Off-Campus Dining

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
3,587
Tuition
$34,198
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food in the area is great, there are so many options to find around the Boston Commons.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is the best place to go to college in the world, and that can clearly be seen by the vast amount of off-campus life all around.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Boston has a diverse selection of dining options, though late night meals are hard to come by...hopefully that changes in the near future,

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Typical city food. Can be food, but also expensive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: This city is full of a wide range of cuisine that range in price from totally affordable to you should probably sell your first born if you want to pay for this meal.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 80th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1375th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Major
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Taking the time to go off campus to eat is well worth the trip and money. Unfortunately, there aren’t many restaurants within sprinting distance of Emerson, which means many students don’t take the time to dine between classes. When there is a long break between classes or students have the time to travel, there are tons of great restaurants to try. Grasshopper and Buddha’s Delight are rival favorites for Emerson’s vegan students. Both restaurants offer Asian food that matches any “real meat” counterpart. Students also frequent restaurants in the North End for great pasta and Italian. Emerson is just a few blocks from Chinatown, which has plenty of cheap eats. As for late-night dining, the options are sparse. The South Street Diner is open 24 hours, as is Bova’s Bakery in the North End, but both can get pretty crowded in the early morning hours.

But since the meal plan is pretty generous, and the food is more than tolerable, it’s not always worth it for students to leave campus to feast. Pricing also becomes a concern for many students. School is expensive, and city eating can definitely add to an expense account quickly. The bottom line is that you can find any kind of food you want in Boston; hopefully, you have the time and the resources.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Grasshopper
  • Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
  • New York Pizza
  • Other Side Cosmic Café
24-Hour Dining
  • Bova's Bakery
  • South Street Diner
Best Asian
Buddha's Delight
Best Breakfast
Sorella's
Best Healthy
Other Side Cosmic Café
Best Pizza
  • New York Pizza
  • Upper Crust
Best Wings
The Pour House
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Mother Anna's
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Prudential Center
  • Rock Bottom
  • UNO
Did You Know?
  • Cranberry juice is the state beverage of Massachusetts; Boston crème pie is the state dessert; and the navy bean is the state vegetable.
  • The chocolate chip cookie was invented in Boston.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Deluca's Market
11 Charles St., Beacon Hill
(617) 523-4343
Shaw's Supermarkets
53 Huntington Ave., Boston
(617) 262-4688
Stop & Shop Supermarket
713 E. Broadway
(617) 269-7989

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anna's Taquiera
Food: Tex-Mex
1412 Beacon St., Brookline
(617) 739-7300
www.annastaqueria.com
Price: $5-$10
Boca Grande
Food: Tex-Mex
1294 Beacon St., Brookline
(617) 739-3900
Price: $5-$10
Bova's Bakery
Food: Italian baked goods, sandwiches, pizza
134 Salem St., North End
(617) 523-5601
Price: $2-$5
Buddha's Delight
Food: Vegan, pan-Asian
5 Beach St.
(617) 451-2395
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There is another location at 404 Harvard Street in Brookline.
Cheers
Food: American
84 Beacon St.
(617) 227-9605
www.cheersboston.com
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: The pub used in the opening sequence of the long-running, hit sitcom of the same name.
Finale
Food: Dessert
1 Columbus Ave.
(617) 423-3184
www.finaledesserts.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: An upscale restaurant that focuses on dessert items.
Grasshopper
Food: Vegan, Chinese/Vietnamese
1 N. Beacon St., Allston
(617) 254-8883
Price: $5-$15
Indian Dhaba
Food: Indian
180 Brighton Ave., Allston
(617) 787-5155
Price: $5-$15
Kaya Sushi
Food: Japanese
581 Boylston St.
(617) 236-5858
Price: $5-$15
Legal Sea Foods
Food: Seafood
100 Huntington Ave., Copley Place
(617) 266-7775
www.legalseafoods.com
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Four locations in the Boston area alone.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
Food: Seafood
34 Columbus Ave.
(617) 482-3999
www.mccormickandschmicks.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Watch for the giant inflatable crab!
The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
Food: Middle Eastern with vegetarian options and weekend brunch
472/480 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 492-9181
www.mideastclub.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Belly dancing every Sunday and Wednesday nights, two rooms for nightly concerts.
Mother Anna's
Food: Italian
211 Hanover St., North End
(617) 523-8496
Price: $5-$15
Nan Ling Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
179 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 247-1835
Price: $5-$10
New Saigon Sandwich
Food: Vietnamese with vegetarian options
696 Washington St.
(617) 542-6296
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Sandwiches with an Asian flair.
New York Pizza
Food: American
224 Tremont St.
(617) 482-3459
Price: $2-$5
Other Side Cosmic Café
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, vegetarian
407 Newbury St.
(617) 536-9477
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Hip, bohemian atmosphere, occasional music and poetry performances, and local artwork on the walls.
P.F. Chang's
Food: Chinese
8 Park Plaza
(617) 573-0821
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $10-$20
The Pour House
Food: Pub food
909 Boylston St.
(617) 236-1767
Price: $5-$10
Prudential Center
Food: Various restaurants
800 Boylston St.
www.prudentialcenter.com
Price: $10-$30
Rock Bottom
Food: American
115 Stuart St.
(617) 742-2739
www.rockbottom.com
Price: $10-$20
Sorella's
Food: American, breakfast
388 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
(617) 524-2016
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sorella's specializes in breakfast, and their omelettes are inventive and stuffed to the brim.
Sound Bites
Food: American, breakfast and lunch only
708 Broadway, Somerville
(617) 623-8338
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Some would say that this is the best breakfast place in Boston.
South Street Diner
Food: American
178 Kneeland St.
(617) 350-0028
www.southstreetdiner.com
Price: $5-$10
Spike's Junkyard Dogs
Food: American, vegetarian options
108 Brighton Ave., Allston
(617) 254-7700
www.spikesjunkyarddogs.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The world's best hot dogs and grilled chicken sandwiches.
The Upper Crust
Food: Pizza
20 Charles St.
(617) 723-9600
www.theuppercrustpizzeria.com
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 41 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 45 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 27% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 69% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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