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Off-Campus Dining

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Hartford is a fairly traditional city. Set in its ways

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is always great when you are going to a school that is located nonetheless in a city but the capital of a state. There are always food options and the price is average.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is phenomenal, especially in Blue Back Square. There's a lot of variety and something for every price range. You can have a fancy date night at a nice restaurant if you want to, or you can get really cheap food. There's a lot of variety in terms of ethnic cuisines, too.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you can eat and still make the bus on the weekends, you're in for a decent dining experience. If not, your day is ruined, basically.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: They have really good mexican food in downtown hartford or in blueback square

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Westfarms Mall, a popular student hangout, has many restaurants ranging from fast food to sit-down restaurants. You can find nearly everything here: Auntie Anne's, Brio Grille, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin' Donuts, P.F. Chang’s, Pretzel Time, Rainforest Café, Ruby Tuesday, Sbarro, and Subway. Across from the mall there is a Red Robin and Olive Garden. All of these restaurants are affordable and in a good area, but they are sometimes crowded due to their location inside and around a shopping mall. Bishops Corner, another popular hangout for students, has Bertucci's, an affordable little Italian restaurant. An abundance of restaurants are also located in the West Hartford Center, which is home to more than a dozen restaurants of all kinds—cafes, steakhouses, seafood. Popular spots are The Cheesecake Factory and Max's Oyster Bar.

Aside from sit-down restaurants, many students also often order food and have it delivered to them on campus. There are many Chinese restaurants in the area, so those are popular order-in spots. Students will also order pizza from nearby shops. Wings Over Hartford is another place that students love to order from—it has very delicious wings for an affordable price. All of the food is affordable, but the restaurants usually require a minimum order of $10 for delivery.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
None
Best Asian
  • Ginza Japanese Cuisine and Hibachi
  • Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi Bar
Best Breakfast
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Dunkin' Donuts
Best Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts
Best Dessert
  • The Cheescake Factory
  • Friendly's
Best Healthy
Subway
Best Pizza
  • City Pizza
  • Harry's Pizza
Best Wings
Wings Over Hartford
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Olive Garden
  • Ruby Tuesday
Other Places to Check Out
  • Other options in Westfarms Mall
  • Red Robin
Did You Know?
Many students order food to campus early because most restaurants close around midnight.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Stop & Shop
331 Cottage Grove Rd., Bloomfield
(860) 242-5954
www.stopandshop.com
Monday-Saturday 6 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-12 a.m.
Waldbaums
772 N. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 236-1505
www.waldbaums.com
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
340 N. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 523-7174
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Au Bon Pain
Food: Baked goods, sandwiches
Westfarms Mall
(860) 521-5319
www.aubonpain.com
Price: $5-$8
Bertucci's
Food: Italian, pizza
330 N. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 231-9571
www.bertuccis.com
Price: $12-$20
Cool Features: Brick oven and a gluten-free menu.
Brio Tuscan Grille
Food: Italian
Westfarms Mall
(860) 561-8866
www.brioitalian.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There's an outside patio.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
71 Isham Rd., West Hartford
(860) 233-5588
www.thecheesecakefactory.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Located in the center of Blue Back Square.
City Pizza
Food: Pizza
498 Farmington Ave., Hartford
(860) 236-2616
Price: $5-$15
Dunkin' Donuts
Food: Baked goods, coffee
2536 Albany Ave., West Hartford
(860) 232-8849
www.dunkindonuts.com
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: There are other locations around, including one in Westfarms Mall.
Friendly's
Food: American, ice cream
13 S. Main St., West Hartford
(860) 236-8346
www.friendlys.com
Price: $5-$10
Ginza Japanese Cuisine and Hibachi
Food: Japanese
14 Wintonbury Mall Rd., Bloomfield
(860) 242-8289
www.ginzacuisine.com
Price: $15-$30
Harry's Pizza
Food: Pizza
1003 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
(860) 231-7166
www.harryspizza.net
Price: $5-$15
Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi Bar
Food: Japanese
962 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
(860) 232-7888
www.ichirowesthartford.com
Price: $12-$25
Max's Oyster Bar
Food: Seafood
964 Farmington Ave., West Hartford
(860) 236-6299
www.maxrestaurantgroup.com
Price: $15-$25
Olive Garden
Food: Italian
1441 New Britain Ave., West Hartford
(860) 521-9049
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Never-ending salad and breadsticks.
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
322 Westfarms Mall
(860) 561-0097
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $10-$20
Ruby Tuesday
Food: Americanl
94 Westfarms Mall
(860) 313-0034
www.rubytuesday.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There is also a to-go menu.
Subway
Food: Subs
Westfarms Mall
(860) 313-1413
www.subway.com
Price: $5-$8
Wings Over Hartford
Food: Wings
1026 Boulevard
(860) 236-9464
www.wingsover.com
Price: $5-$10

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 82 responses

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  • 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 93 responses

  • 38% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 39% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 15% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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