Off-Campus Dining

Harrisonburg, VA
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$17,932 ($4,642)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus that often.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A little hard if you don't have a car but I haven't heard many bad things.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have a fairly good amount of off campus dining options. The cost is about the same as anywhere else. However, it is not very convenient because most places require you to have a car to get there. I don't know about some places but I know IHOP has student discounts on Wednesdays. Students get half off when they dine in (but all you really have to do is sit at the table, order, and ask for a to go box). We have about 3 McDonalds, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Bob's Burgers, an Ethiopian cuisine place, Kline's, 2 Taco Bells, Qdoba, Sweet Frog, Chik Fil A, Chipotle, Sheetz, and more!!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I've only been off campus a few times but Clementine's has a really cool vibe and great food and I've only heard good things about the other off campus food. There's also all the chains like chipotle and panera.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a wide variety of off-campus dining locations in the surrounding area. A lot of them are national chains, but many are still considered to be good food despite being national chains. For example, there is a Texas Roadhouse, an Outback Steakhouse, a Chipotle, and a Buffalo Wild Wings, just to name a few. This is not to say that there are not some really good local restaurants in the area, such as Jack Brown's in downtown Harrisonburg. There are also a good amount of restaurants that do deliveries, which is very helpful when living in a dorm without a car.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 117th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 143rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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Off-campus dining includes a wide array of steakhouse restaurants, grab-and-go, and the staple Chipotle or Panera Bread. Plus, though on-campus food is renowned, a little change of pace might just be as tempting. Sit-down restaurants are aplenty at JMU, providing students a venue to go out on a Friday night. Buffalo Wild Wings is an especially hot spot for JMU kids with its affordability and weekly karaoke nights. It's here where you'll truly get a taste of the Harrisonburg folk. With JMU's rather sheltered atmosphere, students are eager to get a glimpse of something outside of the bubble.

For those wishing to take their significant others on dates, Harrisonburg does seem to be blessed with some rather cozy hot spots, such as Earth & Tea Café. If you have a persistant sweet tooth, Sweet Bee and Kline's hits the spot. If you go with delivery, Jimmy John's and Campus Cookies come right to your dorm. For those relentless study-till-you-drop nights, Campus Cookies come with warm cookies, milk, a sure-fire way to give you that late night boost. In the mood for some finer dining? You’ll find a culinary explosion of food in D.C., just about two hours away. Unfortunately, most restaurants don't give very large student discounts which could run up your bank account quickly.  Sample these restaruants sparingly, and each night will seem a new, romantic culinary delight.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • The Artful Dodger
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Clementine's Cafe
  • El Charro
  • IHOP
  • Kline's Dairy Bar
  • Little Grill
  • Taste of Thai
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
China Express Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Sweet Bee
Best Healthy
  • Earth & Tea Café
  • The Little Grill Collective
Best Late-Night
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
Franco's Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
The Little Grill Collective
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Joshua Wilton House
Other Places to Check Out
  • A&T Chicken
  • Arepera Las Chamas
  • Aroma Buffet & Grill
  • Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack
  • Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine
  • Bob Evans
  • Bourbon Street on Main Restaurant
  • Bravo Italian Restaurant
  • Campus Cookies
  • Chanello's Pizza
  • China King
  • Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Daily Grind
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Dona Rosa Restaurant
  • Golden Corral
  • Great Wok
  • Great Wraps
  • HoneyBaked Ham & Café
  • Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint
  • Jalisco Authentic Mexican Restaurant
  • Kyoto Japanese Steak House
  • Local Chop & Grill House
  • McAlister's Deli
  • McDonald's
  • Mr. J's Bagels & Deli
  • O'Neill's Grill
  • Panera Bread
  • Pizza Hut
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Red Lobster
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Salad Creations
  • Shanks Bakery
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Sue's Country Kitchen
  • Taste of India
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Thai Flavor Restaurant
  • Tutti Gusti Pizzeria
  • Union Station Restaurant & Bar
  • Vito's Italian Kitchen
  • Waffle House
  • Xenia Kabab Grille

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1830 Reservoir St.
(540) 432-8989
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Food Lion
85 S. Carlton St.
(540) 432-6314
Daily 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
Food: American
1860 E. Market St.
(540) 438-8121
Price: $10–$20
The Artful Dodger
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches
47 Court Square
(540) 432-1179
Price: $5–$10
Boston Beanery Restaurant
Food: American
1625 E. Market St.
(540) 433-1870
Price: $15–$25
Cool Features: Family and kid friendly
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
1007 S. Main St.
(540) 438-9790
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Wings, beer, and sports—all the essentials
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
1752 E. Market St.
(540) 564-1142
Price: $8–$15
China Express Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1031 Port Republic Road
(540) 568-9899
Price: $10–$20
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
1615 Reservoir St.
(540) 433-0315
Price: $5–$10
CiCi's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2035 E. Market St.
(540) 432-9099
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Check out the pizza bar for creative pizza combinations! Late-night delivery.
Clementine Café
Food: Sandwiches, soups
153 S. Main St.
(540) 801-8881
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Movie nights with free movie, popcorn, and couches
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Food: American, home-style
121 Pleasant Valley Road
(540) 574-3099
Price: $10–$15
Dave's Taverna
Food: American
95 S. Main St.
(540) 564-1487
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Dave's delivers
Earth & Tea Café
Food: Mediterranean
120 S. Main St.
(540) 432-8280
Price: $5–$15
El Charro
Food: Mexican
1580 S. Main St.
(540) 433-3189
Price: $10–$15
Finnigan's Cove Seafood Bar
Food: Seafood
30 W. Water St.
(540) 433-9874
Price: $15–$25
Cool Features: It's the only raw bar in town.
Franco's Pizza
Food: Italian, pizza
225 Burgess Road
(540) 564-0105
Price: $10–$20
Food: Coffee/tea
400 S. High St.
(540) 434-0111
Price: $3–$8
Hank's Smokehouse
Food: American
49 Bloomer Springs Road, McGaheysville
(540) 289-7667
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Southern-style restaurant specializing in steaks and seafood
Food: American, breakfast
109 University Blvd.
(540) 438-9251
Price: $8–$15
Jess' Lunch
Food: American
222 S. Main St.
(540) 434-8280
Price: $8–$15
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
1314 Hillside Ave.
(540) 432-1100
Price: $5–$10
Joshua Wilton House
Food: Fine cuisine
412 S. Main St.
(540) 434-4464
Price: $20–$40
Cool Features: It's a restored Victorian house.
Kline's Dairy Bar
Food: Ice cream
58 E. Wolfe St.
(540) 434-6980
Price: $3–$8
L'Italia Restaurant
Food: Italian
815 E. Market St.
(540) 433-0961
Price: $10–$20
The Little Grill Collective
Food: American, healthy
621 N. Main St.
(540) 434-3594
Price: $5–$10
New China
Food: Chinese
1727 S. High St.
(540) 574-0598
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Specialties include Szechuan, Hunan, and Cantonese dishes
Outback Steakhouse
Food: American, steakhouse
261 University Blvd.
(540) 438-0190
Price: $15–$25
Sam's Hot Dogs of Harrisonburg
Food: American
910 Reservoir St.
(540) 433-8727
Price: $5–$10
Smokin' Pig
Food: American
56 E. Wolfe St.
(540) 433-3917
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Smokin' Pig covers your catering needs, big or small
Sweet Bee
Food: Frozen yogurt
1645 Reservoir St.
(540) 432-1221
Price: $3–$8
Taste of Thai
Food: Asian
917 S. High St.
(540) 801-8878
Price: $8–$15
Thai Café
Food: Asian
182 Neff Ave.
(540) 433-2201
Price: $5–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 110 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 120 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 44% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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