Off-Campus Dining

Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were more options.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you know where to go and can get there, you can find enough different restaurant to last you a while. There are high class fancy restaurants, seafood restaurants, burger places, late night places, international cuisine and much more. The prices depend on what you want. There used to be more student discounts but most places do not take Mason Money anymore, even though on the MasonMoney app it still indicates that they do. This isn't a huge problem because it is not like you are eating off campus everyday, but when you do want to there are way more options than there are on campus of course.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you are able to get to the restaurants then they're good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: the places are great, there is plenty of variety and you can go to the metro and go to D.C. if you feel like it

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't spend much time in the area other than going to school (I commute from a different part of the state) but the options I have seen look tasty.


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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
Harrisonburg, Va.
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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
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
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Safeway Stores
9525 Braddock Rd.
(703) 978-4604
Daily 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Shoppers Food Warehouse
9622 Main St.
(703) 978-1256
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Trader Joe's
9464 Main St.
(703) 764-8550
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
11620 Monument Dr.
(703) 653-1600
Whole Foods
4501 Market Commons Dr.
(703) 222-2058
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Fast food, snacks
3910 University Drive
(703) 359-3561
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
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
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
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
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
Price: $3-$20
Cool Features: Karaoke
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: Everything
Fair Oaks Mall
(703) 273-6600
Price: $8-$25
Cool Features: The cheesecake variety
Food: Mexican
11062 Lee Hwy
(703) 934-7099
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free-range meat and vegetarian options
Food: American
8332 Leesburg Pike, Vienna
(703) 734-1901
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
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The restaurant hosts live music most nights of the week
Food: Fast food
10473 Fairfax Blvd.
(703) 273-8133
Price: $8-$15
Food: American, wings
10334 Fairfax Blvd.
(703) 359-5850
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: $5.99 wing platters every Wednesday
Maggiano's Little Italy
Food: Italian
2001 International Dr., McLean
(703) 356-9000
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Located in Tysons Corner
Main Street Bagel Deli
Food: Sandwiches, bagels, salads
10268 Main St.
(703) 591-2966
Price: $2-$10
Noodles & Company
Food: Asian, Mediterranean, and American
10296 Main St.
(703) 218-4400
Price: $5-$10
Pad Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
111199 Lee Highway
(703) 591 2525
Price: $8-$20
Paisano's Pizza
Food: Pizza, Pasta, Subs
10330 Main Street
(703) 273-9900
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: They deliver beer
Silver Diner
Food: American
12251 Fair Lakes Parkway
(703) 359-5999
Price: $8-$20
Cool Features: There are mini juke boxes at every table
Food: Coffee, tea
10344 Main St.
(703) 383-5870
Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian/Vegan
2531 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna
(703) 319-3888
Price: $3-$12
Cool Features: Yummy vegetarian specialties
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican
5661 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke
(703) 239-0047
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Late-night drive-thru

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 171 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 192 responses

  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 17% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 35% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 42% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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