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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Illegal Pete's and the original Chipotle are so close to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many options, more quick in-and-out. Numerous bars with bar good, Mexican.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: DU is in a residential area. On Evans and University (major roads near campus), there are a few restaurants. There is a balance between locally owned places and chains.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there is a variety of alot of chain restaurants

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great off campus places here. They are often the hangout spots after parties because they stay open so late.


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Dining in Denver is varied and fun, and there are many different kinds of restaurants within walking distance from campus. Try Café Aroma, Garbanzo’s, or Jerusalem’s for Middle Eastern Cuisine, Tokyo Joe’s for a shrimp bowl, Chipotle for a chicken burrito, or Spanky’s for a cheeseburger. Most of the restaurants surrounding campus are pretty cheap and even more accessible with the FLEX meal plan.

Despite all the variety, though, eating at the same restaurants around campus time after time can get a little boring. When your taste buds are screaming for something new, head to other parts of the city. Restaurants downtown are known for their top-quality food and professional service. Although you may notice the difference in price as well, every now and again it’s good to splurge on “real” food. Many students head downtown in search of the perfect restaurant for a first date or to impress the parents. Another good thing about the Denver dining scene is the number of vegetarian options available. The vast majority of restaurants offer vegetarian dishes that are just as tasty, if not tastier, than their carnivorous counterparts.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Bruegger's Bagels
  • Chipotle
  • Jerusalem Restaurant
  • Mustard's Last Stand
  • Pete's University Park Café
  • Spanky's
  • Tokyo Joe's
  • Treehouse Deli and Café
24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
  • Imperial Chinese Restaurant
  • Jason's Thai
Best Breakfast
Bruegger's Bagels
Best Healthy
  • Jamba Juice
  • Treehouse Café
Best Pizza
Anthony's Pizza and Pasta
Best Wings
Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Elway's Steakhouse
  • Washington Park Grille
Other Places to Check Out
  • Common Grounds
  • Denver Chophouse
  • Mao
  • Palomino
  • Papa John's
Did You Know?
  • The national Mexican food chain Chipotle built its first establishment about two blocks from DU's campus.
  • The Denver omelet, a popular breakfast, has no relation to the city of Denver.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

King Soopers
2750 S. Colorado Blvd.
(303) 512-0122
2150 S. Downing St.
(303) 722-6117
Whole Foods
2375 E. First Ave.
(720) 941-4100

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anthony's Pizza and Pasta
Food: Italian
1628 E. Evans Ave.
(303) 744-3137
Price: $5-$10
Beau Jo's Pizza
Food: Pizza
2710 S. Colorado Blvd.
(303) 758-1519
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The walls at Beau Jo's are covered with customer-created art. If you're inspired to draw on your napkin while waiting, create a clever advertisement for Beau Jo's. Your ingenuity might forever find its home on the restaurant's walls.
Food: Deli, baked goods
2000 S. University Blvd.
(303) 777-7600
Price: $5-$10
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American, desserts
1201 16th St., Suite 100
(303) 595-0333
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: The Cheesecake Factory offers more than 30 different kinds of cheesecake including key lime, vanilla bean, and peanut butter.
Food: Mexican
1644 E. Evans Ave.
(303) 722-4121
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Chipotle's original restaurant is smack dab next to DU.
Food: Breakfast
1760 Vine St.
(303) 371-5586
Price: $5-$10
Jerusalem Restaurant
Food: Middle Eastern
1890 E. Evans Ave.
(303) 777-8288
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: J-Ru's extended hours make it a popular spot for late-night hunger pangs.
Las Margaritas
Food: Mexican
1066 S. Gaylord St.
(303) 777-0194
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Las Margs' outdoor patio is a prime people-watching spot while drinking one or two of the menu's 60 different margaritas.
Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill
Food: American
4100 E. Mexico Ave., Suite G
(303) 300-6666
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The Lazy Dog is known as one of Denver's best sports bars, and the food is surprisingly high quality.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Food: Italian
500 16th St., Suite 150
(303) 260-7707
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Maggiano's serves up huge portions of classic Italian favorites, which is good for students on a budget-take home what you don't eat and save it for later.
Mustard's Last Stand
Food: American
2081 S. University Blvd.
(303) 722-7936
Price: $5-$10
Pete's University Café
Food: Greek and varied
2345 E. Evans Ave.
(303) 733-7376
Price: $5-$10
Pita Jungle
Food: Middle Eastern
2017 S. University Blvd.
(303) 570-1900
Price: $10-$15
Reivers Restaurant
Food: American
1085 S. Gaylord St.
(303) 733-8856
Price: $10-$15
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
1525 Blake St.
(303) 623-5432
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The Rio Grande is known for its delicious-and potent-margaritas. It's no wonder the restaurant has a three-margarita limit-that's all you need. On the weekends, the line is out the door, especially during the summer.
Spanky's Roadhouse
Food: American
1800 E. Evans Ave.
(303) 733-6886
Price: $5-$10
Tokyo Joe's
Food: Japanese
1700 E. Evans Ave.
(303) 722-7666
Price: $3-$8
Treehouse Deli and Café
Food: American
2043 S. University Blvd.
(303) 733-7530
Price: $5-$10
Two-Fisted Mario's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1626 Market St.
(303) 623-3523
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Mario's late-night hours attract many downtown partiers who either have had too much to drink and need a big, greasy slice of pizza, or just aren't ready to go home.
Washington Park Grille
Food: American, Italian
1096 S. Gaylord St.
(303) 777-0707
Price: $15-$25

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 128 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 145 responses

  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 45% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 1% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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