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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I think around the surrounding La Jolla area, there is a lot of variety.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's good food around but it can be kind of pricey and La Jolla shuts down too early (even on the weekends).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's just pretty average. The places around here are just average, the food is average. To get something I like, I have to go to Convoy, so it's like a 15 minute drive. But overall, I would just say it's average. All the yummy food, you need a car in my opinion unless you're willing to take the bus

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's San Diego! There is so much to see and eat. The location is prime for great food to eat. Sometimes you have to travel, but it's completely worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of options available, if you have a car. If not, then buses and Uber tend to be your only options. Both are limiting in their own way, thus restricting students to the more common restaurants available within walking distance of campus. But most of the food is better than on-campus, and allows a nice change of scenery.


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Since the first thing on many starving college student’s minds is where their next meal is coming from, it is reassuring to know there are so many delicious places to eat around campus and farther afield. You can find almost any type of food just minutes away from campus. Everyone agrees large chain restaurants are always a safe bet and have a great selection. La Jolla is known for its lack of fast food, so be prepared for a big check if you plan on eating out in La Jolla.

For those of you a little more adventurous about your food choices, many students say that some of their best meals have come from finding smaller restaurants on side streets. There are tons of cafés and sandwich shops lining the streets of Pacific Beach and Mission Bay. There is great Mexican food available in San Diego all day, everyday. The consensus around UCSD is that there is nothing better than a burrito or carne asada nachos for a study break, after a party, or before class.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Breakfast
Best Healthy
Jamba Juice
Best Pizza
BJ's Pizza
Best Wings
Pat and Oscar's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
George's at the Cove
Other Places to Check Out
  • Chevys
  • Chipotlè (Mexican)
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Donovan's Steakhouse (Steak)
  • El Torito (Mexican)
  • Marble Slab Creamery (Ice cream)
  • McDonald's (Fast food)
  • P.F. Chang's (Chinese)
  • Papa John's (Pizza)
  • Pasta Bravo (Italian)
  • Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Kitchen (Pizza)
  • Trophy's (Sports grill)
Did You Know?
You can drive five minutes in any direction and find great, cheap, Mexican food. If Asian food is more your style, head toward Convoy Street-it is filled with all kinds of Asian food shops, restaurants, Boba bars, and karoke

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

8677 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 597-1550
Daily 24 hours
Trader Joe's
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 546-8629
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

BJ's Pizza
Food: Pizza, pasta, salads
8873 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 455-0662
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The Pizzokie-a pizza made out of cookies and ice cream.
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
705 Sixth Ave., San Diego
(619) 233-7272
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Servings come in family sizes and passed around on giant platters.
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Specialty pizzas
3363 Nobel Dr., La Jolla
(858) 457-4222
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Pizzas with any topping imaginable.
Flame Broiler
Food: Chicken, beef, and vegetable teriyaki bowls
8867 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 587-8989
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Not much selection, but tastes great.
Fred's Mexican Cafè
Food: Mexican
1165 Garnet Ave., San Diego
(858) 483-8226
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Taco specials on Taco Tuesdays.
George's at the Cove
Food: Fine dining
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla
(858) 454-4244
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Ocean views at the bar and the restaurant.
Food: Breakfast
856 Grand Ave., San Diego
(858) 274-9764
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: You can try different kinds of pancakes and syrups.
In-N-Out Burger
Food: Hamburgers, fries, shakes
2910 Damon Ave., Pacific Beach
(619) 274-1287
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: California's best fast food.
Food: Burgers, sandwiches, salads, fries
3351 Nobel Dr., La Jolla
(858) 455-9945
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Never-ending chip and salsa bowls
Jamba Juice
Food: Fruit smoothies
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 625-2582
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Healthy snack
Pat and Oscar's
Food: Italian fast food
8590 Rio San Diego Dr., San Diego
(858) 295-6200
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Their bread sticks are delicious.
Pick Up Stix
Food: Chinese
8707 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 552-1566
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Freshly made, fast Chinese food.
Roberto's Taco Shop
Food: Mexican
3095 Clairemont Dr., San Diego
(619) 276-0305
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Friendly service.
Rock Bottom Brewery
Food: Grill, American
8980 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 450-9277
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: They brew their own beer!
T.G.I. Friday's
Food: American
8801 Villa La Jolla Dr., La Jolla
(858) 455-0880
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Happy hour!
Taco Motion
Food: Mexican
1313 Garnet Ave., San Diego
(858) 274-8931
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Located next to the bars in Pacific Beach; perfect for a late-night snack.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 260 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 261 responses

  • 29% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 48% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 15% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 8% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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