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The 8 Best Falafel Spots In San Diego

Updated: August 7, 2022

Who knew chickpeas and fava beans could come together to form something as tasty as falafel? Well these San Diego spots clearly did. We analyzed leading blogs, publications and review sites to find the best San Diego spots for this Middle eastern Snack. These spots make the best falafel pita, gyros, salads and platters in town - we recommend extra hummus with everything!

Find the perfect Falafel spot

ZGARA Greek Grill

Greek, MorenaGreekSan Diego, Morena
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

    14 New San Diego Restaurants to Check Out Right Now

    Eater, 2021

Tahini

Middle Eastern, $, Kearny MesaMiddle Eastern, $San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Aladdin Cafe

Middle Eastern, $$, North ClairemontMiddle Eastern, $$San Diego, North Clairemont
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Mister Falafel

Mediterranean, $, North ClairemontMediterranean, $San Diego, North Clairemont
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top options for inexpensive Middle Eastern eats in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019

Mama's Bakery & Deli

Middle Eastern, $, University HeightsMiddle Eastern, $San Diego, University Heights
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top options for inexpensive Middle Eastern eats in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Falafel California

Middle Eastern, Barrio LoganMiddle EasternSan Diego, Barrio Logan
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

Shawarma Station

Food Truck, Ocean BeachFood TruckSan Diego, Ocean Beach
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 5.0

Safi Mediterranean Grill

Mediterranean, Pacific BeachMediterraneanSan Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Why these restaurants?

We know how tough it is to find the best Falafel in San Diego. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 restaurants in San Diego, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 624 lists and articles from experts at Eater and Hoodline and more. All with some boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Eater - 14 New San Diego Restaurants to Check Out Right Now, Eater - Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego and Hoodline - 5 top options for inexpensive Middle Eastern eats in San Diego. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. If your next meal is in any of these ten restaurants, the Falafel aficionado in you will rejoice.

Common questions

ZGARA Greek Grill, The Kebab Shop, and Kabob House are the highest-rated falafel spots for lunch in San Diego.

ZGARA Greek Grill, The Kebab Shop, and Kabob House are the highest-rated falafel spots for breakfast in San Diego.

ZGARA Greek Grill, The Kebab Shop, and Kabob House are the highest-rated falafel spots to get a quick lunch in San Diego.

The Kebab Shop, Luna Grill, and Falafel California are the highest-rated falafel spots for take-out in San Diego.

The Kebab Shop, Luna Grill, and Falafel California are the highest-rated spots for falafel delivery in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips for Falafel

  • Rosé and falafel


    When considering how to best enjoy your falafel, we would highlight how well a glass of Rosé complements the dish as it counterbalances the dense texture of the falafel.


  • A next-level match for falafel

    Experts suggest pairing a falafel with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.


  • Pair Chardonnay with falafel

    Not sure what white wine to drink with your falafel? Try Chardonnay. The oaked flavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

Interesting facts about Falafel

  • A tasty first

    medieval period gave us something tasty, the falafel! This tasty dish was bestowed upon us by Egypt.

  • 24 pounds of falafel ball

    24 pounds is the record for the biggest falafel ball. We hope people were hungry!

  • September = Falafel festival

    The South Bay Falafel Festival is held every September in Torrance, The United States, celebrating the local foodies’ passion for Falafel.

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