Off-Campus Dining

Location
Louisville, KY
Undergrads
12,192
Tuition (in-state)
$23,146 ($9,662)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing but run down fast food places, no healthy alternatives.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I like how foods off campus and timing work well.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's not the best, same old same old.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have one place for off-campus dining that has about 8 places to eat in it that is on campus. It is kind of expensive or a college student budget, but it is a good variety and good food. Not very many right next to campus stay open late at night and early in the morning, but if you go further off campus some do.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are multiple places to choose from and they don't all sell the same types of food.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 311st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 934th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Muller
Hometown
LaGrange, Ky.
Major
French and English
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If you don't care for the food that's available on campus, have no fear—there are literally thousands of restaurants in the Louisville area to choose from. However, whether or not these restaurants are affordable and convenient is another story. Sure, Louisville has more than its share of McDonald's and other fast food joints, but who wants to eat that every day? If you're looking for healthy options, your best bet is to find a grocery store nearby. Kroger, right down the street from campus, is the closest and therefore probably the most convenient choice for students who want to shop for their own food. However, it can be relatively expensive.

If you like adventurous dining experiences, you should be more than satisfied with Louisville's options. There are hundreds of restaurants that specialize in a variety of different ethnic foods, from Japanese to Indian to Mexican and more. Being that Louisville is also a city that loves its sports, there are also many sports bars and grills in the area. Beef ‘O’Brady's is popular, as well as Buffalo Wild Wings. If you just like good old American cuisine, places like Steak 'n Shake and Denny's will give you just what you're looking for. Some places will feed you for less than $5, but there are also places with dress codes and prices to match. Overall, Louisville has more than enough restaurants to choose from, you just have to find the place that is right for you and your budget.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar
  • Old Louisville Coffeehouse
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Papa John's
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • China Inn
  • Shah's Mongolian Grill & Korean Cuisine
Best Breakfast
  • Lynn's Paradise Café
  • Nancy's Bagel Grounds
  • Toast on Market
Best Coffee
  • Heine Brothers' Coffee
  • Quills Coffee
Best Dessert
Dairy Kastle
Best Healthy
  • Subway
  • Zen Garden
Best Late-Night
Taco Bell
Best Mexican
  • Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Papa John's
  • Spinelli's Pizzeria
  • Wick's Pizza Parlor
Best Wings
  • Beef 'O'Brady's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Ramsi's Café on the World
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Other Places to Check Out
  • Asian Buffet
  • Dairy Queen
  • Los Aztecas
  • McDonald's
  • Mr. Gatti's
  • Papa John's
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Sol Aztecas Grill and Cantina
  • Sonic
  • Subway
  • Sunergos Coffee
  • Taco Bell
  • Tumbleweed Southwest Grill
  • White Castle
  • Windy City Pizzeria

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Kroger
3165 S. 2nd St.
(502) 368-6075
www.kroger.com
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Market
3046 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 498-2470
www.rainbowblossom.com
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wal-Mart
3101 Poplar Level Rd.
(502) 636-4356
www.walmart.com
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

August Moon Chinese Bistro
Food: Chinese
2269 Lexington Rd.
(502) 456-6569
www.augustmoonbistro.com
Price: $5-$15
Baxter Station Bar and Grill
Food: American
1201 Payne St.
(502) 584-1635
www.baxterstation.com
Price: $5-$15
Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
1907 S. Fourth St.
(502) 899-9746
Price: $5-$15
Beef 'O'Brady's
Food: American
5628 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 239-2226
www.beefobradys.com
Price: $6-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
1055 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 454-3635
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $5-$15
Cardinal Hall of Fame Café
Food: American
2745 Crittenden Dr.
(502) 635-8686
www.halloffamecafes.com
Price: $8-$20
China Inn
Food: Chinese
1925 S. Fourth St.
(502) 636-2020
www.chinainnlouisville.com
Price: $6-$10
Dairy Kastle
Food: Ice cream
575 Eastern Pkwy.
(502) 634-8990
Price: $3-$5
Denny's
Food: American, breakfast
434 Eastern Pkwy.
(502) 636-2538
www.dennys.com
Price: $5-$10
English Grill Restaurant
Food: American
335 W. Broadway in The Brown Hotel
(502) 583-1234
www.brownhotel.com/dining.htm
Price: $20-$40
Fazoli's
Food: Italian
6011 Preston Hwy.
(502) 969-4532
fazolis.com
Price: $3-$7
Heine Brothers' Coffee
Food: Coffee
1449 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 454-5212
www.heinebroscoffee.com
Price: $3-$6
Cool Features: There are three other locations on Bardstown Road.
Kobe Japanese Steak House
Food: Japanese Hibachi
301 Southern Indiana Ave., Jeffersonville, IN
(812) 280-8500
www.kobesteakhouse.net
Price: $15-$20
La Bamba
Food: Mexican
1237 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 451-1418
www.labambaburritos.com
Price: $5-$10
Lynn's Paradise Café
Food: Southern
984 Barret Ave.
(502) 583-3447
www.lynnsparadisecafe.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Featured on an episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay on the Food Network.
The Melting Pot
Food: Fondue
2045 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.
(502) 491-3125
www.meltingpot.com
Price: $25-$45
Nancy's Bagel Grounds
Food: Bagels, coffee, salads, sandwiches, soups
2101 Frankfort Ave.
(502) 895-8323
www.nancysbagels.com
Price: $3-$7
Old Louisville Coffeehouse
Food: Coffees, pastries, sandwiches
1489 S. Fourth St.
(502) 635-6660
www.myspace.com/olch
Price: $2-$8
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Food: Italian
235 W. Market St.
(502) 581-1070
www.osf.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: A very interesting dining atmospheres with velvet chairs, antique chandeliers, and a trolley that you can actually eat in.
Pesto's
Food: Italian, Persian
566 S. 5th St.
(502) 584-0567
www.pestositalian.com
Price: $5-$20
Proof on Main
Food: American, pasta
702 W. Main St.
(502) 217-6360
www.proofonmain.com
Price: $25-$50
Quills Coffee
Food: Coffee
930 Baxter Ave.
(502) 742-6129
www.quillscoffee.com
Price: $3-$6
Ramsi's Café on the World
Food: Salads, sandwiches, soup
1293 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 451-0700
www.ramsiscafe.com
Price: $10-$20
Sapporo Grill and Sushi
Food: Japanese, sushi
1706 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 479-5550
www.sapporojapanese.com
Price: $4-$15
Shah's Mongolian Grill & Korean Cuisine
Food: Korean, Mongolian
9148 Taylorsville Rd.
(502) 493-0234
www.shahsmongoliangrill.com
Price: $6-$13
Spinelli's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
614 Baxter Ave.
(502) 568-5665
www.spinellispizza.com
Price: $7-$25
Steak 'n Shake
Food: American, burgers
3232 Bardstown Rd.
(502) 456-2670
www.steaknshake.com
Price: $4-$10
Toast on Market
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches
736 E. Market St.
(502) 569-4099
www.toastonmarket.com
Price: $5-$10
Wick's Pizza Parlor
Food: Pizza
975 Baxter Ave.
(502) 458-1828
www.wickspizza.com
Price: $7-$25
Zen Garden
Food: Vegetarian
2240 Frankfort Ave.
(502) 895-9114
www.zengardenrestaurant.org
Price: $5-$13

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 89 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 108 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 24% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 33% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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