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Off-Campus Dining


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Off-Campus Dining: Between Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Oakland, there are an amazing number of restaurants to choose from within walking/shuttle distance. Pittsburgh is packed with eateries serving up cuisine from all over the world, and plenty offer cost-effective options for college students.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being a short bus ride to Pitt and a short walk to Walnut street or Forbes Avenue there are tons of options for off campus dining.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety and convenience but high cost.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Forbes ave is not far away and it has tons of places to eat

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Because of the number of universities and colleges, there are plenty of late night options, and if you like delivery, almost everything is on grubhub.


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Chatham is located at the intersection of three neighborhoods—Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Oakland—and, as a result, students looking for off-campus dining are presented with a wealth of options. Many restaurants are very convenient, located within a 15-minute walk from campus, and can be easily accessed by either the Chatham shuttle or PAT bus. The typical price range for most restaurants is between $7 to $15 per entrée, but the number of options available means students can find something to munch on in both lower and higher price ranges. Adventurous eaters, picky eaters, and everyone in between can find something in Pittsburgh.

For students looking for something a little different, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill both offer ethnic cuisines, including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. For students looking for something a little more standard, The Waterfront has several chain restaurants, including TGI Friday's, Rock Bottom, and Red Robin. Anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions is in luck, as well; Squirrel Hill, in particular, has a number of restaurants that offer vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free options. Students looking for appetizers to go with drinks or typical bar food will find themselves at home in Oakland, where many restaurants and bars offer food discounts after 11 p.m. Another plus is that many restaurants will deliver to campus. For students not wanting to leave the comfort of their dorm room, delivers to the surrounding neighborhoods. also offers coupons and discounts for frequent customers. Overall, students agree that with the limited number of dining options on campus, the off-campus choices available make the Chatham experience much more enjoyable, at least around dinnertime.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Eat'n Park
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Razzy Fresh
Best Healthy
Best Late-Night
Eat'n Park
Best Mexican
  • Mad Mex
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
Best Pizza
  • Lucci's Pizza and Pasta
  • Pizza Perfecta
Best Wings
Buffalo Blues
Best Place to Take a Date
Bangkok Balcony
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • The "O" (Original Hot Dog Shop)
  • Aiello's Pizza
  • Bagel Factory
  • Bossa Nova
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana
  • Camille's Sidewalk Café
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Dozen Bake Shop
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Fuel & Fuddle
  • Georgetowne Inn
  • Girasole
  • India Garden
  • Kiva Han
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Lulu's Noodle
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panera Bread
  • Papa Da Vinci
  • Pita Pit
  • Pizza Parma
  • Pizza Sola
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Ritter's Diner
  • Shady Grove
  • Sorrento's Pizza
  • Star of India
  • Subway
  • Sushi Too
  • Taco Bell
  • Taiwan Café
  • Tamari
  • Walnut Grill
  • William Penn Tavern
  • Zaw's Asian Food
Did You Know?
  • Chatham University's Public Safety offers weekly shuttles to local grocery stores (Giant Eagle and Whole Foods). These shuttles run from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • delivers to Chatham University and has a plethora of restaurants from which to choose.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
1901 Murray Ave.
(412) 421-8161
Daily 6 a.m.-1 a.m.
Giant Eagle Market District
5550 Centre Ave.
(412) 681-1500
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
6231 Penn Ave.
(412) 626-3258
Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods
5880 Centre Ave.
(412) 441-7960
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Aladdin's Eatery
Food: Lebanese/American
5878 Forbes Ave.
(412) 421-5100
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Tons of vegetarian options and cheap prices
Bangkok Balcony
Food: Thai
5846 Forbes Ave.
(412) 521-0728
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Elegant atmosphere and interesting menu
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
Food: Bagels, coffee, sandwiches, soup
1719 Murray Ave.
(412) 422-2814
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Wide selection of kettle-boiled bagels, interesting cream cheese choices
Buffalo Blues
Food: American, barbecue, wings
216 S. Highland Ave.
(412) 362-5837
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: Homemade wing and barbeque sauces, flat-screen televisions, 30 beers on tap
Food: Asian, Chinese
2018 Murray Ave.
(412) 421-1920
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Cheap prices and quick food
Coffee Tree Roasters
Food: Baked goods, coffee, tea
5840 Forbes Ave.
(412) 422-4427
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Free wireless access
Crazy Mocha
Food: Coffee, pastries
2100 Murray Ave.
(412) 521-1056
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Free wireless Internet, cool coffee drinks
Eat'n Park
Food: American
1816 Murray Ave.
(412) 422-7203
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours, cheap prices, Smiley cookies
Food: Gluten-free, casein-free baked goods
1923 Murray Ave.
(412) 521-4890
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: Delicious gluten- and dairy-free treats so good, you won't even know they're better for you.
Food: American, desserts
1922 Murray Ave.
(412) 521-8222
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Incredible dessert selection
Joe Mama's
Food: Italian
3716 Forbes Ave.
(412) 621-7282
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Cool atmosphere and great "deluxe" Italian food
Lucci's Pizza and Pasta
Food: Pasta, pizza
1900 Murray Ave.
(412) 422-9660
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Incredible breadsticks and some of the best pizza in Pittsburgh
Mad Mex
Food: Mexican,Tex-Mex
370 Atwood St.
(412) 681-5656
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Great house margaritas
Pamela's Diner
Food: American, breakfast
1711 Murray Ave.
(412) 422-9457

Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Best breakfast in Pittsburgh
Pizza Perfecta
Food: Italian
258 S. Highland Ave.
(412) 661-9991
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Free delivery
Primanti Bros.
Food: Traditional Pittsburgh fare, sandwiches
3803 Forbes Ave.
(412) 621-4444
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The orignial Pittsburgh sandwich with french fries and slaw on it
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Food: Tex-Mex fast food
3712 Forbes Ave.
(412) 802-7866
Price: $5-$10
Razzy Fresh
Food: Frozen yogurt
1717 Murray Ave.
(412) 521-3145
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: New flavors weekly!
Red Robin
Food: Burgers, fries, sandwiches
175 E. Waterfront Drive
(412) 461-2044
Price: $8-$15
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Food: American
171 E. Bridge St.
(412) 462-2739
Price: $10-$20
Food: Coffee, tea
730 Copeland St.
(412) 621-7733
Price: $3-$8
Szechuan Express
Food: Chinese, Taiwanese
125 Oakland Ave.
(412) 687-8000
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Food is usually ready in five minutes or less.
TGI Friday's
Food: American
1027 Fifth Ave.
(412) 471-1736
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 51 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 56 responses

  • 64% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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