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College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go off campus much. Everything is provided.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are 10-15 cheap but local restaurants that students frequent on Marshall Street. Everything from Chipotle, to waffle houses and Indian cuisine. More chain restaurants in Syracuse if you want to drive off campus or take the bus to the nearby (and hugely awesome) mall. As an added bonus, several on-campus eats stay open till around 2 a.m. to accommodate late night cravings.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Syracuse has, without a doubt, the best Off-Campus dining of any school out there. Pastabilities is an Italian mecca of Central New York, with pasta dishes that are insanely good. Kitty Hoynes has top-notch irish fare and a bar that is hopping after an SU game. Small Plates, Mother's Cupboard and Cafe Kubal are other amazing eating and drinking establishments.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: On Marshall Street there is a wide variety of off-campus Dining options. It extremely convenient to walk over and grab Chipotle or some varsity pizza before class. However, what is even better on late night walks home you can stop into jimmy johns or insomnia cookies because they are open until 3am. One can walk onto Marshall Street and be pleased with one of the many food options.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If your willing to spend extra then it's an on in investment


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  • 289th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1331st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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Off-campus dining can be split into two distinct categories: the restaurants within walking distance in the Marshall Street area, and restaurants within driving distance, like downtown Syracuse. Invariably, the farther away from SU you go, the better the selection of places to eat will be, but there are a few decent places that are easily accessible to freshmen. Faegan's is a bar/restaurant and one of the only locales around campus where you can enjoy a true sit-down meal. Other restaurants include: Aladdin's, Varsity, and Cosmos. Still others, like Acropolis, Baja Burrito, El Saha, and the Pita Pit are open until 2 a.m. or later on the weekends. They are very popular at those times specifically.

Stepping farther from campus, the choices are a little broader. Italian restaurants like Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse and Spaghetti Warehouse are appealing in their own ways. Delmonico's has a distinct setting, one that highlights Italian Americans in caricatures around the entire interior of the restaurant. Spaghetti Warehouse is a large restaurant that, not surprisingly, is built in an abandoned warehouse. The Warehouse is decorated with large carriages, a fair-like ambiance, and hearty meals. Try the lasagna, the house specialty. Another restaurant of note is Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a popular locale for many SU students, as well as their families during visiting weekends. The Bar-B-Que is a biker hangout that has some of the best ribs in Syracuse. The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que sauces are famous across Central New York. Whether you choose to dine close to campus or a little further away, you are sure to satisfy your appetite.

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Student Favorites
  • Acropolis Pizza House
  • Cosmos Pizza & Grill
  • Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  • The Pita Pit
  • Tully's Good Times
Best Breakfast
Rachel's Restaurant
Best Healthy
The Pita Pit
Best Pizza
Dorian's Gourmet Pizza & Deli
Best Wings
Cosmos Pizza & Grill
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse
  • Rachel's Restaurant
  • Scotch 'N Sirloin
Other Places to Check Out
  • Colorado Mine Co. Steakhouse
  • Darwin's Restaurant & Bar
  • El Saha
  • Nawab Palace
  • Panda West Chinese Restaurant
  • Samrat Indian Restaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
Did You Know?
Syracuse University is a complete Pepsi campus. To obtain any Coca-Cola products, you must leave campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Peter's Groceries, Inc.
628 S. Main St., #1
(315) 458-5624
Wegman's (Fairmount)
3325 W. Genesee St.
(315) 487-1581
Wegman's (Onondaga)
4722 Onondaga Blvd.
(315) 478-3313

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Acropolis Pizza House
Food: Pizza, Greek
167 Marshall St.
(315) 472-4876
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open after the bars on Marshall Street close, which close at 2 a.m.
Aladdin's Natural Eatery
Food: All-natural, Greek
163 Marshall St.
(315) 471-4000
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: No preservatives or sulfites in any of the dishes.
Alto Cinco
Food: Mexican
526 Westcott Ave.
(315) 422-6399
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great take-out and delivery menu.
Food: American
3189 Erie Blvd. E.
(315) 445-7000
Price: $10-$25
Baja Burrito
Food: Mexican
727 S. Crouse Ave.
(315) 472-2252
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Their burritos are made right in front of you, and you can have it made exactly the way you like.
Bennigan's Grill & Tavern
Food: American (with the "Spirit of the Irish")
2841 Erie Blvd. E.
(315) 446-7575
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Not just a restaurant, they also hold concerts and events.
Cosmos Pizza & Grill
Food: Pizza, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee
143 Marshall St.
(315) 472-6766
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: A very laid-back, down-to-earth diner.
Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse
Food: Italian
2950 Erie Blvd. E.
(315) 445-1111
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Check out the caricatures of hundreds of famous Italians lining Delmonico's walls.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Food: Barbeque, bar
246 W. Willow St.
(315) 476-4937
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's sauces are nationally acclaimed.
Dorian's Gourmet Pizza & Deli
Food: Pizza, wings, subs
534 Scott Ave.
(315) 472-2697
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: 12 theme-sandwiches named after Greek gods.
Faegan's Café & Pub
Food: American
734 S. Crouse Ave.
(315) 472-4721
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: 32 different beers on tap.
Food: American
9824 Carousel Center
(315) 466-0066
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: One of the many restaurants in Carousel Mall, including American Café and Kahunaville.
King David's Restaurant
Food: Middle Eastern
129 Marshall St.
(315) 471-5000
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The best Middle Eastern restaurant on Marshall Street.
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
3147 Erie Blvd. E.
(315) 449-1543
Price: $10-$20
Food: Italian
311 S. Franklin St.
(315) 474-1153
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Great dining for families and couples.
The Pita Pit
Food: Mediterranean
107 Marshall St.
(315) 479-0460
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Healthy and inexpensive dining.
Rachel's Restaurant
Food: Continental
801 University Ave.
(315) 475-3000
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located in the Sheraton directly next to the SU campus, this restaurant is a favorite for visiting relatives.
Scotch `N Sirloin
Food: Steak and seafood
3687 Erie Blvd. E.
(315) 446-1771
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Award-winning wine list.
Spaghetti Warehouse
Food: Italian
689 N. Clinton St.
(315) 475-1807
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Mystery dinner theater Thursdays.
Tully's Good Times
Food: American
2943 Erie Blvd. E.
(315) 449-9339
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Dining/drink specials during sporting events.
Varsity Pizza
Food: Pizza
802 S. Crouse Ave.
(315) 478-1235
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Flags for SU's football opponents hang above the kitchen; when SU defeats a team, that flag is turned upside down.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 148 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 162 responses

  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 51% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 34% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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