Off-Campus Dining

Washington, DC
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of different types of dining options near campus. Soul food, halal, vegetarian, organic/natural, Chinese, Jamaican, sandwich/subs, pizza, and Fast Food options are all within a three block radius of campus. The pricing is pretty average and students receive a discount when they have Bison Bucks at certain spots. The U Street corridor is a great place to start.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food is available, some is cheap like McHeartattack, and some is a little bit on the pricey side but it's worth it if you have the money.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love, love, love the off campus food near by. I always go to this one African restaurant on Georgia Ave or the Greek place near the thrift store. There's so many options if someone is willing to walk or take a short bus ride. And always ask if they have some sort of student discount because they might surprise you.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is pretty consistent. Its usually the same stuff. Every once in a while we'll find a new place but usually we go with the usual. Pizza, Chipotle, McDonalds, Chinese, Subway, Potbelly, etc. I wish there was more variety and more healthy options but we'll just have to wait and see what pops up in the DC area.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Personally, I didn't have much experience with venturing out in trying new food places, but I will say there are quit a variety in options. The closer you are to attractions such as the white house, museums, etc. you'll run into a plethera of food options.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 328th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 503rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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There is practically a restaurant, or five, on every block in the District, each one presenting a wide variety of options to choose from. Depending on what neighborhood you are in, you could eat cuisine and experience the culinary culture of 10 different countries, all without leaving a single block! A few good examples of some of these spots would be the U Street neighborhood, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle, among others. When you take into consideration the typical student's budget, the more viable restaurants would be in U Street and Adams Morgan, which not only hold the advantage of being but a few blocks away from the campus, but are also kinder to your wallet, as opposed to the pricier Georgetown restaurants. Also, the closer to the campus a restaurant is, the more likely it is to be open late.

There are many options that are great for eating on the move, but for those times that you want to have a three-course meal at a nice sit-down restaurant, some good places include Buca di Beppo. The bottom line is: You'll have opportunities to try new types of cuisine, but there's an excellent chance that in DC you will be able to find anything you're craving, all within a reasonable range of prices.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Ben's Chili Bowl
  • Five Guys Famous Fries and Burgers
  • Negril
24-Hour Dining
The Diner
Best Asian
  • Big China
  • China Wonder
Best Breakfast
  • The Diner
  • The Original House of Pancakes
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Georgetown Cupcake
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Best Mexican
  • Alero Restaurant
  • Chipotle
Best Pizza
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Red Rocks
Best Wings
  • Washington Pizza
  • Wings Over
Best Place to Take a Date
Busboys and Poets
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Ben's Chili Bowl
  • Red Rocks
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Chipotle
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Glady Knight & Ron's Chicken and Waffles
  • Ledo Pizza
  • McDonald's
  • The Original Pancake House
  • Red Rocks
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Wings Over
Did You Know?
Ben's Chili Bowl is one of the few restaurants that withstood the '69 DC riots and is considered an unofficial DC landmark.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1701 Corcoran St. NW
(202) 667-6825
Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wholesale Food Markets
1440 P. St. NW
(202) 332-4200
Daily 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Alero Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1301 U St. NW, Suite 113
(202) 462-2322
Price: $8–$15
Ben's Chili Bowl
Food: Burgers, bar food
1213 U St. NW
(202) 667-0909
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Late hours; jukebox
Big China
Food: Asian
2135 Fourth St. NE
(202) 526-6877
Price: $8–$15
Busboys and Poets
Food: American
1025 Fifth St. NW
(202) 789-2227
Price: $10–$20
Café Saint-Ex
Food: Ritzy American
1847 14th St. NW
(202) 265-7839
Price: $15–$30
China Wonder
Food: Chinese
2301-F Georgia Ave. NW
(202) 265-8136
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Broad variety
Food: Italian
1414 U St. NW
(202) 319-7773
Price: $15–$25
The Diner
Food: American
2453 18th St. NW
(202) 232-8800
Price: $2–$6
Food: Ethiopian
1116 U St. NW
(202) 667-8735
Price: $10–$20
Georgetown Cupcake
Food: Cupcakes
3301 M St. NW
(202) 333-8448
Price: $5–$10
Food: Caribbean, Jamaican
2301-G Georgia Ave. NW
(202) 332-3737
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Caribbean favorites
Food: Thai
1608 14th St. NW
(202) 234-2400
Price: $20–$35
Food: West African
1727 Seventh St. NW
(202) 462-2516
Price: $15–$25
Tabaq Bistro
Food: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
1336 U St. NW
(202) 265-0965
Price: $15–$25
Food: Thai
1326-A 14th St. NW
(202) 588-1795
Price: $10–$25
Food: Italian, American bar food, Greek, Mediterranean
1418 U St. NW
(202) 483-7669
Price: $15–$30
Cool Features: Live jazz Tuesday through Saturday
Washington Pizza
Food: American
1355 Randolph St. NW
(202) 541-9800
Price: $5–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 177 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 183 responses

  • 13% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 17% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 32% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 38% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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