Off-Campus Dining

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a diverse group of places to eat around campus with good food for any type of person

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave next to campus has AMAZING food for cheap. It literally has everything.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I don't spend much time off campus when I need to eat because housing includes a dining account that I need to spend. There are a lot of asian places to eat at.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety on the ave and pretty reasonably priced.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Expensive but a lot of options to choose from. Student discounts are non existent

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 19th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
English/Women's Studies
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It doesn't get much better. The Avenue (University Avenue) is hopping with cuisine from all over the world, with a heavy emphasis on Asian cuisine, but definitely not limited to that. The Avenue has everything from Italian, to Chinese, to Thai, to Greek, and plenty of places cater to (empty) college wallets. There are plenty of late-night and combo deals available, and most of the menus are cheap to begin with. Honestly, a four-star restaurant probably wouldn't do so well on the Avenue. University Village is a little more upscale, but offers plenty of tasty eateries that herd in students. Several adjacent neighborhoods offer even more diverse food options, and downtown has a lot of good places, too. Seattle pleases in the food department. Students rave about the options, the quality, and the prices.

Most students won't experience even a fraction of the potential of Seattle's food culture. Seattle has a large Asian population, and the restaurants definitely reflect that, with a plethora of authentic Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cuisine. There are a lot of good Mexican places, like Chipotle on the Avenue, which is famous for burritos. You could probably go to a different restaurant every night in the Seattle and the surrounding area, and not repeat for a year. It's definitely worthwhile to get acquainted with the colorful palette of Seattle restaurants.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Chipotle
  • Memo's Mexican Restaurant
  • Pita Pit
  • Pizza Ragazzi
  • Thai Tom
  • University Teriyaki
24-Hour Dining
Memo's Mexican Restaurant
Best Asian
China Village
Best Breakfast
Costa's Restaurant
Best Healthy
  • Araya's Place
  • World Wrapps
Best Pizza
  • Pagliacci Pizzeria
  • Pizza Ragazzi
Best Wings
Wing Zone
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Ivar's Salmon House
  • Union Bay Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Aladdin Gyro-cery
  • Cedars Restaurant
  • The College Inn
  • Denny's
  • Fondi Pizzeria
  • Fuji Sushi
  • The Irish Emigrant
  • Jimmy Johns Subs
  • KFC
  • McDonald's
Did You Know?
Every quarter, the Student Survival Kit is available at the University Bookstore. It's full of coupons for students---from discounted pizza and oil changes to free tanning, there are lots of opportunities to save money.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

QFC (Quality Food Centers)
2746 NE 45th St.
(206) 729-3080
Safeway
4732 Brooklyn NE
(206) 522-4565
Shaw's Supermarket
1065 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton
(617) 783-5878

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Agua Verde Café and Paddle Club
Food: Mexican
1303 NE Boat St.
(206) 545-8570
www.aguaverde.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: It's on the water, and you can rent a kayak there.
Araya's Place
Food: Vegetarian and vegan
1121 NE 45th St.
(206) 524-4332
arayasplace.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private rooms and gift certificates.
Atlas Foods
Food: American
2675 NE Village Lane
(206) 522-6025
www.chowfoods.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private rooms and gift certificates.
Bella Rosa Bistro
Food: Italian
3410 NE 55th St.
(206) 527-3400
www.chowfoods.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Two candlelit dining rooms are bedecked with mismatched chairs and tableware, and an ungodly number of tchotchkes. Perched at the small bar, one might drink a Moretti and watch TV.
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Food: Pizza and pub
4133 University Way NE
(206) 545-4509
www.bigtimebrewery.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: 21-and-over.
Boat Street Café
Food: French
909 NE Boat St.
(206) 632-4602
www.boatstreetcafe.com
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Outdoor dining.
A Burger Place
Food: Burgers
4234 University Way NE
(206) 547-5096
www.cafeallegromusic.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Select exactly what's on your burger with a check-list. Different kinds of fries.
Café Allegro
Food: Coffee and desert
1408 NE 42nd St.
(206) 633-3030
www.cafeallegromusic.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Casual dining in a casual atmosphere.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
700 Pike St.
(206) 652-5400
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Over 200 menu items available!
China First
Food: Chinese
4237 University Way
(206) 547-4501
www.chinafirstseattle.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great view.
China Village
Food: Chinese
3224 NE 45th Place
(206) 523-0772
www.delfinospizzeria.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Quick delivery.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
4229 University Way NE
(206) 547-4644
www.chipotle.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Good, cheap burritos and tacos. Free drink with ID card.
Costa's Restaurant
Food: Greek
4559 University Way NE
(206) 633-2751
www.chinafirstseattle.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Authentic Greek food.
Delfino's Pizzeria
Food: Italian Pizza
2631 NE University Village
(206) 522-3466
www.delfinospizzeria.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Quick delivery.
Flowers Bar and Restaurant
Food: Mediterranean and vegetarian
4247 University Way
(206) 633-1903
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great view.
Good Morning Healing Earth
Food: Vegetarian
901 NE 55th St.
(206) 523-8025
www.ivars.net
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Outdoor dining.
Ivar's Salmon House
Food: Seafood, Northwest
401 NE Northlake Way
(206) 632-0767
www.ivars.net
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Great view of Lake Union, good happy hour specials.
Kidd Valley Burgers & Shakes
Food: Burgers
5502 25th Ave. NE
(206) 522-0890
memosmexicanfood.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Quick food and great shakes.
Memo's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
4743 University Way NE
(206) 729-5071
memosmexicanfood.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours!
Mom's
Food: American
4570 University Village Plaza
(206) 522-7324
memosmexicanfood.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Solo dining, kid-friendly, gift certificates.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Food: Italian
2801 Elliott Ave.
(206) 441-7724
www.osf.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Cheap Italian food that's a step above the Olive Garden.
Pagliacci Pizza
Food: Italian Pizza
4529 University Way NE
(206) 726-1717
www.pagliacci.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
Pallino Pastaria
Food: Italian
2626 NE 46th St.
(206) 522-8617
www.pallino.com
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great pasta dishes and gelato for dessert.
Pasta & Co.
Food: Mediterranean
2640 NE University Village
(206) 523-8594
www.pastaco.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Takeout only.
Pho Thy Thy
Food: Vietnamese
4129 University Way NE
(206) 632-4909
www.zao.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Quick seating and service. Free dessert.
Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches
4515 University Way NE
(206) 547-7482
www.pitapitusa.com
Price: $5-$10
Pizza Ragazzi
Food: Pizza
5201 University Way NE
(206) 525-1700
www.pizzaragazzi.com
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, good for large groups, gift certificates, delivery, romantic seating at night by the fireplace.
The Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery
Food: American, burgers, sandwiches, salads
2650 University Village
(206) 525-3565
www.theram.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, spacious and ideal for large groups. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-Close, Monday-Friday. Check out Trivia Night on Mondays.
Shultzy's Sausage
Food: American German, Cajun/Creole
4114 University Way NE
(206) 548-9461
www.shultzys.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Try the Philly cheesesteak or french fries. Comfortable booths and big-screen TVs to watch Husky games.
Taste of India
Food: Indian
5517 Roosevelt Way NE
(206) 528-1575
www.tasteofindiaseattle.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private rooms, gift certificates.
Thai Tom
Food: Thai
4543 University Way NE
(206) 548-9548
www.tasteofindiaseattle.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Food is not too spicy.
Tokyo Garden Teriyaki
Food: Japanese
4337 University Way NE
(206) 632-2014
www.shultzys.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sushi and teriyaki in one place. Generous portions.
The Ugly Mug Café
Food: Northwest
1309 NE 43rd St.
(206) 547-3219
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sushi and teriyaki in one place. Generous portions.
Union Bay Café
Food: Northwest
3515 NE 45th St.
(206) 527-8364
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Romantic, outdoor dining.
University Teriyaki
Food: Asian
4108 University Way NE
(206) 632-5688
www.tasteofindiaseattle.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sushi and teriyaki in one place. Generous portions.
Varlamos Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
3617 NE 45th St., Seattle
(206) 522-8515
www.varlamospizza.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Good for large groups.
Wing Zone
Food: American, BBQ, burgers, pub
5042 Roosevelt Way NE
(206) 523-5252
www.wingzone.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
World Wrapps
Food: Wraps
2650 NE Village Lane
(206) 522-7873
www.worldwrapps.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
Yunnie Bubble Tea
Food: Bubble tea (tea with tapioca balls)
4511 University Way NE
(206) 547-9648
www.worldwrapps.com
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Good for large groups.
Zao Noodle Bar
Food: Pan-Asian
2630 NE University Village
(206) 529-8278
www.zao.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, good for large groups, gift certificates, delivery, romantic seating at night by the fireplace.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 181 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 197 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 21% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 76% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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