Off-Campus Dining

Location
La Jolla, CA
Undergrads
21,983
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love Mexican food and that's most of what you find around here so I certainly have nothing to complain about.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants in La Jolla and SD are the best!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many eatery places in San Diego! All you need is a little bit of money and some transportation figured out. Student discounts vary, but we have many ethnic foods here. I would recommend Convoy Street's restaurants, and anywhere participating in the San Diego Food week.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not many ethnic foods or normal foods. Very high class area-no KFC.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several dining options relatively close to campus (walking distance or bus).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 554th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1380th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
Hometown
El Monte, Calif.
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Since the first thing on many starving college student’s minds is where their next meal is coming from, it is reassuring to know there are so many delicious places to eat around campus and farther afield. You can find almost any type of food just minutes away from campus. Everyone agrees large chain restaurants are always a safe bet and have a great selection. La Jolla is known for its lack of fast food, so be prepared for a big check if you plan on eating out in La Jolla.

For those of you a little more adventurous about your food choices, many students say that some of their best meals have come from finding smaller restaurants on side streets. There are tons of cafés and sandwich shops lining the streets of Pacific Beach and Mission Bay. There is great Mexican food available in San Diego all day, everyday. The consensus around UCSD is that there is nothing better than a burrito or carne asada nachos for a study break, after a party, or before class.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
IHOP
Best Breakfast
IHOP
Best Healthy
Jamba Juice
Best Pizza
BJ's Pizza
Best Wings
Pat and Oscar's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
George's at the Cove
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chevys
  • Chipotlè (Mexican)
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Donovan's Steakhouse (Steak)
  • El Torito (Mexican)
  • Marble Slab Creamery (Ice cream)
  • McDonald's (Fast food)
  • P.F. Chang's (Chinese)
  • Papa John's (Pizza)
  • Pasta Bravo (Italian)
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Kitchen (Pizza)
  • Trophy's (Sports grill)
Did You Know?
You can drive five minutes in any direction and find great, cheap, Mexican food. If Asian food is more your style, head toward Convoy Street-it is filled with all kinds of Asian food shops, restaurants, Boba bars, and karoke

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Ralph's
8677 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 597-1550
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 546-8629
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

BJ's Pizza
Food: Pizza, pasta, salads
8873 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 455-0662
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The Pizzokie-a pizza made out of cookies and ice cream.
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
705 Sixth Ave., San Diego
(619) 233-7272
www.bucadibeppo.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Servings come in family sizes and passed around on giant platters.
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Specialty pizzas
3363 Nobel Dr., La Jolla
(858) 457-4222
www.cpk.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Pizzas with any topping imaginable.
Flame Broiler
Food: Chicken, beef, and vegetable teriyaki bowls
8867 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 587-8989
www.flamebroilerusa.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Not much selection, but tastes great.
Fred's Mexican Cafè
Food: Mexican
1165 Garnet Ave., San Diego
(858) 483-8226
www.fredsmexicancafe.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Taco specials on Taco Tuesdays.
George's at the Cove
Food: Fine dining
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
(858) 454-4244
www.georgesatthecove.com
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Ocean views at the bar and the restaurant.
IHOP
Food: Breakfast
856 Grand Ave., San Diego
(858) 274-9764
www.ihop.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can try different kinds of pancakes and syrups.
In-N-Out Burger
Food: Hamburgers, fries, shakes
2910 Damon Ave., Pacific Beach
(619) 274-1287
www.in-n-out.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: California's best fast food.
Islands
Food: Burgers, sandwiches, salads, fries
3351 Nobel Dr., La Jolla
(858) 455-9945
www.islandsrestaurants.com
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Never-ending chip and salsa bowls
Jamba Juice
Food: Fruit smoothies
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 625-2582
www.jambajuice.com
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Healthy snack
Pat and Oscar's
Food: Italian fast food
8590 Rio San Diego Dr., San Diego
(858) 295-6200
www.patandoscars.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Their bread sticks are delicious.
Pick Up Stix
Food: Chinese
8707 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 552-1566
www.pickupstix.com
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Freshly made, fast Chinese food.
Roberto's Taco Shop
Food: Mexican
3095 Clairemont Dr., San Diego
(619) 276-0305
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Friendly service.
Rock Bottom Brewery
Food: Grill, American
8980 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 450-9277
www.rockbottom.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: They brew their own beer!
T.G.I. Friday's
Food: American
8801 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 455-0880
www.fridays.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Happy hour!
Taco Motion
Food: Mexican
1313 Garnet Ave., San Diego
(858) 274-8931
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Located next to the bars in Pacific Beach; perfect for a late-night snack.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

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  • 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 139 responses

  • 10% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 17% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 28% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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