Off-Campus Dining

Location
Irvine, CA
Undergrads
21,881
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: No many choices you need a car to get places.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Just average and you need a car to get to places

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: As stated earlier, Irvine is a corporation and as a result you'll see less mom and pop shops and more franchises. Its no Berkeley where theres a plethora of food choices.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety off campus, depending on price and location determines meal choices.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The local Albertsons is a great off campus service. Not the normal dining, but is a convenient supermarket to purchase all the ingredients you need. Close to campus, and some discounts to students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 447th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1373rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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As is the case with many of the attractions near Irvine, you’re going to need a car to get to many of the fine eateries off campus. Since Orange County is a fairly spread out, wealthy area, there are always going to be restaurants ranging from fine dining to grab-and-go restaurants looking to satisfy consumers and keep attracting their money. While well-known national chains such as IHOP, Denny’s (make friends with a waitress!), and Olive Garden are student favorites, local spots like Claim Jumper are worth a visit, too. Fear not, though, because there are still many relatively cheap places close to campus, including the ever popular In-N-Out Burger. If this restaurant isn’t around your home area, trust that you’re likely to become a fan.

Since UCI has a booming commuter population, it shouldn’t be hard to find a friend to mooch off of for rides when you’re in the mood to eat out. Restaurants within walking distance from campus tend to be a little a bit more understanding to the student budget, versus the more popular restaurants distributed throughout the rest of Irvine that normally cater to the upper-middle class. Overall, what the restaurants around campus lack in variety, they make up for with low prices.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Cha for Tea
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Islands Restaurant
  • Le Diplomate
  • Yogurtland
  • Z Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Denny's
Best Breakfast
Denny's Restaurant
Best Healthy
Mother's Market Kitchen &Restaurant
Best Pizza
Z Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • India Cook House
  • Islands Restaurant
  • Taiko Japanese Resaurant
  • Thai Spice
Other Places to Check Out
  • Albertacos
  • Baja Fresh
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili's
  • Del Taco
  • El Torito
  • Gina's Pizza
  • Golden Spoon
  • Mimi's Café
  • Red Lobster
  • Roundtable Pizza
  • Sam Woo
  • Taco Bell
Did You Know?
If you go to In-N-Out, you can order off-menu items like grilled cheese and fish burgers. Also, if you like your hamburgers extra messy and stuffed with veggies and sauce, order your hamburgers "animal style."

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Albertson's
3825 Alton Pkwy.
(949) 476-1922
Trader Joe's Company
4225 Campus Dr.
(949) 509-6138

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Cha for Tea Tea Bar & Restaurant
Food: Asian, boba drinks
4187 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 725-0300
www.chafortea.com
Price: $4-$9
Claim Jumper Restaurant
Food: American, steaks
3935 Alton Pkwy.
(949) 851-5085
www.claimjumper.com
Price: $10-$50
Denny's
Food: American
14160 Culver Dr.
(949) 857-5500
www.dennys.com
Price: $5-$10
Fatburger
Food: American
3021 Michelson Dr.
(949) 474-5060
www.fatburger.com
Price: $3-$5
IHOP
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches, salads
5301 University Dr.
(949) 786-5203
www.ihop.com
Price: $10-$15
India Cook House
Food: Indian
14130 Culver Dr.
(949) 857-4858
Price: $10-$15
In-N-Out Burger
Food: American
4199 Campus Dr.
(949) 509-6200
www.in-n-out.com
Price: $3-$5
Islands
Food: American
4020 Barranca Pkwy.
(949) 552-1888
www.islandsrestaurants.com
Price: $10-$15
Le Diplomate Café
Food: Sandwiches, Vietnamese
4237 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 854-5161
Price: $5-$10
Lee's Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches, Vietnamese
4127 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 509-9299
leesandwiches.com
Price: $3-$5
Mother's Market & Kitchen Restaurant
Food: Healthy American
2963 Michelson Dr.
(949) 752-6667
Price: $5-$10
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Americanized Italian
3955 Alton Pkwy.
(949) 263-8692
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10-$15
Rubio's Restaurants
Food: Mexican
31 Fortune Dr.
(949) 727-9527
Price: $5-$10
Taiko Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
14775 Jeffrey Rd.
(949) 559-7190
Price: $10-$15
Thai Spice
Food: Thai
15455 Jeffrey Rd.,
(949) 857-8424
www.orderthaispice.com
Price: $5-$10
Yogurtland
Food: Frozen yogurt
4187 Campus Dr.
(949) 854-4580
www.yogurt-land.com
Price: $3-$7
Z Pizza
Food: Italian/American
4237 Campus Dr.
(949) 725-9000
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 153 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 174 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 21% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 29% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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