Off-Campus Dining

Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not a lot of off campus choices.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of options to work with, and less still if you don't have a car. Walking distance there are maybe 5 places to go to.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options are a walking distance. There is a great sandwich spot called Ike's. There is also a wing spot and many more.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are very few dining options in close proximity to the campus. This is a real challenge for freshmen, especially given that most underclassmen don't have cars. The dining options on campus are limited and the hours aren't condusive to a typical student's schedule.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are numerous restaurants around campus so people can always find a good place to eat.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 478th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1043rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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Off-campus dining around the Santa Clara campus tends to be quick and casual, with options ranging from fast food chains like Taco Bell and Subway to pizza joints and a family-owned Mexican grill. There are also some nicer, reasonably-priced, sit-down restaurants a few blocks from campus in Franklin Square.

Once you venture farther from the immediate campus area, there's a wider variety of cuisines to choose from. Santana Row has the greatest concentration of good restaurants in the area, from European bistros and cafés to upscale Italian, Indian, Japanese, and Mexican restaurants. Though a little pricier than what's offered around campus, these places are popular for students to take their parents or celebrate a special occasion.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine
Best Breakfast
  • Bill's Café
  • Sara's Kitchen
Best Coffee
  • City Lights Espresso
  • Mission City Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Blondie's Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream
  • Frozo's
Best Healthy
  • Mission City Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
SmokeEaters
Best Mexican
Henry's Fresh Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Seniore's Pizza
  • University Stuft Pizza
Best Wings
SmokeEaters
Best Place to Take a Date
Santana Row
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine
  • Mio Vicino
  • Santana Row
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chef Ming's Chinese Restaurant
  • Chipotle
  • The Counter (Santana Row)
  • Hungry Hound
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Jack in the Box
  • La Victoria
  • Maggiano's Little Italy (Santana Row)
  • Minato Japanese Cuisine
  • Neto Sausage Co., Inc.
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panera Bread
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Pinkberry
  • Pizza Antica (Santana Row)
  • Spice Hut
  • Taco Bell
  • Taqueria La Veracruzana
  • Thai Pepper
  • Togo's
  • Tong Soon Garden Restaurant
  • Wingstop
  • Wonton House
  • Yuki Sushi
Did You Know?
Santa Clara hosts a farmers' market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering a variety of locally-grown produce, ethnic food stands, artisan breads, and pasta and olive oils.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Safeway
2605 The Alameda Ave.
(408) 244-6873
www.safeway.com
Daily 6 a.m.-2 a.m.
Trader Joe's
635 Coleman Ave., San Jose
(408) 298-9731
www.traderjoes.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bill's Café
Food: American
2089 The Alameda, San Jose
(408) 244-9085
www.billscafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Blondie's Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
2905 Park Ave.
(408) 246-0500
blondiesfrozenyogurt.blogspot.com/
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Dollar cones every Monday
City Lights Espresso
Food: Coffee, bakery
1171 Homestead Rd. #190
(408) 249-3915
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Wireless Internet
Cramers Bagels
Food: American
495 El Camino Real
(408) 246-7580
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Wireless Internet
Frozo's
Food: Frozen yogurt
1000 Lafayette St.
(408) 243-7696
www.frozos.com
Price: $3-$5
Hatcho Japanese Cuisine
Food: Japanese
1271 Franklin Mall
(408) 248-8500
www.hatcho.com/
Price: $10-$20
Henry's Fresh Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
787 Franklin St.
(408) 249-2922
Price: $3-$10
Cool Features: Late-night delivery
Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine
Food: Thai
1211 Franklin Mall
(408) 246-3943
Price: $6-$15
Cool Features: Delicious Thai food at a reasonable price
Mio Vicino
Food: Italian
1290 Benton St.
(408) 241-9414
www.miovicino-santaclara.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private dining room available
Mission City Coffee Roasting Co.
Food: Coffee, bakery
2221 The Alameda
(408) 261-2221
www.missioncitysc.com
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Wireless Internet, live music
Mondo Burrito
Food: Mexican
3300 The Alameda
(408) 260-9596
www.mondoburrito.com
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Fresh, healthy ingredients, outdoor dining
Sara's Kitchen
Food: American
1595 Franklin St.
(408) 247-7272
www.saraskitchen.biz
Price: $5-$10
Seniore's Pizza
Food: Pizza
940 Monroe St.
(408) 261-2500
Price: $5-$10
SmokeEaters
Food: Wings
2565 The Alameda
(408) 241-2582
smoke-eaters.com
Price: $5-$15
Starbucks
Food: Coffee
495 El Camino Real
(408) 248-7343
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Subway
Food: Sandwiches
1171 Homestead Road
(408) 247-2191
www.subway.com
Price: $3-$8
Toppings Tree Restaurant
Food: Filipino
1171 Homestead Rd. #150
(408) 615-1804
Price: $3-$15
University Stuft Pizza
Food: Pizza
700 Bellomy St.
(408) 296-1600
www.universitystuftpizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Wrap This Mediterranean Cuisine
Food: Mediterranean
2281 The Alameda
(408) 246-9727
www.wrap-this.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Hookah lounge next door

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 69 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 85 responses

  • 6% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 11% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 58% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 26% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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