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Falafel of Santa Cruz

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1501 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4740
+1 831-459-0486
11:00 - 22:00
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Its one of the best places in town for a great Falafel or Gyro & fries. They are generous with the servings. If you're watching your carbs. they make plates that have a mountain of food. It's a bit of a greasy spoon but they stick to what they do best. I must admit I've been going here off &... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Very good falafels, and pretty cheap. You get a large (6 falafel balls at least) sandwich, fries and a drink for something like $9. The falafel had just the right crispiness and the taste was good. Filling for the sandwich could have been a little better, but it was adequate....and the hot sauce was tasty and HOT!!! Thick-cut fries that... More 

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San Francisco, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015

Very good food, fresh. Nice friendly service. For the money, great food to feed a hungry college student

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Santa Cruz, California
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141 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

If you have a hankering for Middle Eastern food, there aren't too many options in Santa Cruz; this place serves passable, but not outstanding, falafel, shwarma (chicken) and gyros (beef / lamb). We order from here about every month or so - it's nearby, and the food is decent, if somewhat pricey. The falafel is tasty, and usually reasonably moist.... More 

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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2012

We really enjoyed the greek style chicken and vegetable swarma wraps here and at a great price also a huge wrap for $6! This was an outstanding inexpensive dinner for my family of four. The location is fantastic also right across the street from the boardwalk. The service is fantastic, food tastes great, and neat small type atmosphere! Bring cash... More 

Thank jasonwg71
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2012

A relative who went to UCSC directed us here: "We always eat there - it's the best." At lunch on a Wednesday, parking was difficult, not too crowded inside but noisy, a student dive. The food had integrity, but I've had better falafel. Needs more spice.

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minneapolis, MN
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2011

We used to just love this place, so we are sorry to report that we no longer do. We've had two incredibly disappointing meals there this year. The falafel and the baba ganoush used to be amazing. They are now both greasy, insipid, and bland. Probably won't go back. So sad!

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Reviewed 17 January 2009

mmmm gyro special!

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Reviewed 1 March 2008

worse than the downtown place

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Reviewed 18 December 2007

only take cash and a bit expensive but good food

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4740
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-459-0486

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?