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The 8 Best Shawarmas Near Oakland

Updated: August 7, 2022

Does a juicy lamb shawarma make you salivate? Of course it does, which is why we recommend a visit to these Oakland spots. We surveyed the top review sites and analyzed millions of reviews to ensure only the best Shawarmas made this list. With falafel for vegans and roasted chicken and beef for meat lovers, these Oakland restaurants cater for every shawarma lover.

Find the perfect Shawarma spot

Layalina Resturant

Middle Eastern, $$, OaklandMiddle Eastern, $$Oakland, Pill Hill
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 5.0

Falafel Boy

Middle Eastern, $$, OaklandMiddle Eastern, $$Oakland, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5


Middle Eastern, $$, OaklandMiddle Eastern, $$Oakland, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Holy Land Restaurant

Middle Eastern, $$, OaklandMiddle Eastern, $$Oakland, Lakeshore
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar

Mediterranean, $$, AlbanyMediterranean, $$Albany, West Washington
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5


Middle Eastern, AlamedaMiddle EasternAlameda, West End
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Wally's Cafe

Mediterranean, $, EmeryvilleMediterranean, $Emeryville
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

King of Kabab

Mediterranean, $, BerkeleyMediterranean, $Berkeley
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Why these restaurants?

Finding the best spot to satisfy your Shawarma craving shouldn't be so tough. These results are brought to you by boam, with insights from the Yelp and Google ratings for 26488 Oakland restaurants, 3104661 reviews, and 2322 top lists and articles from the likes of Eater. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Eater - The Hottest Restaurants in the East Bay Right Now. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. These ten options are sure to delight.

Drink pairing tips for Shawarma

  • The perfect complement to ribeye

    Experts often pair ribeye with a glass of Syrah, a popular red wine.

  • Pair Rosé with falafel

    When considering what goes best with falafel, we recommend a glass of Rosé, it truly complements the dish as it counterbalances the dense texture of the falafel.

  • Pair falafel with Chardonnay

    To elevate your falafel experience, we recommend some Chardonnay to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this white wine enhances flavour.

Factoids about Shawarma

  • The largest falafel ball

    a circumference of over a metre is the record for the biggest falafel ball. We hope people were hungry!

  • A delicious pairing

    Surely you’ve tried tea with your steak? It’s a classic pairing.

  • A must-visit festival in Torrance

    Where can you find some world-class Shawarma every September? At the South Bay Falafel Festival in Torrance, California, The United States.

Parking info

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