Off-Campus Dining

West Hartford, CT
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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is average. Cost is average, maybe 10 to 15 dollars for a meal with sides and a drink. There are plenty of different options (including vegetarian and vegan options) within 10 minutes of campus, however I don't know how common student discounts are. Some more interesting options we have are BlueBack Square with places like Umi for sushi, The Cheesecake Factory for fancy nights out. We also have a Five Guys for greasy lunch but then there are places like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I think it's great and convenient mainly because I've really gotten to know the area. The cost is average just like it is in any town. I love going to Noodles or going to west Hartford center for something fancier. There's bagel shops, dunkin donuts, Starbucks, grocery stores, cvs, really everything you could need you could find at one of the stores. There's this one big center literally 5 minutes from campus with 3 huge plaza's full of restaurants / little stores. There's even a Marshalls, and the West Farms mall is not so far either!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The mall and surronding Blue Back Square have so many dining options. I just wish the shuttle went there during the week.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: the only thing that stinks is there are no student discounts. There is a lot of varirtty and options.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: mostly just chains unless you go to west hartford center


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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 66 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 78 responses

  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 15% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 35% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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