Off-campus dining around the Santa Clara campus tends to be quick and casual, with options ranging from fast food chains like Taco Bell and Subway to pizza joints and a family-owned Mexican grill. There are also some nicer, reasonably-priced, sit-down restaurants a few blocks from campus in Franklin Square.
Once you venture farther from the immediate campus area, there's a wider variety of cuisines to choose from. Santana Row has the greatest concentration of good restaurants in the area, from European bistros and cafés to upscale Italian, Indian, Japanese, and Mexican restaurants. Though a little pricier than what's offered around campus, these places are popular for students to take their parents or celebrate a special occasion.