Off-Campus Dining

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
6,246
Tuition
$39,840
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's tones of cheap food on Haight, Geary, and Clement, all 3 very close to campus via bus or walking. Lots of variety, but you will fall in love with Thai food.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The city has so many places to choose from. If you come to San Francisco specifically for the food, you will not be disappointed. Eating out often can get expensive however.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: SF is a worldwide dining destination!

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many restaurants arounds, only a short bus ride away.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining options is easy but pricey! There always new places to go and try out, every weekend there's a new food to try out. Everything's also fairly nearby so its convenient and it almost always works out!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1308th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Hometown
Huntington, New York
Major
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
2013
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San Francisco is one of the most food-friendly places on earth. As for dining out in the city, you can find any number of restaurants to fit any budget. One of the easiest ways to find diverse, delicious cuisine in a big city is to explore the district-to-district assortment of cultural foods. For instance, North Beach is known for its exceptional Italian fare, as is Chinatown for its Chinese; the Mission has legendary Mexican flavor, just as Japantown has its Japanese, and the Wharf has great seafood. There are sweet little Russian bakeries nestled in between noodle houses, hookah lounges tucked behind Korean barbecue joints, and plenty of tea and coffee shops. There’s so much to see in San Francisco, and the secret to successful, affordable fine dining is to never stop looking.

Most San Francisco natives are very particular about their favorite food establishments, and they’re the ones to ask. And considering dining on campus is very expensive and limiting, students really enjoy exploring elsewhere for their foodie fixes. The immediate areas around campus, like Haight Street and Geary Boulevard, can be a bit pricier than other dining destinations, like eateries in the Mission or deep in the Sunset. But if you’re willing to take the time to find the best vegan cupcakes or chicken burritos, you won’t be disappointed.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • Lucky Penny Restaurant
  • Orphan Andy's Restaurant
  • Sparky's 24 Hours Diner
Best Asian
  • B*Star Bar
  • Best of Thai Noodle
  • Sushi Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Mel's Drive-In
  • Pork Store Café
Best Coffee
  • Blue Danube Coffee House
  • Philz Coffee
  • Velo Rouge Café
Best Dessert
  • Genki Crepes
  • Hot Cookie
  • Toy Boat Dessert Café
Best Healthy
  • Beautifull Food
  • Good Earth Cuisine
  • Pluto's
Best Late-Night
  • Escape From New York Pizza
  • Lucky Penny Restaurant
  • Mel's Drive-In
Best Mexican
  • La Taqueria
  • The Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant
  • Papalote II Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Escape From New York Pizza
  • Napoli Pizza
  • Seniore's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Kezar Pub
  • Phat Philly
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Bar Crudo
  • Burma Superstar
  • Grub
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Lou's Café
  • Star India
  • Sushi Bistro
Other Places to Check Out
  • Art's Café
  • Bangkok 900
  • Bean Bag Café
  • Bella Trattoria Restaurant
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Bi-Rite Creamery
  • Blondie's Pizza
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop
  • Bravo Pizza
  • Café Zoetrope
  • Candybar
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Chapeau!
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chino's Taqueria
  • Creations Dessert House
  • Crepes on Cole
  • Delfina Restaurant
  • El Farolito Taqueria
  • Fourbarrel Coffee
  • Genki Ramen
  • Giorgio's Pizzeria
  • Gordo Taqueria
  • Green Chile Kitchen
  • Herbivore
  • Ike's Place
  • Indian Oven
  • Ino Sushi
  • Isa Restaurant
  • Jamba Juice
  • King of Thai Noodle House
  • Kitaro Japanese Restaurant
  • La Boulange
  • Little Joe's
  • Mama's
  • McDonald's
  • Mr. Pizza Geary
  • Nick's Crispy Tacos
  • Nizario's Pizza
  • Pacific Catch
  • Panda Express
  • Panta Rei
  • Park Gyros
  • Patxi's Chicago Pizza
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • People's Café
  • Pho Clement
  • Pizza Orgasmica
  • The Pizza Place on Noriega
  • Pizzeria Delfina
  • Ploy II Thai Cuisine
  • Royal Ground Coffee
  • San Tung Chinese Restaurant
  • Speedway Meadow
  • Stacks
  • Starbucks
  • Sushi Tani
  • Sweet Maple
  • Tartine Bakery & Café
  • Thai Chef
  • Tokyo Gogo
  • Wingstop
  • Yum Yum Hunan Restaurant
  • Zaab Nua
  • Zazie
  • Zuni Café
Did You Know?
  • San Francisco is famous for Rice-a-Roni, fresh seafood, Ghiradelli chocolate, and sourdough bread.
  • San Francisco has the best clam chowder on the Pacific coast. Try it in a sourdough bread bowl!
  • Food is a celebration in San Francisco, with festivals year-round honoring beer, chocolate, crab, and more.
  • San Francisco is one of the best places in the States for authentic Asian food. Head to Chinatown or Japantown to try something new.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Arguello Super Market
782 Arguello Blvd.
(415) 751-5121
Daily 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Lucky Supermarket
1750 Fulton St.
(415) 923-6411
www.luckysupermarkets.com
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Safeway
735 Seventh Ave.
(415) 683-4070
www.safeway.com
Daily 24 hours
Whole Foods Market
690 Stanyan St.
(415) 876-6740
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

B*Star Bar
Food: Asian
127 Clement St.
(415) 933-9900
www.bstarbar.com
Price: $10-$20
Bar Crudo
Food: American
665 Divisadero St.
(415) 409-0679
www.barcrudo.com
Price: $15-$30
Beautifull Food
Food: Organic/healthy
3401 California St.
(415) 728-9080
www.beautifull.com
Price: $5-$10
Best of Thai Noodle
Food: Thai
1418 Haight St.
(415) 552-3534
Price: $5-$15
Blue Danube Coffee House
Food: Coffee
306 Clement St.
(415) 221-9041
Price: $3-$8
Blue Front Deli & Café
Food: Deli, Mediterranean
1430 Haight St.
(415) 252-5917
www.bluefrontcafe.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Creative drinks, like the white mocha chai latte
Burma Superstar
Food: Southeast Asian
309 Clement St.
(415) 387-2147
www.burmasuperstar.com
Price: $8-$15
Denny's
Food: American
816 Mission St.
(415) 243-8800
www.dennys.com
Price: $8-$15
Escape From New York Pizza
Food: Pizza
1737 Haight St.
(415) 668-5577
www.escapefromnewyorkpizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Pesto pizza (not available in New York)!
Foreign Cinema
Food: French, Mediterranean
2534 Mission St.
(415) 648-7600
www.foreigncinema.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Fireplace, outdoor dining, and foreign films shown on a large concrete wall during dining hours (check online for listings)
Genki Crepes
Food: Crepes, desserts
330 Clement St.
(415) 379-6414
www.genkicrepes.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sweet and savory crepes, but also a mini-mart!
Good Earth Cuisine
Food: Ice cream, sandwiches
1325 Ninth Ave.
(415) 661-1455
Price: $5-$10
Grub
Food: American
758 Valencia St.
(415) 431-4782
www.grubsf.com
Price: $10-$20
Hot Cookie
Food: Bakery, desserts
407 Castro St.
(415) 621-2350
Price: $10-$15
Hukilau
Food: Hawaiian
5 Masonic Ave.
(415) 921-6242
www.dahukilau.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Hawaiian décor, Aloha Spirits menu, and live Hawaiian bands
Kezar Pub
Food: American
770 Stanyan St.
(415) 386-9292
thekezarpub.com
Price: $5-$15
La Taqueria
Food: Mexican
2889 Mission St.
(415) 285-7117
Price: $8-$15
The Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
4123 24th St.
(415) 648-4157
thelittlechihuahua.com
Price: $8-$15
Lou's Café
Food: American
5017 Geary Blvd.
(415) 379-4429
www.louscafesf.com
Price: $5-$10
Lucky Penny Restaurant
Food: American
2670 Geary Blvd.
(415) 921-0836
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Open (and serving breakfast) 24 hours a day
Mel's Drive-In
Food: American
3355 Geary Blvd.
(415) 387-2255
www.melsdrive-in.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Vintage 1950s diner open late and modeled after the original Mel's featured in "American Graffiti"
Naan 'N Curry
Food: Indian, Pakistani
336 O'Farrell St.
(415) 346-1443
www.naancurry.com
Price: $8-$15
Napoli Pizza
Food: Pizza
1045 Polk St.
(415) 885-2222
napolipizzasf.com
Price: $10-$20
Orphan Andy's Restaurant
Food: American
3991 17th St.
(415) 864-9795
Price: $10-$15
Papalote II Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
1777 Fulton St.
(415) 776-0106
www.papalote-sf.com
Price: $5-$10
Phat Philly
Food: American
3388 24th St.
(415) 550-7428
www.phat-philly.com
Price: $5-$10
Philz Coffee
Food: Coffee
4023 18th St.
(415) 875-9656
www.philzcoffee.com
Price: $3-$8
Pluto's
Food: Healthy
627 Irving St.
(415) 753-8867
www.plutosfreshfood.com
Price: $8-$15
Pork Store Café
Food: American
1451 Haight St.
(415) 864-6981
www.porkstorecafe.com
Price: $10-$20
Q Restaurant & Wine Bar
Food: American
225 Clement St.
(415) 752-2298
www.qrestaurant.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Classic Southern dishes get a gourmet upgrade, and there's an extensive wine selection, too.
Seniore's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2415 19th Ave.
(415) 661-2222
www.seniorespizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Sparky's 24 Hours Diner
Food: American, pizza
242 Church St.
(415) 626-8666
www.sparkys24hours.com
Price: $10-$20
Star India
Food: Indian
3721 Geary Blvd.
(415) 668-4466
www.starindiarestaurant.com
Price: $8-$15
The Stinking Rose
Food: Italian
325 Columbus Ave.
(415) 781-7673
www.thestinkingrose.com
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Lots of eccentric, garlic-themed decor
Sushi Bistro
Food: Sushi
431 Balboa St.
(415) 933-7100
www.sushibistro.com
Price: $10-$20
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
5929 Geary Blvd.
(415) 387-4747
www.tommystequila.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Especially popular for its margaritas
Tony's Cable Car Restaurant
Food: American
2500 Geary Blvd.
(415) 931-2416
www.tonyscablecar.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: No-frills approach to burgers and fries
Toy Boat Dessert Café
Food: Sweets
401 Clement St.
(415) 751-7505
Price: $10-$15
Velo Rouge Café
Food: Coffee
798 Arguello Blvd.
(415) 752-7799
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 95 responses

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  • 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 96 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 10% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 84% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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