Off-Campus Dining

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I live close to dinkytown so absolutely anything I could want to eat is available, my only complaint is the cost.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: From my experience thus far, off-campus dining is fantastic. Specifically, there are many options in Dinkytown and right off campus in many areas.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I like all the places nearby to eat, and I'm happy with the fact that there are options to eat vegan and vegetarian nearby.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lot's of good hole in the wall places to eat.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of ethnic restaurants and american restaurants, there could be more variety.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 17th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1168th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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There are many viable off-campus dining options for the students attending the U of M. Minneapolis and St. Paul are rich with flavors from different cultures. Whether it's fine cuisine or junk food you're craving, off-campus dining offers it all. A student can easily take a bus downtown to experience good food, or just walk over to Dinkytown, where most of University Avenue and Fourth Street are dedicated to eateries. The options include different delicacies such as Italian, Thai, Chinese, and Indian food. The students find the selection of restaurants in the Twin Cities terrific because no one wants to go to the same three restaurants over and over again. Luckily, Minneapolis and St. Paul are so dedicated to fine food that there is even a street in Minneapolis that is proudly called, “Eat Street.” 

Students get tired of eating the dorm food, and soon venture out to off-campus establishments. It can get expensive, though. If a student has a meal plan, he or she should avoid eating out a lot because that would be a waste of the meal plan. But an outing now and then is a good and appreciated change. The downside of living in such a highly populated area is having to wait for the tables at some places, such as at Annie's Parlour in Dinkytown. But with a little patience, effort, and money, a student can enjoy any type of food they like at any time of the day.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Annie's Parlor
  • Big Ten
  • Chipotle
  • Loring Pasta Bar
  • Stub & Herb's
24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Mickey's Dining Car
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Best Asian
  • Hong Kong Noodle
  • Pagoda
  • Village Wok
Best Breakfast
  • Al's Breakfast
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • McDonald's
Best Coffee
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Annie's Parlour
  • Chilly Billy's
Best Healthy
  • Jamba Juice
  • Subway
Best Late-Night
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • McDonald's
  • Mesa Pizza
Best Mexican
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Mesa Pizza
  • Papa John's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
Loring Pasta Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Annie's Parlour
  • Loring Pasta Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • Afro Deli & Coffee
  • Amore Victoria Ristorante
  • Arby's
  • Barrio
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Benihana Japanese Steakhouse
  • Big Bowl
  • Bona Vietnamese Restaurant
  • Bordertown Coffee
  • Brasa Premium Rotisserie
  • Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
  • Buca di Beppo
  • The Bulldog NE
  • Bullwinkle's Saloon
  • Bun Mi Sandwiches
  • Burrito Loco Bar & Grill
  • Caspian Bistro
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • CiCi's Pizza
  • Common Roots Café
  • Cosetta's Italian Market
  • Crescent Moon Bakery
  • Culver's
  • Dairy Queen
  • Davanni's Pizza & Hot Hoagies
  • Destiny Café
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Erbert & Gerbert's
  • Espresso Expose
  • Espresso Royale
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Hard Times Café
  • Healthy Express
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • Hooters
  • Ichiban Japanese Steak House
  • It's Greek to Me
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Kafé 421
  • KFC
  • Kim Huoy Char
  • Korea Restaurant
  • Kowloon Restaurant
  • La Belle Crepe
  • Legends Bar & Grill
  • Mapps Coffee & Tea
  • Melting Pot
  • Muffuletta Café
  • Noodles & Company
  • OCB Restaurant Co.
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Olive Garden
  • Origami
  • Original Pancake House
  • Palace's Pizza
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza Luce
  • Pizza Nea
  • Punch Neapolitan Pizza
  • Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
  • Red Lobster
  • Sally's Saloon & Eatery
  • Seven Sushi Ultralounge & Skybar
  • Shish Mediterranean Grill & Café
  • Shuang Cheng Restaurant
  • Spoonriver
  • Taco Bell
  • Taste of India
  • The Tea Garden
  • Tea House
  • Toppers Pizza
  • U Garden Restaurant
  • Wienery
  • Zelo
Did You Know?
Loring Pasta Bar offers salsa dancing late nights on Fridays and Saturdays for a cover charge.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Cub Foods
5937 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis
(612) 866-7471
www.cub.com
Daily 24 hours
House of Hanson
433 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 331-9908
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Rainbow Foods
1540 New Brighton Rd., Minneapolis
(612) 788-6003
www.rainbowfoods.com
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Al's Breakfast
Food: Breakfast
413 14th Ave. SE
(612) 331-9991
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Greasy spoon breakfast food served by young hipsters
Annie's Parlour
Food: American
313 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 379-0744
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Old-fashioned soda fountain, with great burgers and really big salads, outdoor balcony seating (weather permitting)
Big 10 Restaurant & Bar
Food: American
606 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 378-0467
www.big10restaurant.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Local college students' favorite
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
2001 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 617-9464
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$15
Caribou Coffee
Food: Coffee, tea
917 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 331-4121
www.cariboucoffee.com
Price: $3-$8
Cavé Vin
Food: French bistro
5555 Xerxes Ave. S, Minneapolis
(612) 922-0100
cave-vin.net
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Intimate setting, good for dates
Chilly Billy's
Food: Frozen yogurt
314 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 843-4278
chillybillysfrozenyogurt.com
Price: $5-$10
Chino Latino
Food: Fusion
2916 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 824-7878
www.chinolatino.com
Price: $30-$60
Cool Features: Cuisines of the tropics, served family (shared) style. Sushi is excellent, as is the zesty jerk chicken.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
800 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 378-7078
www.chipotle.com
Price: $3-$8
Denny's
Food: American, breakfast
2700 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
(612) 728-0975
www.dennys.com
Price: $8-$15
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 359-6478
www.einsteinbros.com
Price: $3-$8
Good Earth Restaurant
Food: Healthy
1901 W. Highway 36, Roseville
(651) 636-0956
www.goodearthmn.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Uses the freshest ingredients possible, creating dinners such as free-range teriyaki chicken and all natural beef tenderloin skewers
Hong Kong Noodle
Food: Asian
901 Washington Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 379-9472
www.mnhongkongnoodle.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday!
Jamba Juice
Food: Juices
300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 624-2738
www.jambajuice.com
Price: $3-$8
Little Tijuana Restaurant
Food: Mexican
17 E. 26th St., Minneapolis
(612) 872-0578
www.littletjs.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open late, great munchie food-especially the nachos
Loring Pasta Bar
Food: American, Italian
327 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 378-4849
www.loringcafe.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Students receive 25 percent discount on meals with valid ID, with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights.
McDonald's
Food: Fast food
407 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(800) 872-2657
www.mcdonalds.com
Price: $3-$8
Mesa Pizza
Food: Pizza
1323 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 436-3006
www.mesapizzamn.com
Price: $10-$20
Mickey's Dining Car
Food: Diner
36 Seventh St. W, St. Paul
(651) 698-0259
www.mickeysdiningcar.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Pagoda
Food: Asian
1417 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 378-4710
www.pagodadinkytown.com
Price: $10-$15
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
817 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 379-8890
www.papajohns.com
Price: $8-$15
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Food: American
901 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis
(612) 339-6865
www.perkinsrestaurants.com
Price: $8-$15
Purple Onion Café
Food: Café
1301 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 252-0217
www.thepurpleonioncafe.com
Price: $10-$20
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
324 15th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 379-3100
www.qdoba.com
Price: $3-$8
Sawatdee
Food: Sushi/Thai
607 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 338-6451
www.sawatdee.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Authentic Thai food, delivery available
Solera
Food: Mediterranean, Spanish, tapas
900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
(612) 338-0062
solera-restaurant.com
Price: $25-$40
Cool Features: Great bar with happy hour Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Starbucks
Food: Coffee, tea
615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 378-7765
www.starbucks.com
Price: $3-$8
Stub & Herb's
Food: American
227 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 379-0555
www.stubandherbsbar.com
Price: $5-$10
Subway
Food: Sandwiches
1400 Fifth St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 379-8461
www.subway.com
Price: $3-$8
Tony's Diner
Food: Diner
1327 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 378-4730
www.tonysdinermn.com
Price: $5-$10
Village Wok
Food: Asian
610 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 331-9041
www.villagewok.com
Price: $10-$15
Wally's Falafel & Hummus
Food: Mediterranean
423 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
(612) 746-4776
www.wallysfalafelandhummus.com
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 178 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 210 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 60% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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