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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining options in the nearby towns are often a trek, but worth it. Places like Chipotle are popular destinations among students. There are a number of good restaurants in Bryn Mawr and Ardmore, within walking distance, although a car makes it much easier to go off-campus for food.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is a little bit expensive but there are plenty of diverse options in walking distance including both chain restaurants and unique restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options, most are walking distance. Many off campus restaurants also deliver.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Probably because Bryn Mawr and Villanova are nearby, the delivery restaurants like Golden China, Insomnia Cookies, Tiffin, and Domino's are always available. They know the campus by heart.

While Haverford students also have access to Bryn Mawr dining options (as part of the BiCo dining plan), there are a handful of local restaurants to go to on a friday night to keep things interesting, like Snap Pizza. Favorite chain restaurants like Chipotle and McDonald's are also available.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some places can be expensive.


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Great food can be found on the Main Line if you know where to go, and when most students have the money to escape food in the DC, they come here. A sleazy but fun little bar called Roach and O'Brien's (see the Nightlife section) is the more common scene. They serve good burgers and fills up with Haverford students on Friday and Saturday nights. You have to be careful, though, because there are just as many overpriced restaurants as there are good values. Pretty much anything in the ritzy Wayne community is going to require more money than most college students can afford to spend, but ask any student and they'll tell you that you're sure to find an establishment where the taste and quality of the food are worth every dollar spent.

For those students who are just a few pennies short to dine at the fine end of the restaurant spectrum, there are a bunch of standard national chains (like Applebee's, Chili's, Olive Garden, or Cheesecake Factory) in or around the enormous King of Prussia mall, about 10 miles northwest of the college. Other student favorites are Pizza Palace for good traditional pizza and Llanarch Diner for cheap food and that classic, smoky diner atmosphere. One great tip for those with a car: five miles east of Haverford, in Wayne, is the Great Harvest Bread Company. Their employees will give you free enormous slices of their 40 different breads, just for asking. You might feel a little slimy not buying anything, but they really don't care.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Beijing Inn
  • Mikado
  • Peace A Pizza
  • Pizza Palace
  • Wawa
24-Hour Dining
  • Llanarch Diner
  • Wawa
Best Asian
Beijing Inn
Best Breakfast
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Pizza Palace
Best Wings
Llanarch Diner
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Mikado
  • Thai Pepper
Other Places to Check Out
  • Applebee's
  • Baskin Robbins
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili's
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Great Harvest Bread Company
  • McDonald's
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Samurai
  • Subway
  • Villanova Diner
  • Yangming
Did You Know?
  • Presidential candidate John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) made a 2004 campaign stop in Philadelphia and ordered a cheesesteak made with Swiss cheese. (Philadelphia cheesesteaks are typically made with Cheese Wiz.)
  • At the onset of a new semester, local Chinese takeout restaurants frequently engage in an infamous "menu war" within Haverford's dorms. Certain establishments have been known to steal their competitors' menus out of common rooms when leaving their own in an attempt to corner the takeout market.
  • During finals weeks, Domino's Pizza is generally available until 4 a.m.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1218 E Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
(610) 527-6763
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Faris Food Source
2200 Richmond St., Philadelphia
(215) 427-9383
50 E Wynnewood Rd., Wynnewood
(610) 642-5209
Super Fresh
250 E Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood
(610) 896-7090

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Beijing Inn
Food: Chinese
812 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
(610) 525-7761
Price: $15-$25
Bella Italia
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
12 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
(610) 649-1700
Price: $10-$15
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
5 Franklin Ave., Bryn Mawr
(610) 527-3434
Price: $5-$10
Fellini's Café
Food: Italian
31 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
(610) 642-9009
Price: $10-$20
Gullifty's Pizza Grill & Bar
Food: American
1149 Lancaster Ave., Rosemont Square
(610) 525-1851
Price: $5-$15
Llanarch Diner
Food: American
95 Township Line Rd., Havertown
(610) 789-6057
Price: $3-$10
Cool Features: J
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
12 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
(610) 645-9595
Price: $2-$10
Mikado Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
66 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
(610) 645-5592
Price: $10-$25
Peace A Pizza
Food: Pizza
4 Station Rd., Ardmore
(610) 896-4488
Price: $5-$10
Pepper's Café
Food: American
2528 Haverford Rd., Ardmore
(610) 896-0476
Price: $5-$15
Pizza Palace
Food: Pizza, sandwiches
602 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
(610) 527-2229
Price: $5-$10
Primavera Pizza Kitchen
Food: Italian, pizza
7 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
(610) 642-8000
Price: $5-$15
Food: American
5 Coulter Ave., Ardmore
(610) 896-7829
Price: $5-$10
Food: Salads
282 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood
(610) 642-9250
Price: $5-$10
Thai Pepper
Food: Thai
64 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
(610) 642-5951
Price: $10-$25
Vinny T's
Food: Italian
260 E. Lancaster Ave., Wynnewood
(610) 645-5400
Price: $5-$15
Food: Sandwiches
19 Woodside Rd., Ardmore
(610) 642-9545
Price: $8-$15
Food: Burgers, fries
555 W. Lancaster Ave.,Haverford
(610) 525-4462
Price: $2-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 17 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 18 responses

  • 56% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 39% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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