Off-Campus Dining

Location
Indianapolis, IN
Undergrads
16,127
Tuition (in-state)
$29,062 ($8,605)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a nice variety downtown but can get expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a little bit of everything around campus, but mostly fast food and such nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love to eat, and there are a lot of my favorite options around campus!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: With campus being local so close to downtown there are many different dining options for students. The cost varies on where you're eating. Most of them are very reasonably priced and a lot of them offer a student discount with student ID. There is a large variety of dining options off campus. My favorite place is Scotty's Brewhouse on Monday nights all you can eat wings for only ten dollars.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The campus is downtown so there are many restaurants around. There is a variety of food and price ranges. Many offer student discounts.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 232nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 327th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kourtney Forrester
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The Indianapolis area is filled with restaurants and cafés. Since the IUPUI campus is so close to the downtown area, students can walk from campus to most any dining establishment within 15 minutes. The closest cluster of restaurants is very close to campus, and most students, faculty, and staff find themselves there at lunchtime (instead of eating on campus). Au Bon Pain, Noodles and Company, Hotbox Pizza, Starbucks, Best Taste China Buffet, Taco Bell, and Quizno’s are just a few of the places that sit directly north of IUPUI’s campus. It is immediately obvious to most students that the variety and quality of food in this area is of a much higher caliber than the food that is available to them anywhere on campus.

In the evenings, students and locals like to go downtown for the various dining experiences offered, where one can discover a mix of chains and locally owned restaurants. There are also a few establishments that are perfect for dining parents and friends. Scholar’s Inn on Massachusetts Avenue is one of the nicer restaurants in town. The Red Eye Café is a 24-hour restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is conveniently located near most of the bars downtown, so it gets pretty busy after 3 a.m. when the bars close.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Au Bon Pain
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Rathskeller
  • Red Eye Café
  • Rock Bottom
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Red Eye Café
Best Asian
Best Taste China Buffet
Best Breakfast
  • Hoaglin To Go
  • Le Peep
  • Red Eye Café
Best Healthy
  • Au Bon Pain
  • The Corner Coffee Shop
  • Hoaglin To Go
  • Mikado
Best Pizza
  • Bazbeaux Pizza
  • Donato's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Hooters
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Claddagh Irish Pub
  • Hoaglin To Go
  • Mikado
  • Rathskeller
  • Scholar's Inn
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Champs
  • Chili's
  • Max & Erma's
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Quiznos
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
Did You Know?
Indianapolis has several cultural festivals throughout the year where you can taste food from all over the world. Make sure to check out the Italian, Latin, Irish, and German festivals.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bud's Supermarket
1260 Shelby St., Fountain Square
(317) 634-3866
O'Malia Food Market
320 N. New Jersey St., Downtown
(317) 262-4888

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Acapulco Joe's
Food: Mexican
365 Illinois St.
(317) 637-5160
Price: $5-$10
Au Bon Pain
Food: Bakery, Café
901 Indiana Ave.
(317) 624-9123
www.aubonpain.com
Price: $5-$10
Bazbeaux Pizza
Food: Gourmet pizza
334 Massachusetts Ave.
(317) 636-7662
Price: $10-$20
Best Taste Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
917 Indiana Ave.
(317) 684-1818
Price: $5-$10
Bob Evans
Food: Home-style American
6330 W. 71st St.
(317) 299-2529
www.bobevans.com
Price: $8-$15
Buca di Beppo
Food: Family-style Italian
35 N. Illinois St.
(317) 632-2822
www.bucadibeppo.com
Price: $10-$25
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings, American
15 E. Maryland St.
(317) 916-9464
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$10
Claddagh Irish Pub
Food: Irish, pub fare
234 S. Meridian St.
(317) 822-6274
Price: $10-$15
The Corner Coffee Shop
Food: Coffee, snacks
251 E. 11th St.
(317) 916-9805
Price: $2-$5
Denny's
Food: American, diner
4902 S. East St.
(317) 784-2882
www.dennys.com
Price: $5-$10
Donato's Pizza
Food: Pizza
825 W. 10th St.
(317) 231-9700
www.donatos.com
Price: $5-$10
Greek Islands Restaurant
Food: Authentic Greek
906 S. Meridian St.
(317) 636-0700
Price: $10-$20
Hard Rock Café
Food: American
49 S. Meridian St.
(317) 636-2550
www.hardrock.com
Price: $10-$25
Hoaglin To Go
Food: American deli
448 Massachusetts Ave.
(317) 423-0300
Price: $8-$15
Hooters
Food: American
25 W. Georgia St.
(317) 267-9637
www.hooters.com
Price: $8-$15
Hotbox Pizza
Food: Pizza
923 Indiana Ave.
(317) 656-6000
Price: $5-$10
Iaria's
Food: Authentic Italian
317 S. College Ave.
(317) 638-7706
Price: $10-$20
India Garden
Food: Authentic Indian
143 Illinois St.
(317) 634-6060
Price: $8-$15
Le Peep
Food: American
301 N. Illinois St.
(317) 237-3447
Price: $5-$10
Mikado Japanese Restaurant
Food: Sushi and Japanese cuisine
148 S. Illinois St.
(317) 972-4180
www.mikadoindy.com
Price: $10-$25
Noodles and Company
Food: Pasta
903 Indiana Ave.
(317) 638-0340
Price: $8-$15
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
49 W. Maryland St.
(317) 974-5747
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $10-$20
Qdoba
Food: Mexican
907 Indiana Ave.
(317) 423-3932
www.qdoba.com
Price: $5-$8
Rathskeller
Food: Gourmet German cuisine
401 E. Michigan St.
(317) 636-0396
Price: $8-$15
Red Eye Café
Food: American
250 S. Meridian St.
(317) 972-1500
Price: $5-$10
Rock Bottom Brewery
Food: American
10 W. Washington St.
(317) 681-8180
www.rockbottom.com
Price: $10-$25
Scholar's Inn
Food: Eclectic gourmet, wine
725 Massachusetts Ave.
(317) 536-0707
Price: $20-$60
Shapiro's
Food: Kosher deli
808 S. Meridian St.
(317) 631-4041
Price: $8-$15
Starbucks
Food: Coffeeshop
125 S. Pennsylvania St.
(317) 917-0118
www.starbucks.com
Price: $2-$5
Steak 'n Shake
Food: American
101 W. Maryland St. #1
(317) 634-8703
www.steaknshake.com
Price: $8-$15
Urban Element
Food: American
901 N. Pennsylvania St.
(317) 423-2938
Price: $8-$15
Yats
Food: Cajun, Creole
659 Massachusetts Ave.
(317) 253-8817
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 135 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 160 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 11% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 44% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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