Off-Campus Dining

Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of places in midtown to go out to eat, it's always best to go during lunch specials so it's a lot cheaper to eat.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: My favorites are 4Rivers BBQ, Hyppo pops, Pascals coffee, Chuys Mexican, and Chipotle

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options both healthy and not. always something I'm in the mood for

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of chains, but also some very cool eclectic, mom and pop type places if your willing to ask around and venture a bit further off campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You won't go hungry here!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 61st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 260th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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Gators pack away a lot of chow from a pretty impressive array of restaurant choices. Gainesville's got the whole spectrum: fast food, G’ville-style quick eats, the popular mid-priced chains, and extremely cool, upper-class, sit-down restaurants where you take your parents when they come into town. Restaurant Row on Archer Road is convenient, especially when no one can make a decision about where to go for dinner, and you can always find an interesting meal downtown.

It does help to be able to drive to these places—who wants to lumber onto a bus after eating 57 oysters at CJ’s?—but like everything else in this town, it is certainly possible to make it without a car. Prices range from looking-in-the-couch-for-change to parental-units/wallets-are-in-town, and there’s a spot for everyone’s taste. One thing to keep in mind is that especially on weekend nights (which here means Thursday through Saturday), there can be a long wait at the more popular places. In the end, the worst thing you might think to say about Gainesville’s off-campus food is that it’ll tempt you to explore it every night, which is not a good idea: your belly will be full, but eventually your pocketbook won’t be.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Taco Bell
Best Asian
Bento Café
Best Breakfast
IHOP
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
Mochi Frozen Yogurt
Best Healthy
Designer Greens
Best Late-Night
Taco Bell
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
Leonardo's Pizza by the Slice
Best Wings
Gator's Dockside
Best Place to Take a Date
Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co.
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Swamp Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • 101 Cantina
  • 43rd Street Deli & Breakfast House
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Asian Wok
  • Bagels Unlimited
  • Barnie's Coffee & Tea Co.
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream
  • California Chicken Grill
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • China Star Chinese Takeout
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • D'Lites Emporium
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Embers
  • The Flying Biscuit Café
  • The Fresh Market
  • The Gelato Company
  • Genghis Grill
  • Gumby's Pizza
  • Hooters
  • Hungry Howie's
  • I Love NY Pizza
  • Italian Gator Pizza
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Karma Cream
  • KFC
  • La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
  • La Tienda
  • Larry's Giant Subs
  • Las Margaritas
  • Liquid Ginger
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Mexico Lindo Restaurante
  • Mi Apa Latin Café
  • Midnight Cookies
  • Miller's Ale House
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Mother's Pub & Grill
  • Munchies 420 Café
  • New Deal Café
  • Olive Garden
  • Orange & Brew
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Peach Valley Café
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • The Pita Pit
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Red Mango
  • Reggae Shack Café
  • Rolls 'n Bowls
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Satchel's Pizza
  • Steamers
  • Subway
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • TGI Friday's
  • Ti Amo
  • Tijuana Flats
  • TooJay's Original Gourmet Deli
  • Wing Zone
  • Wing Zone
  • Zaxby's
Did You Know?
If you head a couple miles west on Archer Road, which borders UF to the south, you'll hit "Restaurant Row." When you and your friends can't figure out where you want to go for dinner, just wander around down there for a while, and you'll come up with something.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Publix - Butler Plaza
3100 SW 35th Blvd.
(352) 367-4324
www.publix.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Publix - West Gate Shopping Center
125 SW 34th St.
(352) 376-1217
www.publix.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Ballyhoo Grill
Food: Seafood/American
3700 W. University Ave.
(352) 373-0059
Price: $10-$20
Beef 'O' Brady's
Food: Wings and pub grub
6500 SW Archer Road
(352) 271-8085
www.beefobradys.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Penny Wine Night
Bento Café
Food: Asian
3841 SW Archer Road
(352) 224-5123
www.bentocafesushi.com
Price: $10-$20
Burrito Bros. Taco Co.
Food: Tacos and burritos
1402 W. University Ave.
(352) 378-5948
www.burritobros.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: A G'ville mainstay, they ship to "homesick" Gator alums all around the country.
Calico Jack's Oyster Bar & Seafood House ("CJ's")
Food: Wings and oysters
3501 SW Second Ave.
(352) 371-1675
www.calicojacks.net
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: There are 25 cent oyster and wing nights.
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Food: Italian
3021 SW 34th St.
(352) 692-0083
www.carrabas.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Curbside service-call ahead, though.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurant
Food: Burgers, fries
3325 W. University Ave.
(352) 373-8520
www.checkers.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Walk-up window
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
1432 W. University Ave.
(352) 372-5330
www.chipotle.com
Price: $3-$8
Chopstix Cafè
Food: Pan-Asian
3500 SW 13th St.
(352) 367-0003
www.chopstixcafe.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Huge aquarium with gigantic koi fish, many exotic Asian beers on tap
Designer Greens
Food: Healthy
1702 W. University Ave.
(352) 672-6800
www.designergreens.net
Price: $8-$15
Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co.
Food: Sushi
201 SE Second Ave.
(352) 371-3359
www.dragonflysushi.com
Price: $10-$20
Farah's on the Avenue
Food: Greek/American
1120 W. University Ave.
(352) 378-5179
www.farahsontheavenue.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Lots of famous people have eaten here; the autographs hang on the walls.
Five Star Pizza
Food: Pizza
210 SW Second Ave.
(352) 375-5600
www.gatorpizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The Five Star truck drives around town at night-yell if you want a pizza, and they'll stop for you.
Gator's Dockside
Food: Seafood/American
3842 Newberry Road
(352) 338-4445
www.gatorsdockside.com
Price: $10-$20
Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille
Food: Cajun/Seafood
110 SE First St.
(352) 372-1555
www.hookedonharrys.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Great Mardi Gras celebrations
IHOP
Food: American, breakfast
3625 SW 13th St.
(352) 336-1839
www.ihop.com
Price: $8-$15
Krispy Kreme
Food: Doughnuts
1306 NW 13th St.
(352) 377-0052
www.krispykreme.com
Price: $3-$8
Leonardo's Pizza by the Slice
Food: Pizza, coffee, pastries
706 W. University Ave.
(352) 378-2001
leonardosgainesville.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: One of G'ville's legendary institutions
Market Street Pub
Food: Pub grub
120 SW First Ave.
(352) 377-2927
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Live music
Maude's Classic Café
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches
101 SE Second Place
(352) 336-9646
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: They have board games you can play while you sip your cappuccino.
Maui Teriyaki
Food: Asian rice bowls
600 NW 75th St.
(352) 331-3393
www.mauitower.com
Price: $3-$8
McAlister's Deli
Food: Sandwiches
618 NW 60th St.
(352) 331-8900
www.mcalistersdeli.com
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: The huge, tasty Spuds are actually two normal potatoes stuck together.
Mochi Frozen Yogurt
Food: Frozen yogurt
1638 W. University Ave.
(352) 672-6383
www.mymochi.biz
Price: $3-$8
Planet Smoothie
Food: Smoothies
3832 Newberry Road
(352) 377-2850
www.planetsmoothie.com
Price: $3-$8
Starbucks
Food: Coffee, tea
1600 SW Archer Road
(352) 392-6202
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
1610 SW 13th St.
(352) 376-0588
www.steaknshake.com
Price: $3-$8
Stonewood Grill & Tavern
Food: American, seafood
3812 Newberry Road
(352) 379-5982
www.stonewoodgrill.com
Price: $15-$30
The Swamp Restaurant
Food: American
1642 W. University Ave.
(352) 377-9267
swamprestaurant.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: If you're a Gator, you need to experience this at least once.
Taco Bell
Food: Mexican fast food
826 W. University Ave.
(352) 373-2949
www.tacobell.com
Price: $3-$8
The Top Restaurant
Food: Casual American with a quasi-vegetarian flair
30 N. Main St.
(352) 337-1188
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 310 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 375 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 10% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 38% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 49% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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