Liba Falafel

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 4 reviews )

380 17th St, Oakland, California, USA, 48212

Bay area mobile food truck turned brick and mortar, here since spring 2014 Offers falafels and a toppings bar alongside baked goods including vegan. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Mediterranean, Fast food, Take-out, Middle Eastern

4 Reviews

First Review by greenhexi

Wonderful choices - Edit

I love this place both here and at the farmers market. The salad choices are delicious with and without the falafel. Wish I could get this more often.

Pros: Great choice of salads , Plenty of vegan options, Delicious combos

Cons: Restaurant can be hard to park near

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Best Falafel (ever?) - Edit

What a grace it was to see Liba Falafel convert into a restaurant space in Oakland. Not only is the falafel crunchy and delicious, but you can load-up your dish with huge variety of fixings. The combination of Liba's simplicity and fine flavors for the right price make this one of my favorite places in the Bay Area.

Pros: Best falafel ever, Huge "salad bar" to affix your falafel with flavor, Quaint space in Oakland

Cons: Destination location, for some.

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Pile it on! - Edit

I am a huge fan of Liba Falafel's food truck, and was super excited to learn that they were opening a restaurant relatively close to where I live (and 1 block from where I work!)

The format is pretty simple, you can order a falafel pita for ~$8 or salad for $9. Sounds a little pricey, but here's the rub: there is a toppings bar and almost all the items are vegan. Stack that up and you're looking at a significant amount of delicious veggies, salads, pickles, hummus, chutneys etc. I assume the salad costs more because you can pile so much stuff onto it with ease. With this in mind, the prices are actually pretty good.

The falafel itself can be a little lost under all the toppings but it's really very good and fresh with plenty of sesame seeds mixed in and a good taste to it. Always has a good crispy outer layer, none of the half-fried mushiness that I've experienced at some other east bay falafel joints.

Other items such as sweet potato fries or pita chips are an option too, and although delicious I usually forgo these because the standard falafel can amount to such massive portions.

They also have some baked goods and other desserts, including vegan cookies which are quite tasty.

After the official opening they will have evening and Saturday hours, but for now their hours are limited to 11-2 M-F.
Updated from previous review on Sunday August 24, 2014

Pros: Incredible toppings bar!!!!, Good price to portion ratio, Most items are vegan

Cons: Limited hours currently, Sometimes a bit of a line/ crowded

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Yummy - Edit

Good food (though I could have eaten a second falafel sandwich...) and vegan easy to get. A bit pricey though.

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