Off-Campus Dining

Oberlin, OH
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Although there is a lot of variety for the size of the town, overtime a lot of the food and restaurants get really boring. The food is good, but sometimes you just want to get out and discover something more interesting.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You learn to love the local restaurants, but when you leave Oberlin you realize that they're not actually that good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is very close by, so that's great! Also, there is a pretty good variety. There's a range of asian, hispanic, mediterranean, and american selections. All of which also strive to serve healthy and fresh food. We also have awesome coffee shops!

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options, most of which students love. Most are very affordable, and a couple are reserved for when parents visit and take you out.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a foodie, I'm pretty picky, but this town has something for everyone. The middle eastern food is great, the health food store is excellent, there's good ice cream, and the coffee shops are wonderful.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 376th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Veronica Colegrove
Cincinnati, Ohio
Latin/Computer science
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For a town of its size, Oberlin offers a fair variety of restaurants, most of them specializing in Chinese/Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Students from New York City are the most likely to complain about the choices, but if you don’t mind making the drive to Cleveland, there’s a larger selection to choose from, including excellent Indian food at Café Tandoor, and spicy Korean dishes at Seoul Hot Pot. As for Oberlin, if you ask anyone what his or her favorite restaurant is, most will tell you Black River Café. Black River serves only breakfast and lunch, but is extremely popular with students and faculty, especially on weekends, when it’s best to arrive before 11 a.m. in order to avoid the long line-ups.

Although there isn’t any 24-hour eating in town—a fact that aggravates many night-owls at Oberlin—there are a number of restaurants that keep their kitchens open until relatively late, such as the Feve. Most students enjoy the food at Weia Teia, but ?nd it rather steep in price—the best deal is to go for lunch, when all main courses are much cheaper. The recently opened Agave is owned by the same people who run Black River Café, and is equally as delicious if you enjoy a healthy meal of burritos and tequila. Tooo Chinoise, the Mandarin, and Java Zone are common places to take a date, but if you’re looking for a little more anonymity and chic décor, try Lola’s Bistro or Sergio’s in Cleveland.

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Student Favorites
  • Black River Café
  • Feve Coffeehouse & Deli
  • Lorenzo's Pizzeria
  • Weia Teia
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Tooo Chinoise
Best Breakfast
Black River Café
Best Healthy
The Oberlin Market
Best Pizza
Lorenzo's Pizzeria
Best Wings
The Feve Coffeehouse & Deli
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Weia Teia
Other Places to Check Out
  • Ben & Jerry's (Avon, Cleveland)
  • Café Tandoor (Cleveland)
  • Don Tequila Bar & Grill (Cleveland)
  • Lola Bistro & Wine Bar (Cleveland)
  • Seoul Hot Pot (Cleveland)
  • Sergio's in University Circle (Cleveland)
  • Woo City Ice Cream Co. (Canton)
Did You Know?
  • Jerry Greenfield (class of '73), is the co-founder of Ben and Jerry's ice cream; no matter where you go in Oberlin, you're sure to savor some of Jerry's success. If Ben and Jerry's isn't your thing, try the excellent flavors of Woo City, a local organic ice cream company.
  • Curly Tail Farms and Ohio Proud Hormone Free Meats provide restaurants like Black River Café with meat from farm-raised, hormone-free animals.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Gibson's Food Mart & Bakery
23 W. College St.
(440) 774-2401
Missler's Super Valu
291 S. Main St.
(440) 774-6205

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Agave Burrito Bar and Tequilleria
Food: Mexican
19 W. College St.
(440) 774-7336
Price: $5-$10
Black River Café
Food: Breakfast, lunch
15 S. Main St.
(440) 775-3663
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Vegetarian and organic options
East of Chicago Pizza
Food: Pizza, wings, subs, pasta
175 S. Main St.
(440) 774-8820
Price: $5-$10
Feve Coffeehouse & Deli
Food: Deli, coffeehouse
30 S. Main St.
(440) 774-1978
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Full bar
Java Zone Café
Food: Hummus, wraps, falafel, bagels
5 W. College St. #A
(440) 774-5282
Price: $2-$10
Lorenzo's Pizzeria
Food: American
52½ S. Main St.
(440) 775-0118
Price: $8-$15
The Mandarin Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
82 S. Main St.
(440) 774-4500
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lunch special Sunday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Oberlin Market
Food: Healthy, organic, vegan
22 Carpenter Ct. (Behind the Feve)
(440) 774-8401
Price: $5-$10
Food: Subs, salads
18 S. Main St.
(440) 774-7827
Price: $5-$10
Tooo Chinoise
Food: Chinese
27 W. College St.
(440) 774-2988
Price: $8-$15
Weia Teia
Food: Asian fusion, vegetarian
9 S. Main St.
(440) 774-8880
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Discount menu for lunch

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 38 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 40 responses

  • 12% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 38% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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