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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Davis Square provides good options and luckily Boston is close too.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is amazing. A ton of student-friendly, tasty restaurants are a short ten-minute walk from campus, so it is really easy to have a night out whenever you want.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: reasonably priced restaurants nearby. reasonable walking distance

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many students enjoy spending time in Davis Square to eat at restaurants. Eating in dining halls is repetitive, especially for some students who crave food that the dining halls might not usually or ever serve. There are cultural, fast food, cafés, ice cream, and regular American eating places that appreciate paying Tufts students; however, many do not offer student discounts.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Davis Square is far enough away to need a shuttle to get to and it is annoying to go into Davis or into Boston. Because we are close to the city the options are good, but they feel far away because the Tufts campus is so isolated.


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Dining off campus can be a great way to bring a little more excitement into your diet, and it’s also a great way to explore the local communities. There are some restaurants already affiliated with Tufts through the MOPS program, and Medford and Somerville have some excellent dining options. If you want to trek a little further, Harvard Square and surrounding Boston, particularly the North End, are full of hundreds of different kinds of foods and local specialties.

Students will often go out to big dinners, lunches, or brunches at local restaurants. Be careful, though, because going out to dinner a lot can get expensive, so make sure to limit dining out to special occasions. Not to worry, though, “settling” for Tufts on-campus eating options certainly does not spell out d-o-o-m for anyone.

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Student Favorites
  • Anna's Taqueria
  • Rose's
  • SoundBites
  • Yoshi's
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Best Breakfast
  • Broken Yolk
  • Renee's Café
  • SoundBites
Best Healthy
Blue Shirt Café
Best Pizza
Espresso Pizza
Best Wings
Wings Over Somerville
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Denise's Homemade Ice Cream
  • J P Licks
  • Nick's House of Pizza
  • Sweet Creams

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Johnnie's Foodmaster
105 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville
(617) 660-1342
Jumbo Express Convenience Store
Behind Campus Center
Shaw's Supermarket
49 White Street, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
(617) 876-1450
Store 24 (convenience store)
133 Main St., Medford
(781) 395-1047

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anna's Taqueria
Food: Mexican
236A Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
(617) 666-3900
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Good, fast, and dirt-cheap authentic burritos.
Antonia's Italian Bistro
Food: Italian
37 Davis Sq., Somerville
(617) 623-6700
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Twenty percent discount on take-out orders with student ID.
Blue Shirt Café
Food: Gourmet wraps, breakfast, smoothies
424 Highland Ave., Somerville
(617) 629-7641
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Juice bar.
Food: Burritos
340 Boston Ave., Medford
(339) 674-9740
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Often gives out $1 burritos.
Broken Yolk
Food: Diner
136 College Ave., Sommerville
(617) 628-6621
Price: $2-$8
Café de Crepe
Food: Crepes, coffee
283 Boston Ave., Medford
(781) 391-2030
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivers, so you can have crepes in bed!
Diva Indian Bistro
Food: Indian
246 Elm St., Somerville
(617) 629-4963
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Cool bar.
Espresso Pizza
Food: American
336 Boston Ave., Medford
(781) 396-0062
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Great ice cream.
Fusion Express
Food: Thai
195 Elm St., Somerville
(617) 623-3354
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Green tea, coconut ice cream, pad Thai.
Golden Light
Food: Chinese
24 College Ave., Somerville
(617) 666-9822
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open late.
Joshua Tree Bar & Grill
Food: American, Italian, Mexican
256 Elm St., Somerville
(617) 623-9910
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Lobster specials, dinner and movie Sunday nights 9-11 p.m.
Panda Palace
Food: Chinese
442 Salem St., Medford
(781) 396-8881
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: MOPS delivery, all-you-can-eat buffet.
Picante Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
217 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
(617) 628-6394
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Biggest burritos.
Renee's Café
Food: American
198 Holland St., Somerville
(617) 623-2727
Price: $5-$10
Rose's Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese, sushi
321 Boston Ave., Medford
(781) 395-8885
Price: $10-$35
Cool Features: Healthy and low-calorie dishes.
Food: Breakfast, Middle Eastern
708 Broadway Ave., Ball Square, Somerville
(617) 623-8338
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Take out.
Tasty Gourmet
Food: Deli
321B Boston Ave., Medford
(781) 391-9969
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Gourmet sandwiches-try the Stuffed Pilgrim!
Wing Works
Food: American
201 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville
(617) 666-9000
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: "Where fine dining meets heat-n-eat."
Wings Over Somerville
Food: Wings
519 Somerville Ave., Somerville
(617) 666-9464
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Great wings, started at UMass Amherst.
Food: Japanese, sushi
132 College Ave., Powderhouse Square, Somerville
(617) 623-9263
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Awesome miso soup.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 58 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 66 responses

  • 62% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 30% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 5% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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