Green star Aladdin Gyrocery (University District)

4139 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5253

Aladdin Gyrocery's falafel and gyro sandwiches are perfect student food: cheap, fast, filling, portable. This place keeps it simple, and the back room (with bright rugs, a comfy couch, and cushions) and Middle Eastern grocery items are great. If you're drunk and hungry on the Ave, they're open 'til 2 a.m. (3 on Saturdays!).
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Good for Seattle

I agree with Becky Brown. Go to a Sultan's in Chicago and you'll wish Aladdin's was like them. But still, when I'm on the Ave, both Aladdin's are my first choice for cheap food. Friendly, genuine staff too. When I lived in Ravenna, I would sometimes forget cash and they'd let me eat first and then run to the Wells Fargo to get cash. Cool cool.

Posted by Martin Hickman on December 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM · Report this

I love it

Not fancy by any means, and the menu isn't extensive, but the gyros are great. The food is cheap, with large gyros costing only $5, and they are comparable to (if not better than) gyros I've had at expensive Greek restaurants. Give Aladdin's a try, you'll want to come back.
Posted by duckweights on October 31, 2008 at 4:33 AM · Report this

Amazing Ambience

Walking into this place is like walking into the past. I'm not sure how long this has been around, but I guess probably from the early seventies. It has an East Coast charm to its rough interior. Food is great and prices are decent.
Posted by Bellows on May 27, 2008 at 11:27 AM · Report this


very bad place I went there once and I saw rats over there one of them was a big black rat I am not going there again, the food was bad.
Posted by dave on September 9, 2007 at 10:38 PM · Report this

Gyros heaven

My favorite place to get a gyros sandwich, and the falafel is pretty good too. I will drive out of my way from where I work downtown to get one of these gyros when I have the craving. The flavor and aroma are exactly what you want from Middle-Eastern food, plus its fast and easy and cheap.
Posted by Verhexen on September 1, 2007 at 8:55 AM · Report this

Completely decent

good pita - pretty fresh so-so meat - nothing really to complain about - not as good as chicago style - but for seattle this is good stuff
Posted by Brecky Brown on August 1, 2007 at 10:56 PM · Report this

best gyros, hands down

i've since moved away from u-dist, but will make the trip for this particular gyro. capital hill seems to think gyros are wrapped in pancakes.
Posted by broadway dweller on July 27, 2007 at 1:09 AM · Report this

Too Cheap to be this Good

If you want gyros in the u-district there isn't any shortages of places to go. I've been to all of them and Alladdin's beats them all hands down. Don't waste your money any place else, the gyros here are gourmet fair at starving artist prices.
Posted by acharmingkiddo on July 20, 2007 at 6:05 PM · Report this

Drunk Food!

Who doesn't love drunk-munchies at the Gyrocery? Their gyros and falafel are both good, they are open late and right on the Ave so you can stumble their straight from the bar or the bus stop. Also, the name is spectacular.
Posted by Shawnooke on July 18, 2007 at 11:49 AM · Report this


This is my favorite place in Seattle for authentic, delicious middle eastern food. My fav's: hummus, ful, turkish coffee, and of course gyro. Grab a Vimto from the cold drink case, tell them to crank up the music and relax in the back for a delicious meal.
Posted by HappyFun on July 10, 2007 at 6:36 PM · Report this

I Take a Bus There!!!

Having been nearly 5 years since graduating from the UW, I still get my falafel fix by taking a bus from my boring downtown office job to enjoy Aladdin's outstanding food. You can't beat the price and environment, although I did see some mysterious stains on the back couch. Must have been that secret falafel special sauce. Bottom line: Well worth the 45 minute round trip bus ride. The falafel's are great even if you havn't been drinking.
Posted by Leroy on June 7, 2007 at 2:44 PM · Report this

Late Night Food at its finest

Damn good when you are on the ave late into the night. They only take cash though.
Posted by Mark on June 4, 2007 at 3:17 AM · Report this

My gyros!

The gyro sandwiches are the perfect combination -- nice and meaty, oozing with that sauce they slather on everything, served on a warm, thick pita. And then there's the back room. I won't even describe it. You have to see if for yourself.
Posted by food snob? moi? on May 31, 2007 at 4:15 PM · Report this

best when drunk

Aladdin's is serviceable when you're sober and in need of falafel, but Aladdin's is PERFECT when you're drunk, on your way home from the College Inn Pub, and in need of some salt, quick. The best part is that this place is open until 3am on Saturday nights, when you're most likely to require said salt.
Posted by Katelyn on May 19, 2007 at 11:07 AM · Report this

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