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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of variety around campus. If you like chains, there's a bunch of those, but there's also a ton of local spots that are actually really good. You'll find whatever you're looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Raising Cane's is the place to try

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A bunch of chain restaurants located on high street however a quick trip to the short north will open you up to a variety of unique dinning places

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating at different places on high street. One of my personal favorite places in late night slice.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I've always been a fan of chains so I really couldn't complain


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The verdict is overwhelmingly positive when it comes to dining in Columbus. There is such a wide selection of different types of food that it actually becomes very difficult to find something everyone can agree on (the exact opposite of the problem you'll run into while eating on campus). No matter what type of food you're looking for, you'll find it here. Prices don't seem to be a big issue for students, and everything is rather manageable, even for the cost-minded. Many restaurants also accept money from your Buck-ID card, making off-campus dining an even more attractive option.

There are so many places to choose from that just deciding where to get pizza can become an ordeal. Remember that many places around campus also deliver; tip the drivers well, though, because driving around campus is rough. A growing number of ethnic restaurants have sprung up throughout the city. Conveniently enough, most can be found along High Street, so you don't have to walk far. Most restaurants are open very late, but be sure to call ahead before you make the trip. The eateries around Columbus more than make up for the lack of dining options at OSU; eating out too much can get expensive, however, not to mention fattening-you'll probably want to make use of those athletic facilities after a few nights on the town. Try as many restaurants as you can, and by the end of your first semester, you'll already have a handful of favorites.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Buckeye Donuts
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Buffalo Wings and Rings
  • Chipotle
  • Late Night Egg's
  • Raising Cane's
24-Hour Dining
Buckeye Donuts
Best Asian
Amazing Wok Chinese
Best Breakfast
  • Late Night Eggs
  • Waffle House
Best Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Buca di Beppo

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Giant Eagle
2801 N High St.
(614) 268-0976
1350 N High St.
(614) 294-2545

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Adriatico's New York Style
Food: Pizza
265 W. 11th Ave.
(614) 421-2300
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Closest to NY style pizza in Ohio.
Amazing Wok
Food: Chinese
1983 Henderson Rd.
(614) 451-1688
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: They have great daily lunch specials.
Apollo's Restaurant & Spirits
Food: Greek
1590 N. High St.
(614) 294-4006
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Features music around the bonfire on selected nights.
BD's Mongolian Barbecue
Food: Oriental
6242 Sawmill Rd.
(614) 798-8300
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Pick your own stir-fry ingredients; everything is cooked right in front of you.
Blue Danube Restaurant
Food: Eclectic Mediterranean and American
2439 N. High St.
(614) 261-9308
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Funky decor and great for a power lunch.
Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
Food: Ethiopian
2361 N. High St.
(614) 421-2323
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Daily lunch buffet. Uses traditional Ethiopian and Mexican spices.
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
343 N. Front St.
(614) 621-3287
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Family-style restaurant where you all share several dishes.
Buckeye Donuts
Food: Donuts
1363 S. High St.
(614) 443-7470
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: Kind of place where everybody knows your name-no, really!
Buckeye Hall of Fame & Café
Food: American
1421 Olentagy River Rd.
(614) 291-2233
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Best sports bar in town. OSU memorabilia is everywhere on the walls.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings
515 S. High St.
(614) 221-4293
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Big-screen TVs; good place to watch a game!
Champps Americana
Food: American
1827 Olentangy River Rd.
(614) 298-0833
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: The portions are huge. Laid-back sports bar.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
3975 Townsfair Way
(614) 418-7600
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Over 200 menu items, from Mexican to seafood.
Food: Mexican
1918 N. High St.
(614) 621-2601
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: What this place has that many Mexican places lack is their special spice!
Cluck-U Chicken
Food: Chicken wings
2620 N. High St.
(614) 291-1010
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open late, great wings.
Don Pablo's
Food: Mexican
1803 Olentangy River Rd.
(614) 291-6390
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Big margaritas!
Donato's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2084 N. High St.
(614) 294-5371
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Owned by McDonald's.
Food: Vegetarian
247 King Ave.
(614) 298-9986
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Nationally recognized vegetarian restaurant. Received the "Platinum Carrot" from the Aspen Center for Integrative Health.
Flying Pizza
Food: Pizza
1812 N. High St.
(614) 294-1011
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Best by-the-slice pizza shop around.
Gumby's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2404 N. High St.
(614) 261-9800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Delivery is very quick. Try the pokey sticks!
Hounddogs Three Degree Pizza
Food: Italian
2657 N. High St.
(614) 261-4686
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Two reasons for going to Hounddogs are that they are cheap and open 24 hours, but the greasy food will be what brings you back!
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Subs
1652 Neil Ave.
(614) 421-8800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Gourmet subs.
Mark Pi's Restaurant
Food: Chinese
171 E. Campus View Blvd.
(614) 781-2737
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Daily specials. Can adjust spice level.
Ming Flower Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
475 Lazelle Rd.
(614) 885-8836
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Take-out menu.
The Pita Pit
Food: Pitas
1988 N. High St.
(614) 421-7482
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can head over to to check the nutritional information on your pita.
Food: Subs
515 S. High St.
(614) 461-7827
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Fast food without it being fast food.
Sunflower Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
7370 Sawmill Rd.
(614) 764-7888
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Owned by the brother of the owner of Ming Flower Restaurant.
Food: Italian
35 N. High St.
(614) 792-3466
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Charming bistro-style Italian restaurant with outdoor patio.
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
900 N. Wilson Rd.
(614) 272-9575
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: You can get breakfast anytime, but beware, it's often crowded during normal breakfast hours.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 374 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 397 responses

  • 59% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 32% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 8% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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