Off-Campus Dining

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$21,192 ($10,110)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Few places close really early, when I was there for the summer signing up for classes many places were closed. I do like Denny's though, great service!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lexington has great dining options

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options are really good. Being that the University of Kentucky is in the city of Lexington, Ky there is a lot to offer in terms of restaurants. The Mexican food off campus is one of my favorites. The prices are relatively average compared to other locations. At the normal restaurant off campus plates are between 12 to 15 dollars.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: pretty great places close to campus in walking distance

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is quite convenient and have a large variety of choices. There is pizza, chicken, and sandwich places that all taste wonderful.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 175th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 194th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Cold Spring, KY
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Going hungry will never be an option at UK. There is a wide variety of your typical national chain restaurants in Lexington, many of which are just a short drive from campus. But by far the most impressive choices are the original-to-Lexington places that are close to campus, like Joe Bologna's and Pazzo's. Tolly-Ho is a must-do for anyone new to campus. Be sure and tell them you've never been there before, and they'll give you a special surprise.

The area around north campus features several ethnic restaurants such as Indian, Thai, and Middle Eastern cuisine. You'll run out of money long before you've run out of places to eat. Don't forget to get ice cream and go for a walk around campus to work off those extra unwanted calories.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Jimmy John's
  • Joe Bologna's Restaurant
  • Pazzo's Pizza Pub
  • Tolly-Ho Restaurant
24-Hour Dining
Tolly-Ho Restaurant
Best Asian
Bangkok House
Best Breakfast
  • Huddle House
  • Waffle House
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
  • Papa John's for delivery
  • Pazzo's Pizza Pub for eat-in dining
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Joe Bologna's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Arby's
  • Bella Notte
  • Cheapside Bar and Grill
  • Desha's Restaurant & Bar
  • Fazoli's
  • Kashmir
  • Malone's of Lexington
  • O'Charley's
  • Pizza Hut
  • Qdoba
  • Rincon Mexicano
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • TGI Friday's
  • Two Keys Tavern
Did You Know?
  • The building that houses Joe Bologna's actually used to be a church, and Tolly-Ho has been a UK tradition since 1971 and has moved locations at least once.
  • There are more than 50 great restaurants to take a date in Lexington that offer unique cuisine and one-of-a-kind dishes. Many are located downtown and are close to campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

704 Euclid Ave.
(859) 269-6805

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Alfalfa Restaurant
Food: Healthy, international, vegetarian
141 E. Main St.
(859) 253-0014
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Live local music
Bangkok House
Food: Thai
275 E. Euclid Ave.
(859) 226-9711
Price: $10-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Chicken wings
1080 S. Broadway
(859) 233-2999
Price: $5-$10
Charlie Brown's Steakhouse
Food: American, casual
816 E. Euclid Ave.
(859) 269-5701
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can sit at a couch instead of a booth
Huddle House
Food: Diner
303 S. Limestone
(859) 252-8911
Price: $5-$10
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Gourmet sandwiches
385 S. Limestone St.
(859) 231-8989
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Almost any sandwich from Jimmy John's is awesome
Joe Bologna's Restaurant
Food: Pizza, pasta
120 W. Maxwell St.
(859) 259-0495
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Huge breadsticks!
Papa John's
Food: Pizza, calzones
265 E. Euclid Ave.
(859) 233-0808
Price: $5-$10
Pazzo's Pizza Pub
Food: Pizza, pub-style food
385 S. Limestone St.
(859) 255-5125
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Specialty pizzas, pesto bread
Food: Subs
785 N. Broadway
(859) 243-9976
Price: $3-$5
Tolly-Ho Restaurant
Food: burgers, fries, milkshakes
395 S. Limestone St. (across from North Campus dorms)
(859) 253-2007
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Home of the ever-popular Ho-Burger with a milkshake
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
859 S. Broadway
(859) 225-8795
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 146 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 161 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 43% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 39% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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