Off-Campus Dining

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: always a pleasure, but they don't take school money ):

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SDSU is so in touch with the community that we get deals left and right handed to us, and there is so much variety and the food is great.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you don't have a car, than there are a couple of Mexican restaurants, a burger joint, and a sushi place. Not much to choose from really, but it stays exciting for about a semester before you start to get tired of it. If you do have a car, than San Diego opens up a myriad of small cafes to fine dining to dive bars.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is convenient with many choices.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I like the variety and the deals. Many of the foods are affordable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 434th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1298th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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San Diego is a large city and encompasses an enormous variety of food choices. Since San Diego is so diverse, you will find food from all over the world. There are several popular choices that include healthier dining options than on-campus food, such as the Pita Pit and 4.0 Deli. If you are willing to drive, you can pretty much eat at any place you want, whether it is at a fast food or sit-down restaurant. Areas such as Old Town, Downtown, and La Jolla offer some of the best dining experiences—both affordable and expensive. The fanciest restaurants are mostly located in the costal areas, and these places offer some of the most exquisite menus in California. For the typical college student on a tight budget, there are plenty of moderately priced options located a few minutes away in Mission valley.

The only downside to off-campus dining is that, right next to campus, options are primarily limited to fast food and takeout. There really are no sit-down restaurants within walking distance of campus. The closest one is Denny’s, which most people choose to visit in the wee hours of the morning. If you are willing to drive around, your cuisine options are endless. Any kind of food you could possibly want is located a short distance away. The bottom line: Whether you want a fast-and-go restaurant, a nice dinner with the parents, or even a dinner to impress the new interest, San Diego has a great variety to choose from.
 

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Chipotle
  • Trujillo's Mexican Food
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Taco Fiesta
Best Asian
P.F. Chang's
Best Breakfast
Denny's
Best Healthy
Souplatation
Best Pizza
  • DiMille's Italian Deli and Pizza Grotto
  • Woodstock's Pizza
Best Wings
Wings & Things
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Benihana
  • O-Nami
Other Places to Check Out
  • BJ's Pizza, Grill & Brewery
  • Coco's Bakery
  • Karl Strauss Brewery & Restaurant
  • La Torta
  • Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
  • Rubio's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Ralph's Grocery Co.
6670 Montezuma Rd., College Area
(619) 463-8893
www.ralphs.com
Vons
8011 University Ave.
(619) 295-0688
www.vons.com
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

4.0 Deli
Food: American, deli
5844 Montezuma Rd., San Diego
(619) 281-4040
Price: $5-$8
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Food: Seafood
1360 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego
(619) 232-5103
www.gofishanthonys.com
Price: $10-$20
Baja Rockin Lobster
Food: Mexican
3890 Twiggs St., San Diego
(619) 260-0305
Price: $15-$20
Baleen
Food: Seafood, fine dining
1404 Vacation Rd., San Diego
(858) 490-6363
Price: $20-$60
Cool Features: Waterside dining
Benihana
Food: Japanese, sushi
477 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego
(619) 298-4666
www.benihana.com
Price: $15-$45
Cool Features: Hibachi grill
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern
Food: Irish, American
1760 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego
(619) 291-8853
www.bennigans.com
Price: $10-$20
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
7067 Friars Rd., San Diego
(619) 683-2800
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Awesome cheesecake
Chevys Fresh Mex
Food: Mexican
1202 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego
(619) 297-5667
www.chevys.com
Price: $10-$25
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
4252 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego
(619) 280-7996
www.chilis.com
Price: $10-$20
Chipotle
Food: Burritos, tacos
5842 Hardy Ave.
(619) 265-2778
www.chipotle.com
Price: $6-$9
Crab Catcher
Food: Seafood, brunch
1298 Prospect St., La Jolla
(858) 454-9587
www.crabcatcher.com
Price: $20-$35
Cool Features: Located on the edge of a cliff; great view
Denny's
Food: American, breakfast
6970 Alvarado Rd., San Diego
(619) 461-2862
www.dennys.com
Price: $5-$10
DiMille's Italian Deli and Pizza Grotto
Food: Italian, pasta, pizza
3492 Adams Ave., San Diego
(619) 283-3153
www.dimilles.com
Price: $7-$16
Gaslamp Strip Club
Food: American, steakhouse
340 Fifth Ave., San Diego
(619) 231-3140
www.cohnrestaurants.com/cohn/cohnrestaurants/gaslamp.php
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Patrons can cook their own steaks over an open-fire grill; serve yourself wine cellar
George's at the Cove
Food: American
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
(858) 454-4244
www.georgesatthecove.com
Price: $9-$21
Cool Features: Three levels to establishment-rooftop bistro, bar, and fine dining restaurant
Honey's Café
Food: American, breakfast
7947 Balboa Ave., San Diego
(858) 565-4244
Price: $5-$13
Hunter Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
2445 Hotel Circle N, San Diego
(619) 291-8074
www.paragonsteak.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Award-winning food
La Casita Mexican Grill & Seafood
Food: Authentic Mexican
5157 College Ave., San Diego
(619) 583-9011
Price: $3-$8
Lake Murray Café
Food: Breakfast, burgers, diner food
5465 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa
(619) 433-0180
Price: $5-$10
Max New York
Food: Steakhouse, seafood
827 Fifth Ave., San Diego
(619) 235-8500
www.sandiegorestaurants.com/max
Price: $25-$45
Cool Features: Fine dining
Mimi's Café
Food: French/New Orleans, American, breakfast
5180 Mission Center Rd., Mission Valley
(619) 491-0284
www.mimisCafé.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: If you ask an employee who Mimi happens to be, you'll get a long-winded tale about an old war hero and the love of his life.
Old Town Mexican Café
Food: Mexican
2489 San Diego Ave., San Diego
(619) 297-4330
www.oldtownmexcafe.com
Price: $15-$20
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Food: Mexican
1770 Camino De La Reina, San Diego
(619) 209-3700
www.ontheborder.com
Price: $8-$15
O-nami
Food: Japanese
1640 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego
(619) 295-9774
www.o-nami.com
Price: $15-$26
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
7077 Friars Rd., San Diego
(619) 260-8484
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $10-$20
Pei Wei Asian Diner
Food: Asian
1025 Camino De La Reina, San Diego
(619) 321-6670
Price: $6-$10
Cool Features: It's like the express version of P.F. Chang's
The Pita Pit
Food: Greek, American
5131 College Ave., San Diego
(619) 265-7482
www.pitapit.com
Price: $5-$10
Prado
Food: Latin, Italian
1549 El Prado, San Diego
(619) 557-9441
Price: $15-$30
Red Zone Sports Bar and Grill
Food: American
1100 5th Ave., San Diego
(619) 231-8888
www.redzonesandiego.com
Price: $9-$25
Cool Features: They have televisions set up in all directions, making it easy to catch all the current sports games.
Rock Bottom
Food: American
401 G St., San Diego
(619) 231-7000
Price: $11-$30
Cool Features: Known for their brewery
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Food: Fine dining
1355 N Harbor Dr., San Diego
(619) 233-1422
www.ruthchris.com
Price: $55-$75
Cool Features: They bring your food out on a 400 degree plate that sizzles almost the whole time you devour it.
Sante Ristorante
Food: Italian
7811 Herschel Ave., La Jolla
(858) 454-1315
www.santeristorante.com
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: Special Features: Award-winning food
Shogun Kobe Restaurant
Food: Japanese
5451 Kearny Villa Rd., San Diego
(858) 560-7399
www.restaurantshogun.com
Price: $11-$30
Cool Features: The cooks put on a show for you as they cook in front of you and all your friends.
Souplantation
Food: Bakery, salads, soups
6171 Mission Gorge Rd., San Diego
(619) 280-7087
www.souplantation.com
Price: $2-$8
Taco Fiesta
Food: Mexican
6201 Mission Gorge Rd., San Diego
(619) 283-5285
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: No indoor seating, so carry-out only
Trujillos Taco Shop
Food: Mexican
4632 College Ave., San Diego
(619) 582-0130
Cool Features: Excellent food, and they are open late.
Wahoo's Fish Taco
Food: Mexican, seafood
2195 Station Village Way, San Diego
(619) 299-4550
www.wahoos.com
Price: $6-$10
Cool Features: It feels like you are eating near the beach at a beach house.
Wings & Things
Food: Mexican
3445 Midway Dr., San Diego
(619) 226-0185
Price: $15-$45
Woodstock's Pizza
Food: Pizza
6145 El Cajon Blvd. # P, San Diego
(619) 265-8786
www.woodstockssandiego.com
Price: $15-$25

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 174 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 198 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 21% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 34% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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