Off-Campus Dining

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The overall cost of dining on campus, over the past year, has become more expensive. George Mason is slowly trying to get rid of their meal plan options and switch to an "Anytime Dining" plan. It is a great opportunity for the upcoming freshman but it affects the students that were there prior.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants within walking distance of the school that are pretty affordable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of choices and delicious food!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: GMU is diverse but so is Fairfax. You can find a lot of ethnic and cultural food in Fairfax. Actually, you can find any kind of food that you wish. The closer off campus food options don't offer discounts but they do accept mason money. The only downfall would be the choices of late night options off campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different places to go to near campus that offer student discounts. There is a very late night pizza place the delivers so that is very convenient while certain dining options on campus may be shut down.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 307th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1125th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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If students start planning right when they get to campus, they might have time to visit all the restaurants in and around the Fairfax area, but chances are, even upperclassmen haven’t dined at all of the great locations the area has to offer. Students have their pick of any type of cuisine they can imagine, at varying price levels. So when the on-campus options start to taste bland, it’s convenient for students to jump in the car or catch a bus into Old Town Fairfax and sample some of the eats the town has to offer—as long as they don’t need to make it back to class within an hour.

Some student favorites include Noodles & Company, a small chain in the Virginia, D.C., and Maryland area, which has all different kinds of noodles from pad Thai to Wisconsin mac and cheese, and the Auld Shebeen, which doubles as a bar. Every popular fast food chain imaginable is also somewhere within 15 minutes of campus for students who don’t have a lot to spend on a big meal. Some eateries in Fairfax, like Subway in Old Town and Brion’s Grille, accept Mason Money, the bonus money that comes with a meal plan, which is convenient for students who have meal plans and can’t afford too many of the nicer off-campus places.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Amphora
  • Denny's
Best Asian
Pad Thai Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • Main Street Bagel Deli
  • Silver Diner
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Baskin Robbins
  • The Cheesecake Factory
Best Healthy
  • Noodles & Company
  • Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
Best Late-Night
  • 7-11
  • Amphora
  • Denny's
  • McDonald's
Best Mexican
  • Carlos O'Kelly's
  • Chipotle
Best Pizza
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Paisano's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wing University
  • Hooters
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Clyde's
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Auld Shebeen
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Courtside Thai
Other Places to Check Out
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Brion's Grille
  • Burger King
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Einstein Brothers Bagels
  • Main Street Bagel Deli
  • McDonald's
  • Pizza Boli's
  • Potbelly's
  • Red Hot & Blue
  • Subway
Did You Know?
The City of Fairfax has 115 restaurants, representing 16 different types of cuisine.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Food
10653 Braddock Rd.
(703) 352-3201
www.giantfood.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Safeway Stores
9525 Braddock Rd.
(703) 978-4604
www.safeway.com
Daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Shoppers Food Warehouse
9622 Main St.
(703) 978-1256
www.shoppersfood.com
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Trader Joe's
9464 Main St.
(703) 764-8550
www.traderjoes.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wegmans
11620 Monument Dr.
(703) 653-1600
www.wegmans.com
Whole Foods
4501 Market Commons Dr.
(703) 222-2058
wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/fairlakes
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

7-Eleven
Food: Fast food, snacks
3910 University Drive
(703) 359-3561
www.7-eleven.com
Price: $2-$5
Amphora Restaurant
Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner options, with a variety of different kinds of foods like Greek, Italian and American
377 Maple Ave. W, Vienna
(703) 938-7877
www.amphoragroup.com
Price: $4-$25
Cool Features: It's open 24 hours
The Auld Shebeen
Food: Irish recipes and American cuisine
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
(703) 293-9600
www.theauldshebeenva.com/new/
Price: $8-$20
Cool Features: Tuesday karaoke night and drink specials
Bernie's Delicatessen & Gourmet Market
Food: Sandwiches
4328 Chain Bridge Rd.
(703) 691-1269
www.berniesonline.com
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Has authentic New York style dishes
Buffalo Wing University
Food: American
10312 Willard Way Fairfax, VA, 22030
(703) 273-6336
www.buffalowinguniversity.com
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: Half-priced burgers on Mondays, 49 cent wings on Tuesday
Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe
Food: Mexican
9959 Main St.
(703) 591-7113
www.carlosokellys.com
Price: $3-$20
Cool Features: Karaoke
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: Everything
Fair Oaks Mall
(703) 273-6600
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: The cheesecake variety
Chipotle
Food: Mexican
11062 Lee Hwy
(703) 934-7099
www.chipotle.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free-range meat and vegetarian options
Clyde's
Food: American
8332 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
(703) 734-1901
www.clydes.com
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: Cool interior
Courtside Thai
Food: Thai
3981 Chain Bridge Rd.
(703) 934-8880
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: Outdoor seating
Coyote Grille and Cantina
Food: Mexican
10266 Main St.
(703) 591-0006
www.coyotegrille.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The restaurant hosts live music most nights of the week
Denny's
Food: Fast food
10473 Fairfax Blvd.
(703) 273-8133
www.dennys.com
Price: $8-$15
Hooters
Food: American, wings
10334 Fairfax Blvd.
(703) 359-5850
www.hooters.com
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: $5.99 wing platters every Wednesday
Maggiano's Little Italy
Food: Italian
2001 International Dr., McLean
(703) 356-9000
www.maggianos.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Located in Tysons Corner
Main Street Bagel Deli
Food: Sandwiches, bagels, salads
10268 Main St.
(703) 591-2966
www.mainstbageldeli.com
Price: $2-$10
Noodles & Company
Food: Asian, Mediterranean, and American
10296 Main St.
(703) 218-4400
www.noodles.com
Price: $5-$10
Pad Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
111199 Lee Highway
(703) 591 2525
www.padthai-va.com
Price: $8-$20
Paisano's Pizza
Food: Pizza, Pasta, Subs
10330 Main Street
(703) 273-9900
www.pizzapaisanos.com
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: They deliver beer
Silver Diner
Food: American
12251 Fair Lakes Parkway
(703) 359-5999
www.silverdiner.com
Price: $8-$20
Cool Features: There are mini juke boxes at every table
Starbucks
Food: Coffee, tea
10344 Main St.
(703) 383-5870
www.starbucks.com
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian/Vegan
2531 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna
(703) 319-3888
www.crystalsunflower.com
Price: $3-$12
Cool Features: Yummy vegetarian specialties
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican
5661 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke
(703) 239-0047
www.tacobell.com
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Late-night drive-thru

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 192 responses

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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 210 responses

  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 16% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 41% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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