Off-Campus Dining

Location
Sacramento, CA
Undergrads
20,625
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of little places to go and you can always find something new.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: In town there are endless options for food with in a short drive or walk from school. The options range in price, quality, and diversity. As a student you could eat out somewhere new every day for a year and have something unique.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off-campus dining options near school are good. The cost is quite acceptable for college students. Sometimes the convenience is not so good.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of variety in Sacramento--a drastic change from my hometown where we didn't have much of anything.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: mostly easier to get to, you vcan just walk and get something to eat. it is nice, just have to be careful at night not to walk alone

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 149th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 818th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
Major
English
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Sacramento is a dining paradise, and Sac State is located right in the middle of it. Many students choose not to eat on campus, and they're very satisfied with the alternative. It's difficult to make a grand statement about what Sac State students like because there's so much to choose from, and they go virtually anywhere and everywhere for food. Popular places like Dos Coyotes near the Arden Mall are good, as are the numerous places like Buca Di Beppo down Howe Avenue. Not only is the selection vast, but the quality is delectable. Forget the fast food on campus, we're talking restaurant quality here. These are the same places that native Sacramentans go to, and they love them. Sac State students are no exception.

Although you can get everything you need on campus, the on-campus eateries just can't match the selection of a whole city full of restaurants. If you're willing to sacrifice convenience for a little adventurous dining, then head out and start looking—you won't be disappointed. Unfortunately, students with enough time to leave campus to eat are discouraged by campus parking. Leaving school in the middle of the day means giving up a spot that won't be there when you return. And competition for parking at Sac State is analogous to two mountain lions hunting for the last deer. In a word: savage.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Denny's
Best Asian
  • Arigato Sushi
  • Eastern Empire
  • Panda Express
  • Sushi Hook
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • Jamba Juice
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Rick's Dessert Diner
Best Healthy
Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Burger King
  • Jack in the Box
Best Mexican
  • Chipotle
  • El Forastero Mexican Food
  • Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Chicago Fire
  • La Trattoria Bohemia
Best Wings
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Wingstop
Best Place to Take a Date
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Eastern Empire
  • Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • Burger King
  • Chili's Restaurant Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jamba Juice
  • Olive Garden
  • Panda Express
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Wingstop

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Corti Brothers
5810 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 736-3800
www.cortibros.biz
Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
1900 Alhambra Blvd.
(916) 455-2667
www.sacfoodcoop.com
Daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Safeway
424 Howe Ave.
(916) 925-1676
www.safeway.com
Daily 6 a.m.–2 a.m.
Save Mart Supermarket
5600 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 456-3862
www.savemart.com
Daily 6 a.m.–1 a.m.
Trader Joe's
5000 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 456-1853
www.traderjoes.com
Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Arigato Sushi
Food: Japanese, sushi
1608 Howe Ave.
(916) 920-5930
www.arigato-sushi.com
Price: $10–$20
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Food: American
1689 Arden Way
(916) 570-1920
www.bjsrestaurants.com
Price: $8–$15
Black Angus Steakhouse
Food: American, steakhouse
7925 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights
(916) 726-3300
www.blackangus.com
Price: $10–$20
Chevys Fresh Mex
Food: Mexican
1234 Howe Ave.
(916) 923-6574
www.chevys.com
Price: $8–$15
Chicago Fire
Food: Pizza
2416 J St.
(916) 443-0440
www.chicagofire.com
Price: $10–$20
Dos Coyotes Border Café
Food: Mexican
6450 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 452-5696
www.doscoyotes.net
Price: $8–$15
Eastern Empire
Food: Chinese
460 Howe Ave.
(916) 646-1698
www.easternempirerestaurant.com
Price: $8–$15
El Forastero Mexican Food
Food: Mexican
8949 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 369-7094
elforasteromexicanfood.com
Price: $5–$10
El Torito
Food: Mexican
1598 Arden Way
(916) 927-0071
www.eltorito.com
Price: $10–$20
Elephant Bar Restaurant
Food: International
1500 Arden Way
(916) 564-2526
www.elephantbar.com
Price: $15–$30
Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
6049 Madison Ave.
(916) 344-3177
www.garciasmexicanrestaurants.net
Price: $10–$20
La Trattoria Bohemia
Food: Italian
3649 J St.
(916) 455-7803
latrattoriabohemia.com
Price: $10–$20
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Food: Japanese
1530 J St.
(916) 447-2112
www.mikunisushi.com
Price: $10–$20
Rick's Dessert Diner
Food: Desserts
2322 K St.
(916) 444-0969
ricksdessertdiner.com
Price: $8–$15
The Squeeze Inn
Food: American
5301 Power Inn Rd.
(916) 386-8599
thesqueezeinn.com
Price: $5–$10
Sushi Hook
Food: Japanese, sushi
807 Howe Ave.
(916) 921-6707
www.sushihook.com
Price: $10–$20
Tapa the World
Food: Spanish, tapas
2115 J St.
(916) 442-4353
www.tapatheworld.com
Price: $10–$20
Tokyo Fro's
Food: Japanese, sushi
2224 Fair Oaks Blvd.
(916) 648-1115
www.tokyofros.com
Price: $10–$20
Tres Hermanas
Food: Mexican
2416 K St.
(916) 443-6919
www.treshermanasonk.com
Price: $8–$15
Zelda's Original Gourmet Pizza
Food: Deep-dish pizza
1415 21st St.
(916) 447-1400
www.zeldasgourmetpizza.com
Price: $10–$20
Zocalo
Food: Mexican
1801 Capitol Ave.
(916) 441-0303
www.zocalosacramento.com
Price: $10–$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 150 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 161 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 13% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 38% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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