Off-Campus Dining

Amherst, MA
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pasta E Basta is a great local spot. However, for sit down spots, that is it. There is no tgi fridays or pub 99, only a cruddy chilis and friendlys.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Amherst Center has a lot to offer and a wide variety.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: many options downtown and on rt 9

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is great. Lots of options to choose from

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: From what I've had, I've enjoyed everything off campus that I've eaten.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 60th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
New York City
Grad Year
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The restaurants off campus are amazing, and most of them deliver to campus. You can get good food at plenty of places in Amherst, and there are also many good restaurants in neighboring Northampton that are well worth the pilgrimage. Working at one of the off-campus restaurants in Amherst has a lot of fringe benefits—namely, free food! A lot of the restaurants will even give deep discounts to employees of other local spots, so essentially, when you work at one restaurant, you can also eat for cheap at other restaurants in town. Another great part about the Amherst restaurants is that they are a fun place to hang out. They are always playing good music, and most have beautiful murals painted all over the walls. On the weekends, they stay open late to cater to the many people walking around town. Overall, the dining in Amherst is so good that most UMass freshmen learn which restaurants are the best before they even know where the dining commons are located on campus. There is absolutely enough variety in town to not get bored.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Antonio's
  • Bueno Y Sano
  • DP Dough
24-Hour Dining
Route 9 Diner
Best Asian
Panda East Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • The Black Sheep
  • Route 9 Diner
Best Coffee
  • Rao's Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
The Black Sheep
Best Healthy
  • Fresh Side Eatery & Teas
  • The Loose Goose Café
Best Late-Night
  • Route 9 Diner
  • Wings Over Amherst
Best Mexican
Bueno y Sano
Best Pizza
Antonio's Pizza
Best Wings
Wings Over Amherst
Best Place to Take a Date
Amherst Brewing Company
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Judie's Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Amherst Chinese Food
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Arigato Japanese Restaurant
  • Arizona Pizza
  • Baku's African Restaurant
  • Bart's Homemade Ice Cream
  • Bertucci's
  • Big Y
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Bruno's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Chez Albert
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • College Pizza Restaurant
  • Crazy Noodles
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Donut Man
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Friendly's
  • Frontier Pizza Place
  • Froyoworld
  • Ginger Garden
  • GoBerry
  • The Harp
  • Henion Bakery
  • High Horse
  • House of Teriyaki
  • Johnny's Tavern
  • LimeRed Teahouse
  • Local Burger
  • The Lone Wolf
  • Mango Mango
  • McDonald's
  • Miss Saigon
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Moti Persian Mediterranean Restaurant
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurant
  • Opa Opa Steakhouse & Brewery
  • Osaka Japanese Restaurant
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Pioneer Valley Pizza
  • Primo Pizzeria Too
  • Russell's
  • Souperbowl
  • Stables Sandwich Shoppe
  • The Sub & Pizza
  • Subway
  • Sugar Jones Cookies
  • Taco Bell
  • Thai Corner
  • Wendy's
  • White Hut
  • Zhang's Kitchen
  • Zoe's Fish House
Did You Know?
  • As a meal plan option, students can purchase an Off Campus Meal Plans (OCMP), which most of these listed restaurants will accept. It is not associated with UMass, and it really only makes sense to get OCMP if you own a vehicle or if you don't mind taking the bus all the time. Check out for more information.
  • Delivery Express will deliver food from any of Amherst's restaurants to you. Lazy people can call (413) 549-0077.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Super Stop & Shop
440 Russell St., Hadley
(413) 253-3227
Monday–Saturday 6 a.m.–12 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Amherst Brewing Company
Food: American
10 University Drive
(413) 253-4400
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: This brewhouse often has live music.
Antonio's Pizza
Food: Pizza
31 N. Pleasant St.
(413) 253-0808
Price: $10–$20
The Black Sheep
Food: Baked goods, deli
79 Main St.
(413) 253-3442
Price: $10–$25
Cool Features: Friendly and great atmosphere, live music
Bueno y Sano
Food: Mexican
1 Boltwood Walk
(413) 253-4000
Price: $5–$10
D.P. Dough
Food: Calzones, sandwiches
96 N. Pleasant St.
(413) 256-1616
Price: $5–$10
Fresh Side Eatery & Teas
Food: American
39 S. Pleasant St.
(413) 253-0296
Price: $5–$15
Hangar Pub & Grill
Food: American
55 University Drive
(413) 549-9461
Price: $8–$15
Judie's Restaurant
Food: American
51 N. Pleasant St.
(413) 253-3491
Price: $10–$20
La Veracruzana Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
63 S. Pleasant St.
(413) 253-6900
Price: $5–$15
The Loose Goose Café
Food: American
1 E. Pleasant St.
(413) 549-4667
Price: $5–$10
Panda East Chinese Restaurant
Food: Asian
103 N. Pleasant St.
(413) 256-8923
Price: $5–$10
Paradise of India
Food: Indian
87 Main St.
(413) 256-1067
Price: $10–$20
Pasta e Basta
Food: Italian
26 Main St.
(413) 256-3550
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: You watch them make the food.
Pinocchio Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
122 Main St., Northampton
(413) 586-8275
Price: $8–$15
The Pub
Food: American
15 E. Pleasant St.
(413) 549-1200
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Nightly entertainment
Rao's Coffee
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
17 Kellogg Ave.
(413) 253-9441
Price: $3–$8
Route 9 Diner
Food: Diner
458 Russell St., Hadley
(413) 253-0505
Price: $8–$15
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
71 N. Pleasant St.
(413) 256-1669
Price: $3–$8
Wings Over Amherst
Food: American, wings
55 University Drive
(413) 549-9464
Price: $5–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 174 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 203 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 3% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 56% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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