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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off- campus dining is a must if you want to survive. Because of how the meal plans work you might eat your dinner at 5 PM and most people stay up late doing homework and studying. Almost everything closes at 10 PM which is horrible and the only things that stay open past that are fast food chains such as McDonalds. If you go down Moorpark on both sides for a few miles there are restaurants lined up and it is pretty easy to find something to eat. There are not many student discounts besides places like Panda Express and Starbucks so cost is pretty high. Grocery store and whole food stores are also available if you are looking to make your own dinner and something healthier.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options to try in thousand oaks.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Late night deliveries are the best! We have tons of options for food, I never get bored!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many fast food restaurants that are common to every area that can be found relatively close to campus. Additionally there are many affordable sushi, pizza, and burger restaurants near campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are an excellent variety of restaurants off campus that all serve great food. There are tons of options.


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When cafeteria food and convenience store snacks get boring and aren’t enough to curb that desire for fresh strawberry and crushed Oreo-topped frozen yogurt, ditch campus and treat yourself at one of Thousand Oaks’ many restaurants. Students can enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast of eggs, sizzling bacon, and a free crepe with parents for Sunday brunch at Eggs ‘n Things or take a quick trip to Noah’s Bagels for a "PB&J" bagel before that 10 a.m. class. These two eateries, along with other breakfast joints within the valley, offer a variety of inexpensive breakfast options. Have time between organic chemistry and ancient political thought? Great, because hot lunch spots like Panera Bread and Five Guys will keep your stomach full until dinner. Catch up with a friend over Panera’s French onion bread bowl soup or Five Guys’ bacon cheeseburger with Cajun-style fries.

And for those special occasions, like celebrating a friend’s birthday or for a night out with a large group, restaurants like Buca di Beppo and Bada Sushi serve huge, family-style portions. Macaroni Grill in Westlake Village, Elephant Bar Restaurant in Simi Valley, and Wood Ranch American Restaurant in Moorpark are just short drives away from campus and set the perfect scene for groups of friends to hang out, relax, and enjoy delicious food. But it doesn’t end there—dessert is waiting to cap off the night, of course. Frozen yogurt shops are scattered throughout the valley and provide endless choices of swapping and topping. Menchie’s, Golden Spoon, and Lotus are just some of the many frozen yogurt shops offering a plethora of flavors, like piña colada tart, Belgian chocolate, and Irish mint, and an array of toppings, like graham cracker crumbs, coconut flakes, and mini caramel cups.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Denny's
  • Jack in the Box
Best Asian
  • Bada Sushi
  • Minato Sushi
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • Eggs 'n Things
  • Harold's Restaurant
Best Coffee
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Starbucks
Best Dessert
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Lotus Yogurt Bar
  • Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Best Healthy
  • Trader Joe's
  • Whole Foods Market
Best Late-Night
  • Denny's
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • McDonald's
Best Mexican
  • 3 Amigos
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Mariscos Cancun
Best Pizza
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Draughts Restaurant & Bar
  • Toppers Pizza Place
Best Wings
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Draughts Restaurant & Bar
  • Lazy Dog Café
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Bada Sushi
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Buca di Beppo
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Bandits' Grill & Bar
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Lazy Dog Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cho Cho San Restaurant
  • Exotic Thai Café
  • Fit 2B Thai
  • Golden Spoon
  • Imperial Garden
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Noah's Bagels
  • Panda Express
  • Panera Bread
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Sprouts Farmers' Market
  • Sunset Terrace Restaurant
  • Taco Bell
  • Wood Ranch American Restaurant
Did You Know?
CLU students receive a free regular-size drink at Baja Fresh, on Moorpark Road, if they present their CLU ID.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Albertson's Grocery
1736 E. Avenida De Los Arboles
(805) 493-1551
Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
Ralph's Grocery
1500 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 379-3100
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Trader Joe's
451 Avenida De Los Arboles
(805) 492-7107
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
2048 Avenida De Los Arboles
(805) 492-2497
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
740 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 777-4730
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

3 Amigos Restaurant
Food: Mexican
365 E. Avenida de los Arboles
(805) 493-1033
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Outside patio
Bada Sushi
Food: Sushi
105 Brazil St.
(805) 557-0527
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Great variety and good portions
Bandits' Grill & Bar
Food: Barbecue
589 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 497-7427
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Friendly service and comfortable atmosphere
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Food: American
3955 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village
(805) 497-9393
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: $5.95 for lunch specials
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
205 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 449-3688
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Large portions
Carl's Jr.
Food: Fast food
1384 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 495-7779
Price: $3-$8
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
442 W. Hillcrest Drive
(805) 371-9705
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Large portions
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Fast food, Mexican
935 Broadbeck Drive
(805) 499-3561
Price: $3-$8
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Food: Coffee, tea
1772 E. Avenida de Los Arboles
(805) 241-2499
Price: $3-$8
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
215 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 557-0600
Price: $3-$8
Food: American
50 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
(805) 379-0045
Price: $8-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2220 N. Moorpark Drive
(805) 497-7911
Price: $8-$15
Draughts Restaurant & Bar
Food: Italian, pizza
398 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 777-7883
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Happy hour specials
Eggs 'n Things
Food: American, breakfast
1542 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 497-1711
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Family atmosphere
Elephant Bar & Restaurant
Food: Continental
1825 Madera Road, Simi Valley
(805) 584-9119
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Different cuisines
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Food: American, burgers
487 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 496-0173
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Free peanuts
The Habit Burger Grill
Food: American, burgers
11 E. Hillcrest Drive
(805) 494-1124
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Large variety of burger options
Harold's Restaurant
Food: American, breakfast
2440 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
(805) 230-3147
Price: $5-$10
In-N-Out Burger
Food: Fast food
1550 Newbury Road, Newbury Park
(800) 786-1000
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: "Secret" menu items
Islands Restaurant
Food: American
935 Broadbeck Drive
(805) 498-7481
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Happy hour and fun atmosphere
Jack in the Box
Food: Fast food
484 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 495-7874
Price: $3-$8
Lazy Dog Café
Food: American
172 W. Hillcrest Drive
(805) 449-5206
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Large portions and happy hour
Lotus Yogurt Bar
Food: Frozen yogurt
540 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 496-5826
Price: $3-$8
Mariscos Cancun
Food: Mexican
1074 E. Avenida de Los Arboles
(805) 241-3767
Price: $8-$15
Food: Fast food
1730 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 777-9162
Price: $3-$8
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Food: Frozen yogurt
168 W. Hillcrest Drive
(805) 557-0700
Price: $3-$8
Minato Sushi
Food: Japanese, sushi
1688 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 557-0758
Price: $10-$25
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
2250 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
(805) 277-5915
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Large, family-style portions
Peet's Coffee & Tea
Food: Coffee, tea
595 Moorpark Road
(805) 497-8366
Price: $3-$8
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Food: Italian
4000 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
(805) 370-1133
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Large portions and singing waiters
Food: Coffee, tea
2660 San Miguel Circle
(805) 492-5061
Price: $3-$8
Toppers Pizza Place
Food: Pizza
1416 N. Moorpark Road
(805) 495-4444
Price: $10-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 74 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 75 responses

  • 24% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 52% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 20% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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