Off-Campus Dining

San Francisco, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Love seafood and sushi. Great quality. Many options

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As I had mentioned earlier, the uniqueness of this city is what I find myself to be particularly fond of. The food is great! As is the variety to choose from, though the Southern Californian in me longs for an In-N-Out burger every weekend. The prices could be made more affordable though, but then again when could they not! The prices in San Francisco are significantly higher than they are in SoCal, which leads me to choose a mac & cheese at home in lieu of a fancy lunch or dinner with my friends a majority of the time.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining gets tiring sometimes and most of the food is not that great to me.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I mostly make my own food at home, therefore I can't really say what it's like.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's the city of San Francisco, people who live there do not tolerate bad food.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 108th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1240th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtnee Rizzo
Rocklin, CA
Grad Year
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San Francisco is famously known for its good eats, so students are more likely to travel off campus and taste all that the city has to offer. Most restaurants are pretty cheap, unless one is traveling far into the city, like into the Financial District. Popular cheap eats include the amazing sandwiches of Ike's Place in the Castro and Park Chow on Ninth and Irving.

Overall, any type of cuisine is capable of being found within the seven-mile stretch of San Francisco. While many are not within walking distance from campus, the city's vast public transportation system can take you anywhere. Vegans and meat-eaters alike will enjoy the menu of Herbivore, and when in the need for cheap Mexican food, El Castillito is the hottest spot. The prices can get a little steep as a student goes past the Castro district, but in the end, prices stay within students' ranges for the most part—unlike the housing prices.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Orphan Andy's
  • Sparky's 24 Hours Pizza & Diner
Best Asian
Ton Kiang
Best Breakfast
Mama's on Washington Square
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
The Cheesecake Factory
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Best Mexican
El Farolito Taqueria
Best Pizza
  • Papa John's
  • Seniore's Pizza
Best Wings
Little Star Pizza
Best Place to Take a Date
Park Chow
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Bella Trattoria
  • Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • Aqui Cal-Mex
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
  • Bobo's
  • Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café
  • Buckhorn Grill
  • Burma Superstar Restaurant
  • Café Gratitude
  • Café La Taza
  • The Cantina
  • Crustacean Restaurant
  • Dragon River Restaurant
  • El Rio
  • Emporio Rulli
  • Escape from New York Pizza
  • Gaspare's Pizza House & Italian Restaurant
  • Greens Restaurant
  • Haagen-Dazs Shop
  • Hot Dog on a Stick
  • House of Prime Rib
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Joe's Excellent Chinese Cuisine
  • Judahlicious Juice
  • Kitaro Japanese Restaurant
  • Marnee Thai
  • McDonald's
  • Mel's Drive-In
  • Memphis Minnie's Bar-B-Que Joint & Smoke House
  • Mitchell's Ice Cream
  • Mona Lisa Restaurant
  • My Canh
  • Naan N Curry
  • Noah's Bagels
  • Original Buffalo Wings
  • Osha Thai
  • Panda Express
  • Patxi's Chicago Pizza
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Red Door Café
  • Ryoko Japanese Restaurant & Bar
  • Sbarro
  • Sears Fine Food
  • Sophie's Crepes
  • The Summit
  • Surf City Squeeze
  • Taco Libre
  • Taqueria Zapata
  • Tartine Bakery & Café
  • Tennessee Grill
  • Tokyo Express
  • Underdogs Sports Bar & Grill
  • Velo Rouge Café
  • Wingstop
  • Zante Pizza & Indian Cuisine

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

2020 Market St.
(415) 861-7660
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
265 Winston Drive
(415) 665-1835
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bella Trattoria
Food: Asian, Italian
3854 Geary Blvd.
(415) 221-0305
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Known more for Asian cuisine than Italian
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
251 Geary St.
(415) 391-4444
Price: $10-$20
El Castillito
Food: Mexican
2092 Mission St.
(415) 621-6971
Price: $10-$20
El Farolito Taqueria
Food: Mexican
2779 Mission St.
(415) 824-7877
Price: $10-$15
Food: Vegan, vegetarian
531 Divisadero St.
(415) 885-7133
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Breakfast served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ike's Place
Food: Sandwiches
3489 16th St.
(415) 553-6888
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: You can pick up sandwiches within an hour after Ike's closes-just call it in before closing time!
Little Star Pizza
Food: Pizza
836 Divisadero St.
(415) 441-1118
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Homemade cheesecake! Yum!
Mama's on Washington Square
Food: American
1701 Stockton St.
(415) 326-6421
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Rachael Ray calls Mama's a "popular hot spot" with a "homey atmosphere."
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
3251 20th Ave.
(415) 661-6770
Price: $10-$20
Orphan Andy's
Food: Diner
3991 17th St.
(415) 864-9795
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
69 Cambon Drive
(415) 586-7272
Price: $8-$15
Park Chow
Food: European, Italian
1240 Ninth Ave.
(415) 665-9912
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Upstairs patio
Seniore's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2415 19th Ave.
(415) 661-2222
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: You can order online.
Sparky's 24 Hours Pizza & Diner
Food: Diner, pizza
242 Church St.
(415) 626-8666
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Try the Clint Eastwood pizza!
Squat & Gobble Café
Food: American
237 Fillmore St.
(415) 487-0551
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Savory crepes!
Food: Coffee, tea
3251 20th Ave.
(415) 665-4956
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sandwiches
750 Font Blvd.
(415) 405-3499
Price: $3-$8
Ton Kiang
Food: Asian
5821 Geary Blvd.
(415) 752-4440
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Frommers named Ton Kiang the no. 1 place in the city to have dim sum.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 143 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 152 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 25% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 57% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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