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Falafel's Drive-In

Falafel Restaurant and Burger Joint$$$$
Central San Jose, San Jose
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  • Michael L.
    "Get the chicken Gyros, the Falafel Sandwich and the Banana Milkshake"(47 Tips)
    Eric A.
    "Large Falafel Sandwich with the Fresh Banana Shake combo!"(9 Tips)
    jenny s.
    "get the falafel sandwich with hot sauce and the banana shake"(14 Tips)
    Alex F.
    "Get the banana shake and add Gyro to your Falafel Salad."(6 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
  • 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
    One of my favorite spots in San Jose- highly recommended. I only eat the falafel, though they have gyros and other stuff.
  • 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.
  • Eric A.
    Eric Andersen1 week ago
    Can't go wrong with the Large Falafel Sandwich with the Fresh Banana Shake combo!
  • 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!
  • 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 Jan 15
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Chris T.
    Chris TraganosDecember 15, 2013
    Get the falafel, dolmas, and EXTRA hot sauce - that sauce is addictive
  • 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.
  • Perry B.
    Perry BrownAugust 14, 2013
    Large falafel with extra red sauce for sweet & spicy zip. Fresh ingredients; delicious food. Locally-owned & operated.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Krithic A.
    Krithic AnnamalaiNovember 8, 2012
    Get the large Falafel Sandwich! Seating is outdoors, and its cash only! I'll be baaaaack
  • Stephanie
    StephanieSeptember 7, 2011
    The BEST falafels around. Watch it at lunch hour -- the line gets insanely long, and with good reason!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nuna
    NunaSeptember 19, 2014
    Falafel awesome get the hot sauce on the side. Pigeons annoying band will walk on your feet
  • 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.
  • Rob T.
    Rob ThompsonNovember 30, 2013
    Best value hits the spot every time. Falafel and banana milkshake. Yums.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • tina c.
    tina cheungApril 16, 2012
    The malt shake + fries.. so yum!The salads and dolmas. i like :)
  • 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
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YauOctober 22, 2012
    "Best Deal" really is the best deal. Their banana milkshakes are to die for!
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeAugust 23, 2015
    The the falafel, gyro and banana shake. Don't they your fries!
  • Lu M.
    Lu MAFebruary 27, 2015
    You can do half hummus half baba ganosh if you are craving both.
  • Becki H.
    Becki HughesSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Falafal place around. Must have the banana shakes!!
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AlonzoMay 6, 2011
    Try the falafel salad (a falafel without the pita bread) for a low carb meal
  • 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...
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 16, 2013
    Get the special. You far a banana milk shake!
  • 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
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OtaJanuary 5, 2016
    The falafel here is outstanding. Get the large
  • Ally N.
    Ally NorthamApril 30, 2012
    Awesome falafel!!! Make sure to try their sweet spicy sauce!
  • Robert H.
    Robert HunterJune 22, 2014
    Awesome! Food was as good as advertised. Banana shake? Killer
  • 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!
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