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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty great. Rice Village can get pricey, but there's so many other options if you venture away from that.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants nearby in Rice Village and the bus will take you there on Friday and Saturday nights.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety, great student discounts, and perfect places to hang out with friends on Saturday nights!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: On saturdays, they force us off campus to explore Houston and find food, which is actually a really cool thing, because often a lot of your friends will be going to different places and you can choose whichever one sounds the most appetizing. There are so many choices off campus, and the food is excellent. As Rice students, we have access to the metro rail system for free, and a bus runs to the Rice Village (where there are tons of food options and shopping locations). We get discounts at almost every place imaginable. The only problem is late night food options, because walking around late at night in downtown Houston may not be the safest idea.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We're right by Rice Village, so there are plenty of options.


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The dining options in Houston are absolutely amazing and affordable to boot. There is a rumor that Houston has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States, with the possible exception of NYC. Houston restaurants will impress with quantity, quality, and diversity. Nearby Rice Village is home to a variety of dining establishments, including everything from Mexican, Spanish tapas, bar and grill food, Scottish pub, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Thai, smoothies and crepes, Mediterranean, and French food. Venture up Kirby or down Montrose for many more nearby options. Chinatown is worth the drive for excellent Asian cuisine or for ever-so-tasty tapioca pearl drinks (a popular snack with Rice students). For higher scale dining, the Galleria district offers some excellent options, although nice restaurants can be found closer to campus, as well.

Of course, Rice's location in Texas means that a good and cheap Tex-Mex restaurant is located every few blocks. However, the diverse population of the large city means that you can also find just about any other type of cuisine that you might be craving, and some you would never even think of! Look around online, ask Houston natives or upperclassmen, or just get in your car and drive until you find a place that catches your eye.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • House of Pies
  • IHOP
  • One's a Meal
  • Taco Cabana
Best Asian
Nit Noi Thai Restaurant & Café
Best Breakfast
  • House of Pies
  • La Madeleine
  • Le Peep
  • Prego
Best Coffee
Best Dessert
House of Pies
Best Healthy
Hobbit Café
Best Late-Night
59 Diner
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
Star Pizza
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
Mi Luna
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
  • Mi Luna
  • Thai Village Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
  • Agora
  • Americas
  • Balajii Bhavan
  • Barnaby's Café
  • Benihana Japanese Steakhouse
  • Benjy's
  • Brasil
  • The Breakfast Klub
  • Bubba's Texas Burger Shack
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Chapultepec Lupita
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • The Chocolate Bar
  • Collina's
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Empire Café
  • Fuddruckers
  • Fuzzy's Pizza & Sport Café
  • Goode Company
  • Hot Shot Wok
  • Houston's Restaurant
  • Lai Lai Dumpling House
  • Masraff's
  • Ninfa's
  • The Original Marini's Empanada House
  • Patu's Thai Cuisine
  • Paulie's Restaurant
  • Quiznos
  • RA Sushi
  • Ruchi's Taqueria Las Americas
  • Ruggles Grill
  • Salento Coffee
  • Shiva Indian Restaurant
  • Stone Mill Bakers
  • Sushi King
  • Taco Milagro
  • Texadelphia Sandwiches
  • Thai Spice Restaurant
  • Whataburger
  • Yan Sushi

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Fiesta Mart
12355 Main St.
(713) 551-7575
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
5150 Buffalo Speedway
(713) 661-8305
Daily 24 hours
Whole Foods
2955 Kirby Dr.
(713) 520-1937
Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

59 Diner
Food: American
3801 Farnham St.
(713) 523-2333
Price: $5-$15
Amazon Grill
Food: Central/South American
5114 Kirby Dr.
(713) 522-5888
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Free plantain chips and salad, outdoor seating
Amy's Ice Creams
Food: Coffee, ice cream
3816 Farnham St.
(713) 526-2697
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: "Smash Ins"-you get to pick your toppings and watch the workers beat it into your ice cream with really big spoons.
Auntie Chang's Dumpling House
Food: Chinese
2621 S. Shepherd Dr.
(713) 524-8410
Price: $10-$20
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: American, wings
2525 Rice Blvd.
(713) 521-1100
Price: $8-$15
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
5015 Westheimer Road
(713) 840-0600
Price: $10-$25
Food: Tex-Mex
2706 Westheimer Rd.
(713) 524-1700
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Fun "frat party" atmosphere, bar, creamy jalapeño dip
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Food: American, steakhouse
5061 Westheimer Rd.
(713) 355-2600
Price: $25-$50
Dimassi's Mediterranean Buffet
Food: Mediterranean
10811 Westheimer Rd.
(713) 780-0125
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: All-you-can-eat buffet
Freebirds World Burrito
Food: Mexican
3745 Greenbriar St.
(713) 524-0621
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Outside seating, huge burritos!
Fu's Garden
Food: Chinese
2539 University Blvd.
(713) 520-7583
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good lunch specials
Hobbit Café
Food: American
2243 Richmond Ave.
(713) 526-5460
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: "Lord of the Rings" artwork enlivens the walls.
House of Pies
Food: American diner, desserts
3112 Kirby Dr.
(713) 528-3816
Price: $5-$10
Food: American, breakfast
2515 Southwest Freeway
(713) 520-9908
Price: $5-$15
Istanbul Grill & Deli
Food: Turkish
5613 Morningside Dr.
(713) 526-2800
Price: $5-$10
Jason's Deli
Food: Deli
2400 University Blvd.
(713) 522-2660
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Salad bar, free soft-serve ice cream
La Madeleine
Food: French bakery
6205 Kirby Dr.
(713) 942-7081
Price: $5-$15
Le Peep
Food: American
3810 Farnham St.
(713) 520-5201
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Special requests
Mai's Restaurant
Food: Vietnamese
3403 Milam St.
(713) 520-5300
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open super late, TVs, fish tank
Mi Luna
Food: Tapas
2441 University Blvd.
(713) 520-5025
Price: $10-$20
Niko Niko's
Food: Greek
2520 Montrose Blvd.
(713) 528-4976
Price: $8-$15
Nit Noi Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
4703 Richmond Ave.
(713) 621-6088
Price: $10-$20
One's a Meal Restaurant & Coffee
Food: American, Greek
815 Westheimer Rd.
(713) 523-0425
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: "Mini" happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food: Italian
2520 Amherst St.
(713) 529-2420
Price: $15-$30
Star Pizza
Food: Pizza
2111 Norfolk St.
(713) 523-0800
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Low-carb pizza
Food: Coffee, tea
6400 Fannin St.
(713) 797-0720
Price: $3-$8
Taco Cabana
Food: Mexican
3905 Kirby Dr.
(713) 528-6933
Price: $2-$10
Cool Features: Outdoor seating, really cheap tortillas and queso
The Teahouse
Food: Bubble teas
2089 Westheimer Rd.
(713) 526-6123
Price: $3-$5
Cool Features: Board games to play while you drink
Thai Village Restaurant
Food: Thai
2512 Times Blvd.
(713) 524-8682
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 77 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 94 responses

  • 82% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 17% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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