Off-Campus Dining

Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I question the quality but it is quite affordable for students. There are many varieties to choose from!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good places but they are a little pricey

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The food is BOMB.

1. There is a lot of it. Any type of cuisine you can think of, from Thai to Italian to Ethiopian, we got it.

2. Vegan options? Vegetarian options? Options that involve a specific species of fish? We practically invented them. WE HAVE A RESTAURANT THAT'S ALL RAW FOOD.

3. It's all good. Even if it's not good, you'll find a restaurant next door that makes you forget any bad restaurant experience.

4. It's pretty cheap. A dinner option usually comes around $7-9.

5. Berkeley made me fat.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Most things around campus are cheap and definitely walking distance so that's awesome. For restaurants/cafes that are a bit farther you can take the bus usually your student bus pass. I would check out Crepes-A-Go-Go, D'Yar, La Note, and Philz Coffee.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food is endless, and there is so much ethnic cuisine! It is wonderful, but I do wish there were student discounts.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 360th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Hometown
Granite Bay, CA
Major
Political science
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Students at Berkeley are more than satisfied with their off-campus food selection. Ranging from cheap ($3 for a bratwurst with the works at Top Dog) to not so cheap ($75 for a prix-fix meal at Chez Panisse), the food in the Berkeley area almost always lives up to the hype. With the on-campus food often less than palatable, the endless variety of off-campus dining choices is not only nice, but, to some degree, necessary. Students agree that there is a cornucopia of places to sit, eat, drink, and socialize, no matter how much money is in your wallet or what you’re in the mood for.

If you live in the dorms and you don’t have a car, you’ll most likely be sticking to the around-the-corner favorites—Top Dog, La Burrita, Durant Avenue’s “ghetto food court,” Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiano, and Blondie’s. But if you are feeling a little sick of the grease and the same crowd every night, then be happy to know that there is still an entire world of cheap, good food just a few more blocks away (sometimes a little more). So skip the dining commons once in a while and head out somewhere a little more risky, maybe somewhere farther than you’re used to walking, like College Avenue, University Avenue, or Solano Avenue. You’ll build up an appetite that’ll definitely be satisfied.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Anywhere on Durant Avenue
  • Café Intermezzo
  • Gordo Taqueria
  • Zachary's Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Gordo Taqueria
Best Asian
Shen Hua
Best Breakfast
La Note
Best Healthy
  • Café Intermezzo
  • Smart Alec's Intelligent Food
Best Pizza
Blondie's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • La Mediterranee
  • Yoshi's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Blue Nile
  • Brunch at Thai Temple
  • Café de la Paz
  • Café Milano
  • Café Strada
  • Chez Panisse
  • Koryo Sushi
  • La Mediterranee
  • Mama's Café
  • Noah's Bagels
Did You Know?
  • Berkeley's Farmer's Market takes place every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, all year-round.
  • San Francisco has the second most restaurants per square foot in the U.S., behind NYC.
  • We are one hour from wine country (Calistoga, Napa Valley, Sonoma).
  • The restaurant-packed food court on Durant Avenue is colloquially referred to as the Asian Ghetto, though this area is not technically a ghetto, and it is not filled primarily with Asian restaurants.
  • Moolicious is a local cereal restaurant that sells cereal salad and cereal sandwiches.
  • Cheeseboard, Berkeley's cooperatively owned pizza restaurant, hands out leftover pizzas after closing each night.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Andronico's
2655 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 845-1280
Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St.
(510) 843-6929
Safeway
6310 College Ave.
(510) 654-6992
Whole Foods Market
3000 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 649-1333

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Blondie's
Food: Pizza
2340 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 548-1129
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Huge pizzas, pickup and delivery available.
Brazil Fresh Squeeze Café
Food: Brazilian
2161 University Ave.
(510) 845-8011
Price: $5-$10
Café Intermezzo
Food: Salad
2442 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 849-4592
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Salads with the works, bigger than your torso at $5.
Crepes a-Go Go
Food: Crepes
2334 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 486-2310
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Yummy crepes for either a meal or dessert at an affordable price
Fat Slice
Food: Pizza
2375 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 548-6479
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Tasty pizza at affordable prices.
Gordo Taqueria
Food: Mexican
2989 College Ave.
(510) 204-9027
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Best chicken burritos at the cheapest price in Berkeley.
Gypsy's Trattoria Italiana
Food: Italian
2519 Durant Ave.
(510) 548-4860
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delicious and quality Italian food at the cheapest price in Berkeley.
Joshu-Ya
Food: Sushi
2441 Dwight Way
(510) 848-5260
www.joshu-ya.com
Price: $10-$20
Jupiter
Food: European, pizza
2181 Shattuck Ave.
(510) THE-TAPS
www.jupiterbeer.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Award-winning wood-fired pizzas; European atmosphere found in the heart of Berkeley
La Burrita
Food: Mexican
2530 Durant Ave.
(510) 845-4859
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Tasty food; open late.
La Mediterranee
Food: Mediterranean
2936 College Ave.
(510) 540-7773
www.lamediterranee.net
Price: $10-$20
La Note Restaurant
2377 Shattuck Ave.
(510) 843-1535
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Real french toast!
Shen Hua
Food: Chinese
2914 College Ave.
(510) 883-1777
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: High-class Chinese food.
Smart Alec's Intelligent Food
Food: Burgers, sandwiches, vegetarian
2355 Telegraph Ave.
(510) 704-4000
Price: $5-$10
Top Dog
Food: Hot dogs
2534 Durant Ave.
(510) 643-5967
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Variety of choices; very cheap.
Yoshi's
Food: Japanese
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
(510) 238-9200
www.yoshis.com/oakland
Price: $10-$27
Cool Features: World-renowned jazz venue
Zachary's Pizza
Food: Pizza
5801 College Ave.
(510) 655-6385
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Tomatoes smother the top, cheese and topping underneath! Always a line out the door for dinner.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 165 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 192 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 19% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 78% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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