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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In N Out. 'nuff said.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although the places nearby are mostly chains, I enjoy the options. Eureka, In n Out, Del Taco, Taco Bell, the different Asian restaurants and yogurt places I find satisfactory and diverse.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food tastes normal and reasonable price

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is really good with a variety of healthy and unhealthy options. There are locations great for vegetarians and vegans and there is a nice variety of ethnic food.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: No real healthy options besides like veggie grill but the trader joes is awesome!


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As is the case with many of the attractions near Irvine, you’re going to need a car to get to many of the fine eateries off campus. Since Orange County is a fairly spread out, wealthy area, there are always going to be restaurants ranging from fine dining to grab-and-go restaurants looking to satisfy consumers and keep attracting their money. While well-known national chains such as IHOP, Denny’s (make friends with a waitress!), and Olive Garden are student favorites, local spots like Claim Jumper are worth a visit, too. Fear not, though, because there are still many relatively cheap places close to campus, including the ever popular In-N-Out Burger. If this restaurant isn’t around your home area, trust that you’re likely to become a fan.

Since UCI has a booming commuter population, it shouldn’t be hard to find a friend to mooch off of for rides when you’re in the mood to eat out. Restaurants within walking distance from campus tend to be a little a bit more understanding to the student budget, versus the more popular restaurants distributed throughout the rest of Irvine that normally cater to the upper-middle class. Overall, what the restaurants around campus lack in variety, they make up for with low prices.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Cha for Tea
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Islands Restaurant
  • Le Diplomate
  • Yogurtland
  • Z Pizza
24-Hour Dining
Best Breakfast
Denny's Restaurant
Best Healthy
Mother's Market Kitchen &Restaurant
Best Pizza
Z Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • India Cook House
  • Islands Restaurant
  • Taiko Japanese Resaurant
  • Thai Spice
Other Places to Check Out
  • Albertacos
  • Baja Fresh
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Chili's
  • Del Taco
  • El Torito
  • Gina's Pizza
  • Golden Spoon
  • Mimi's Café
  • Red Lobster
  • Roundtable Pizza
  • Sam Woo
  • Taco Bell
Did You Know?
If you go to In-N-Out, you can order off-menu items like grilled cheese and fish burgers. Also, if you like your hamburgers extra messy and stuffed with veggies and sauce, order your hamburgers "animal style."

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

3825 Alton Pkwy.
(949) 476-1922
Trader Joe's Company
4225 Campus Dr.
(949) 509-6138

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Cha for Tea Tea Bar & Restaurant
Food: Asian, boba drinks
4187 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 725-0300
Price: $4-$9
Claim Jumper Restaurant
Food: American, steaks
3935 Alton Pkwy.
(949) 851-5085
Price: $10-$50
Food: American
14160 Culver Dr.
(949) 857-5500
Price: $5-$10
Food: American
3021 Michelson Dr.
(949) 474-5060
Price: $3-$5
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches, salads
5301 University Dr.
(949) 786-5203
Price: $10-$15
India Cook House
Food: Indian
14130 Culver Dr.
(949) 857-4858
Price: $10-$15
In-N-Out Burger
Food: American
4199 Campus Dr.
(949) 509-6200
Price: $3-$5
Food: American
4020 Barranca Pkwy.
(949) 552-1888
Price: $10-$15
Le Diplomate Café
Food: Sandwiches, Vietnamese
4237 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 854-5161
Price: $5-$10
Lee's Sandwiches
Food: Sandwiches, Vietnamese
4127 Campus Dr., Irvine
(949) 509-9299
Price: $3-$5
Mother's Market & Kitchen Restaurant
Food: Healthy American
2963 Michelson Dr.
(949) 752-6667
Price: $5-$10
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Americanized Italian
3955 Alton Pkwy.
(949) 263-8692
Price: $10-$15
Rubio's Restaurants
Food: Mexican
31 Fortune Dr.
(949) 727-9527
Price: $5-$10
Taiko Japanese Restaurant
Food: Japanese
14775 Jeffrey Rd.
(949) 559-7190
Price: $10-$15
Thai Spice
Food: Thai
15455 Jeffrey Rd.,
(949) 857-8424
Price: $5-$10
Food: Frozen yogurt
4187 Campus Dr.
(949) 854-4580
Price: $3-$7
Z Pizza
Food: Italian/American
4237 Campus Dr.
(949) 725-9000
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 296 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 316 responses

  • 30% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 20% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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