Amsterdam Falafelshop -...

Overall rating: 5.0 stars 16 Reviews
Top-it-yourself falafel eatery offering many choices of salads and sauces. Also makes twice-fried Dutch style fries. Small shop, near Woodley Park. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Middle Eastern, Salad bar, Fast food, Take-out
2425 18th St NW (Washington D.C.)
Washington, District Of Columbia 20009
202-234-1969

Mon 11:00am-12:00am, Tue-Thu 11:00am-2:30am, Fri-Sat 11:00am-4:00am, Sun 11:00am-12:00am

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  • Outdoor seating
  • Accepts credit cards
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Reviews

First Review by cookiem
aner1kind17
aner1kind17
  • vegetarian
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+71

Best falafel in the world! Or at least DC

5 Posted on 01 / 14 / 2014

This is one of my favorite spots to eat in DC. Cheap, healthy, delicious, and vegetarian. What more could you want? The real highlight is instead of your standard falafel (pita, hummus, tomato, lettuce) you get a bar of at least 10 toppings to put in your pita, including different vegetables, sauces and mixes. Not to be missed! They now offer Belgian fries too!

Pros: Good value, Comfort food
Cons: Difficult to get to with public transpor
beetsrock
beetsrock
  • vegan
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+64

Falafel Bliss

5 Posted on 07 / 02 / 2013

This is a total falafel experience in a cozy little shop. Don't forget to mash your falafel so you can squeeze on maximum mouthwatering toppings. You will be so happy you went. Outdoor tables and good people watching.

Pros: absloutely delicious toppings bar, friendly staff, outdoor tables
Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
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+2291

Amsterdam Falafelshop,Washington DC

5 Posted on 06 / 15 / 2013

This place is great. Its on a similar sort of set up to the Maoz falafel franchise for anyone who has been there. Rock, say what kind of bread roll you want with your falafel, yes or no to chips (fries as people seem to call them in this country) and then serve yourself from the choice of salads (the baba ganush was great, the green stuff isn't coriander but chernobyl hot chilli). All is vegan except the coleslaw and 1 other thing.Very

Its in the bar and nightspot area of Adam's Morgan and is very popular.

Pros: Very vegan friendly, great value

Tigra220
Tigra220
  • vegan
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+821

Best Falafel ever!

5 Posted on 04 / 08 / 2013

The. Best. Falafel sandwich. EVERRR!! There's a topping bar (98% vegan & 100% vegetarian), which is an ingenious idea! Plus you have a choice of white or whole wheat pita bread. The fries were awesome as well. And the customer service was great. I can't wait to get back to Washington, D.C. & get another one...or three! :)

Pros: Amazing falafel & fries, Inexpensive , Large spread toppings bar!
Cons: Must fight for street parking, Limited seating inside
daviddbest
daviddbest
  • vegetarian
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+35

Fa la la la-laa

5 Posted on 01 / 13 / 2013

It is a dive. A srrrious dive. Brace your date, as they'll need to be a good sport. It is also delicious. A srrrious delicious. Brace your belly, you will likely overdo it.

They sell falafel sandwiches, decent potato frites (though lacking in Dutch frite sauces) and have a soda fountain that takes up a sixth of the dining room. Squeeze cheeks.

The falafel is well seasoned, moist, and cooked competently. It may or may not be your favorite falafel. but it's solid good falafel.

The toppings bar, however, is going to make the eyes pop out of your head and largely merits the 5 stars. You've spreads like hummus & baba g., various pickled things, beets, slaws, dressings, i could just keep going. Easily 40 items and you will run out of sandwich before you try half.

Keep an eye out for their mobile unit at area street faires--NOT TO BE MISSED, as i assure you, you will not find better fair fare.

Pros: toppings bar, frites, value
Cons: tiny dining room, location after dark
lulu_k
lulu_k
  • vegan
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+34

Amazing topping bar

5 Posted on 12 / 04 / 2012

I was only in DC for 2 days, but i loved this place so much I ate there twice. I love the toppings bar where I can do it myself, since I like the toppings to be evenly distributed and mushed in. There were so many things to choose from, unlimited combinations of sauces and toppings. I love this place, and will definitiely go back every time im in DC

Pros: amazing food, unlimited combinations
Cons: none!!!
J B
J B
  • vegetarian
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+24

Best Falafel

5 Posted on 07 / 06 / 2011

Small place, not fancy. Their entire menu is falafel sandwiches, fries, and brownies. This place is about doing something simple and doing it right.

The falafel is exceptionally flavorful. You choose a whole wheat or white pita, they fry the falafel in front of you, and then you take your sandwich and use the topping bar to fill it out. I wish the toppings were labeled, but most of them you can figure out. They have quite a lot of options, all of which are vegetarian. The fries are also fried on demand and are delicious. Their drink options are a little limited; I tend to stop at the nearby Yes market and pick up a drink.

The people are friendly. The food is cheap and filling. While it's fried, there's at least some nutritional value to be found here, especially if you choose the right toppings. And it's vegetarian. Why isn't every fast food place like this?
Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 06, 2011

Pros: Delicious, Cheap, Delicious and Cheap
Cons: They don't take credit cards, Limited drink options
Jgindc
Jgindc
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+13

Funky-wonderful little outpost

5 Posted on 01 / 01 / 2011

What a discovery...a European/Israeli-style felafel bar with a delicious spectrum of toppings and sides. Everything about this place has spunk and personality. Highly recommended!

Pros: Unique menu, Tons of character, Dutch language touches
Cons: Noisy when crowded
hotirah
hotirah
  • vegan
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+26

enjoyable

4 Posted on 10 / 24 / 2010

I really enjoy the falafel here, I just wish the space was larger with a few more table and chairs...

Pros: excellet food, good value
Cons: space small
Veganwithavengance
Veganwithavengance
  • vegan
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+68

Food's great open late

5 Posted on 04 / 04 / 2010

Decent falafel but really good toppings bar with a lot of options mostly vegan which you get too put on yourself as much as you can fit into your pita. So good and if you have fries don't be a sucker and get the ketchup go with Peanut Saus the perfect condiment for frites. Their food is really filling really good and open late and their daily special (or whatever it's called) is always there and you don't have to get a soda you can get fruit nectar which goes great with a regular falafel and small frites and it will fill you up and even I the big eat will sometimes be taking food home.

Pros: great toppings bar, peanut saus, friendly staff
Cons: falafel is good but not great, sometimes hard to get a table as a group, they don't always have fried eggplant
ldauzat
ldauzat
  • vegan
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+34

Best Falafel ever

5 Posted on 01 / 26 / 2010

Hit up Amsterdam after a Caps game this past weekend.

By far the best falafel I have ever tasted. Went with three other people, two of which are non vegetarians, and had never had a falafel before. Everyone enjoyed their as much as I did.

Staff went out of their way to explain which toppings were vegan and what ingredients they contained.

Can't wait to go back to D.C. so we can eat there again. Definitely a must try.

Pros: awesome falafels, friendly staff, cheap
Cons: limited seating
fondducoeur
fondducoeur
  • vegan
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+206

I Love This Place!

5 Posted on 08 / 09 / 2009

This place only serves a couple of items, but if you like falafel and fries, this is the place to get them. The toppings are excellent...especially the roasted eggplant and tahini sauce.
It's open late also, which is nice.


Pancakes
Pancakes
  • vegan
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+60

Tasty & Fast

5 Posted on 03 / 22 / 2009

Only recently discovered this falafel shop. The fries are tasty, the toppings are excellent. I really like how they fry the fries right when you order them & make the falafels up when you've ordered instead of the stuff sitting in warming trays.

Pros: 100% Veggie (just not 100% vegan), Food cooked fresh when ordered
Cons: Limited Seating
DC Vegan
DC Vegan
  • vegan
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+165

Best Falafel and Fries in Town

4 Posted on 07 / 28 / 2008

If you're in need of a quick and simple bite, check out the Amsterdam Falafelshop. As someone else pointed out, it's just falfel and fries, a.k.a., frites (and some non-vegan brownies) and a top-your-own bar with mostly vegan toppings. The falafels are cooked fresh and are spiced just right. The frites are hot and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The person working the fryer will ask if you want salt, but there are also alternate seasonings for your frites. Sometimes a small wheat and a small frites, which is how I place my order, is too much for me.

I'm glad I live in the area, as there is hardly any seating in the restaurant. It's easiest for me to get my falafel to go and eat it at home. If you find yourself heading to the Falafelshop a lot, get a frequent diner card--if you get eight falafels, your ninth is free.

And yes, you must pay in cash, although there is an ATM near the soda machine.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good food
Cons: Very little seating, Cash only
Mimi710
Mimi710
  • vegan
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+193

Yummy and cheap

4 Posted on 07 / 19 / 2008

I went here with three friends when I was in DC last summer. I had mentioned falfael as we waited for the metro train to take us from MD (where we were staying) to Dupont Circle (where we were going to hang out) and one of my friends literally asked me "What's falfael" and I was like "Whatttt!? You've never had falfael. We have to go get some now." So we went, and he wasn't disapointed at all. None of us were. The vegan friendlyness of the place was awesome, and I'll definetly go again when I am in DC.

Pros: vegan friendly, open late, yummy
Cons: confusion at topping bar
cookiem
cookiem
  • vegan
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+1425

Cheap eats!

5 Posted on 07 / 14 / 2008

Eater beware, your eyes may be bigger than your pita! At this local favorite in Adams Morgan, bring cash, as there is no other payment accepted! This place is all vegetarian, and almost all vegan, except for a couple of the toppings! Where else can you be assured that the frier is vegan? Why, right here, where the falafel and french fries are cooked right before your eyes to golden perfection. Don't be misled into thinking you'd like a regular sized pita, as the small is plenty, once you properly fill with a tasty selection of the more than a dozen veg toppings! But beware, you must fill up, as there are no repeaters allowed at the toppings bar! When it says hot, it's really hot (the hot sauce). Toppings include cucumber salad (2 types), tomato salad, garbanzo bean salad, cauliflower and carrot, hot sauce, garlic sauce, beets, baba ganouj, cumin onions, hot peppers, hummus, pickled cabbage, tahini and garlic cream. Choose the whole wheat pita for a healthier choice. The fries are classic but fresh and tasty, and you can choose from peanut sauce and ketchup for topping them off. A definite veg favorite in the area, stop in and get some falafel! Oh, and they only serve falafel, fries and non-vegan brownies. But, this place is fabulously tasty! Stop in! Open until 2 or 3 am on the weekends, midnight during the rest of the week!

Pros: Falafel, Toppings, Fries
Cons: Cash only, Not 100% vegan

 

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