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Off-Campus Dining


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Off-Campus Dining: I love eating in Ithaca because you can always find something you want. It's fantastic. Taste of Thai, Diamonds, Moosewood...YAY.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a huge variety of options and great restaurants.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of diverse options

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Off-Campus Dining: It's great! I like the many Thai restaurants


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Feel like a hamburger? Chinese? Thai? Pizza? Vegetarian? Healthy Mexican? Whatever a person is in the mood for, Ithaca usually will have it covered. With countless options, at times, making a choice can be difficult. For a quick bite, Route 13 offers just about every fast food chain around, and the Commons, Collegetown, and downtown areas offer sandwich shops and delis, cafés, fine dining, bars, and plenty of takeout and delivery. Try Taste of Thai and Stella’s. For all of those dates with that special someone, Ithaca offers many options to make the night perfect. The Boatyard Grill, located next to the lake, offers surf and turf. For IC students, taking the bus (TCAT or Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit) down to the Commons is popular because it is about a 10-minute bus ride and students have their choice of all the local food options. 

Living in the city with so many restaurants per capita definitely has its perks. It’s nice to escape campus food and discover some of the tastes that make Ithaca unique. Grab some friends and head to the Commons or Collegetown, and you’re met with a wealth of dining pleasures. When you’re in the mood for a study break at 2 a.m., don’t hesitate to order a pizza or calzone because most places deliver at least that late. Most restaurants that deliver advertise extensively, too. Many restaurants will put fliers and menus under students' dorm rooms, but one of the most valuable resources for off-campus dining is Students can sign up for free and search all of the local restaurants that participate in this virtual food court. Students can search, order, and pay for their food right on the site and have it delivered to their dorm—talk about awesome!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Manos Diner
Best Asian
Jade Garden
Best Breakfast
  • Collegetown Bagels
  • Ithaca Bakery
Best Coffee
Collegetown Bagels
Best Dessert
Best Healthy
Moosewood Restaurant
Best Late-Night
The Connection
Best Mexican
Viva Taqueria
Best Pizza
Sammy's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Wings Over Ithaca
Best Place to Take a Date
Taste of Thai
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Boatyard Grill
Other Places to Check Out
  • Aladdin's Natural Eatery
  • Ameritalia Pizzeria
  • Apollo Restaurant
  • Applebee's
  • Bandwagon Brew Pub
  • Capital Corner Restaurant
  • Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant
  • College Town Pizza
  • Friendly's
  • Garcia's Mexican Restaurant
  • Gimme! Coffee
  • Hal's Delicatessen & Sandwich
  • Hazelnut Kitchen
  • Insomnia Cookies
  • Ithaca Ale House
  • Ithaca Coffee Company
  • Ithaca Farmer's Market
  • Jack's Grill
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • Joe's Restaurant
  • Koko
  • Miyake Japanese Restaurant
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Starbucks
  • State Diner
  • Subway
  • Sunset Grill
  • Sushi O Sake Japanese Restaurant
  • That Burrito Place
  • Waffle Frolic
  • Wendy's
Did You Know?
Rumor has it that Ithaca features more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country. This is probably an urban legend, but there's definitely some truth behind it.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Tops Friendly Markets
710 S. Meadow St.
(607) 275-8041
Daily 24 hours
500 S. Meadow St.
(607) 277-5800
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

The Antlers Restaurant
Food: American grill
1159 Dryden Rd.
(607) 273-9725
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Nightly steak and seafood specials, "Honky Tonk Blues" nights
The Boatyard Grill
Food: Steak, seafood
525 Taughannock Blvd.
(607) 256-2628
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Waterfront dining, fireplace for the winter, deck for the summer
Collegetown Bagels
Food: Bagels
203 N. Aurora St.
(607) 273-2848
Price: $3-$6
The Connection
Food: American
308-310 Stewart Ave.
(607) 233-4958
Price: $10-$15
D.P. Dough
Food: Calzones
114 W. Green St.
(607) 277-7772
Price: $3-$6
Cool Features: Offers nearly 50 varieties of calzones
Franco's Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
823 Danby Rd.
(607) 277-6666
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: College night on Thursdays
Ithaca Bakery
Food: Soup, sandwiches
400 N. Meadow St.
(607) 273-7110
Price: $3-$8
Jade Garden
Food: Chinese
113 N. Aurora St.
(607) 272-8880
Price: $5-$10
John Thomas Steakhouse
Food: Steak
1152 Darby Rd.
(607) 273-3464
Price: $15-$40
Food: French, Asian
215 E. State St.
(607) 277-2253
Price: $15-$25
Mahogany Grill
Food: American
112-114 N. Aurora St.
(607) 272-1438
Price: $10-$20
Manos Diner
Food: American
357 Elmira Rd.
(607) 273-1173
Price: $10-$20
Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar
Food: Cajun, seafood
635 W. State St.
(607) 272-4136
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Live music, theme dinner nights
Moosewood Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
215 N. Cayuga St.
(607) 273-9610
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Wednesday night student discounts
Napoli Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, subs
335 E. State St.
(607) 272-3232
Price: $2-$10
Purity Ice Cream
Food: Ice cream
700 Cascadilla St.
(607) 272-1545
Price: $3-$5
Rogan's Corner
Food: American
825 Danby Rd.
(607) 277-7191
Price: $10-$20
Sammy's Pizzeria
Food: American
215 E. State St.
(607) 272-2666
Price: $4-$8
Simeon's on the Commons
Food: American
224 E. State St.
(607) 272-2212
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Outdoor café
Souvlaki House
Food: Greek
315 Eddy St.
(607) 273-1650
Price: $5-$10
Stella's Restaurant, Bar, & Café
Food: Gourmet American, coffeeshop
403 College Ave.
(607) 277-1490
Price: $5-$15
Taste of Thai
Food: Thai
216 The Commons
(607) 256-5487
Price: $8-$15
Thai Cuisine
Food: Thai
501 S. Meadow St.
(607) 273-2031
Price: $8-$15
Viva Taqueria
Food: Mexican
101 N. Aurora St.
(607) 277-1752
Price: $5-$15
Wegmans Market Café
Food: Variety buffets
500 S. Meadow St.
(607) 277-5800
Price: $3-$7
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Wings Over Ithaca
Food: Wings
335 Pine Tree Rd.
(607) 256-9464
Price: $6-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 132 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 139 responses

  • 73% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 22% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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