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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of varieties of off-campus dining, above all, of mexican food.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Usual fast food restaurants just a few miles away surrounding the campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Honestly we could use more places, that could be closer,everything is a bit far

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I usually dine on campus because I don't drive, but there are several good spots nearby.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of cheap fast food restaurants.


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For being surrounded by cows, Cal Poly Pomona has a lot more to offer as far as off-campus dining goes than first meets the eye. Without a venture on the freeway, a student can look forward to chain places right down Valley Boulevard like Chipotle, In-N-Out, Chick-Fil-A, and El Pollo Loco. In the other direction, down Temple Avenue, there is a wide variety of Asian restaurants that serve anything from boba to pho.

And if you are willing to brave the shadier areas of Pomona, there are great hole-in-the-wall places to check out, like Ginka Bowl on Holt Avenue that has excellent teriyaki bowls at great prices for college students. A late-night favorite is Alberto's, located on Holt Avenue, as well. One of the other CPP-only places right next to school is Cantina Express, which serves great, cheap, Mexican food, and affordable drinks if you’re 21 or older. If you are willing to drive a little farther on the freeway, you can find yourself at Westfield West Covina Mall, which has great places to take your parents to when they come to visit (and is in a much nicer area) like California Pizza Kitchen and BJ’s Brewery. Of course, Pomona is always a 30-minute drive from downtown LA on a normal day, which can open you up to any kind of cuisine that you could possibly be craving, whether it’s a classic sushi restaurant in Little Tokyo, or a French bistro in the business district.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Pick Up Stix
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Best Healthy
  • Old World Delicatessen
  • Robek's
Best Late-Night
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Best Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
Kellogg West
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Chili's
  • Kellogg West
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • Starbucks
Did You Know?
  • Places like Golden Spoon often send coupons to campus to be passed out to students.
  • Clubs and other organizations on campus often have profit shares at close-by restaurants. This means that if a student eats at that restaurant that day and presents a flier, part of their money will get transferred back to that club or organization.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Albertson's Food Center
1235 Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar
(909) 861-6207
Fresh & Easy
21580 Valley Blvd., Pomona
(909) 595-2643
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ralph's Grocery Company
1005 W. Arrow Hwy., San Dimas
(909) 599-9414
Stater Brothers
20677 Amar Rd., Walnut
(909) 598- 6534
Trader Joe's
846 Arrow Hwy., San Dimas
(909) 305-4757
240 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar
(909) 861-4615

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
Food: Mexican
880 N. Diamond Blvd., Diamond Bar
(909) 396-5330
Price: $8-$15
Alberto's Mexican Food
Food: Mexican
1925 W Holt Ave.
(909) 622-6658
BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
Food: American
2917 Eastland Center Dr., West Covina
(626) 858-0054
Price: $8-$15
Cantina Express
Food: Mexican
3530 W. Temple Ave., Pomona
(909) 468-0147
Price: $5-$10
Carino's Italian
Food: Italian
147 N. Barranca St., West Covina
(626) 966-9878
Price: $10-$20
Food: Mexican
2170-A Valley Blvd., Walnut
(909) 595-1502
Price: $6-$10
Cold Stone Creamery
Food: Ice cream
505 Grand Ave., Walnut
(909) 595-1432
Price: $4-$7
D'Antonio's Ristorante
Food: Italian
880 N. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar
(909) 860-3663
Price: $10-$15
Food: American, diner
3012 W. Temple Ave., Pomona
(909) 629-5997
Price: $5-$10
Elephant Bar Restaurant
Food: American, pan-Pacific
4929 S. Plaza Ln., Montclair
(909) 621-3509
Price: $8-$15
Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
Food: Frozen yogurt
21710-B Valley Blvd., Walnut
(909) 869-7206
Price: $3-$5
Graziano's Pizza
Food: Pizza, Italian
2 Village Loop Rd., Pomona
(909) 623-5060
Price: $7-$12
The Hat
Food: Sandwiches
857 N. Central Ave., Upland
(909) 949-4607
Price: $4-$7
Food: American, grill
131 Yale Ave., Claremont
(909) 621- 6712
Price: $8-$15
Food: American
3041 E. Garvey Ave., West Covina
(626) 974- 4668
Price: $8-$15
Food: American, breakfast
903 W. Arrow Hwy., San Dimas
(909) 592-6980
Price: $8-$15
In-N-Out Burger
Food: Fast food, burgers
21620 Valley Blvd., City of Industry
(800) 786-1000
Price: $4-$6
Food: Burgers
139 N. Barranca St., West Covina
(626) 331-6223
Price: $5-$10
Joey's Bar-B-Q
Food: Barbeque
117 W. Second St., Pomona
(909) 865-0699
Price: $10-$25
Kellogg West Banquet Catering
3801 W Temple Ave.
(909) 869-2251
L&L Hawaiian BBQ
Food: Hawaiian, barbecue
21565 Valley Blvd., Walnut
(909) 444-0030
Price: $5-$10
Old World Delicatessen
Food: Sandwiches
2648 E. Workman Ave., West Covina
(626) 967-6307
Price: $5-$10
Pick Up Stix
Food: Chinese
143 N. Barranca St., West Covina
(626) 339- 3383
Price: $7-$10
Food: Smoothies, organic snacks
505 N. Grand Ave. #B, Walnut
(909) 869-7773
Price: $2-$5
Scoreboards American Sports Grill
Food: Sports bar
3220 W. Temple Ave., Pomona
(909) 468-0444
Price: $7-$12
Food: Hibachi grill, sushi
2123 Foothill Blvd., La Verne
(909) 596-9393
Price: $15-$30
T. Phillips Ale House
Food: American, grill
2335 D St., La Verne
(909) 392-8653
Price: $10-$15
T.G.I. Friday's
Food: American, grill
2625 Eastland Center Dr., West Covina
(626) 331-6393
Price: $8-$15
Veggie & Tea House
Food: Vegetarian
641 Arrow Hwy., San Dimas
(909) 592-6323
Price: $5-$10
Warehouse Pizza
Food: Pizza
2340 D St., La Verne
(909) 593- 2714
Price: $5-$10
Whole Enchilada
Food: Mexican
1114 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar
(909) 861- 5288
Price: $8-$15
Xochimilco Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
612 Indian Hill Blvd., Pomona
(909) 626-6910
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 234 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 259 responses

  • 24% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 34% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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