Off-Campus Dining

Location
Claremont, CA
Undergrads
1,589
Tuition
$41,438
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is definitely good food in Claremont assuming you are willing to use your own money to buy it, which many people are not. There are a lot of good places to go on dates but the meal plan takes care of you pretty well.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Claremont Village, which is directly across Pomona's campus, has an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes. Most of these have a student discount. Some notable places include:

*Starbucks

*Jamba Juice

*Yogurt Land, which offers really cheap FroYo and is open later than most places

*Some Crust Bakery, which has phenomenal bakery items and sandwiches, most noticeably their egg sliders.

*Last Drop Cafe, which has great drinks and good sandwiches

*Eureka Burger and the Back Abbey, upgrades from the typical fast food burger joint

*Bua Thai, which has fairly priced and decent thai food

*Z-Pizza, which serves healthier pizza than places like Pizza Hut and Domino's

*Sacas, which has cheap shawarmas and other Mediterranean food

*Delhi Palace Express, which has very cheap Indian food catered towards a milder taste

*Bert and Rocky's, which has chocolate and ice-cream at decent prices

*CK Cafe, which serves Boba and smoothies

*King Kong Sushi, which has decent sushi

*42nd St. Bagels, which serves a great assortment of bagels and sandwiches but closes early

*Pita Pit, pita sandwiches and falafel

The big problem with the Claremont Village, and a big part of the reason I will refuse to give off-campus dinner any higher than a B+, is that everything closes early in the Village, limiting convenient walkable dining options to students to the 5C eateries, like the Coop Fountain. If you have a car, life will be MUCH easier- within 5 miles of Pomona College is just about any fast food chain you can think of and a ton of other awesome restaurants like Sanamluang and Cassie's Soul Food, and a much greater variety of 24 hour restaurants. Otherwise, you're stuck ordering delivery from Mix Bowl, which serves mediocre thai food till 2AM, or the pizza chains.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants in walking distance, but some are expensive.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are all kinds of options to eat at outside of the school. Within walking distance, you'll mostly find a variety of restaurants. Thai, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, Greek, American, Italian...list goes on and on. There are also restaurants that specifically cater to health-food enthusiasts, vegans, and vegetarians (plenty of them!). Student discounts exist but are rare, and since Claremont is an affluent area prices aren't always that cheap (though honestly some do have very good deals!). If you can drive, this opens up a lot and you get access to a lot of fast-food, including chipotle and Santana's which are favorites amongst students.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options in Claremont are very good (especially Last Drop Cafe, Jamba Juice, Hero's, Bert's and Rocky's, The Coffee Bean, Yogurt Land, Saca's, I Like Pie), but often pricey. Ethnic cuisine is very limited, especially Asian. The train station takes you in the heart of LA with Little Tokyo a 5-10 minute walk, but sometimes I wish there was more diversity in terms of options in the Claremont Village itself.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 223rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1299th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Students complain about the prices of most of the off-campus restaurants, but there are plenty of cheap options, as well. As is always the case, you're not going to find fancy food for low prices, but in the Village, you will find good food for good prices, as well as finer food for higher prices. If you are in the market for fast food, you will likely need a car, as the Village is a little too hoity-toity to have a McDonald's on the corner. The Village's deficiencies as per dining have a lot more to do with the general deficiencies of the Village as a college town than they do with the actual restaurants.

Considering the size of the Village, it is remarkably well stocked with restaurants, the one real concession to college life. However, due to the property taxes in the Village, most of the restaurants are somewhat pricey. There are exceptions, though, including Delhi Palace Express and Saca's. However, you may soon tire of these places and long for new palate-tickling dining options. When this happens, you will need a car or a friend with a car. Of course, you are more likely to be friends with someone with a car than they are likely to be friends with you. A friend in need is a friend indeed, and what, pray tell, do the automotively-privileged need that the rest of us can ever hope to provide?

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Delhi Palace Express
  • Sacas Mediteranean Cuisine
24-Hour Dining
Del Taco
Best Asian
  • Bua Thai Cuisine
  • Mix Bowl Café
Best Breakfast
Village Grill
Best Coffee
  • Some Crust
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Some Crust
  • Yogurtland
Best Healthy
  • Full of Life
  • Loving Hut
Best Late-Night
  • Mix Bowl Café
  • Yogurtland
Best Mexican
Casa Moreno
Best Pizza
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Pizza N Such
Best Wings
The Hat
Best Place to Take a Date
Bua Thai Cuisine
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Walter's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Heroe's
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Quiznos
  • Starbucks
  • Walter's Restaurant
Did You Know?
If you are feeling a bit run down, a bit out of shape, and your exclusive diet of beer and nacho-cheese dip just isn't cutting it, then hit the Village for the Sunday farmers' market, which features organic produce and other healthy things to eat. Unfortunately, you have to wake up awfully early to get there.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Wolfe's Market
160 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 626-8508
www.wolfesmarket.com
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

42nd Street Bagel Café
Food: Bagels
225 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-7655
42ndstbagelcafe.com
Price: $2–$6
Cool Features: The entire thing is decorated with Broadway musical paraphernalia.
Aruffo's Italian Cuisine
Food: Italian
126 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-9624
aruffositaliancuisine.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Noodles, lots and lots of noodles
Casa Moreno
Food: Mexican
101 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 447-5000
www.casamorenogrill.com
Price: $10–$20
Del Taco
Food: Mexican
1398 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 596-9406
www.deltaco.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Great for late-night dining and drive-thru
Delhi Palace Express
Food: Indian fast food
313 Yale Ave.
(909) 626-6030
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: All day, all-you-can-eat buffet
Full of Life
Food: Bakery, sandwiches
333 W. Bonita Ave.
(909) 624-3420
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: All sandwiches come on crusty, freshly-baked breads.
The Hat
Food: Fried food, burgers
857 N. Central Ave.
(909) 949-4607
www.thehat.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: The famous, thinly-sliced pastrami dip sandwich
Loving Hut
Food: Healthy
175 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 621-1668
lovinghut.us/claremont_01/
Price: $10–$15
Mix Bowl Café
Food: Thai
1520 Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 447-4401
www.mixbowlcafé.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Late-night on-campus delivery
Pizza N Such
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
202 Yale Ave.
(909) 624-7214
pizzansuchclaremont.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Sandwiches are baked in the pizza oven.
The Press
Food: Upscale American
129 Harvard Ave.
(909) 625-4808
www.thepressrestaurant.com
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Press Fries (a giant platter of potatoes and yuccas). And they have a bar, too.
Saca's Mediterranean Cuisine
Food: Mediterranean
248 W. Second St.
(909) 624-3340
www.gotosacas.com
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Huge rotating spits of meat
Some Crust Bakery
Food: Bakery
119 Yale Ave.
(909) 621-9772
somecrust.com
Price: $5–$15
Village Grill
Food: Vintage American
148 Yale Ave.
(909) 626-8813
villagegrille50sdiner.com
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Life-sized cardboard cutout of James Dean from "Rebel Without a Cause"
Yianni's Greek Restaurant
Food: Greek
238 Yale Ave.
(909) 621-2413
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Greek kitsch decor
Yogurtland
Food: Yogurt
101 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
(909) 482-0500
www.yogurt-land.com
Price: $5–$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 22 responses

  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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