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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: felipes and the taco truck are the best

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining will become your best friend, especially during your dreaded days at Annenberg. However, you probably should have a steady line of income because eating isn't necessarily the cheapest in Harvard Square. Those late night trips to CVS can start to add up quickly.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of local restaurants with delicious food and cheap prices.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of ethnic restaurants and options for dining.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's great places to go and eat that are open at virtually all hours of the day.

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Though Harvard's on-campus dining can lack the zest that most students find necessary to fill their appetites, the cities of Cambridge and Boston provide a rich, diverse environment to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Students especially praise the college-oriented Pinocchio's Pizza and a number of other local haunts, all within walking distance of most dorms. Undergraduates also enjoy the opportunity to indulge in the fine cuisine of a major cosmopolitan center such as Boston. Specifically, the authentic Italian cuisine found in the North End pleases even the most difficult critics.

The diversity of Harvard's off-campus dining opportunities provides cuisine and price ranges that are certain to satisfy even the most picky appetites and wallets. The off-campus dining more than makes up for the slim pickings on campus. The off-campus dining experience at Harvard will never leave undergraduates without choices, but one too many nights out, and you'll quickly learn just how easy it is to pack on the Freshman 15 and a hefty credit card bill.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
7-Eleven on the corner of JFK and Mt. Auburn
Best Asian
Hong Kong Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Henrietta's Table
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Finale Desserterie & Bakery
Best Healthy
Au Bon Pain
Best Late-Night
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Best Mexican
Border Café
Best Pizza
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Best Place to Take a Date
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Harvest Restaurant
  • Henrietta's Table
Other Places to Check Out
  • Algiers Coffee House
  • Boloco
  • Burger King
  • Chang Sho Restaurant
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • China House
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Crema Café
  • First Printer Restaurant
  • IHOP
  • L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates
  • Legal Sea Foods
  • Ma Magoo's
  • The Maharaja
  • McDonald's
  • Michael's Bar
  • Otto Pizza
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Pizza Hut
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Salts
  • Subway
  • Tory Row
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • Veggie Planet
  • Wings Over Somerville
  • Yenching
  • Za Restaurant
  • Zinneken's
  • Zoe's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

49 White St.
(617) 492-5566
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Au Bon Pain
Food: Sandwiches, baked goods
124 Mount Auburn St.
(617) 492-0734
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Its outdoor seating makes it great for people-watching, and its quick service makes ABP a great between-class stop when you've got no time for lunch.
Border Café
Food: Mexican
32 Church St.
(617) 864-6100
Price: $8–$15
Charlie's Kitchen
Food: American
10 Eliot St.
(617) 492-9646
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Open until 2 a.m. on weekends; enormous selection of beers on tap
Finale Desserterie & Bakery
Food: Baked goods, sweets
30 Dunster St.
(617) 441-9797
Price: $8–$15
Fire + Ice
Food: American
50 Church St.
(617) 547-9007
Price: $10–$20
Cool Features: Cheap Date Night—they'll give you a $4 movie ticket good at any Boston area Loews Theatre when you buy dinner.
Harvest Restaurant
Food: American
44 Brattle St.
(617) 868-2255
Price: $25–$50
Cool Features: Its sophisticated-yet-friendly ambience makes Harvest a great place to take the parents.
Henrietta's Table
Food: American
1 Bennett St.
(617) 661-5005
Price: $15–$25
Cool Features: Amazing Sunday brunch and the best breakfast in Boston—the classic venue for get-to-know-your-roommate meals with the family.
Hong Kong Restaurant
Food: Chinese
1238 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 864-5311
Price: $10–$15
Cool Features: Mostly known as a bar (for its scorpion bowls, a local specialty), Hong Kong still offers decent Chinese.
John Harvard's Brew House
Food: American
33 Dunster St.
(617) 868-3585
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: There are TVs all around the bar area, stained glass of secular celebrities, and half-priced appetizers on Monday nights.
Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers
Food: Burgers
1246 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 354-6559
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Eclectic music and interior design creates a great atmosphere for a good time-and the biggest selection ever of burgers named after pop stars.
Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
74 Winthrop St.
(617) 876-4897
Price: $10–$20
Food: French
8 Holyoke St.
(617) 497-5300
Price: $20–$35
Cool Features: An elegant bar and fancy entrées make this a great place to go before formal and semi-formal events.
Food: Thai
24 Holyoke St.
(617) 868-9560
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Highly-praised authentic Thai food that is reasonably priced
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
1465 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington
(781) 646-9366
Price: $3–$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 52 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 63 responses

  • 67% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 27% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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