Off-Campus Dining

West Hartford, CT
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: blueback is awesome but you need a ride there and you'll need alot of money

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty good. A lot of chains but that's what people mostly look for to go out to dinner. There's a bunch of great and popular places for a nice dinner, such as Sake Cafe (hibachi and drinks), and Ichiro (chinese/japanese)

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are dozens of restaurants within 5 miles of the school

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of places to eat off campus both in Hartford and West Hartford. You will be able to find inexpensive restaurants with great deals when you are on a budget but you will also be able to find nicer restaurants for special occasions for birthdays or just a fun night out. Restaurants in the area appeal to all dietary needs, from gluten free food, vegetarian and authentic ethnic cuisine, it's part of the perks of living so close to the city. There are a couple of restaurants in the area that accepts our Hawk Cash as well as provide discounts for college students with college ids, you just have to be on the look out.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food itself is great. There are a lot of great local spots and chains, however they are pretty far from campus which is annoying and they close very early. There's absolutely no late night dining options.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 513rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1147th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Westfarms Mall, a popular student hangout, has many restaurants ranging from fast food to sit-down restaurants. You can find nearly everything here: Auntie Anne's, Brio Grille, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin' Donuts, P.F. Chang’s, Pretzel Time, Rainforest Café, Ruby Tuesday, Sbarro, and Subway. Across from the mall there is a Red Robin and Olive Garden. All of these restaurants are affordable and in a good area, but they are sometimes crowded due to their location inside and around a shopping mall. Bishops Corner, another popular hangout for students, has Bertucci's, an affordable little Italian restaurant. An abundance of restaurants are also located in the West Hartford Center, which is home to more than a dozen restaurants of all kinds—cafes, steakhouses, seafood. Popular spots are The Cheesecake Factory and Max's Oyster Bar.

Aside from sit-down restaurants, many students also often order food and have it delivered to them on campus. There are many Chinese restaurants in the area, so those are popular order-in spots. Students will also order pizza from nearby shops. Wings Over Hartford is another place that students love to order from—it has very delicious wings for an affordable price. All of the food is affordable, but the restaurants usually require a minimum order of $10 for delivery.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
  • Ginza Japanese Cuisine and Hibachi
  • Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi Bar
Best Breakfast
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Dunkin' Donuts
Best Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts
Best Dessert
  • The Cheescake Factory
  • Friendly's
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
  • City Pizza
  • Harry's Pizza
Best Wings
Wings Over Hartford
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Olive Garden
  • Ruby Tuesday
Other Places to Check Out
  • Other options in Westfarms Mall
  • Red Robin
Did You Know?
Many students order food to campus early because most restaurants close around midnight.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Stop & Shop
331 Cottage Grove Rd., Bloomfield
(860) 242-5954
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-12 a.m.
772 N. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 236-1505
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
340 N. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 523-7174
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Au Bon Pain
Food: Baked goods, sandwiches
Westfarms Mall
(860) 521-5319
Price: $5-$8
Food: Italian, pizza
330 N. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 231-9571
Price: $12-$20
Cool Features: Brick oven and a gluten-free menu.
Brio Tuscan Grille
Food: Italian
Westfarms Mall
(860) 561-8866
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There's an outside patio.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
71 Isham Rd., West Hartford
(860) 233-5588
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located in the center of Blue Back Square.
City Pizza
Food: Pizza
498 Farmington Ave., Hartford
(860) 236-2616
Price: $5-$15
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Baked goods, coffee
2536 Albany Ave., West Hartford
(860) 232-8849
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: There are other locations around, including one in Westfarms Mall.
Food: American, ice cream
13 S. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 236-8346
Price: $5-$10
Ginza Japanese Cuisine and Hibachi
Food: Japanese
14 Wintonbury Mall Rd., Bloomfield
(860) 242-8289
Price: $15-$30
Harry's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1003 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
(860) 231-7166
Price: $5-$15
Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi Bar
Food: Japanese
962 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
(860) 232-7888
Price: $12-$25
Max's Oyster Bar
Food: Seafood
964 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
(860) 236-6299
Price: $15-$25
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
1441 New Britain Ave., West Hartford
(860) 521-9049
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Never-ending salad and breadsticks.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
322 Westfarms Mall
(860) 561-0097
Price: $10-$20
Ruby Tuesday
Food: Americanl
94 Westfarms Mall
(860) 313-0034
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There is also a to-go menu.
Food: Subs
Westfarms Mall
(860) 313-1413
Price: $5-$8
Wings Over Hartford
Food: Wings
1026 Boulevard
(860) 236-9464
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 58 responses

Very poor
  • 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 70 responses

  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 13% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 36% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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