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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is easily accessible, but there is not a lot of variety and most options are too expensive for what they are.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Washington DC is an amazing city with many options.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: American is in a big city (DC) so there's lots of great food options. There's big restaurant chains but also ones that are unique to the area.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cava, Chipotle, and Nando's are favorites. A few take Eagle Bucks - check the website. If you get bored of Tenley food, you're so close to the entire city that you can pretty much go anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I am in love with the city, and DC/Maryland has so, so many different food options. While some can be extremely pricey, there are a lot of good (and affordable) finds wherever you may go.


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No matter what type of cuisine you are craving, D.C. is the perfect place to satisfy your taste buds. It seems that every country in the world not only has an embassy in D.C., but also a restaurant. The more adventurous your tastes run, the more fun you’ll have exploring cuisine in the city. There is every type of food imaginable, and restaurants range from fine dining experiences to fast food. 

Fortunately, for students with thin wallets, there are cheap diners and eateries that surround campus. In nearby Tenleytown alone, there are restaurant spots that serve Mexican, French, Japanese, Thai, and classic American food. Students stress the importance of going beyond the comforts of fast food and late-night pizza and experiencing the endless international flavors the city offers.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Mayflower Chinese
  • Osman & Joe's Steak `n Egg Kitchen
  • Wingo's
Best Asian
  • Mayflower Chinese
  • Satay Club
  • Spring Garden Restaurant
Best Breakfast
  • IHOP
  • Osman & Joe's Steak `n Egg Kitchen
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
The Cheesecake Factory
Best Healthy
  • Afterwords Café
  • Equinox Restaurant
  • Robeks Fruit Smoothies
  • Whole Foods Market
Best Late-Night
Osman & Joe's Steak `n Egg Kitchen
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
  • Angelico Pizzeria
  • Manny & Olga's Pizza
  • Pizza Movers
Best Wings
  • Pizza Movers
  • Wingo's
Best Place to Take a Date
Angelico Pizzeria
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Neisha Thai Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • 2Amys Pizza
  • Cactus Cantina
  • Café Olé
  • The Capital Grille
  • Chef Geoff's
  • Chipotle
  • Crepeaway
  • Davenport Coffee
  • DC Noodles
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Hawk 'n' Dove
  • Hello Cupcake
  • Heritage India
  • Jaleo
  • Julia's Empanadas
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Mandu
  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood
  • McDonald's
  • Murasaki Restaurant
  • Old Ebbitt Grill
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Pizza Boli's
  • Potomac Pizza
  • Ravi Kabob House
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Subway
  • Sweetgreen
  • Thai Chef
  • Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Café
  • Wagshal's Delicatessen
Did You Know?
Many restaurants close to campus accept "Eaglebucks," money which is included in most meal plans.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Food
5400 Westbard Ave., Bethesda, MD
(301) 652-1484
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 333-3223
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
10741 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD
(301) 681-1675
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
1440 P St. NW
(202) 332-4300
Daily 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Afterwords Café
Food: Salads, sandwiches
1517 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 387-1400
Price: $4-$15
Cool Features: Attached to Kramerbooks, a popular independent bookstore in Dupont Circle. Open late!
American City Diner
Food: Typical diner food
5532 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 244-1949
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Retro `50s atmosphere, special dining room where old movies are screened on an 8-by-8 screen.
Angelico Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, salads, sandwiches
4529 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 243-3030
Price: $3-$10
Armand's Pizza
Food: Chicago-style pizza
4231 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 363-5500
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast delivery
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
1825 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 232-8466
Price: $10-$20
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
5345 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 364-0500
Price: $10-$25
Equinox Restaurant
Food: Fine dining
818 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 331-8118
Price: $25-$50
Food: Mexican
4515 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 686-3588
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Known for their margaritas and fajitas.
Food: Breakfast
3100 14th St. NW
(202) 939-0500
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Lebanese Taverna
Food: Lebanese/Middle Eastern
2641 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 265-8681
Price: $12-$25
Cool Features: In fashionable Woodley Park
Manny & Olga's Pizza
Food: Gyros, pizza, salads, subs, wings
1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 333-0088
Price: $6-$13
Mayflower Chinese
Food: Chinese
3066 Mt. Pleasant St. NW
(202) 299-9502
Price: $5-$10
Neisha Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai cuisine
4445 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 966-7088
Price: $6-$15
Old Ebbitt Grill
Food: American
675 15th St. NW
(202) 347-4800
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Best burgers in town
Osman & Joe's Steak `n Egg Kitchen
Food: Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salads
4700 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 686-1201
Price: $6-$20
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Pizza Movers
Food: Calzones, pizza
1618 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 333-9199
Price: $6-$20
Cool Features: You can order online.
Robeks Fruit Smoothies
Food: Salads, smoothies
4523 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 244-1784
Price: $5-$10
Satay Club
Food: Asian, sushi
4654 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 363-8888
Price: $7-$20
Spring Garden Restaurant
Food: Chinese
4916 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 363-1698
Price: $5-$10
Food: Coffee
3301 New Mexico Ave. NW
(202) 363-5100
Price: $3-$8
Tastee Diner
Food: American
7731 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda
(301) 652-3970
Price: $8-$12
Cool Features: Breakfast served 24 hours a day.
Tono Sushi
Food: Japanese
2605 Connecticut Ave. NW
(202) 332-7300
Price: $12-$25
Cool Features: "Americanized" menu options. Lunch specials daily.
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches, wings
3207 O St. NW
(202) 338-2478
Price: $4-$10
Z Burger
Food: Burgers
4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW
(202) 966-1999
Price: $3-$7
Cool Features: Shakes and malts that feature 75 flavors.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 163 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 183 responses

  • 64% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 27% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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