Off-Campus Dining

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
1,543
Tuition
$31,575
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being right between Harvard Square and Porter Square, there are great dining options off campus. If you live on Brattle Campus, a five minute walk from Harvard Square, there are TONS of options. Doble Campus also has a lot of options, but you may have to walk just a little bit farther, but it's all still close.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot to choose from

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Being in Harvard square is the best thing possible. Every type of resturant you could desire! Except Cambridge does not allow fast food chains, so you wont find any of those nearby ): And there is also an app called Foodler that has every resturant around Boston and Cambridge that delivers! So if you had a rough night and feel like some wings at 3am, Foodler is your best friend!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Harvard sq is only a few minutes away from our main campus, which makes getting food very easy

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good quick food as well as sit down places to enjoy.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 96th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 460th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Hometown
Amesbury, MA
Major
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
2014
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One benefit of going to school in such a diverse city is the wide variety of off-campus dining options. There is a countless number of restaurants in the area within walking distance, all of which offer great food—you can find everything from inexpensive pizza places to fine dining within a few blocks of Lesley. In addition to the usual fare, the area also offers unique dining options such as Ethiopian, Vietnamese, French, Greek, and vegetarian cuisine. Many of the local restaurants are also members of food delivery websites, such as "Dining In" and "Foodler," which allow you to place your order online and then have it delivered to campus.

Some of the local favorites are Gourmet Express, a 24-hour eatery and mini-mart that offers a wide variety of inexpensive sandwiches and burgers, and Cambridge Common, an American restaurant and bar located within a stone’s throw of main campus. Both are reasonably priced and popular with both Lesley students and students from other colleges in the area. Besides great food, the Cambridge area also offers a variety of cafès and specialty drink shops that serve up a wide assortment of tasty and unique beverages. While Harvard Square offers both Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, there are also many local coffee shops, such as Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Simon’s Coffee Shop, that are known for their high-quality beans and unique flavors. For tea drinkers, heaven comes in the form of Tealuxe, an awesome tea shop offering bubble tea, a local favorite, as well as an endless selection of herbal and fruit-based brews, freshly made and served hot or iced.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Gourmet Express
Best Asian
Chang Sho Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • The Friendly Toast
  • IHOP
Best Coffee
  • Simon's Coffee Shop
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • BerryLine
  • Burdick Chocolate
  • JP Licks
Best Healthy
Veggie Planet
Best Late-Night
  • Gourmet Express
  • IHOP
  • Otto Pizza
Best Mexican
  • Boca Grande
  • Felipe's Taqueria
Best Pizza
  • Otto Pizza
  • Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
  • The Upper Crust Pizzeria
Best Wings
Domino's Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Cambridge Common
  • FiRE + iCE
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Bertucci's Italian Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Christopher's
  • Crazy Dough's Pizza Co.
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Eastern Standard
  • Harvard House of Pizza
  • Hi-Rise Bread Co.
  • Oggi Gourmet Foods
  • Panera Bread
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits
  • Subway
  • Sweet Cupcakes
  • Tealuxe
  • Wok N' Roll

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

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

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Addis Red Sea Restaurant
Food: Ethiopian
1755 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 441-8727
www.addisredsea.com
Price: $10-$20
Au Bon Pain
Food: American
124 Mount Auburn St.
(617) 492-0734
www.aubonpain.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Patio
Ben & Jerry's
Food: Ice cream
36 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 864-2828
www.benjerry.com
Price: $3-$8
BerryLine
Food: Frozen yogurt
3 Arrow St.
(617) 868-3500
www.berryline.com
Price: $3-$8
Bertucci's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
21 Brattle St.
(617) 864-4748
www.bertuccis.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Patio
Boca Grande
Food: Mexican
1728 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 354-7400
www.bocagranderestaurant.com
Price: $5-$10
Burdick Chocolate
Food: Sweets
52 Brattle St.
(617) 491-4340
www.burdickchocolate.com
Price: $5-$10
Cambridge Common
Food: American
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 547-1228
www.cambridgecommonrestaurant.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Popular bar
Chang Sho Restaurant
Food: Asian
1712 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 547-6565
Price: $10-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1033 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 577-0066
www.dominos.com
Price: $10-$20
Felipe's Taqueria
Food: Mexican
83 Mount Auburn St.
(617) 354-9944
www.felipestaqueria.com
Price: $5-$10
FiRE + iCE
Food: American, new age
50 Church St.
(617) 547-9007
www.fire-ice.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Create your own meal
Flat Patties
Food: American, burgers
33 Brattle St.
(617) 871-6871
www.flatpatties.com
Price: $5-$10
The Friendly Toast
Food: American
1 Hampshire St.
(617) 621-1200
www.thefriendlytoast.net
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours on the weekends
Gourmet Express
Food: American, Italian
1868 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 547-7255
www.gourmetexpress.us
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours, also a mini-mart-a Lesley favorite
IHOP
Food: American, breakfast
16 Eliot St.
(617) 354-0999
www.ihop.com
Price: $8-$15
JP Licks
Food: Dessert
1310 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 492-1001
www.jplicks.com
Price: $3-$8
Otto Pizza
Food: Pizza
1432 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 499-3352
ottocambridge.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Lots of unique toppings, like tortellini and mashed potatoes
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Food: Pizza
74 Winthrop St.
(617) 876-4897
www.pinocchiospizza.net
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A popular student hangout
Simon's Coffee Shop
Food: Coffee
1736 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 497-7766
Price: $5-$10
Starbucks
Food: Coffee, tea
31 Church St.
(617) 492-7870
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Stone Hearth Pizza Co.
Food: Pizza, Italian
1782 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 492-1111
www.stonehearthpizza.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Offers gluten-free pizza
Tavern in the Square
Food: American
730 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 868-8800
www.taverninthesquare.com/tavern
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Has an open patio, sports bar
Uno Chicago Grill
Food: American, pizza
22 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 497-1530
www.unos.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Takes CashLynx
The Upper Crust Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
49 Brattle St.
(617) 497-4111
www.theuppercrustpizzeria.com
Price: $10-$20
Veggie Planet
Food: Vegetarian
47 Palmer St.
(617) 661-1513
www.veggieplanet.net
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Completely vegetarian menu
Wagamama
Food: Japanese
57 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 499-0930
www.wagamama.us
Price: $5-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 32 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 33 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 15% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 79% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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