Off-Campus Dining

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places and they are not expensive but it adds up!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of great dining options, from your usual student fare to nice sit-down restaurants. More late-night options would be nice.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options within walking distance.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The only thing not in Cambridge/Harvard Square is your typical fast food place (e.g. McD's, Wendy's, BK), but that's not even an issue. Literally any restaurant, especially Dunks, is well within walking distance. The late-night weekend options are pretty solid.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 161st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1330th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
Hometown
New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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Though Harvard's on-campus dining can lack the zest that most students find necessary to fill their appetites, the cities of Cambridge and Boston provide a rich, diverse environment to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Students especially praise the college-oriented Pinocchio's Pizza and a number of other local haunts, all within walking distance of most dorms. Undergraduates also enjoy the opportunity to indulge in the fine cuisine of a major cosmopolitan center such as Boston. Specifically, the authentic Italian cuisine found in the North End pleases even the most difficult critics.

The diversity of Harvard's off-campus dining opportunities provides cuisine and price ranges that are certain to satisfy even the most picky appetites and wallets. The off-campus dining more than makes up for the slim pickings on campus. The off-campus dining experience at Harvard will never leave undergraduates without choices, but one too many nights out, and you'll quickly learn just how easy it is to pack on the Freshman 15 and a hefty credit card bill.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
7-Eleven on the corner of JFK and Mt. Auburn
Best Asian
Hong Kong Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Henrietta's Table
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
Finale Desserterie & Bakery
Best Healthy
Au Bon Pain
Best Late-Night
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Best Mexican
Border Café
Best Pizza
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Best Place to Take a Date
Sandrine's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Harvest Restaurant
  • Henrietta's Table
Other Places to Check Out
  • Algiers Coffee House
  • Boloco
  • Burger King
  • Chang Sho Restaurant
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • China House
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Crema Café
  • First Printer Restaurant
  • IHOP
  • L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Ma Magoo's
  • The Maharaja
  • McDonald's
  • Michael's Bar
  • Otto Pizza
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Pizza Hut
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Salts
  • Subway
  • Tory Row
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • Veggie Planet
  • Wings Over Somerville
  • Yenching
  • Za Restaurant
  • Zinneken's
  • Zoe's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Shaw's
49 White St.
(617) 492-5566
www.shaws.com
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Au Bon Pain
Food: Sandwiches, baked goods
124 Mount Auburn St.
(617) 492-0734
www.aubonpain.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Its outdoor seating makes it great for people-watching, and its quick service makes ABP a great between-class stop when you've got no time for lunch.
Border Café
Food: Mexican
32 Church St.
(617) 864-6100
www.bordercafe.com
Price: $8–$15
Charlie's Kitchen
Food: American
10 Eliot St.
(617) 492-9646
www.charlieskitchen.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Open until 2 a.m. on weekends; enormous selection of beers on tap
Finale Desserterie & Bakery
Food: Baked goods, sweets
30 Dunster St.
(617) 441-9797
www.finaledesserts.com
Price: $8–$15
Fire + Ice
Food: American
50 Church St.
(617) 547-9007
www.fire-ice.com
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Cheap Date Night—they'll give you a $4 movie ticket good at any Boston area Loews Theatre when you buy dinner.
Harvest Restaurant
Food: American
44 Brattle St.
(617) 868-2255
harvestcambridge.com
Price: $25–$50
Cool Features: Its sophisticated-yet-friendly ambience makes Harvest a great place to take the parents.
Henrietta's Table
Food: American
1 Bennett St.
(617) 661-5005
www.henriettastable.com
Price: $15–$25
Cool Features: Amazing Sunday brunch and the best breakfast in Boston—the classic venue for get-to-know-your-roommate meals with the family.
Hong Kong Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1238 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 864-5311
www.hongkongharvard.com
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Mostly known as a bar (for its scorpion bowls, a local specialty), Hong Kong still offers decent Chinese.
John Harvard's Brew House
Food: American
33 Dunster St.
(617) 868-3585
www.johnharvards.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: There are TVs all around the bar area, stained glass of secular celebrities, and half-priced appetizers on Monday nights.
Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers
Food: Burgers
1246 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 354-6559
www.mrbartley.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Eclectic music and interior design creates a great atmosphere for a good time-and the biggest selection ever of burgers named after pop stars.
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
74 Winthrop St.
(617) 876-4897
www.pinocchiospizza.net
Price: $10–$20
Sandrine's
Food: French
8 Holyoke St.
(617) 497-5300
www.sandrines.com
Price: $20–$35
Cool Features: An elegant bar and fancy entrées make this a great place to go before formal and semi-formal events.
Spice
Food: Thai
24 Holyoke St.
(617) 868-9560
www.spicethaicuisinecambridge.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Highly-praised authentic Thai food that is reasonably priced
Starbucks
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
1465 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington
(781) 646-9366
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3–$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 37 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 48 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 29% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 65% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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