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Off-Campus Dining

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have only ate out once but the place I went to gave students a discount on their meal which made the meal free. There are tons of other places to eat.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Washington D.C. is home to many different food places and shops, enough to allow variety. It takes some searching, but most of the time it's worth it. If you're lucky you'll find one in walking distance.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Near the school there are some decent places to go eat.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options is okay because I thought there would be some kind of student discount available, but there aren't any that I know of. Hopefully I'm wrong. There are several vegetarian options, though, as well as different ethnic choices.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: DC has a great variety

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There is practically a restaurant, or five, on every block in the District, each one presenting a wide variety of options to choose from. Depending on what neighborhood you are in, you could eat cuisine and experience the culinary culture of 10 different countries, all without leaving a single block! A few good examples of some of these spots would be the U Street neighborhood, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle, among others. When you take into consideration the typical student's budget, the more viable restaurants would be in U Street and Adams Morgan, which not only hold the advantage of being but a few blocks away from the campus, but are also kinder to your wallet, as opposed to the pricier Georgetown restaurants. Also, the closer to the campus a restaurant is, the more likely it is to be open late.

There are many options that are great for eating on the move, but for those times that you want to have a three-course meal at a nice sit-down restaurant, some good places include Buca di Beppo. The bottom line is: You'll have opportunities to try new types of cuisine, but there's an excellent chance that in DC you will be able to find anything you're craving, all within a reasonable range of prices.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Ben's Chili Bowl
  • Five Guys Famous Fries and Burgers
  • Negril
24-Hour Dining
The Diner
Best Asian
  • Big China
  • China Wonder
Best Breakfast
  • The Diner
  • The Original House of Pancakes
Best Coffee
Starbucks
Best Dessert
Georgetown Cupcake
Best Healthy
Subway
Best Late-Night
McDonald's
Best Mexican
  • Alero Restaurant
  • Chipotle
Best Pizza
  • Ledo Pizza
  • Red Rocks
Best Wings
  • Washington Pizza
  • Wings Over
Best Place to Take a Date
Busboys and Poets
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Ben's Chili Bowl
  • Red Rocks
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Chipotle
  • Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  • Glady Knight & Ron's Chicken and Waffles
  • Ledo Pizza
  • McDonald's
  • The Original Pancake House
  • Red Rocks
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Wings Over
Did You Know?
Ben's Chili Bowl is one of the few restaurants that withstood the '69 DC riots and is considered an unofficial DC landmark.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Safeway
1701 Corcoran St. NW
(202) 667-6825
www.safeway.com
Monday–Saturday 7 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wholesale Food Markets
1440 P. St. NW
(202) 332-4200
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Daily 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Alero Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1301 U St. NW, Suite 113
(202) 462-2322
Price: $8–$15
Ben's Chili Bowl
Food: Burgers, bar food
1213 U St. NW
(202) 667-0909
benschilibowl.com/
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Late hours; jukebox
Big China
Food: Asian
2135 Fourth St. NE
(202) 526-6877
bigchinadc.com
Price: $8–$15
Busboys and Poets
Food: American
1025 Fifth St. NW
(202) 789-2227
www.busboysandpoets.com
Price: $10–$20
Café Saint-Ex
Food: Ritzy American
1847 14th St. NW
(202) 265-7839
www.saint-ex.com
Price: $15–$30
China Wonder
Food: Chinese
2301-F Georgia Ave. NW
(202) 265-8136
Price: $5–$15
Cool Features: Broad variety
Coppi's
Food: Italian
1414 U St. NW
(202) 319-7773
www.coppisorganic.com
Price: $15–$25
The Diner
Food: American
2453 18th St. NW
(202) 232-8800
www.dinerdc.com
Price: $2–$6
Dukem
Food: Ethiopian
1116 U St. NW
(202) 667-8735
dukemrestaurant.com
Price: $10–$20
Georgetown Cupcake
Food: Cupcakes
3301 M St. NW
(202) 333-8448
www.georgetowncupcake.com
Price: $5–$10
Negril
Food: Caribbean, Jamaican
2301-G Georgia Ave. NW
(202) 332-3737
www.negrileats.com/
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Caribbean favorites
Rice
Food: Thai
1608 14th St. NW
(202) 234-2400
www.ricerestaurant.com
Price: $20–$35
Sumah's
Food: West African
1727 Seventh St. NW
(202) 462-2516
Price: $15–$25
Tabaq Bistro
Food: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
1336 U St. NW
(202) 265-0965
www.tabaqdc.com
Price: $15–$25
Thaitanic
Food: Thai
1326-A 14th St. NW
(202) 588-1795
www.thaitanic.us
Price: $10–$25
U-Topia
Food: Italian, American bar food, Greek, Mediterranean
1418 U St. NW
(202) 483-7669
Price: $15–$30
Cool Features: Live jazz Tuesday through Saturday
Washington Pizza
Food: American
1355 Randolph St. NW
(202) 541-9800
www.washingtonpizzadc.com
Price: $5–$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 213 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 217 responses

  • 41% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 30% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 18% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 11% An endless repetition of the same few places.

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