Off-Campus Dining

Ann Arbor, MI
Tuition (in-state)
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants of varying cultures and cooking styles in Ann Arbor; everyone is bound to find many places they love.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It is said that one can eat at a different restaurant in Ann Arbor for and entire year and will still not have eaten at them all. There is something for everyone and they range from cheap to a little expensive but worth it. There are plenty of student discounts because majority of the people in Ann Arbor are Wolverine fans.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options, too many really. You can get almost anything you are craving. Many of the options are famous around Michigan and even throughout the country. Just be careful about eating out too often.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ann Arbor restaurants are awesome. One of my favorites is Frita Batidos, a Cuban burger place, and Zingerman's Deli is up there as well.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many choices here. There is the really nice, high-end stuff and the greasy, open-all-night places that you want when you're walking home from a party or a long night at the library.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1187th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
International Studies
Grad Year
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Though some students gripe about dining hall quality, off-campus dining never disappoints. It is not uncommon for students to skip the dorms and venture out into Ann Arbor's thriving restaurant scene. The variety in Michigan's off-campus dining is a reflection of Ann Arbor's culturally-charged atmosphere. From Mexican cuisine to legendary burger joints, the Ann Arbor dining scene has a little something for everyone. Among a handful of others, student favorites include Pizza House, Sadako Sushi, Tios Mexican Café, and Blimpy Burger. Most restaurants deliver, many remaining open past midnight to accommodate college student sleep patterns. More high-end restaurants and bars can be found on Main Street—although these establishments are more geared to the tastes of grad students and visiting parents.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Fleetwood Diner
Best Asian
Champion House
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
Espresso Royale
Best Dessert
Stucchi's Ice Cream
Best Healthy
Red Hawk Bar & Grill
Best Late-Night
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • New York Pizza Depot
Best Mexican
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
Best Wings
  • BD's Mongolian Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Gandy Dancer
  • Gratzi
  • Zingerman's Deli
Other Places to Check Out
  • Afternoon Delight
  • Amer's Delicatessen
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Asian Legend
  • Backroom Pizza
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
  • Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Broken Egg
  • BTB Burrito
  • Bubble Island
  • Café Zola
  • The Chop House
  • Comet Coffee
  • The Cupcake Station
  • Five Guys Burger and Fries
  • Frank's Restaurant
  • Kai Garden
  • Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger
  • La Dolce Vita
  • No Thai
  • Noodles & Company
  • Oasis Deli
  • Olive Garden
  • Oriental Express
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panchero's Mexican Grill
  • Panera Bread
  • Pizza Hut
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Prickly Pear Southwest Café
  • Real Seafood Company
  • Sadako Japanese Restaurant
  • Silvio's Organic Pizza
  • South U Pizza
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • A Taste of India
  • Tios Mexican Café
  • TK Wu
  • Totoro
Did You Know?
During the fall of 2010, the Travel Channel show "Man v. Food" filmed host Adam Richman chowing down at two Ann Arbor locations: the Maize and Blue Delicatessen on South University Avenue and Tio's Mexican Café.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1919 S. Industrial Highway
(734) 761-1966
Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–12 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
3145 Ann Arbor–Saline Road
(734) 769-7800
Daily 24 hours
Whole Foods Market
3135 Washtenaw Ave.
(734) 975-4500
Daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Diner, breakfast
1100 E. Catherine St.
(734) 761-8996
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: It's been around since 1956.
BD's Mongolian Grill
Food: Asian
200 S. Main St.
(734) 913-0999
Price: $5–$10
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
205 S. State St.
(734) 997-9143
Price: $8–$15
Champion House
Food: Chinese
120 E. Liberty St.
(734) 741-8100
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Chinese on one side, a Japanese steak house on the other
China Gate
Food: Chinese
1201 S. University Ave.
(734) 668-2445
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: With only about 15 tables, this cozy takeout or sit-and-eat place serves all of your favorites at low prices and at speeds only the UM astrophysicists can measure.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
235 S. State St.
(734) 794-0800
Price: $5–$10
Cottage Inn Pizza
Food: Pizza
1141 Broadway St.
(734) 995-9101
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: The original is on East William Street and has been open since 1948.
The Earle
Food: French, Italian
121 W. Washington St.
(734) 994-0211
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Live music
Espresso Royale
Food: Coffee
1101 S. University Ave.
(734) 327-0740
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Two locations near campus
Fleetwood Diner
Food: Diner food
300 S. Ashley St.
(734) 995-5502
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Daily 24 hours
The Gandy Dancer
Food: Seafood
401 Depot St.
(734) 769-0592
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Made out of a converted train station
Good Time Charley's
Food: American
1140 S. University Ave.
(734) 668-8411
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Great happy hour specials every night, very popular with students
Food: Italian
326 S. Main St.
(888) 456-3463
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Sit upstairs at a table in the window.
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches
342 S. State St.
(734) 222-7000
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Several locations near campus
Maize and Blue Delicatessen
Food: Deli sandwiches
1329 S. University Ave.
(734) 996-0009
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: The sandwiches are so big—order a half.
Mr. Greek's Coney Island
Food: Greek, diner-style
215 S. State St.
(734) 662-6336
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: A great place to grab a late breakfast.
New York Pizza Depot
Food: Pizza
605 E. Williams St.
(734) 669-6973
Price: $8–$15
Food: Italian
347 S. Main St.
(734) 930-6100
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Dine on the roof in the summer.
Pizza House
Food: Pizza
618 Church St.
(734) 995-5095
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: More than 40 delivery drivers on the payroll
Raja Rani Restaurant
Food: Indian
400 S. Division St.
(734) 995-1545
Price: $10–$30
Red Hawk Bar & Grill
Food: American
316 S. State St.
(734) 994-4004
Price: $10–$15
Rod's Diner
Food: American
812 S. State St.
(734) 769-5650
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Try a "Collider," which is like a Dairy Queen Flurry, but much better.
Food: Café-style
216 S. State St.
(734) 623-2233
Price: $10–$20
Seva Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
314 E. Liberty
(734) 662-1111
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Vegetarian cuisine
Stucchi's Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
1121 S. University Ave.
(734) 662-1716
Price: $3–$8
Cool Features: Two locations near campus
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
Food: Coffee, pastries
123 W. Washington St.
(734) 769-2331
Price: $5–$10
Zingerman's Deli
Food: Deli sandwiches
422 Detroit St.
(734) 663-3354
Price: $5–$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 177 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 208 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 24% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 74% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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