Off-Campus Dining

Orange, CA
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many places to eat, especially in the circle, ranging from high to low costing restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options are diverse and have a lot for everyone. There's a local burger place, barbecue grill, breakfast house, dessert shop, sandwich shop, and so on. Not only are the options numerous, but the food at each that I've tried have been delicious.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its pretty good. After a while any option becomes better than every meal at the cafe. But the food can sometimes be a bit pricey especially in the OC area.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The circle has amazing food and there's multiple 24 hour mexican food places that are the perfect drunk food.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good variety of restaurants in socal


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  • 183rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1346th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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Students who are tired of the cafeteria can take a short walk to the Orange Circle to find tasty and affordable food. Restaurants in The Circle are always filled with students, so it is almost like an extension of the Chapman campus. For breakfast, students usually go to The Filling Station, an outdoor restaurant with eggs, waffles, french toast, omelets, and breakfast burritos. This is the place to go the morning after a huge fraternity party. There is a huge variety of places for lunch and dinner, from Mexican to Cuban food. Perhaps the most popular restaurant is Tokyo Café, a sushi restaurant. Many Chapman students work at Tokyo, making it a very college-friendly environment. Those who are looking for a healthier meal can go to Rutabegorz Restaurant, which serves giant salads and wraps at affordable prices. 

When students have a craving for sweets, they often go to Cherry on Top for frozen yogurt, Café Lucca for some gourmet gelato, or The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for handmade fudge. Chapman students are spoiled with the food options they have within walking distance. Although the meals are well-priced, it is very easy to spend $150 or more a month by going out to eat too often. So, to save money, go to the Orange Circle for an occasional splurge or only when you want to avoid the cafeteria food.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's Restaurant
  • Norms Restaurant
Best Asian
Toyko Café
Best Breakfast
  • Bagel Me
  • Felix Continental Café
  • The Filling Station Café
Best Coffee
Chapman Coffee House
Best Dessert
Café Lucca
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
  • Haven Gastropub
  • In-N-Out Burger
Best Mexican
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen
Best Pizza
Zito's Pizza
Best Wings
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Best Place to Take a Date
Lazy Dog Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Citrus City Grille
  • Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa Hassan's Café

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

8440 E. Chapman Ave., Orange
(714) 628-0571
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
2620 E. Chapman Ave., Orange
(714) 289-4450
Daily 6 a.m.-1 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bagel Me
Food: Bagels
60 Plaza Square, Orange
(714) 633-2243
Price: $1-$10
Cool Features: Also serves delicious, low-fat smoothies made from non-fat frozen yogurt.
Café Lucca
Food: Artisan gelato, paninis, sandwiches
106 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 289-1255
Price: $7-$11
Cool Features: Homemade gelato is prepared every night.
Chapman Coffee House
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches
505 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 602-6983
Price: $3-$6
Cool Features: Provides discounts during Homecoming and finals week.
Citrus City Grille
Food: American (New)
122 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 639-9600
Price: $15-$40
Cool Features: A Zagat award winner for five straight years.
Denny's Restaurant
Food: American
1258 E. 17th St., Orange
(714) 541-3495
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Breakfast is served at any time.
Felix Continental Café
Food: Cuban food
36 Plaza Square, Orange
(714) 633-5842
Price: $6-16
The Filling Station Café
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches
201 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 289-9714
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: A former gas station turned into an eatery!
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen
Food: Mexican
141 S. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 633-3038
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Everything is homemade, including the flour and corn tortillas.
Haven Gastropub
Food: Gourmet comfort food
190 S. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 221-0680
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Late-night snacks and drinks at a discounted price.
In-N-Out Burger
Food: Fast food
3501 E. Chapman Ave., Orange
(800) 786-1000
Price: Less than $5
Cool Features: Secret menu includes 4x4 hamburgers, Animal Style french fries, and grilled cheese.
Lazy Dog Café
Food: American, grill
1623 W. Katella Ave., Orange
(714) 769-7020
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Double daily happy hour Monday-Friday 3 p.m.-6 p.m.. and 9 p.m.-close.
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Food: Barbecue
2500 Park Ave., Tustin
(714) 259-1227
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Lucille's features original Southern folk art around the restaurant.
Norms Restaurant
Food: American
1550 E. Katella Ave., Orange
(714) 841-1919
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: E-Club offers coupons to its members.
Food: Healthy salads, sandwiches, and wraps.
264 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 633-3260
Price: $4-$15
Cool Features: Rutabegorz offers 25 types of salads and was voted as the "Best Place for a Unique Salad" in 2009 by the Orange County Register.
Tokyo Café
Food: Japanese
161 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 639-9536
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Many Chapman students work here, so you are sure to see someone you recognize!
Zito's Pizza
Food: Pizza
156 N. Glassell St., Orange
(714) 771-2222
Price: $7-$20
Cool Features: Offers delivery services and online ordering.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 97 responses

Very poor
  • 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 111 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 45% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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