Off-Campus Dining

Naperville, IL
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I really like the food. It is cheaper than on campus for commuters.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are really good off campus dining options and some of them are inexpensive. Some of the restaurants give students discounts but a lot of them don't. Everything is so convenient, literally in walking distance.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Naperville had a lot of choices

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good variety but if you want food late riverwalk pizza is your only option. unless its a Sunday and in that case you are out of luck after 9.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Naperville has an amazing selection of food. Burgers, sandwiches, pasta, salad, sushi, burritos, desserts - you name it and downtown Naperville probably has it. Downtown Naperville is a short walk from campus, so delicious food is just a few minutes away. I'm a vegetarian and I have no problems finding things to eat. There are also so many places to eat dessert - Sugar Monkey Cupcakes, Cookie Dough Creations, Yumz FroYo, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Coldstone Creamery. The list goes on and on. However, this is both a curse and a blessing because when the dining hall food is bad (which is often), you'll want to go eat downtown. There really aren't any student specials/discounts, so expect to pay full price.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 109th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1293rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kyle Coia
Lake Villa, IL
Business Management/Political Science
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While the College itself has relatively few dining options, the surrounding area has more than enough dining selections for students. The College is located just one block south of downtown Naperville, and so it is just about a one-block walk to every type of dining experience for every budget. Naperville restaurants are known to be expensive, but many businesses offer student discounts if students ask and present their IDs. Going a little farther than downtown, there are plenty of dining options near the Fox Valley Mall, which is just 10 minutes from campus. Here, students will find a wide variety of lower-priced casual dining options.

Despite being in an area with tons of different dining choices, late-night offerings are limited in Naperville. There are only one or two dining options open 24 hours, and most restaurants close at 12 a.m. or 1 a.m. nightly. If having off-campus dining options at any time is important to a student, then Naperville may not be the right fit. Aside from a lack of anytime dining, there are plenty of dining establishments for students to dine at.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • BD's Mongolian Grill
  • Jin 28
  • Kuma's Asian Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Tangerine Café
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Cookie Dough Creations
  • Dairy Queen
Best Healthy
  • Noodles & Company
  • Pita Pit
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Pita Pit
  • Quigley's Irish Pub
  • Slice 360
Best Mexican
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Front Street Cantina
  • Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Best Pizza
  • Giordano's
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Hooters
  • Show-Me's
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Bar Louie
  • Noodles & Company
  • Quigley's Irish Pub
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • House of Emperor
  • Olive Garden
  • Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buona Italian Beef & Catering
  • Burger King
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Domino's
  • Features Bar & Grill
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Jamba Juice
  • KFC
  • Little Caesars
  • Old Country Buffet
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa John's
  • Popeyes
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Quiznos
  • Raffi's On 5th
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Sarpino's Pizzeria
  • Taco Bell
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
Bring your school ID with you to any local restaurant; not all of them offer discounts, but it is always worth a try. Many local restaurants actually do provide discounts, and offers can be found in advertisements around campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1440 Naperville/Wheaton Rd.
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Butera Market
1290 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 357-2000
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Caputo's Fresh Markets
3115 111th St.
(630) 579-3300
Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
1320 S. Route 59
(630) 328-2900
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1555 N. Aurora Rd.
(630) 637-3835
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
1300 S. Naper Blvd.
(630) 369-3890
Monday-Tuesday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Wednesday-Sunday 24 hours
127 E. Ogden Ave.
(630) 420-1818
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Trader Joe's
44 West Gartner Rd.
(630) 355-4389
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
2607 W. 75th St.
(630) 579-7700
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bakers Square Restaurant & Pies
Food: American
796 S. Route 59
(630) 355-1777
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Pie rush Wednesdays
Bar Louie
Food: American
22 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 983-1600
Price: $8-$15
BD's Mongolian Grill
Food: Asian
221 S. Washington St.
(630) 428-0300
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Monday night is "Student Night": all-you-can-eat meals for $10.
Braconi's Restaurant & Pizzeria
Food: Italian/pizza
796 Royal Saint George Drive
(630) 717-9530
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open late
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
28241 Diehl Road, Warrenville
(630) 836-2999
Price: $8-$15
Buona Italian Beef & Catering
Food: Sandwiches
1588 Naperville Wheaton Rd.
(630) 548-2333
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Awesome chips
Caribou Coffee
Food: Coffee, tea
1523 N. Aurora Road
(630) 961-1018
Price: $3-$8
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
22 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 718-9420
Price: $3-$8
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
23 W. Jefferson Ave.
(630) 369-5646
Price: $3-$8
Connie's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1170 E. Iroquois Ave.
(630) 357-8807
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Daily lunch buffet
Cookie Dough Creations
Food: Desert
22 W. Chicago Ave.
(630) 369-4833
Price: $5-$10
Dairy Queen
Food: Ice cream
1002 N. Washington St.
(630) 355-4240
Price: $3-$8
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Coffee, donuts
811 E. Ogden Ave.
(630) 355-0472
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
22 W. Jackson St.
(630) 416-9888
Price: $3-$8
Flat Top Grill
Food: Asian
218 S. Washington St.
(630) 428-8400
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast on the weekends
Front Street Cantina
Food: Mexican
15 W. Jefferson Ave.
(630) 369-5218
Price: $10-$15
Food: Pizza
119 S. Main St.
(630) 428-2111
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Chicago-style deep dish pizza
Heaven on Seven
Food: Cajun
224 S. Main St.
(630) 717-0777
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: Order online
Food: American
4395 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora
(630) 851-4008
Price: $8-$15
House of Emperor
Food: Chinese
1212 S. Naper Blvd.
(630) 983-8284
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lunch specials
Jin 28
Food: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
28 W. Jefferson Ave.
(630) 848-1828
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lunch specials
Kuma's Asian Bistro
Food: Asian
216 S. Washington St.
(630) 369-8500
Price: $10-$20
La Sorella Di Francesca
Food: Italian
18 W. Jefferson Ave.
(630) 961-2709
Price: $15-$30
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
131 W. Jefferson Ave.
(630) 717-0700
Price: $10-$20
Meson Sabika
Food: Greek
1025 Aurora Ave.
(630) 983-3000
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private parties
Noodles & Company
Food: Pasta
207 S. Washington St.
(630) 369-3332
Price: $5-$10
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
620 State Road 59
(630) 355-2818
Price: $10-$20
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1270 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 420-0732
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: VIP club for specials
Phat Noodles
Food: Chinese
614 E. Ogden Ave.
(630) 717-1199
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Online specials
Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches
22 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 357-7482
Price: $5-$10
Quigley's Irish Pub
Food: American, Irish
43 E. Jefferson St.
(630) 428-4774
Price: $8-$15
Rosati's Pizza
Food: Pizza
406 W. Fifth Ave.
(630) 305-3500
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Online coupon deals
Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
22 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 548-9800
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Beautiful location
Sarpino's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
1567 N. Aurora Rd.
(630) 778-8808
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Order online and save 10 percent.
Food: Wings and things
1126 E. Ogden Ave.
(630) 778-8797
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Daily wing specials
Food: Coffee, tea
22 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 527-9311
Price: $3-$8
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
1620 N. Route 59
(630) 428-3838
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Food: Sandwiches
36 W. Jefferson Ave.
(630) 369-0550
Price: $3-$8
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
244 S. Main St.
(630) 305-0230
Price: $20-$30
Cool Features: High-class dining
Tangerine Café
Food: Breakfast, brunch, vegetarian
47 E. Chicago Ave.
(630) 717-7227
Price: $8-$15
Tasso's Greek Cuisine
Food: Greek
220 S. Washington St.
(630) 355-8852
Price: $15-$20
Uncle Pete's Pizza
Food: Pizza
815 N. Washington St.
(630) 357-5111
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Open late

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 36 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 49 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 55% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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