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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Marquette is in the hub of Milwaukee so within a short walk or bus ride, everything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I personally go to Jimmy John's any chance I get, I love the "Big John" even though I know it is not good for me. I do not go to McDonald's or Taco Bell at all just because I think they are really unhealthy.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Milwaukee is an awesome city to be a college student. If you have a bus pass you can get anywhere, and there are so many different options to go out and explore new cuisine just off-campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is no student discount as I remember, but there is a plenty of choices in terms of where and what to eat.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining experiences that I have had were quite reasonable. Since I am in the city prices can get pretty high if you are not careful. I usually enjoy going for Asian food with some friends and it is convenient, cost friendly, and there is plenty of variety for everyone to enjoy.


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All Marquette students get a bus pass—U-Pass—that allows them to ride the Milwaukee Country Transit bus as much as they want for free, so if you have the money and don't mind a little bus ride, eating off campus can be a fun adventure even if you don’t have a car. Living in the city offers an endless amount of restaurants to choose from, and since there are a wide variety of ethnicities represented in Milwaukee, there are a lot of different ethnic cuisines here, as well.

Closer to campus, you will find the typical college restaurants. There is a Jimmy John’s, Marquette Gyros, Papa John’s, Qdoba, Real Chili, The Dogg Haus, Subway, and Cousins Subs all a short walk from the dorms. There are also a few diners that are reasonably priced and offer good food, as well as Chinese restaurants that deliver to the dorms. All of the menus can be found at the front desk of each dorm. Students probably won't like the food in the dining hall, but there is definitely something for everyone when it comes to off-campus dining.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • China Garden
  • La Fuente
  • La Perla
  • Louise's Italian Café
  • Marquette Gyros
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works
  • Real Chili
  • Rock Bottom Brewery
24-Hour Dining
Michael's Family Restaurant
Best Asian
  • China Garden
  • China Gourmet
Best Breakfast
Michael's Family Restaurant
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
Cold Stone Creamery
Best Healthy
Beans & Barley
Best Late-Night
  • The Dogg Haus
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Best Mexican
  • La Perla Restaurant
  • Qdoba
Best Pizza
Angelo's Pizza
Best Wings
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Major Goolsby's Pub & Grill
  • Rock Bottom Brewery
Best Place to Take a Date
Twisted Fork
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Buck Bradley's Saloon & Eatery
  • Mo's Irish Pub
  • Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Saz's
  • Water Street Brewery
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
  • Benihana
  • Brew City Bar-B-Q
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Eagan's
  • Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
  • The Knick
  • La Fuente
  • Louise's Italian Café
  • Marquette Gyro
  • Milwaukee Ale House
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Qdoba
  • Sobelman's Pub and Grill
  • Vecchio Bar & Grille
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Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Beans & Barley Market
1901 E. North Ave.
(414) 278-7878
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Pick'n Save
605 E. Lyon St.
(414) 272-6677
Daily 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

African Hut Restaurant
Food: African
1107 N. Old World Third St.
(414) 765-1110
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Authentic food from Nigeria and West, East, and South Africa.
Food: Coffee
2211 N. Prospect Ave.
(414) 273-3753
Price: $3-$6
Angelo's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1601 W. Wells St.
(414) 933-4200
Price: $8-$15
Apollo Café
Food: Greek
1310 E. Brady St.
(414) 272-2233
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Outdoor seating.
Beans & Barley
Food: American, vegetarian
1901 E. North Ave.
(414) 278-7878
Price: $3-$8
The Broken Yolk
Food: Breakfast
2040 W. Wisconsin Ave.
(414) 935-1111
Price: $5-$10
Buck Bradley's Saloon & Eatery
Food: American
1019 N. Old World Third St.
(414) 224-8500
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Longest bar in Wisconsin!
Butch's Old Casino Steak House
Food: American
555 N. James Lovell St.
(414) 271-8111
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Bi-level dining room and antique slot machines.
China Garden
Food: Chinese
1400 W. Wells St.
(414) 934-8533
Price: $5-$10
China Gourmet
Food: Chinese
117 E. Wells St.
(414) 272-1688
Price: $5-$20
Cool Features: Daily lunch buffet.
Food: Cuban
728 N. Milwaukee St.
(414) 225-1760
Price: $7-$15
The Dogg Haus
Food: Hot dogs
1433 E. Brady St.
(414) 727-1224
Price: $2-$5
Historic Turner Restaurant
Food: American, German, fish fry
1034 N. 4th St.
(414) 276-4844
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: This historic 1883 landmark is Milwaukee's most famous Friday fish fry.
La Perla Restaurant
Food: Mexican
734 S. 5th St.
(414) 645-9888
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: World's largest tequila selection and 300 hot sauces.
Mader's German Restaurant
Food: German
1041 N. Old World Third St.
(414) 271-3377
Price: $10-$35
Cool Features: Interior resembles a medieval castle.
Major Goolsby's Pub & Grill
Food: American
340 W. Kilbourn Ave.
(414) 271-3414
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Voted best sports bar.
Michael's Family Restaurant
Food: American, sandwiches
2220 W. Wisconsin Ave.
(414) 344-7333
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Students can use their MarquetteCard here.
Food: American, steakhouse
710 N. Plankinton Ave.
(414) 272-0720
Price: $10-$50
Cool Features: Famous for its tableside meat tray presentation.
Mo's Irish Pub
Food: Irish
142 W. Wisconsin Ave.
(414) 272-0721
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Gaelic dialect from some staff members.
Real Chili
Food: Chili
1625 W. Wells St.
(414) 342-6955
Price: $2-$5
Rock Bottom Brewery
Food: American, brewpub
740 N. Plankinton Ave.
(414) 276-3030
Price: $10-$20
Safe House
Food: American
799 N. Front St.
(414) 271-2007
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Known for its "James Bond" espionage décor and secret password entry (Hint: Enter through International Exports Ltd. office).
Food: Barbecue
5539 W. State St.
(414) 453-2410
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Award-winning BBQ ribs with original barbecue sauce.
Twisted Fork
Food: American
2238 N Farwell
(414) 431-1080
Price: $15-$25
Water Street Brewery
Food: American, brewpub
1101 N. Water St.
(414) 272-1195
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Award-winning handcrafted house beers.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 130 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 136 responses

  • 36% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 10% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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