The Original Falafel’s Drive-In Restaurant Review, San Jose


The Original Falafel's Drive-In

2301 Steven's Creek Blvd.

San Jose, CA 95128-1651


The Original Falafel's Drive-In Website

The Original Falafels Drive In San Jose exterior decor

The Original Falafel’s Drive-In opened in 1966 and has been serving up falafel’s duty ever present lines since. The restaurant is located in San Jose not far from the Santana Row shopping center.
Decor, Vibe – Small dining room inside with picnic tables outside. Old school drive-in decor, with ordering from window. Mostly younger folks were ordering when we visited.

Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

The Original Falafel’s Drive-In Menu has everything from Falafel’s to hummus to burgers. Falafel’s Drive-In’s extensive menu satisfies vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Website Menu


The Original Falafels Drive In San Jose falafel

Falafel ($4 small) A delicious pita sandwich consisting of falafel balls, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, tahini sauce, and their famous hot sauce. Small amount of Spicy sauce on top with crispy balls and fairly big portion size. One of the better versions in the Bay Area.

The Original Falafels Drive In San Jose hummus pitas

Hummos ($5.25 small) Puréed garbanzo beans mixed with tahini sauce, garlic, and lemon juice. Served with two pitas and veggies. A bit of hot sauce on top, cucumber, tomato, beet, too. Nice portion size and good quality with a strong lemony component. The pitas were not homemade and were average.

The Original Falafels Drive In San Jose crispy pita chips

Crispy Pita chips ($2.25) were Fried strips of pita bread seasoned with aromatic herbs. Good quality, super crispy, nice with the hummus.


The Original Falafels Drive In San Jose banana shake

Award winning fresh Banana shakes ($3) Made with non-fat milk and low-fat ice cream was on the low flavor side and only slightly thick. A little overrated.


The Original Falafel’s Drive-In serves up good food at reasonable prices, no wonder it is so popular and has a wait most of the time. You can call ahead and place your order to minimize wait time. If you are near San Jose and love falafel’s be sure to try this place.

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The Original Falafel's Drive-In Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Average)
Atmosphere Rating: (Below Average)
Value Rating: (Very Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Hours:Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 10am - 6pm
Prices:$2.25 - $8

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