Off-Campus Dining

Tampa, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$16,257 ($6,334)
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a variety of options from McDonald's to Olive Garden, basically anything you can think of we have it close!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good places around campus that are only a few minutes drive and quick eats. Need more healthy, vegetarian, options, though! (That are student priced)

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Places around campus offer student discounts but not that many healthy options

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places off campus to eat, they are usually just chains. There isn't much diversity or heathly options.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are plenty of places to eat. there's a complete strip on fowler that has restaurants, shopping markets and fast foods.


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  • 62nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 105th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Restaurants are everywhere in Tampa, with plenty of diverse selections to tickle whatever your fancy may be. Most places are reasonably priced to accommodate the thriving amount of college kids in the area. Tampa has an abundance of close to authentic Cuban food, but you have to hunt for these restaurants.

Whatever your taste buds are hankering for, there is a restaurant to cure that hunger. The Tampa area has such a nice, wide variety of restaurants and cuisine styles to cater to anyone’s needs. All of the major student-friendly fast food chains are only a block or two away from campus. Some of the higher-end restaurants are located a little ways away, but they are worth the commute and the price. A good number of reasonable eating establishments are very close in proximity to campus and students' residences. Many of the local restaurants offer discounts for students who show their ID; sometimes, the eateries have specific days for students, too.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
Crazy Buffet
Best Breakfast
First Watch
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Steak 'n Shake
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
Papa John's
Best Wings
Beef 'O' Brady's
Best Place to Take a Date
Olive Garden
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Olive Garden
Other Places to Check Out
  • Arigato Japanese Steak House
  • Athenos
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • The Burlap Café
  • Byblo's Pitas
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • China Garden
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Estella's
  • Frostings Etc.
  • Hooters
  • International Boba House and Internet Café
  • Jasmine Thai
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
  • Liang's Bistro
  • Loving Hut
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Mr. Empanadas
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panda Express
  • Pei Wei Asian Diner
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
  • Pita Pit
  • Planet Smoothie
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Sake House
  • Smoothie King
  • Subway
  • Sukho Thai Restaurant
  • Tia's Tex Mex
  • Tijuana Flats
  • Tropical Smoothie Café
  • Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
  • Village Inn
  • You Say When
  • Yummy House China Bistro
Did You Know?
The University of South Florida was built on land that used to host hundreds of orange trees. Oranges are one of the largest exports from Florida.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

11502 N. 53rd St., Temple Terrace
(813) 988-1980
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sweetbay Supermarket
2770 Fowler Ave.
(813) 972-4504
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bagels Plus
Food: Bagels
2706 E. Fletcher Ave.
(813) 971-9335
Price: $5-$10
Beef 'O' Brady's
Food: American, desserts
West Holly Drive
(813) 974-8735
Price: $8-$15
Bern's Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse, American
1208 S. Howard Ave.
(813) 251-2421
Price: $30-$45
Cool Features: Family-owned restaurant; menu includes daily specials and 24 kinds of caviar
China Buffet
Food: Chinese, American
1245 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 615-1310
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat buffet with crab legs, oysters, American food, and a dessert bar; students receive 10 percent off with a USF ID.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican fast food
2576 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 971-4360
Price: $3-$8
Ciccio's Lodge
Food: Blends flavors of Asia, Mediterranean, and the Americas
16023 Tampa Palms Blvd.
(813) 975-1222
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Emphasis on dairy-free; herb- and citrus-infused food preparation
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
2774 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 975-0102
Price: $3-$8
Crazy Buffet
Food: Chinese
2702 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
(813) 998-9228
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Asian and sushi buffets; happy hour Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food: American diner
1700 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 971-9441
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Food: Healthy
609 S. Howard Ave.
(813) 258-EVOS
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Vegetarian options
First Watch
Food: Breakfast, brunch
2726 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 975-1718
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: Specialty crepes; receive a pot of coffee when you sit down to eat
Five Star Pizza
Food: Pizza
10926 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace
(813) 899-9700
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delivers until 4 a.m.
Ichiban Japanese Cuisine
Food: Sushi
2786 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 978-8095
Price: $15-$20
Food: American diner, breakfast
11111 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
(813) 962-1102
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Jason's Deli
Food: Salads, sandwiches
2702 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 903-0017
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Discount with USF ID Friday through Monday
Jerk Hut
Food: Jamaican
926 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 977-5777
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken, combo specials
McAlister's Deli
Food: Deli
11402 N. 30th St.
(813) 341-1160
Price: $10
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
2801 E. Busch Blvd.
(813) 933-9194
Price: $10-$20
Panera Bread
Food: Salads, sandwiches
11860 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
(813) 866-9333
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Wide selection of breads
Papa John's Pizza
Food: Pizza
14917 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
(813) 903-0911
Price: $8-$15
Food: Pitas, wraps
5105 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 988-4976
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Make-your-own wrap
Saigon Bay
Food: Vietnamese
2373 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 971-0854
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: $4.95 combo dinners every day
Food: Coffee, tea
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 974-4569
Price: $3-$8
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Fast food
1450 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 971-9700
Price: $5-$10
Taj Indian Cuisine
Food: Indian
2734 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 971-8483
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Buffet-style, with a large vegetarian selection
Tijuana Flats
Food: Mexican
2782 E. Fowler Ave.
(813) 975-0800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Offers homemade tortillas
Westshore Pizza VII
Food: Pizza
2224 E. Fletcher Ave.
(813) 972-3171
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: $6 18-inch pizzas for USF students for pick up only

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 285 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 333 responses

  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 18% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 34% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 47% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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