Off-Campus Dining

Flagstaff, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$20,364 ($8,008)
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I eat off campus a lot, I enjoy a lot of the restaurants we have in Flagstaff, I tend to go to the same few over and over again. I think the prices are decent, some more expensive than others.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you do not have a car, it is difficult to get somewhere to eat off-campus. However, many people carpool or try to catch a bus to go downtown to eat. Downtown is the best place to eat off-camps because there are plenty of different choices that everyone can choose from and are reasonably priced.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: It is better than the food on campus at least.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Flagstaff has some amazing places to eat. There are tons of options that are not national chain restaurants, many are pretty close to campus. Late night dining is a little tricky. Most of the options that are 24 hour are chain restaurants, like Denny's or Ihop. NAU has two campus restaurants that are open till midnight.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great eating options, campus is right next to downtown so you always have open options. The city is full of organic/vegetarian/vegan delis and restaurants!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 99th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 782nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Hirschl
Tempe, AZ
Grad Year
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When most students think of off-campus restaurants, foam forms at the sides of their mouths, and they scratch at the door, whimpering to be let out. Once they calm down, they will tell you that Flagstaff is home to some of the best places around when it comes to food. When you compare it to the experience of eating at the Doob or the Union, going off campus definitely makes sense. The food is very moderately priced, and a dinner for two can be had for just around $25. It’s easy to find a restaurant—no matter what kind of food you're looking for. You want Italian? Bada-bing. You want Thai? You got it. You want food poisoning? Well, the Union might still be open.

Oregano's and Macy's definitely stand out as the places to be for students. Don't miss NiMarco's and its unbeatable pizza, as well as Hiro's for being the affordable, delicious joint for sushi. Because Flagstaff is so dominated by the college scene, many of the restaurants in the area will also have special student menus or discounts. Most of the food action in the area will be just off campus or within walking distance downtown, so it's very accessible. If there's one complaint, it's that very few places are open late for after-hours eating. It's 4 a.m., and you're hungry? Too bad. It's either go to Denny's or gnaw on your thumb.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Lu Mandarin Buffet
Best Breakfast
  • Biff's Bagels
  • Country Host Restaurant
  • Mike & Ronda's (The Place)
Best Coffee
  • Macy's European Coffee House
  • Wicked Arizona's Coffee
Best Dessert
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • YogurtU
Best Healthy
Pita Pit
Best Late-Night
  • Gateway Pizza (on campus)
  • Taco Bell
Best Mexican
  • La Fonda Mexican Restaurant
  • Salsa Brava
Best Pizza
  • Ni Marcos Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Granny's Closet
  • Oregano's Pizza Bistro
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Josephine's
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Tinderbox Kitchen
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Black Bart's Steakhouse & Saloon
  • Buster's Restaurant & Bar
  • Oregano's Pizza Bistro
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alpine Pizza
  • Altitudes Bar & Grill
  • Arby's
  • Brandy's Restaurant & Bakery
  • Campus Coffee Bean & Grill
  • ChebaHut
  • China Buffet
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Coco's Bakery Restaurant
  • Collins Irish Pub & Grill
  • Criollo Latin Kitchen
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dara Thai Restaurant
  • Diablo Burger
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Flagstaff Coffee Company
  • Flame Broiler
  • Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
  • Greek Islands
  • Hot Wok Express
  • Hunan West
  • IHOP
  • Jack in the Box
  • Karma Sushi Bar & Grill
  • Los Altos Mexican Mini Mart
  • McDonald's
  • MIX
  • Monsoon On the Rim
  • Nando's Downtown Grill
  • Olive Garden
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pasto
  • Pato Thai Cuisine
  • Peter Piper Pizza
  • Primo's
  • Red Lobster
  • San Felipe's Cantina
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Swadee Thai
  • Taco Bell
  • Teppan Fuji Restaurant
Did You Know?
Tired of eating on campus but don't really have the cash to go off? Wish you could use your on-campus meal plan at your favorite spot in the city? Well, now you can. Kind of. While your NAU meal plan must be used on campus, you and your parents can purchase the off-campus meal plan through Using this company, you select a plan, swipe your card at one of the participating restaurants in the area, and enjoy food that's not from the Union. Though it is not University-affiliated, it can be a great way to beat the humdrum taste of the everyday, on-campus dining life.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bashas' Grocery Store
2700 S. Woodlands Village Blvd.
(928) 252-1523
Daily 5 a.m.-11 p.m.
New Fronteirs Natural Marketplace
320 S. Cambridge Lane
(928) 774-5747
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
1201 S. Plaza Way
(928) 779-3401
Daily 5 a.m.-12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Ice cream
1104 S. Milton Road
(928) 779-1012
Price: $3-$8
Beaver Street Brewery
Food: American, Italian
11 S. Beaver St.
(928) 779-0079
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Microbrewery
Biff's Bagels
Food: Bagels, coffee/tea, doughnuts
1 S. Beaver St.
(928) 226-0424
Price: $3-$8
Bigfoot BBQ
Food: Barbecue, wings
120 N. Leroux St.
(928) 226-1677
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Located in the basement of the Old Towne Shops and Marketplace
Black Bart's Steakhouse & Saloon
Food: Steakhouse, seafood
2760 E. Butler Ave.
(928) 779-3142
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Nightly musical revue performed by the wait staff
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
2700 S. Woodlands Village Blvd.
(928) 774-3550
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Sports bar, 12 different wing sauces
Bun Huggers
Food: Burgers
901 S. Milton Road
(928) 779-3743
Price: $5-$10
Buster's Restaurant & Bar
Food: American
1800 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-5155
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: The infamous "Buster Bowl"
Charly's Pub & Grill
Food: Southwestern
23 N. Leroux St.
(928) 779-1919
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located inside the famous (and supposedly haunted) Weatherford Hotel
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
1500 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-4546
Price: $8-$15
China Garden Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1301 S. Milton Road
(928) 779-0628
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: It's in a barn.
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
2080 S. Milton Road
(928) 779-2856
Price: $3-$8
Country Host Restaurant
Food: Country style
2285 E. Butler Ave.
(928) 774-1000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Super cheap breakfast
Crystal Creek Sandwich Co.
Food: Sandwiches, salads
1051 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-9373
Price: $5-$10
Dara Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
14 S. San Francisco St.
(928) 774-0047
Price: $10-$15
Food: American
2122 S. Milton Road
(928) 779-1371
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Downtown Diner
Food: American, diner
7 E. Aspen Ave.
(928) 774-3492
Price: $5-$10
El Capitan Fresh Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
1800 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-1083
Price: $5-$10
Fratelli Pizza
Food: Italian
119 W. Phoenix Ave.
(928) 774-9200
Price: $8-$15
Galaxy Diner
Food: American, diner
931 W. Route 66
(928) 774-2466
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: It's old-school diner style
Granny's Closet
Food: American/Italian
218 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-8331
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Named by ESPN2's Cold Pizza as one of the best sports bars in the country
Hiro's Sushi Bar & Japanese
Food: Japanese, sushi
1312 S. Plaza Way
(928) 226-8030
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Pocky, authentic Japanese candy
Food: Contemporary
503 N. Humphrey's St.
(928) 779-3400
Price: $20-$30
La Fonda Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1900 N. Second St.
(928) 779-0296
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The best salsa you will ever taste
Lu Mandarin Buffet
Food: Chinese
702 S. Milton Road
(928) 773-0380
Price: $5-$10
Macy's European Coffee House
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches
14 S. Beaver St.
(928) 774-2243
Price: $5-$10
Mike & Ronda's (The Place)
Food: American, breakfast
21 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-7008
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Enormous servings
Miz Zip's Café
Food: American, diner
2924 E. Route 66
(928) 526-0104
Price: $5-$10
Mountain Oasis International Restaurant
Food: International
11 E. Aspen Ave.
(928) 214-9270
Price: $10-$20
Ni Marcos Pizza
Food: Pizza
101 S. Beaver St.
(928) 779-2691
Price: $8-$15
Oregano's Pizza Bistro
Food: Italian
605 W. Riordan Road
(928) 773-8600
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: World-famous pizza cookie
Outback Steakhouse
Food: American
2600 E. Lucky Lane
(928) 774-7630
Price: $10-$20
Pita Pit
Food: Pitas
23 E. Aspen Ave.
(928) 213-1330
Price: $5-$10
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
1860 S. Milton Road
(928) 774-3259
Price: $8-$15
Sakura Sushi & Teppanyaki
Food: Asian
1175 W. Route 66
(928) 773-9118
Price: $25-$40
Salsa Brava
Food: Mexican
2220 E. Route 66
(928) 779-5293
Price: $8-$15
Strombolli's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
1435 S. Milton Road
(928) 773-1960
Price: $10-$20
Tinderbox Kitchen
Food: Fine dining
34 S. San Francisco St.
(928) 226-8400
Price: $20-$30
Village Inn
Food: American, diner
3715 N. Kasper Ave.
(928) 526-5330
Price: $8-$15
Wicked Arizona's Coffee
Food: Coffee/tea
2650 E. Route 66
(928) 380-3186
Price: $3-$8
Food: Frozen yogurt
1061 S. Plaza Way
(928) 213-0777
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 203 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 237 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 43% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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