Off-Campus Dining

Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: In the immediate are of UCF, there are mostly chain restaurants. If you don't mind driving a bit then you are able to find a lot more options to choose from in Winter Park, downtown, or on International Drive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of bars in the area and coffee shops, then there are the chain restaurants and fast food.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is an okay variety and the prices are around the same as everywhere else

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A little difficult without a car but plenty of choices and I usually can manage to get rides.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food off campus is just like anywhere else, so it's nothing fancy. If you go downtown then there's lot more food options, but it's generally more pricey and no one is going to go all the way downtown just for food. There are a lot of places that deliver late though which is a plus for students who get hungry at night.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 64th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 89th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nathalie Desdunes
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major
Marketing
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Whatever type of food you could possibly be craving, Orlando probably has it. Orlando is a big city with food establishments covering the entire area. There are tons of restaurants close to campus. Students often leave campus for lunch and find it convenient and enjoyable to do so. University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail are lined with places to eat.

There are mostly chain restaurants located in Orlando, with every single one that you can imagine making its presence from Chilli's and T.G.I. Fridays to Wendy's and McDonald's. It's possible to find the more authentic "mom and pop" restaurants sprinkled into the mix. You'll never go hungry in Orlando.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Applebee's
  • Broadway Pizza
  • Origami Sushi
  • Panera Bread
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • McDonald's
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
China Town Restaurant
Best Healthy
Panera Bread
Best Pizza
Pie in the Sky
Best Wings
Gators of Waterford Lakes
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Dexter's of Thornton Park
  • Houston's
  • Longhorn Steak House
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
Did You Know?
  • Vogue's June 2004 issue featured a three-page spread on the restaurants in Orlando, focusing on the amount of chain restaurants located here.
  • It never hurts to whip out your UCF identification when paying your check-you never know what restaurant will give you a discount. More and more restaurants are starting to provide this courtesy around the UCF campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Publix
University of Palms Shopping Center, 4250 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo
(407) 366-9480
Super Target
325 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 482-8155
Wal-Mart
Neighborhood Market, 4255 Alafaya Trail
407-359-6707

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

5 & Diner
Food: Breakfasts, American
12286 E. Colonial Dr.
(407) 207-1952
www.5anddiner.com
Price: $5-$10
Applebee's
Food: American
12103 Collegiate Way
(407) 282- 2055
www.applebees.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Holds lots of Greek events and pep rallies.
Broadway Ristorante and Pizzeria
Food: Italian, pizza
12279 University Blvd.
(407) 282-4000
www.broadwayfl.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Delivery until 4 a.m.
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: American
12181 E. Colonial Dr.
(407) 384-6622
www.chilis.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Offers a Chili's "To Go" service
China Town Restaurant
Food: Chinese
7 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo
(407) 366-2838
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Delivery
Denny's
Food: Breakfasts, American
11915 E. Colonial Dr.
(407) 381-0379
www.dennys.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Late-night eating
Firehouse Subs
Food: Subs
12075-A Collegiate Way
(407) 447-9111
www.firehousesubs.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: With any sub, you can receive a combo for $1.60 more
Fusian Japanese Eatery
Food: Japanese, sushi
12281 University Blvd.
(407) 736-8987
www.fusianeatery.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Try the UCF roll.
Gators of Waterford Lakes
Food: Wings
12448 Lake Underhill Rd.
(407) 249-9444
www.gatorsdockside.com
Price: $15-$45
Cool Features: There's an all you can eat special for $6.95 Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Marble Slab Ice Cream Parlor
Food: Ice cream
415 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 382-3811
www.marbleslab.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Toppings are mixed in to ice cream on slab
McDonald's
Food: Fast food
451 S. Goldenrod Rd.
(407) 381-3888
www.mcdonalds.com
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Cheap eating on the dollar menu
Origami Sushi
Food: Japanese, sushi
11903 E. Colonial Drive
(407) 736-1263
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Create your own rolls
Orlando Ale House
Food: American, bar fare
641 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 736- 0333
www.millersalehouse.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Ladies night every Tuesday where ladies drink free drafts and well drinks until 12 a.m.
Panera Bread
Food: Sandwiches, salads, soups, bagels, coffee
11472 University Blvd.
(407) 273-4411
www.panerabread.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: You pick two: half a sandwich, soup, or salad
Pie in the Sky Pizza
Food: Pizza
588 S. Alafaya Trail
(407) 207-3331
www.pieintheskyorlando.com
Price: $10-$20
Pita Pit
Food: Pita wraps, healthy
12140 Collegiate Way
(407) 380-2333
www.pitapitusa.com
Price: $3-$8
Planet Smoothie
Food: Smoothies
469 Alafaya Trail
(407) 282-1100
www.planetsmoothie.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Smoothies can be made to meet your request
Quiznos
Food: Subs
433 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 380-3881
www.quiznos.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Add $2 to any sub and receive a combo meal, which includes a soda and a bag of chips
Smokey Bones
Food: Burgers, ribs, BBQ
303 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 249-2009
528www.smokeybones.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Happy hour Monday-Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
12035 E. Colonial Dr.
(407) 384-2266
www.steaknshake.com
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Look for coupons in the mail
T.G.I. Friday's
Food: American
625 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 658-2750
www.fridays.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Happy Hour (11 p.m.-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-2 a.m.)
TooJay's Original Gourmet Deli
Food: Breakfast, deli, kosher
715 N. Alafaya Trail
(407) 249-9475
www.toojays.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Bakery and take-home orders
University Grill
Food: American
12273 University Blvd.
(407) 382-3570
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Smoke-free establishment
Wendy's
Food: Fast food
5507 W. Colonial Dr.
(407) 299-8160
www.wendys.com
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Cheap eating

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 1,104 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 1,128 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 45% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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