Off-Campus Dining

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
4,480
Tuition
$42,050
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The food's fairly good if you have time to go off campus to get it. Some fairly good takeout. Boston's open later.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is better than on-campus, Central Square is good.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is pretty practical for a college student and the locations are also convenient. There are a variety of options including ethnic foods and vegetarian/vegan options.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Well, I mean it's Boston so there's a little of everything.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Great options! It's a city!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 116th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 853rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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No matter what you want to eat, you can find it in Boston. Restaurants range from cheap fast food joints to expensive fine dining. But don't worry: If you’re working on a tight budget, you don’t need to eat at fast food restaurants every time you eat out. Some restaurants, such as the Pour House on Boylston, have specials on certain nights that make meals less than $5 per person.

Another great thing about off-campus dining in Boston and Cambridge is the variety of ethnic foods that you can find. From authentic Italian dining and historic restaurants, such as the Union Oyster House in the North End, to Asmara Café for Ethopian in Central Square, you can find anything you’re craving. You can also try something new that you’ve never eaten before. Given all the hard work that students do during the week, going out on the weekends is a fun break. And because of the erratic hours of campus dining, going out can be the most convenient. If you don’t want to go off campus to eat, a lot of restaurants have delivery services. For example, Thailand Café on Massachusetts Avenue offers cheap meals and fast delivery. But be sure to check the menus because some restaurants have minimums for delivery, and others charge a delivery fee. And remember that almost everything in Boston shuts down at 2 a.m., so if you’re hungry late at night, you’re out of luck.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Fresco's Café and Grille
  • Mary Chung's
  • The Pour House
  • Sunny's Diner
24-Hour Dining
IHOP
Best Asian
Mary Chung's
Best Breakfast
IHOP
Best Pizza
Cinderella's
Best Wings
The Pour House
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Vinny Testa's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Crazy Dough's (Pizza)
  • Domino's (Pizza)
  • Hi-Fi (American)
  • IHOP (Breakfast)
  • Larry Burdick's (Chocolate)
  • The Middle East (Middle Eastern)
  • Quan's Kitchen (Chinese)
  • Thailand Café (Thai)
  • Union Oyster House (Seafood, Fine Dining)

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Haymarket
Blackstone Street
LaVerde's Market
The Student Center
Shaw's Market
26 Sidney St., Central Square
(617) 494-5250

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Ankara Café
Food: Italian, deli sandwiches
472 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 437-0404
www.ankaracafé.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Inexpensive, bang for the buck.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
100 Cambridgeside Pl.
(617) 252-3810
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Great atmosphere, more than 200 menu items.
Cinderella's
Food: Pizza, Italian
901 Main St.
(617) 576-0280
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open late.
Finale
Food: Dessert, coffee
1 Columbus Ave.
(617) 423-3184
www.finaledesserts.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lipstick-red banquettes and black furniture.
Fresco's Café &Grille
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches
134 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 491-8866
Price: $5-$15
IHOP
Food: Breakfast
1850 Soldiers Field Rd.
(617) 787-0533
www.ihop.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Stuffed French toast, pancakes galore.
Island Hopper
Food: Asian
91 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 266-1618
Price: $10-$20
Le's
Food: Vietnamese
36 JFK St.
(617) 864-4100
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Soft lighting, multi-level dining area.
Mary Chung's
Food: Chinese
464 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 864-1991
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheap, convenient, good service.
The Pour House Bar and Grill
Food: American
909 Boylston St.
(617) 236-1767
www.pourhouseboston.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Relaxed restaurant by day, rowdy bar by night.
Sunny's Diner
Food: American
7 Landsdowne St.
(617) 491-9550
Price: $5-$10
Vinny Testa's
Food: Italian, American
867 Boylston St
(617) 262-6699
www.vinnytsofboston.com
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 30 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 39 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 28% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 67% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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