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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's plenty of options for everyone if you're interested enough to go and look for them.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Vancouver is the best city imaginable for all kind of food. You think of a cuisine, there's a restaurant for that. There's not much more to say other than the fact that Vancouver dining experience is most likely one of the best that you will have.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: It's mainly asian food, such as sushi and chinese, but the food is great.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Kits has AMAZING food and so many options all within a short bus ride to campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: the restaurant at the four points hotel allows students to use their meal plans and the food was very yummy


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When in Vancouver, do not fear going hungry—if you have money, that is. Food can be quite pricey in Vancouver, and even more so when they add the 12 percent HST (tax) and 15 percent gratuity (tip). Students generally avoid eating off campus on weekdays, due to pricing and transportation, even though the University provides students with a U-Pass that allows free public transportation around the Greater Vancouver area. A trip to your desired restaurant can take anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes—times two considering your trip back. Most students are not willing to dedicate two to four hours a day eating off campus. However, there are plenty of choices within University Endowment Lands. If you are not happy with food provided by UBC Food Services, University MarketPlace, also known as "UBC Village," is a great location to find food that is on campus yet not managed by the University (and thus considered off-campus dining). "The Village" is home to restaurants serving various cultural cuisines and also caters to anyone with special dietary concerns. It is impossible for any student in UBC to not know about The Village, as in many ways it can be considered the second social hub of the campus next to the Student Union Building.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
  • Banana Leaf
  • Well Tea
Best Breakfast
Aphrodite's Organic Café & Pie Shop
Best Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Tim Hortons
Best Dessert
  • Jugo Juice
  • Leisure Tea & Coffee
Best Healthy
Mio Japan
Best Late-Night
  • Domino's Pizza
  • McDonald's
Best Mexican
Best Pizza
  • Fresh Slice
  • Megabite Pizza
Best Wings
Moxie's Classic Grill
Best Place to Take a Date
Cactus Club Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Silver Tower Café Restaurant
  • Simba's Grill
Other Places to Check Out
  • A&W
  • Ajisen Ramen
  • BC Sushi
  • Bean Around the World
  • Bernoulli's Bagels
  • Boston Pizza
  • Earls Restaurant
  • Eastside Mario's
  • Jethro's Fine Grub
  • Las Margaritas
  • Lolita's South of the Border Cantina
  • Mahoney's Bar & Grill
  • Milestones Grill & Bar
  • Nat's New York Pizzeria
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • The Pita Pit
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Some Kinda Pasta
  • Sprouts
  • Storm Crow Tavern
  • Terra Breads Kitsilano Bakery & Café
  • Transylvania Flavour
  • True Confections
  • Urban Sushi Café
  • Wendy's
  • White Spot Restaurant
  • Wings on Granville
  • Zefferelli's Restaurant
Did You Know?
It is customary to give 15 percent gratuity when dining in a restaurant. Restaurants usually automatically add 15 percent service charge when eating in groups of 6 or more, so be sure to check!

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

5945 Berton Ave.
(604) 221-5999
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Aphrodite's Organic Café & Pie Shop
Food: Organic
3598 W. Fourth Ave.
(604) 738-5879
Price: $10–$20
Banana Leaf
Food: Malaysian
820 W. Broadway
(604) 731-6333
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Eating on banana leaves
Baru Latino
Food: Latin
2535 Alma St.
(604) 222-9171
Price: $15–$30
Boathouse Restaurant
Food: Seafood, steak
1305 Arbutus St.
(604) 738-5487
Price: $20–$40
Cool Features: Lobsterfest
Cactus Club Café
Food: Fine dining
575 W. Broadway
(604) 714-6000
Price: $15–$35
Cool Features: Live DJ in a dinner/clubish environment
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
3480 Dunbar St.
(604) 733-0188
Price: $10–$20
The Eatery
Food: Japanese
3431 W. Broadway
(604) 738-5298
Price: $15–$20
Cool Features: Not-so-traditional Japanese appetizers
Fresh Slice
Food: Pizza
1209 Pacific Blvd.
(604) 347-0000
Price: $10–$20
Jugo Juice
Food: Juice bar
3348 Wesbrook Mall
(604) 221-6116
Price: $5–$10
Leisure Tea & Coffee
Food: Coffee, dessert, tea
8391 Alexandra Road, Richmond
(604) 821-9998
Price: $5–$10
Cool Features: Chinese tea with Western desserts
Food: Fast food
5728 University Blvd.
(604) 221-2570
Price: $3–$8
Megabite Pizza
Food: Pizza
1112 Davie St.
(604) 801-5150
Price: $10–$20
Mio Japan
Food: Japanese
5743 Dalhousie Road
(604) 221-4514
Price: $15–$25
Moxie's Classic Grill
Food: American
1160 Davie St.
(604) 678-8043
Price: $15–$30
The Naam Restaurant
Food: Vegetarian
2724 W. Fourth Ave.
(604) 738-7151
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Silver Tower Café Restaurant
8500 Alexandria Road
(604) 207-1199
Simba's Grill
Food: African
7413 Edmonds St.
(604) 25-8904
Price: $10–$20
Food: Coffee/tea, sweets
5763 Dalhousie Road
(604) 221-0200
Price: $3–$8
Tim Hortons
Food: Coffee/tea, sandwiches, sweets
4401 W. 10th Ave.
(604) 221-5011
Price: $5–$10
Well Tea
Food: Taiwanese, bubble tea
5728 Univeristy Blvd.
(604) 222-0016
Price: $8–$15
Cool Features: Bubble tea

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 44 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 45 responses

  • 58% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 7% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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