Off-Campus Dining

Location
Athens, OH
Undergrads
16,862
Tuition (in-state)
$19,246 ($10,282)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of variety and places unique to OU.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few small restaurants in walking distance, but not all of them are open late. Some of the original places here are not very good, but they make up for it with the close convenience of uptown dinning. There is a vintage diner up town which is hometown friendly. Plus you can take a short 5-10 minute bus ride for nicer dinning in the more populated areas near campus. This is where most of the fastfood hotspots are which is nice to have so close.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: things like casa nueva and obettys hot dogs are really different and good

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of food options. They range from big chains like Chipotle to smaller restaurants unique to Athens.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for food if you don't want dining hall food. The only down side is, unless you live on west, it's all uptown and a bit of a hassle.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 68th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 119th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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One of the best parts of Athens is the large variety of unique and fun restaurants. Whether you crave Greek, Chinese, Mexican, or good old American, there is a restaurant somewhere in Athens that caters to every palate. The Blue Gator menu even offers Louisiana-style crawfish, jambalaya, and yes, alligator. There is a lot of variety for vegetarians or those who are healthier eaters, thanks to places like Casa Nueva, Pita Pit, and Bagel Street Deli.

Athens' eateries are definitely one of the highlights of going to Ohio University. The food is a great alternative to the usual chain restaurants, though you can find those as well in the form of Damon's, Ruby Tuesday, Bob Evans, and Buffalo Wild Wings. One minor problem can be finding a "classy" restaurant for special dates or occasions. Seven Sauces and Stephen's are the only upscale restaurants uptown, but they do offer a great selection of steaks, seafood, and other higher-priced dishes. And the menus constantly change to ensure a wide selection. If you do find yourself getting tired of Athens and are craving the familiarity of a chain-restaurant menu, Lancaster is only about 40 miles away. But more than likely, you'll never have to head that way for a great meal.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Burrito Buggy
  • Court Street Diner
  • D.P. Dough
  • Pita Pit
  • Stephen's
Best Breakfast
Court Street Diner
Best Healthy
  • Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina
  • Pita Pit
Best Pizza
D.P. Dough
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Skipper's Bar & Grill
  • Stephen's
  • Toscano's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Ali Baba's
  • Bob Evans
  • Brenan's
  • Damon's
  • Jimmy John's
  • Restaurant
  • Rio Grande
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Souvlaki's
  • Tomatillos Mexican
  • World's Best Bagels

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Bob's IGA
22 Kern St.
(740) 593-3293
Wal-Mart Superstore
929 E. State St.
(740) 594-3398

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bagel Street Deli
Food: Bagel sandwiches
27 S. Court St.
(740) 593-3838
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Brick walls are covered with chalk names and artwork done by patrons.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings, sandwiches, bar food
23 W. Union St.
(740) 594-9464
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Tuesday nights at B'Dub's features the weekly show, "Name That Tune," during which teams have to guess song titles and artists. The winners receive prizes including free shots.
Burrito Buggy
Food: Mexican
Court and Union Sts.
(740) 517-1102
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The Burrito Buggy is a staple of Athens and shouldn't be missed.
Casa Nueva Restaurant and Cantina
Food: Self-proclaimed quasi-Mexican food
4 W. State St.
(740) 592-2016 (740) 594-8691
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Almost any night of the week there's something going on in the Cantina, whether it's a live music act or Latin Dance Night. Also, there are many items for vegetarians and those who are lactose intolerant, which use tofu and soy cheese substitutes.
Chipotle
Food: Mexican
41 S. Court St.
(740) 592-3656
Price: $7-$10 per person
Cool Features: Outdoor tables
CiCi's Pizza
Food: Pizza
85 N. Court St.
(740) 589-5200
www.cicispizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Court Street Diner (The Diner)
Food: American
18 N. Court St.
(740) 594-8700
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A blast from the past with a jukebox and vintage ads lining the walls.
D.P. Dough
Food: Calzones
374 Richland Ave.
(740) 594-8585
www.dpdough.com
Price: $3-$6
Goodfella's
Food: Pizza, paninis, salads
35 N. Court St.
(740) 592-9000
www.goodfellaspizza.net
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Online store
The Pita Pit
Food: Pita sandwiches
8 N. Court St.
(740) 593-8600
www.pitapit.com
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Pitas are made-to-order with fresh ingredients. And Pita Pita now delivers
Red Brick Tavern
Food: Wings, sandwiches, bar food
14 N. Court St.
(740) 594-2077
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: The Bull Pen, located on the bottom floor of Red Brick, can be rented out for parties and socials.
Seven Sauces
Food: Italian
66 N. Court St.
(740) 592-5555
www.sevensauces.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Great wine list.
Toscano's
Food: Italian
4 Depot St.
(740) 594-3484
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Toscano's claims to have one of the largest wine lists in the Southern Ohio area.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 120 responses

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  • 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 133 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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