Off-Campus Dining

Location
University Heights, OH
Undergrads
2,859
Tuition
$33,180
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Cleveland has great food. There are plenty of James Beard Award nominees in the area, a couple celebrity chefs, and an association of independently owned and operated restaurants that keeps things fresh. Within a couple miles of John Carroll there is a bevy of great options between the Lee Road and Coventry neighborhoods, with more upscale choices at Shaker Square, Legacy Village and Beachwood.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's better than eating on campus, but it's easier if you have a car.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is chipotle, pizzaz, Applebee's, Arby's, Burger King, and Starbucks fairly close to campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Could be more but there are some.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's alright, I really don't see anything special.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 209th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 448th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Taylor Horen
Hometown
Toledo, OH
Major
Communications
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University Heights and the surrounding Cleveland area have a lot of great restaurants and variety. The food available is delicious, and anywhere you go you will be able to find a good meal for an affordable price. The one complaint that many students have is that there are not many late-night options and little to no restaurants open 24 hours. 

Within walking distance from campus, there is Pizzazz (a pizza place), Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Dave's Cosmic Subs, and Brew N Bistro. Also, not too far away, there is a Cold Stone Creamery, Applebee's, Arby's, and Burger King. Other than these places, most restaurants require students to take the shuttle or a car. In the area called Coventry and the shopping area Legacy Village, there are wonderful restaurants. Some of these places include The Cheesecake Factory, Melting Pot, Tropical Smoothie Café, Stir Crazy, Chipotle, and the Claddagh Irish Pub. Although having a meal plan on campus is nice and very convenient, once in a while it is great to get off campus, see that real people beyond college students exist, and have some good food with your friends—just don't make a habit out of it.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
IHOP
Best Asian
  • Ho Wah
  • No. 1 Express
  • Pacific East Japanese Restaurant
  • Stir Crazy
  • Sushi Rock
Best Breakfast
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • First Watch
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shop
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • The Melting Pot
Best Healthy
  • BD's Mongolian Grill
  • Dave's Cosmic Subs
  • Whole Foods Market
Best Late-Night
Arby's
Best Mexican
  • Don Tequila Bar & Grill
  • Taco Bell
Best Pizza
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Geraci's Restaurant
  • Guys Pizza
  • Pizzazz On the Circle
  • Zeppe's Pizzeria
Best Wings
  • Johnny Malloy's
  • Zeppe's Pizzeria
Best Place to Take a Date
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Lolita
  • The Melting Pot
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Jack's Deli and Restaurant
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Olive Garden
  • Pizzazz On the Circle
  • Stir Crazy
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar
  • Bar Louie
  • Burger King
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Tropical Smoothie Café

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
24601 Chagrin Blvd., Cleveland
(216) 831-8080
www.gianteagle.com
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Heinen's Fine Foods
2180 S. Green Rd.
(216) 382-4144
www.heinens.com
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
13998 Cedar Rd.
(216) 932-3918
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Arby's
Food: Fast food
2115 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland
(216) 371-1605
www.arbys.com
Price: $3-$8
BD's Mongolian Grill
Food: Mongolian
1854 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights
(216) 932-1185
gomongo.com
Price: $10-$15
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shop
Food: Ice cream
20728 N. Park Blvd.
(216) 397-5700
www.benjerry.com
Price: $3-$8
Brew N Bistro
Food: American, bistro
20630 N. Park Blvd.
(216) 371-5300
Brio Tuscan Grill
Food: Italian
24325 Cedar Rd., Cleveland
(216) 297-9232
brioitalian.com
Price: $15-$25
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
14483 Cedar Rd., Cleveland
(216) 381-5576
www.brueggers.com
Price: $5-$10
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Pizza
25365 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst
(216) 382-4907
www.cpk.com
Price: $5-$10
Caribou Coffee
Food: Coffee
2101 Richmond Rd., Cleveland
(216) 591-1938
www.cariboucoffee.com
Price: $3-$8
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
24265 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst
(216) 691-3387
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$25
Claddagh Irish Pub
Food: Pub
25389 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst
(216) 691-0534
www.claddaghirishpubs.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Lunch menu is $5.99.
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
2193 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland
(216) 381-8400
www.coldstonecreamery.com
Price: $3-$8
Dave's Cosmic Subs
Food: Sandwiches
20660 N. Park Blvd., Cleveland
(216) 320-9866
www.davescosmicsubs.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Every store incorporates the owner's influence with classic rock posters and psychedelic artwork.
Don Tequila Bar & Grill
Food: Mexican
2175 S. Green Rd.
(216) 297-9765
www.mexicanrestaurantfinder.com/dontequila-mexicanrestaurant-university-hts/home.html
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Happy hour Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
20700 N. Park Blvd., University Heights
(216) 397-4195
www.einsteinbros.com
Price: $5-$10
First Watch
Food: Breakfast, brunch, sandwiches
13950 Cedar Rd., Cleveland
(216) 321-1075
www.firstwatch.com
Price: $5-$10
Geraci's Restaurant
Food: Italian
2266 Warrensville Center Rd.
(216) 371-5643
geracisrestaurant.net
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Geraci's was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."
Guys Pizza
Food: Pizza
1838½ Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights
(216) 397-9700
www.guyspizzaco.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: On Mondays and Tuesdays, two medium pizzas with one topping for only $10.
Ho Wah
Food: Asian
2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
(216) 831-2327
www.howahrestaurant.com
Price: $8-$15
IHOP
Food: Breakfast
3452 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland
(216) 297-0900
www.ihop.com
Price: $5-$10
Jack's Deli and Restaurant
Food: Deli
14490 Cedar Rd.
(216) 382-5350
www.jacksdeliandrestaurant.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Founded in 1980.
Johnny Malloy's
Food: Pub
2781 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights
(216) 320-1800
www.johnnymalloys.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: There really was a Johnny Malloy!
Lolita
Food: Italian
900 Literary Rd., Cleveland
(216) 771-5652
www.lolabistro.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There are cooking classes available through the restaurant.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Food: Italian
26300 Cedar Rd., Cleveland
(216) 755-3000
www.maggianos.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: BOGO pasta dinners
Melt Bar and Grilled
Food: Burgers
13463 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights
(216) 965-0988
www.meltbarandgrilled.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: There's a special "The Big Lebowski" sandwich.
The Melting Pot
Food: American, fondue
24741 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst
(216) 381-2700
www.meltingpot.com
Price: $15-$30
No. 1 Express
Food: Asian
3977 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland
(216) 991-5944
no.1express.chinesemenu.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: They deliver to JCU for no extra charge.
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
26000 Harvard Rd., Warrensville
(216) 765-0621
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10-$20
Pacific East Japanese Restaurant
Food: Asian
1763 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights
(216) 320-2302
www.pacificeastcoventry.com
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: They don't premake sushi.
Pizzazz On the Circle
Food: Pizza
20680 N. Park Blvd., Cleveland
(216) 321-7272
www.pizzazzpizza.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Features Jake's Speakeasy, a private party room in the lower level of the restaurant.
Starbucks
Food: Coffee
13991 Cedar Rd., South Euclid
(216) 371-5438
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Stir Crazy
Food: Asian
25385 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst
(216) 381-7600
www.stircrazy.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: At the Market Bar, you can make your own wok-tossed creation.
Sushi Rock
Food: Asian
2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
(216) 378-9595
www.sushirockohio.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Voted Northeast Ohio's Favorite Sushi Bar.
Taco Bell
Food: Fast food Mexican
4537 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland
(216) 381-2221
www.tacobell.com
Price: $3-$8
Zeppe's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
14480 Cedar Rd., Cleveland
(216) 381-6500
www.zeppes.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: You can order online through the Web site.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

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  • 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 42 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 19% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 33% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 48% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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