Off-Campus Dining

South Bend, IN
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Eddy St is fantastic with a Chipotle, Five Guys, etc. It is sometimes difficult to get to a non-bar off-campus restaurant but when your roommate's family is in town, a Ruth's Chris steak is phenomenal

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain resteraunts, but there are some nice local options too. Not a lot of places near campus, so you'll need a car if you want something besides Chipotle or 5 Guys.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of chain restaurants and some local places. There aren't a lot of super healthy options, but you can find some good food.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are enough places to keep it interesting but a lot of people eat in the dining halls.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: They have a bunch of options and variety, and I believe the area is growing


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 455th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 1102nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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While many say that a Notre Dame education will make a student a well-rounded person, students agree that an evening dining out in South Bend is not likely to be a cultural experience. Although there are a few unique places such as Fondue! and Tippecanoe downtown. A night of off campus dining is more likely to include dinner at one of the many chain restaurants that dominate the area. Students have, however, found a few non-chain restaurants that have become favorite places to eat the college staples of pizza, burgers, and late-night burritos. And they don't seem to mind too much that ethnic foods aren't in abundance.

The chain restaurant choices don't gain points, but student satisfaction with these restaurants helps to minimize any point deductions a bit. Students that wish to eat off campus but have no transportation can call Dine-In Delivery, even though they will have to wait 50-80 minutes. Ultimately, even though the chain restaurants may make some feel at home, students are offered more variety at a lesser price in the dining hall.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • CJ's Pub
  • Original Pancake House
  • Roccos Restaurant
Best Asian
Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Original Pancake House
Best Healthy
  • Tippecanoe Place
  • The Vine
Best Pizza
Roccos Restaurant
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Papa Vino's
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's (American)
  • Bruno's (Pizza)
  • Cambodian Eggroll (Cambodian)
  • Famous Dave's BBQ (BBQ)
  • Fondue! (Fondue)
  • Golden Dragon (Chinese)
  • La Salle Grille (Fine dining)
  • Lone Star Steakhouse (Steak)
  • Lula's CafĂ© (American)
  • Papa John's (Pizza)
  • Rib Shack (Ribs, BBQ)

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

5020 Grape Rd., Mishawaka
(574) 273-3506
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Boracho Burrito
Food: Mexican
1724 N. Ironwood Dr., South Bend
(574) 271-2033
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Voted best burritos in Indiana
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings, sides
123 W. Washington St., South Bend
(574) 232-2293
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: NFL package
CJ's Pub
Food: Burgers, pub grub
417 N. Michigan St., South Bend
(574) 233-5981
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Best burgers in town
Dine-In Delivery
11715 McKinley Hwy., Osceola
(574) 675-9999
Mandarin House Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
2104 Edison Rd., South Bend
(574) 287-4414
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: The duck sauce is out of this world!
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
6410 Grape Rd., Mishawaka
(574) 277-6503
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: When you're here, you're family
Original Pancake House
Food: Breakfast, snacks
1430 N. Ironwood Dr., South Bend
(574) 232-3220
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Creative menu, fresh ingredients
Outback Steakhouse
Food: Aussie, steak
4611 Grape Rd., Mishawaka
(574) 271-2333
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Bloomin' onion appetizers
Papa Vino's
Food: Italian
5110 Edison Lakes Pkwy., Mishawaka
(574) 271-1692
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Serves huge portions
Roccos Restaurant
Food: Pizza, subs
537 N. Saint Louis Blvd., South Bend
(574) 233-2464
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: A great campus hangout
Steak 'n Shake
Food: American, burgers
1315 E. Ireland Rd., South Bend
(219) 299-9936
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: In business since 1934
T.G.I. Friday's
Food: American
1240 E. Ireland Rd., South Bend
(574) 291-9070
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Every day is a Friday!
Tippecanoe Place
Food: American, delicatessen
620 W. Washington St., South Bend
(574) 234-9077
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: Voted #1 most popular restaurant in the area.
The Vine
Food: Steaks, seafood, wine
103 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend
(574) 234-9463
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Huge wine list

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 54 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 70 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 34% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 50% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 14% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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