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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I never really go off campus because the food on campus is great!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is insanely good. From upscale (Pine) to cheap and greasy (Orient, C&A Pizza) there are something like 12+ options and they're all good. They have to be because land in downtown Hanover is so expensive.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants in town, mostly sit-down places or late-night establishments. The prices vary from inexpensive to expensive, and there are happy hour specials, but no real specials/discounts for students. There are more options in the next town over which is about a 10-15 minute drive, but those options are more fast food restaurants, which are inexpensive.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Small town means very few off-campus eating options. We have 4 dining halls and 3 cafes on our very small campus. Lots of options and food is available from 7 am to 2 am everyday

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Bad pizza, late night ok pizza, fair/good pizza, a good Indian restaurant, a Thai place, a Chinese place, 2 bakeries, a Subway, a Burrito place, a fancy restaurant, a medium-fancy restaurant, and Italian restaurant, and Lou's (a dinner that is a campus legend.) These are the only eating establishments in Hanover.

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  • 1335th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1361st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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While the quality and variety of the food prepared by Dartmouth Dining Services makes venturing off campus in search of a decent meal virtually unnecessary, it can be fun to reward yourself every once in awhile with a trip to Mai Thai, Molly’s, or Ramunto’s. Off-campus dining options in and around the town of Hanover are varied and plentiful—the food is agreeable and the prices are almost always reasonable, especially considering the alternative cost of eating on campus. Every Dartmouth student has his or her favorite off-campus eatery and some have one or two they think are less-than-spectacular, but on the whole, students consider themselves lucky to have such variety and affordability right in their own backyard.

There are a few decent pizza shops in town, as well as a couple of good places to grab breakfast—on the go or sit-down, it doesn’t matter. The coffeeshop scene in Hanover is pretty respectable, and there’s a smattering of authentic, American-style bar and grill places in Hanover and farther afield in West Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont. There are also less-expensive chain restaurants like Chili’s and Applebee’s and even fast food options like Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and McDonalds in West Leb. One popular thing to do, especially in the wintertime, is order Chinese or Indian takeout and have the meal delivered directly to your dorm—most establishments are happy to deliver to campus for a nominal charge. Another mainstay of every Dartmouth student’s experience is EBA’s late-night take-out/delivery option. Because on-campus dining usually shuts down by 1 a.m., EBA’s policy of leaving its doors and phone lines open until 2:10 a.m. can be a godsend for students up late studying or partying hard.


Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Dirt Cowboy Café
  • Everything But Anchovies
  • Molly's Restaurant & Bar
  • Ramunto's Brick & Brew Pizzeria
24-Hour Dining
The Fort (formerly Fort Lou's) in Lebanon
Best Asian
The Orient
Best Breakfast
Lou's Restaurant
Best Healthy
Panera Bread
Best Pizza
Ramunto's Brick & Brew Pizzeria
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Hanover Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bamboo Garden
  • Burger King
  • Peking Tokyo
  • Quiznos

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Co-op Food Store
45 S. Park St., Hanover
(603) 643-2667
Price Chopper
285 Plainfield Road, West Lebanon
(603) 298-9670

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Food: American
280 Plainfield Rd., West Lebanon
(603) 298-8608
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great wings.
Bagel Basement
Food: Bagels
6 Allen St.
(603) 643-2245
Price: $2-$12
Cool Features: Great lox.
Benning Street Bar & Grill
Food: American
66 Benning St., West Lebanon
(603) 298-6688
Price: $8-$15
Food: Burritos, smoothies, wraps
35 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-0202
Price: $5-$10
C & A Pizza
Food: Pizza
17 Lebanon St., Hanover
(603) 643-2966
Price: $6-$14
Cool Features: Authentic Italian ingredients.
Cafè Buon Gustaio
Food: Italian
72 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-5711
Price: $17-$35
Cool Features: Friendly staff.
Canoe Club
Food: American
27 Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-9660
Price: $12-$25
Cool Features: Elegant setting.
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
200 S. Main St., West Lebanon
(603) 298-0335
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Baby-back ribs!
China Lantern Buffet
Food: Chinese
267 Plainfield Rd., West Lebanon
(603) 298-8818
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great egg rolls!
China Moon Buffet
Food: Chinese
42 Sykes Ave., White River Junction, VT
(802) 291-9088
Price: $5-$7
Dirt Cowboy Cafè
Food: Coffee, desserts
9 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-1323
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Everything But Anchovies (EBA's)
Food: Pizza, American
5 Allen St., Hanover
(603) 643-6135
Price: $6-$12
The Fort
Food: Breakfast
151 Heater Rd., Lebanon
(603) 448-5512
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Great waffles.
Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
11 Lebanon St., Hanover
(603) 643-3003
Price: $7-$14
Cool Features: Low-profile location.
The Hanover Inn
Food: American
2 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-4300
Price: $16-$44
Cool Features: Elegant, country-club atmosphere.
India Queen
Food: Indian
44 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-6900
Price: $7-$15
Cool Features: Full-service bar, hookah bar and dance floor.
Jesse's Restaurant & Tavern
Food: Steak, seafood
224 Lebanon Rd., Hanover
(603) 643-4111
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: They have a pirate ship out back.
The Jewel of India
Food: Indian
27 Lebanon St., Hanover
(603) 643-2217
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Free delivery.
Koto Japanese
Food: Japanese
288 Plainfield Rd, West Lebanon
(603) 298-6890
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Convenient delivery options!
Lou's Restaurant
Food: Breakfast, bakery
30 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-3321
Price: $7-$23
Cool Features: Hearty breakfasts.
Lui Lui
Food: Italian
8 Glen Rd., West Lebanon
(603) 298-7070
Price: $7-$14
Mai Thai Cuisine
Food: Thai
44 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-9980
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Scenic location overlooking downtown Hanover.
Molly's Restaurant & Bar
Food: American, Irish
43 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-2570
Price: $7-$15
Cool Features: Irish theme.
Murphy's On the Green
Food: American, Irish
11 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-4075
Price: $7-$20
Cool Features: Looks like a castle from the outside.
Norwich Inn
Food: American
Main St., Norwich, VT
(802) 649-1143
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: The property dates back to 1797!
Orient Chinese & Japanese Restaurant
Food: Chinese, Japanese
3 Lebanon St., Hanover
(603) 643-8888
Price: $6-$16
Panera Bread
Food: Bakery, salads, sandwiches, soup
267 Plainfield Rd., West Lebanon
(603) 298-9838
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: WiFi access.
Ramunto's Brick & Brew Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
68 S. Main St., Hanover
(603) 643-9500
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Best pizza in town.
Rosey's Coffee & Tea
Food: Coffee, tea
15 Lebanon St., Hanover
(603) 643-5282
Price: $4-$11
Cool Features: Fabulous green tea for cheap.
Seven Barrel Brewery
Food: British, beer
Route 12A at I-89, exit 20, Colonial Plaza, West Lebanon
(603) 298-5566
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Wide selection of beers and pub food.
Subway/Ben and Jerry's
Food: Ice cream
11 Lebanon St., Hanover
(603) 643-0360
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Two spots in one!
Three Tomatoes Trattoria
Food: Italian
1 Court St., Lebanon
(603) 448-1711
Price: $12-$24
Cool Features: Elegant foliage.
Umpleby's Bakery
Food: Bakery, sandwiches, soup
3 South St., Hanover
(603) 643-3030
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Has an outdoor patio.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 31 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 35 responses

  • 40% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 34% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 26% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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