Off-Campus Dining

Nashville, TN
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: tons of restaurants to choose from. incredible scene

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Same as every other university. Nothing special. It gets old rather quickly. One benefit is that many of these places are on the card, so no money out of my own proverbial pocket has to be taken out.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's not NYC or LA, but Nashville has a lot to offer.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 106th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 330th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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There are a large number of good restaurants in close proximity to Vanderbilt. Maybe it has something to do with the zoning of the city, but it seems like Vanderbilt lies in a very highly concentrated restaurant area of Nashville. In every style and price range, you will find something within walking distance or a short cab ride.

The selection certainly exists in the city; it is only a question of the depth. There aren't dozens of excellent places to eat for every genre of food, but excellent places do exist. This means that it is very important to make reservations, or you will find yourself standing in line holding one of those silly pagers.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Café Coco
Best Asian
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
Pancake Pantry
Best Healthy
Bread & Company
Best Pizza
Mellow Mushroom
Best Wings
Whitt's Barbeque
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Restaurant Zola
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bongo Java
  • Boscos
  • Cabana
  • Café123
  • Cheeseburger Charley's
  • Fiesta Azteca's
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Goten
  • Jackson's
  • Jersey Mikes
  • Las Palmas
  • Qdoba
  • Samurai Sushi
  • Sunset Grille
  • T.G.I.Fridays

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Apple Market
2900 W. End Ave.
(615) 327-4187
Harris Teeter
21st Avenue & Blair
(615) 373-0180

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bread & Company
Food: Soups, salads
4105 Hillsboro Rd.
(615) 292-7323
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Tastefully decorated interior
Café Coco
Food: Coffee, late-night dining
210 Louise Ave.
(615) 329-0024
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Beautiful employees-men and women
Chili's Bar & Grill
Food: American, ribs
2322 West End Ave.
(615) 327-1588
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Baby back ribs!
Couva Calypso Café
Food: Caribbean
2424 Elliston Place
(615) 321-3878
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The whole jerk chicken
Food: Dessert and coffee
1812 21st Ave.
(615) 385-7959
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Amazing variety of coffee drinks
Ken's Sushi
Food: Japanese
2007 Division St.
(615) 321-2444
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Sushi and sake bar
The Mad Platter
Food: American
1239 Sixth Ave.
(615) 242-2563
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Private parking
Mediterranean Cuisine
Food: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
400 21st Ave.
(615) 321-8960
Price: $5-$12
Cool Features: Hookah served outside on the balcony
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Calzones, hoagies, pizza, salads, wings
212 21st Ave.
(615) 342-0044
Price: $9-$15
Cool Features: Delicious sourdough pretzel appetizers
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
2525 West End Ave.
(615) 329-8901
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Over 100 menu items available
Pancake Pantry
Food: Breakfast
1796 21st Ave.
(615) 383-9333
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Original location, great flapjacks
Restaurant Zola
Food: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
3001 West End Ave.
(615) 320-7778
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: Mediterranean, island theme
Rotier's Restaurant
Food: American and Southern
2413 Elliston Place
(615) 327-9892
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Grilled cheeseburgers galore!
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Food: Steak
2100 West End Ave.
(615) 320-0163
Price: $15-$35
Cool Features: Classy, full bar
San Antonio Taco Company
Food: Tex-Mex
416 21st Ave.
(615) 327-4322
Price: $4-$10
Cool Features: Enormous front deck, perfect for warm nights (or winter nights when they roll out the space heaters).
Whitt's Barbeque
Food: BBQ
5211 Alabama Ave.
(615) 385-1553
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great picnic packages

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 56 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 67 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 55% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.


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