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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Well I haven't been to too many, being just a freshman, in my experience, the food options have generally been affordable and delicious. I will be going to more of them during my subsequent school years here.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With the new college town built off-campus, there are lot of new and great options. Also some of the local restaurants are classics (cheap and good food). I haven't experienced all the options, but everytime I've gone off campus to eat, I've had a good time.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of variety near the river campus. but the variety near Eastman is rather scarce

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: tons of options in collegetown

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Haven't tried it much to have an actual informed opinion


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If it lacks in other areas, Rochester makes up for it with its wealth of restaurants. There are student favorites that are walking distance from campus, with upper crust levels of food and atmosphere and lower crust prices. The variety is also very satisfactory; one can find Indian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Thai, Italian, or American restaurants all within a close radius. Ten minutes from campus in any given direction can land you at a small noodle shop or a fancier steak and seafood establishment. One restaurant, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, is an upstate legend, and it's an experience in itself to dine there. The ribs are cooked in large rotisserie drums right outside the restaurant, and the combination of loud music, spicy smoke, and honky-tonk d├ęcor will make it a night to remember. The Distillery is another nearby favorite, styled in rustic wood with a sports bar atmosphere and good, inexpensive fare.

If you don't have a car, you can sample some of the culinary finery of Rochester through delivery, but if you want to fully enjoy what the city has to offer, a car helps a great deal. In terms of options, there are of course the standard chains, such as Olive Garden, TGI Friday's and Pizzeria Uno, but the true gems are the independent restaurants. Esan Thai is a lesser-known authentic Thai restaurant where you can get a full lunch for $4.95, cheaper than the cost of a less-than-stellar meal on campus. If you have the time and the means, you can take advantage of all the good old city of Rochester has to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Campus Corner
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
24-Hour Dining
  • Jay's Diner
  • Nick Tahou's
Best Asian
  • Golden Port
  • Jing Li
  • New Number One
Best Breakfast
  • Jay's DIner
  • Mt. Hope Diner
Best Healthy
Atomic Eggplant
Best Pizza
  • Mark's
  • Mr. Shoe's
  • Pellegrino's
Best Wings
  • The Distillery
  • Pellegrino's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Two Vine
Other Places to Check Out
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Friendly's
  • IHOP
  • Mr. Shoe's
  • The Old Toad
  • Piazza's
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • Pontillo's
  • Red Lobster
  • Richardson's Canalhouse
  • Seoul Garden
  • Thai Taste
  • Uno Chicago Grill
  • Veneto
  • Yummi Garden
Did You Know?
  • Rochester is known for its "white hots," a pale, spicy pork hot dog. Yum!
  • The late Nick Tahou was once asked why they serve the baked beans cold in their famous Garbage Plate. His reply: "Because we don't heat them."
  • In 1895, marshmallows were first mass-produced in Rochester.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Pittsford Plaza
Hylan Dr.
Wegmans Pittsford
3195 Monroe Ave., Rochester
(585) 586-6680

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Aja Noodle
Food: Chinese
2602 Elmwood Ave., Brighton
(585) 244-1052
Price: $4-$8
California Rollin'
Food: Sushi, seafood
274 N. Goodman St., Rochester
(585) 271-8990
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Interesting sushi combinations.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Food: American, barbeque
99 Court St., Rochester
(585) 325-7090
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: A "honky-tonk joint" with true tradition and very good food. A definite local favorite.
The Distillery
Food: American
1142 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester
(585) 271-4105
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Multiple large screen TVs for sports watching, good atmosphere, quality food.
Esan Thai
Food: Thai, vegetarian
696 Park Ave., Rochester
(585) 271-2271
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Authentic food, very affordable for the college student's budget.
Great Northern Pizza Kitchen
Food: Pizza
1918 Monroe Ave., Rochester
(585) 244-7437
Price: $5-$10
Jay's Diner
Food: American, diner
2612 W. Henrietta Rd., Rochester
(585) 424-3710
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Local student favorite.
Jine's Restaurant
Food: American
658 Park Ave., Rochester
(585) 461-1280
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Good place for brunch, seasonal outdoor seating in nice area of downtown.
Nick Tahou's
Food: American
2260 Lyell Ave., Rochester
(585) 436-0184
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Famous (or infamous) Garbage Plate, famous local eatery, popular with students.
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
532 Jefferson Rd.
(585) 292-0590
Price: $10-$20
Food: Italian, subs
1120 Mt. Hope Blvd., Rochester
(585) 442-6463
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sub specialties.
Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Steak House
Food: Japanese
2930 W. Henrietta Rd., Rochester
(585) 424-4166
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Hibachi grill, watch your food being prepared.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 106 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 111 responses

  • 44% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 35% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 12% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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