Off-Campus Dining

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Through bus or in car Montclair has an extremely diverse selection of restaurants in close range to the university. The the restaurants are great and the prices vary from economic to expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants that are available off-campus. There are places such as chipotle and other fast food places. There are also ice cream shops and nice restaurants as well.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Best cafes, resturaunts, health foods ext... a lot of variety and at a range of prices. Most places also have some sort of entertainment so eat on.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not much to say. Tons of western cuisine, but not much asian. (I'm Chinese.)

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Check Valley Rd, there are plenty of restaurants, too much to choose from.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 368th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1360th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Catherine Winters
Branchburg, NJ
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There is a ton of variety in the restaurants in Montclair and the surrounding area. The town of Montclair prides itself on its downtown, mostly around Bloomfield Avenue, claiming it is where "the city meets the suburb." This area is filled with good restaurants, but they don’t cater to college kids and can get very expensive. Bloomfield Avenue is about three miles from campus, which is walkable on a nice day, but you can take an NJ Transit bus there, too. The food is pretty convenient, there is a lot of variety, and it’s good, but it's expensive, unless you just hit one of the fast food joints along the highway.

There are plenty of vegetarian options in the area. Veggie Heaven offers only vegetarian food, and other restaurants offer vegetarian menus. There aren't many local restaurants that advertise themselves as kosher, but there are quite a few synagogues in the area, so if you are interested in finding kosher food, it's probably best to get in contact with one of the synagogues to ask about options in the area. Overall, if you want something specific, you can probably find it with a little research, since there are so many options right in the area.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • McDonald's
  • Six Brothers Diner
Best Asian
Tuptim Thai
Best Breakfast
  • Six Brothers Diner
  • Toast
Best Coffee
Café Eclectic
Best Dessert
  • Applegate Farm
  • Mr. Cupcakes
Best Healthy
Veggie Heaven
Best Late-Night
Six Brothers Diner
Best Mexican
  • Senorita's Mexican Grill
  • Tinga Taquiera
Best Pizza
  • Da Vinci's Pizza
  • Nauna's Bella Casa
  • Pizza & Sandwich Express
Best Wings
Pizza & Sandwich Express
Best Place to Take a Date
Cuban Pete's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Nauna's Bella Casa
  • Six Brothers Diner
Other Places to Check Out
  • Elevation Burger
  • Greek Delights
  • McDonald's
  • Pollo Tropical
  • Raymond's
Did You Know?
Many restaurants offer student discounts. Check the student paper, the Center for Student Involvement, or the Student Government Association office for information on which establishments offer discounts for Montclair State students.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

650 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair
(973) 509-4828
Whole Foods
701 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
(973) 746-5110
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Applegate Farm
Food: Ice cream
616 Grove St., Upper Montclair
(973) 744-5900
Price: Less than $5
Cool Features: Homemade ice cream.
Café Eclectic
Food: Coffeehouse; sandwiches, coffee
444 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
(973) 509-9179
Price: $5-$10
Cuban Pete's
Food: Cuban
428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
(973) 746-1100
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: Lots of sangria varieties.
Da Vinci's Pizza
Food: Pizza
223 Bellevue Ave., Montclair
(973) 744-2300
Price: $10-$20
Mr. Cupcakes
Food: Cupcakes
1216 Van Houten Ave., Clifton
(973) 859-0180
Price: $1.50 each
Nauna's Bella Casa
Food: Italian, pizza
148 Valley Rd., Montclair
(973) 744-3232
Price: $7-$20
Pizza & Sandwich Express
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, wings
59 Main St., Little Falls
(973) 812-1199
Price: $3-$15
Senorita's Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
285 Glenwood Ave., Bloomfield
(973) 743-0099
Price: $4-$15
Six Brothers Diner
Food: Diner food
475 Route 46, Little Falls
(973) 256-2510
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: It serves alcohol.
Food: Burgers
989 Bloomfield Ave., Glen Ridge
(973) 433-7343
Price: $2-$7
Tinga Taqueria
Food: Mexican
215 Bellevue Ave., Montclair
(973) 509-8226
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: They deliver!
Food: American, breakfast, brunch
700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
(973) 509-8099
Price: $3-$12
Cool Features: Known for its brunch.
Toro Sushi Bar
Food: Sushi
44 Upper Montclair Plaza, Upper Montclair
(973) 746-8555
Price: $5-$50
Cool Features: Good lunch specials.
Tuptim Thai
Food: Thai
600 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
(973) 783-3800
Price: $5-$20
Veggie Heaven
Food: Vegetarian
631 Valley Rd., Montclair
(973) 783-1088
Price: $2-$16

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 129 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 143 responses

  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 15% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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