StolpApril 19, 2016
    Everything is great. You can't go wrong!
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NullMarch 20, 2014
    The falafel with onion rings is the way to go.
  • Daniel Patrick S.
    Ginormous gyro sandwich packed full of falafel goodness!
  • Menecia U.
    Menecia UJune 8, 2012
    Quite disappointing when you're waiting in line for 10-15 minutes to place your order, and when you do, you're told "we ran out of falafel's." that's like subways saying they ran out of sandwiches!
  • Laukik W.
    Laukik WatveDecember 6, 2009
    Awesome falafel sandwich...might want to actually try a full sandwich ! (This comes quite close to Mamoun's Falafel in NYC http://mamouns.com/) Read more
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamFebruary 14, 2016
    Banana shake, falafel sandwich with extra hot sauce. Perfect.
  • Stacy T.
    Stacy TaylorApril 12, 2012
    Great lunch and the best in the bay area, Homemade banana shake!!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BechtSeptember 14, 2015
    This place is great ! The falafel sandwich is *****
  • Bhakti A.
    Bhakti AchlerkarJune 28, 2015
    Anything with falafel! And banana - shake!
  • Shikamaru N.
    Shikamaru NaraSeptember 13, 2014
    Tastes great and gets me full, but I literally get hungry in 30 mins because I need meat hahah.
  • Nargesv
    NargesvAugust 17, 2016
    Oh that red chilli sauce on falafel sandwich was amazing
  • Ti A.
    Ti AzAugust 28, 2015
    Amazing true taste of falafel
  • Raygan K.
    Raygan KellyOctober 16, 2015
    The falafel salad is a great way to get more of the good stuff.
  • Vishal A.
    Vishal AryaMarch 30, 2014
    Delicious falafel. Tasty foul (fava bean dip).
  • Dan Y.
    Dan YoungFebruary 28, 2015
    Banana shakesand balls only before the sharks game
  • Ben P.
    Ben PerryJanuary 11, 2015
    My favorite are the garlic fries. Yummy
  • Jorge S.
    Jorge SanchezJune 10, 2012
    I've been a Falafel's Drive-in follower since 1984... No better Falafel around!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeeMarch 26, 2010
    Get the chicken Gyros, the Falafel Sandwich and the Banana Milkshake
  • ✈Tom S.
    ✈Tom Spano®June 30, 2013
    Falafel and a banana shake for $8.00? Amazing!
  • Scott M.
    Scott McReynoldsMay 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Meatless Monday this is where I head! Moistest felafels I have found
  • Stevie G.
    Stevie GFebruary 6, 2013
    Best Falafel & Gyros anywhere. And it's a drive-in!
  • Will G.
    Will GibbyApril 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Even though there is no meat in a falafel sandwich you should get it anyway. With a side of onion rings
  • Carlos C.
    falafel and the banana milk shake (must)
  • Janet H.
    Janet HDecember 16, 2011
    the banana milkshake is to die for. It almost brings all the boys to the yard.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodySeptember 8, 2015
    Great falafel, wonderful milk shakes.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FitzpatrickJune 11, 2014
    Get the banana shake and add Gyro to your Falafel Salad.
  • Elizabeth 'Lizbeth' J.
    Elizabeth 'Lizbeth' JensonSeptember 21, 2013
    So much falafel in the falafel salad!
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoMarch 28, 2013
    Get a banana shake and a koubby. You will be set.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BaruchOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a side of hummus. A hummuside!
  • Ken S.
    Ken SOctober 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Banana shake and Falafel for the win!!!
  • K9 M.
    K9 MonkeyApril 21, 2013
    Get the Falafel Pita. It is amazing!
  • Harsha N.
    Harsha NagarajAugust 17, 2014
    Yummmmm! In love with their banana milk shake
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WeinsteinMay 19, 2013
    Amazing falafel! Not too bad of a wait today
  • Jasmin
    JasminNovember 1, 2015
    Be sure to get the banana milkshake!
  • Grant S.
    Grant SmithOctober 21, 2014
    a portion of the mural in back
  • Kate R.
    Kate RhoadesJuly 5, 2013
    Let your girlfriend order for you if you get confused. She's better at reading than you are.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan D.January 13, 2012
    Best value is the way to go!
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CadogànNovember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Crispy spicy bananalisciousness. There's nothing like it, and it is gooooood.
  • A S.
    A SJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Falafels! Love the hot sauce.
  • Abilash
    AbilashAugust 18
    The falafel sandwich is a must try ...
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Falafel's Drive-In as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Alessandro L.
    Alessandro LFebruary 24
    Get the sandwich without the chili sauce. It was too sweet
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great falafel. Don't get the tabbouleh.
  • Susheel B.
    Susheel BolaMarch 18, 2016
    Banana shake & Gyro combo 🙏🏾
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal MarceloJanuary 12, 2010
    Seen this place on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, made it a mission to try this place nxt time we were in town. So good!
  • Paul B.
    Paul BacaSeptember 14, 2014
    Falafel salad and strawberry shake.
  • Shikha M.
    Shikha MittalJune 28, 2013
    Best falafels I've ever had!
  • J R.
    J ReimersJune 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't sleep on the banana shake.
  • LaurenJean R.
    LaurenJean RiceJuly 2, 2013
    Get a gyro & a banana shake. You're welcome!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HoltogApril 8, 2015
    Falafel & Banana Shake combo!
  • keith n.
    keith newmanMay 7, 2015
    Awesome spot Value++
  • Eric B.
    Eric BlessingJanuary 9, 2012
    Forget the banana shake. . .it's all about the root beer freeze.
  • Simon D.
    Simon DavisonJuly 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Gyros and falafel. Bring cash. Best food ever. Job done.
  • Travis M.
    Travis Muccigrosso-WhiteOctober 23, 2011
    Shorthanded or unorganized. Either way, miserable service. Every order that was called was wrong and needed correction. Maybe try when its not the lunch hour?
  • Jose C.
    Jose CortezApril 6, 2014
    Make sure to bring cash or debit card. They don't accept credit cards :(
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouMarch 3, 2012
    grab some pita chips, get the hummus. boom #foodcoma
  • V C.
    V CFebruary 26
    Falafels are ok. A bit overhyped.
  • Kristin J.
    Kristin J.December 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Their fish sandwich is pretty tasty!
  • Johanna
    JohannaOctober 13, 2014
    Falafel, banana shake.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BulkowskiSeptember 27, 2015
    Falafel, banana shake
  • Sathish S.
    Sathish SaladiJuly 19, 2015
    Falafel sandwich and peta chips
  • Scott M.
    Scott McReynoldsJune 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Moistest Falafel around!
  • Evan R.
    Evan RabinowitzNovember 19, 2015
    Falafel, fries, banana shakes
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrittonAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing gyros!
  • shauna M.
    shauna M.May 18, 2014
    The old guy was a jerk when I asked for more tahini. We spent $60 you think they could give us more than 3 tiny containers.
  • Tracy H.
    Tracy HarrisMay 4, 2011
    The greatest falafel joint on the west coast!
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HamiltonJuly 21, 2011
    Call in your order and pick up inside. No waiting in line!
  • Abby C.
    Abby ConchaMarch 28, 2012
    BANANA SHAAAAAAAKE!!! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ron R.
    Ron RobertsJuly 22, 2016
    Awesome falafel!
  • Zach N.
    Zach NegreyJanuary 21, 2016
    Good gyros and hummus
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MartinSeptember 8, 2012
    Get the banana shake.
  • Namita D.
    Namita DJanuary 15
    get the gryo sandwich
  • Abby C.
    Abby ConchaMarch 28, 2012
    BANANA SHAAAAAAAKE!!! (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Orlando L.
    Orlando LopezAugust 18, 2014
    Banana shakes yum!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MoralesJuly 2, 2016
    Banana Milkshake & Falafel
  • Gaurav K.
    Gaurav KachhawaMay 27, 2010
    Love the falafel sandwich and banana shake here! Read more
  • Reid Y.
    Reid YokoyamaMarch 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Know what you want before going up to order!
  • Shiva K.
    Shiva KonaJuly 12, 2015
    Gyros Salad
  • Emerald R.
    Emerald ReillyOctober 16, 2013
    Chocolate banana shake!
  • Tim B.
    Tim BonnemannMay 16, 2016
    Ubiquitousnessh
  • Manoj
    ManojDecember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't hang an overcoat on the chair back.
  • John B.
    John BobeldykAugust 6, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Falafel's Drive-In and order the large falafel & banana shake. You'll save $2 and get the two best items on the menu!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JMay 31, 2012
    Try the Falafel Sandwich
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HurstJuly 23, 2013
    Yummy I like it
  • Tyanne P.
    Tyanne PenadoOctober 3, 2010
    Try the chocolate and banana shake!!!! Yummy!!
  • Avego
    AvegoOctober 11, 2010
    Hummus & pita chips are the best!
  • Alex N.
    Alex NeylanDecember 23, 2012
    No longer just cash, has a credit card machine.
  • Abhinandan D.
    Abhinandan DasAugust 9, 2014
    Don't expect service. It's a drive-in ;) this is street food.
  • Jan R.
    Jan RoselynSeptember 11, 2014
    Banana shake!
  • Evan G.
    Evan GMarch 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Need to go here, heard it's the best falafel outside of the northeast.
  • Alex
    AlexJune 23, 2015
    Banana milkshake!!!
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LiMay 31, 2011
    Banana shake is the best!
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JohnsonFebruary 19, 2015
    Banana shake!
  • Meredith T.
    Koubby is awesome!
  • Adam R.
    Adam RifkinMarch 16, 2010
    Banana milkshake is made with real bananas. Yum!!
  • Bill L.
    Bill LennanJune 9, 2010
    Don't let the line scare you - it moves fast :-)
  • Wedge M.
    Wedge MartinApril 27, 2016
    The special.
  • Alexis C.
    Alexis CórdovaDecember 19, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Hours later, I'm still thinking about the large falafel with banana shake.
  • Russell M.
    Russell MisakiMarch 8, 2011
    Falafel salad!!!!!!!! Hella good!
  • karthik h.
    karthik hebbarAugust 2, 2014
    nice place boys
  • Gabe O.
    Gabe OrtizJuly 25, 2013
    Quite possibly the worst gyro I've ever had the misfortune of ingesting.
  • Stacy C.
    Stacy ColemanDecember 18, 2009
    So Good! Has Been Featured on Travel Channel. Have to Try it!!
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WongMay 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Banana Shake!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 31, 2010
    Try the Falafel Wrap
  • Shreyas D.
    Shreyas DoshiDecember 24, 2009
    Don't forget to get the banana shake.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AtkinsonNovember 3, 2011
    Not crazy about their business practices that border on illegal. They charge $.69 "surcharge if you pay with an ATM card.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChuJune 16, 2010
    Banana milkshake the best!
  • Scott L.
    Scott LaMorteMarch 28, 2010
    Get the Falafel Special
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 10, 2011
    Try the Gyros
  • Robyn S.
    Robyn SchechterMarch 30, 2010
    Yummy! Old time favorite.
  • Laukik W.
    Laukik WatveDecember 21, 2009
    Try the Baklava...it is awesome
  • Jon N.
    Jon NFebruary 26, 2010
    HUMMUS!
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