Off-Campus Dining

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,260
Tuition
$44,085
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The closest and most convenient off-campus dining options are found in the Claremont Village, which hosts numerous restaurants and to-go places of multiple cuisines (Chinese, Italian, American, Thai, Mexican, etc.). Most are decently priced, and the restaurants that are of a higher price are of a higher quality as well. There are a lot of restaurants that offer student discounts as well, since Claremont is essentially a college town.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food in the village is all upscale and very good

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have 4 other colleges that we share dining halls with. 8 dining halls total. I don't know how the five colleges don't collectively share best food every year because there is literally so much variety every day, and a 5c menu app so you can find what is best. I eat dinner at mudd and scripps 4-5 times a week, and breakfast at pitzer is killer.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car or get a zipcar, you have lots of options. If not, you can take a 15 minute walk into the village and eat at some pretty quality restaurants but it's not a very big area so there isn't really enough room for many options and there are no chain restaurants that I know of. That being said, you can eat at any of the 5 college's dining halls and there are cafes on each campus as well so it's pretty hard to get bored of the food. There's also the Athenaeum that serves really good dinners before the talks if you sign up. So the amount of options on campus pretty much makes up for the lack of options in the village.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The "village" provides excellent options for dining.

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  • 299th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 930th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Friede
Hometown
Philadelphia
Major
International Relations
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When students are ready to go off campus to eat, most head down to the Village. The Village offers some great food, but not a great variety. The Village is the only off-campus food that is a walkable distance away. There is a fair amount of variety a short drive away, but except for the occasional In-N-Out run, students either eat on campus or in the Village.

The Village is not exactly budget-friendly, with several upscale restaurants. Viva Madrid, Tutti Mangia, and the Harvard Square Café are all amazing, pricey restaurants that are best visited on special occasions/when relatives visit. For those on a budget, there are a few options, but not many. Heroes (a local bar/grill), the Mixing Bowl (Thai food), and Round Table (Pizza) are all wallet-friendly restaurants. Most students eat in dining halls and go out for dessert/coffee/smoothies.

There are several coffee shops in the Village (both chain and mom-and-pop shops) which are frequented by students. Jamba Juice and the Claremont Juice Company both have delicious smoothies/fruit drinks. The most popular way to spend cash in Claremont is easily frozen yogurt. There are three fro-yo places within walking distance of campus—21 Choices, Yogurtland, and Razzle Dazzle. Everybody has a favorite (mine’s 21 choices) and any day at any time, they are sure to be crowded with students.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • AM/PM convenience store
  • A few of the fast food places
Best Asian
  • Bua Thai
  • Kinya
  • Mix Bowl
Best Breakfast
42nd St. Bagel
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • 21 Choices
  • Some Crust
Best Healthy
  • Claremont Juice Co.
  • Pita Pit
  • So Fresh
Best Late-Night
Mix Bowl
Best Mexican
Taco Factory
Best Pizza
Pizza N Such
Best Wings
Wingnuts
Best Place to Take a Date
Harvard Square Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Tutti Mangi
  • Walter's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bert & Rocky's
  • Buffalo Inn
  • Del Taco
  • Delhi Palace
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Dr. Grubb's
  • Everest
  • La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana
  • Legends
  • The Pita Pit
  • The Press
  • Starbucks
  • Taco Nazo
  • Victoria Gardens
  • Wendy's
  • Yanni's Greek Restaurant
  • Yogurtland

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

AM/PM Mini Mart
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 445-9654
Ralph's Grocery Company
835 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 982-8176
Wolfe's Market
160 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 626-8508

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

21 Choices Frozen Yogurt
Food: Ice cream
817 Foothill Blvd.
(909) 621-7175
www.21choices.com
Price: $4-$6
Cool Features: Cold Stone-style frozen yogurt with mix-ins.
42nd Street Bagel
Food: Bagels, breakfast food
225 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-7655
Price: $5-$8
Aladdin Jr.
Food: Middle Eastern
3161 N. Garey Ave.
(909) 593-3887
www.aladdinjrrestaurant.com
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: Hookah bar, amazing hummus, kebabs and shawarma.
Aruffo's Italian Cuisine
Food: Italian
126 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-9624
Price: $20-$25
Cool Features: Good date place, excellent pasta.
BD's Mongolian Barbeque
Food: Mongolian BBQ, buffet-it's a fun meal and tasty.
970 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 624-4334
www.gomongo.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: $10 all-you-can-eat buffet
Bua Thai
Food: Asian
450 W First St.
(909) 626-6666
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
505 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 399-3287
www.bucadibeppo.com
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Huge family-style portions. Go with a big group.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings and beer
8188 Day Creek Blvd.
(909) 899-9832
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Neat sports bar atmosphere, specializing in finger foods, great wings selection, nice low-key atmosphere.
Casa De Salsa
Food: Mexican
415 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 445-1200
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: $1 tacos and $2 margaritas on Mondays, jazz on Tuesdays.
China Star
Food: Chinese
921 Foothill Blvd.
(909) 624-2328
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: The area seriously lacks good Chinese food, but this is the best.
Chipotle
Food: Mexican
1092 Mountain Ave.
(909) 579-0999
www.chipotle.com
Price: $6-$10
Cool Features: Kind of silly with all the good Mexican around, but still good burritos.
Claremont Juice Co.
Food: Healthy
124 Yale Ave.
(909) 626-2216
Price: $5-$10
Eddie's New York Pizza
Food: Pizza
1065 Foothill Blvd.
(909) 368-1985
Price: $7-$20
Elephant Bar Restaurant
Food: Asian-American fusion
4949 S. Plaza lnn
(909) 621-3509
www.elephantbar.com
Price: $12-$18
Cool Features: Good drinks.
Full of Life
Food: Fresh bread and sandwiches
333 W. Bonita Ave.
(909) 624-3420
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Great gourmet deli sandwiches.
Harvard Square Café
Food: American
206 W. Bonita Ave.
(909) 626-7763
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Outdoor seating, higher quality food for good prices.
Heroes
Food: American
131 Yale Ave.
(909) 621-6712
Price: $12-$20
Cool Features: Free peanuts, shells all over the floor, huge 30-ounce beers (and other drinks). Portions are gigantic, and there are always leftovers.
In-N-Out Burger
Food: Burgers
1837 Foothill Blvd.
(949) 509-6200
www.in-n-out.com
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: World-famous fresh burgers and great fries, although admittedly an acquired taste. Get to know the secret menu. "Animal-style" comes with delicious little grilled onions.
Jamba Juice
Food: smoothies
175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont
(909) 621-0642
www.jambajuice.com
Juanita's Burritos
Food: Mexican
1735 Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 624-1272
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Huge, super-sized burritos.
Kinya Restaurant
Food: Asian, sushi
300 N Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 621-7744
Mix Bowl Café
Food: Thai
1520 Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 447-4401
www.mixbowlcafé.com
Price: $5-$10
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
9251 Monte Vista Ave.
(909) 621-0636
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Never-ending pasta bowl, unlimited breadsticks.
Patty's Burritos
Food: Mexican
1332 N. Towne Ave.
(909) 625-9160
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: $8 super-sized burritos, $5 normal burritos.
Pizza N Such
Food: Pizza
202 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-7214
Price: $10-$20
Shogun
Food: Japanese
2123 Foothill Blvd.
(909) 596-9393
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: Sushi train in one half and a hibachi steakhouse in the other.
So Fresh Salads & More
Food: Salads, health food
1 N Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 626-0823
sofreshsalads.com
Some Crust
Food: Bakery
119 Yale Ave.
(909) 621-9772
Price: $5-$10
Sushi Cruise
Food: Sushi
962 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 482-0300
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat for $25.
Taco Factory Inc.
Food: Mexican
363 W Bonita Ave.
(909) 621-3434
tacofactoryinc.com
Tasty Goody
Food: Chinese
630 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 946-8878
http://www.tastygoody.com/
Price: Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Massively gargantuan portions
Tutti Mangia
Food: Italian
102 Harvard Ave.
(909) 625-4669
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Good bread, great desserts, cool atmosphere.
Viva Madrid!
Food: Tapas
225 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-5500
Price: $10-$20
Walter's
Food: Afghan
316 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-2779
Price: $10-$20
Wingnuts
Food: Wings
1520 N Mountain Ave.
(909) 391-1500
wingnuts.biz

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 30 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 33 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 52% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 42% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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