Off-Campus Dining

Seattle, WA
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: SPU is in the middle of two awesome foodie neighborhoods. Plus, downtown is a short bus/ car ride away.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We live in downtown Seattle, so the options are pretty much endless. Unfortunately Seattle is also very expensive. There are some very cheap places though.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SPU is in a residential neighborhood. There are a few thai restaurants within walking distance, but most restaurants require a car. For Seattle, the prices are really competitive, compared to the U. District, its overpriced though. Student discounts are hard to come by, but that also depends on your taste in food.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't explored the local off-campus cuisine a whole lot, mostly to save money, but I've seen a lot of small places that interest me. There are a lot of Thai and pizza restaurants. Fremont has better choices than Queen Anne.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't very many places within walking distance of campus or that are open late enough for the average college student. The quality is okay, but most people just use their on-campus meal plans.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 147th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1303rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Paso Robles, Calif.
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Seattle Pacific isn't in a prime location for an easy bite when you step off campus; there are only a few choices within walking distance. If you're feeling ambitious and don't mind a longer jaunt, Fremont is within range. The best option would be to hop on a bus or drive a short distance to access infinite opportunities for great grub. Seattle has every genre of cuisine (including vegetarian options), but, by far, Seattle has the most variety in the category of Asian food. You will never be more than five minutes away from restaurants that serve pad Thai, Sushi, or pho. 

There are also many restaurants on the waterfront Downtown that serve excellent seafood, like Ivar's Salmon House or Cutter's, but these places tend to be a bit pricey, even if they are deserving. These spots may be better for when your parents come to visit and foot the bill. One of the great things about Seattle is that often atmosphere is considered just as important to a meal as the food. Some of the best advocates of that partnership include Mama's Mexican Kitchen Downtown, Mamma Melina's Italian restaurant in the University District, and the B & O Expresso in Capitol Hill.

Facts & Statistics

Best Asian
Hing Loon
Best Breakfast
Portage Bay Café
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Cheesecake Factory
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Red Robin

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Trader Joe's
1700 E. Madison St., #100
(206) 322-7268
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods
2210 Westlake Ave.
(206) 621-9700
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

B & O Espresso
Food: Coffee
204 Belmont Ave. E
(206) 322-5028
Cutter's Bayhouse
Food: Seafood
2001 Western Ave.
(206) 448-4884
Price: $40 and up
Cool Features: They serve turkey dinner on Thanksgiving.
Food: Healthy, Mexican
213 N. 85th St.
(206) 706-9352
Price: $10
Hing Loon
Food: Chinese
628 S. Weller St.
(206) 682-2828
Ivar's Salmon House
Food: Seafood
401 NE Northlake Way
(206) 632-0767
Price: $25
Mama's Mexican Kitchen
Food: Mexican
2234 Second Ave.
(206) 728-6262
Price: $10-$15
Mamma Melina
Food: Italian
5101 25th Ave. NE
(206) 632-2271
Price: $15-$20
Portage Bay Café
Food: Organic
28221 NW Market
(206) 783-1547
Price: $15-$20
Food: Pizza
41 Dravus St.
(206) 285-8646
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 38 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 52 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 42% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 52% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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