Off-Campus Dining

Salt Lake City, UT
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love going to eat food with my girlfriend. There are a ton of great options, and if you know what to get on the menu, you can get your money's worth! Some very nice places include The Copper Onion, The Paris, and a great sushi place called Shogun Sushi, which has a phenomenal Happy Hour special late at night. There is also the nearby City Creek Mall, which has a great food court, and there are some fast food places available to appease your palate.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have the Pi Pizza right off of presidents circle, but there are also a lot of good places in Downtown SLC, which is only 5 minutes away from the dorms.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are hundreds of local eateries right off campus that is perfect for students, including local hangouts like the Pie Pizzeria. Many times during class breaks I will find other students grabbing a bite at these places around campus, and it's great to see that involvement in the local businesses.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Salt Lake City is right next to the campus, so there are plenty of restaurants with a variety of different foods. The one downside is they are mostly on the more expensive side (at least for the majority of college students).

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options for off-campus dining as one heads towards the city.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 187th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 521st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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There are quite a few different choices for off-campus dining. The great thing about Salt Lake City is that it really isn't that big, but it still has the big-city dining options. There are restaurants throughout the city, some within just a few minutes from campus by car or foot. Others require a quick hop on TRAX to the downtown area. Downtown basically has any type of restaurant that anyone could desire.    

Some of the more well-known restaurants located near the University are the Pie Pizzeria, B&D Burgers, Indochine Vietnamese Bistro, Market Street Grill (seafood), and the Point (which also serves pizza, muffins, pre-made food). However, with the robust size of campus, it isn't really practical to drive to a local restaurant and drive back. First off, you will never find a parking spot once you give yours up, and secondly, it would just take too much time to get into your car and drive to the restaurant and back. Most students either eat the food on campus by going to the Union building's cafeteria or they bring their own meals. It must be known that the food on campus is not cheap!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Dee's Restaurant
  • IHOP
  • Village Inn
Best Asian
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
The Other Place
Best Coffee
Coffee Connection
Best Dessert
Tin Angel Café
Best Healthy
Bangkok Classic Thai
Best Late-Night
Best Mexican
Bajio Sugar House
Best Pizza
The Pie Pizzeria
Best Wings
Trolley Wing Company
Best Place to Take a Date
The Roof (on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building)
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Point at the Huntsman Cancer Center (for the view)
  • Rodizio Grill (only if they're paying)
  • Tin Angel Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Arby's
  • Bajio Sugar House
  • Café Rio
  • Café Shambala
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant
  • Greek Souvlaki
  • Hires Big H
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panda Express
  • Red Butte Café
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Rumbi Island Grill
  • Ruth's Diner
  • Soup Kitchen Restaurant
  • Stoneground Restaurant
  • Subway
  • T.G.I. Friday's
  • Taco Bell
  • Training Table Restaurant
  • Tucci's Cucina Italiana
  • Wendy's
  • Wingers Diner
Did You Know?
The ASUU Hook Up card is chock full of discounts at restaurants near campus and around town.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Smith's Food and Drug Center
876 E. 800 S.
(801) 355-2801
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

B & D Burgers
Food: American
222 S. 1300 E.
(801) 582-7200
Price: $1-$5
Cool Features: On Tuesdays, burgers are just a buck.
Bangkok Classic Thai
Food: Thai
850 S. State St.
(801) 519-THAI
Price: $15-$20
Food: Mexican
859 E. 900 S.
(801) 524-0853
Price: $5-$10
Big Ed's
Food: American
210 S. University St.
(801) 582-9045
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The Gawd Awful (two eggs over hash browns topped with chili and cheese)
Coffee Connection
Food: Coffee
1588 S. State St.
(801) 467-4937
Market Street Grill
Food: Seafood, steak house
48 W. Market St.
(801) 322-4668
Price: $15-$40
Cool Features: Valet parking
Oasis Café
Food: Health food, vegetarian
151 S. 500 E.
(801) 322-0404
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: It has fireplaces!
The Other Place
Food: American, Greek
469 E. 300 S.
(801) 521-6567
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: "The Pile" is the best thing for breakfast.
The Pie Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
1320 E. 200 S.
(801) 582-0193
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The definitive U hangout spot. It's got a hipper-than-thou college feel with the occasional live music performance and really big pizzas.
The Point
Food: American, seafood
2000 Circle of Hope Dr.
(801) 585-0616
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Housed on the top floor of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Point offers a spectacular view of the valley.
Rodizio Grill
Food: Brazilian
469 Trolley Square
(801) 220-0500
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: They have these big "all-you-can-eat" meat extravaganzas where they bring swords of meat by and cut them off for you.
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican, grill, fresh
358 S. 700 E.
(801) 363-0563
Price: $5-$10
Sage's Café
Food: Healthy
473 E. Broadway
(801) 322-3790
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Menu is entirely vegan or vegetarian.
Tin Angel Café
Food: Café
365 W. 400 S.
(801) 328-4155
Trolley Wing Company
Food: Wings
500 Trolley Square
(801) 538-0745
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Includes a bar
Village Inn
Food: American
910 E. 400 S.
(801) 355-3753
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Village Inn is open all hours, so it's a great place to gather with your chums after a late-night study session.
Yanni's Greek Express
Food: Greek
2761 Highland Dr.
(801) 466-6525
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Best lemon rice in the West
Food: Soup and Salad
613 E. 400 S.
(801) 746-0138
Price: Relatively expensive

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 144 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 169 responses

  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 9% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 41% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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