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Off-Campus Dining


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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I like all the food they have off campus. You have to travel a bit further to really get the good stuff sometimes, but overall it's good.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some places are really convenient for students

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of Asian food places around here but there is so many different types of food in the area. You name it and it's here.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some of the best rated restaurants are located on the Ave, which is within five minute walking distance from campus. However during dinner time waiting times can get long. Best places to check out is Thaigeroom for Thai food, Sharetea for bubble tea, and Aladdin or Sharwma King for gyros.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You have a lot of different options! But the bills do add up....

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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It doesn't get much better. The Avenue (University Avenue) is hopping with cuisine from all over the world, with a heavy emphasis on Asian cuisine, but definitely not limited to that. The Avenue has everything from Italian, to Chinese, to Thai, to Greek, and plenty of places cater to (empty) college wallets. There are plenty of late-night and combo deals available, and most of the menus are cheap to begin with. Honestly, a four-star restaurant probably wouldn't do so well on the Avenue. University Village is a little more upscale, but offers plenty of tasty eateries that herd in students. Several adjacent neighborhoods offer even more diverse food options, and downtown has a lot of good places, too. Seattle pleases in the food department. Students rave about the options, the quality, and the prices.

Most students won't experience even a fraction of the potential of Seattle's food culture. Seattle has a large Asian population, and the restaurants definitely reflect that, with a plethora of authentic Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cuisine. There are a lot of good Mexican places, like Chipotle on the Avenue, which is famous for burritos. You could probably go to a different restaurant every night in the Seattle and the surrounding area, and not repeat for a year. It's definitely worthwhile to get acquainted with the colorful palette of Seattle restaurants.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Chipotle
  • Memo's Mexican Restaurant
  • Pita Pit
  • Pizza Ragazzi
  • Thai Tom
  • University Teriyaki
24-Hour Dining
Memo's Mexican Restaurant
Best Asian
China Village
Best Breakfast
Costa's Restaurant
Best Healthy
  • Araya's Place
  • World Wrapps
Best Pizza
  • Pagliacci Pizzeria
  • Pizza Ragazzi
Best Wings
Wing Zone
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Ivar's Salmon House
  • Union Bay Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Aladdin Gyro-cery
  • Cedars Restaurant
  • The College Inn
  • Denny's
  • Fondi Pizzeria
  • Fuji Sushi
  • The Irish Emigrant
  • Jimmy Johns Subs
  • KFC
  • McDonald's
Did You Know?
Every quarter, the Student Survival Kit is available at the University Bookstore. It's full of coupons for students---from discounted pizza and oil changes to free tanning, there are lots of opportunities to save money.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

QFC (Quality Food Centers)
2746 NE 45th St.
(206) 729-3080
4732 Brooklyn NE
(206) 522-4565
Shaw's Supermarket
1065 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton
(617) 783-5878

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Agua Verde Café and Paddle Club
Food: Mexican
1303 NE Boat St.
(206) 545-8570
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: It's on the water, and you can rent a kayak there.
Araya's Place
Food: Vegetarian and vegan
1121 NE 45th St.
(206) 524-4332
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private rooms and gift certificates.
Atlas Foods
Food: American
2675 NE Village Lane
(206) 522-6025
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private rooms and gift certificates.
Bella Rosa Bistro
Food: Italian
3410 NE 55th St.
(206) 527-3400
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Two candlelit dining rooms are bedecked with mismatched chairs and tableware, and an ungodly number of tchotchkes. Perched at the small bar, one might drink a Moretti and watch TV.
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Food: Pizza and pub
4133 University Way NE
(206) 545-4509
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: 21-and-over.
Boat Street Café
Food: French
909 NE Boat St.
(206) 632-4602
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Outdoor dining.
A Burger Place
Food: Burgers
4234 University Way NE
(206) 547-5096
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Select exactly what's on your burger with a check-list. Different kinds of fries.
Café Allegro
Food: Coffee and desert
1408 NE 42nd St.
(206) 633-3030
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Casual dining in a casual atmosphere.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
700 Pike St.
(206) 652-5400
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Over 200 menu items available!
China First
Food: Chinese
4237 University Way
(206) 547-4501
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great view.
China Village
Food: Chinese
3224 NE 45th Place
(206) 523-0772
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Quick delivery.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Mexican
4229 University Way NE
(206) 547-4644
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Good, cheap burritos and tacos. Free drink with ID card.
Costa's Restaurant
Food: Greek
4559 University Way NE
(206) 633-2751
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Authentic Greek food.
Delfino's Pizzeria
Food: Italian Pizza
2631 NE University Village
(206) 522-3466
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Quick delivery.
Flowers Bar and Restaurant
Food: Mediterranean and vegetarian
4247 University Way
(206) 633-1903
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great view.
Good Morning Healing Earth
Food: Vegetarian
901 NE 55th St.
(206) 523-8025
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Outdoor dining.
Ivar's Salmon House
Food: Seafood, Northwest
401 NE Northlake Way
(206) 632-0767
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Great view of Lake Union, good happy hour specials.
Kidd Valley Burgers & Shakes
Food: Burgers
5502 25th Ave. NE
(206) 522-0890
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Quick food and great shakes.
Memo's Mexican Restaurant
Food: Mexican
4743 University Way NE
(206) 729-5071
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours!
Food: American
4570 University Village Plaza
(206) 522-7324
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Solo dining, kid-friendly, gift certificates.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Food: Italian
2801 Elliott Ave.
(206) 441-7724
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Cheap Italian food that's a step above the Olive Garden.
Pagliacci Pizza
Food: Italian Pizza
4529 University Way NE
(206) 726-1717
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
Pallino Pastaria
Food: Italian
2626 NE 46th St.
(206) 522-8617
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Great pasta dishes and gelato for dessert.
Pasta & Co.
Food: Mediterranean
2640 NE University Village
(206) 523-8594
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Takeout only.
Pho Thy Thy
Food: Vietnamese
4129 University Way NE
(206) 632-4909
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Quick seating and service. Free dessert.
Pita Pit
Food: Sandwiches
4515 University Way NE
(206) 547-7482
Price: $5-$10
Pizza Ragazzi
Food: Pizza
5201 University Way NE
(206) 525-1700
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, good for large groups, gift certificates, delivery, romantic seating at night by the fireplace.
The Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brewery
Food: American, burgers, sandwiches, salads
2650 University Village
(206) 525-3565
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, spacious and ideal for large groups. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-Close, Monday-Friday. Check out Trivia Night on Mondays.
Shultzy's Sausage
Food: American German, Cajun/Creole
4114 University Way NE
(206) 548-9461
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Try the Philly cheesesteak or french fries. Comfortable booths and big-screen TVs to watch Husky games.
Taste of India
Food: Indian
5517 Roosevelt Way NE
(206) 528-1575
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Private rooms, gift certificates.
Thai Tom
Food: Thai
4543 University Way NE
(206) 548-9548
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Food is not too spicy.
Tokyo Garden Teriyaki
Food: Japanese
4337 University Way NE
(206) 632-2014
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sushi and teriyaki in one place. Generous portions.
The Ugly Mug Café
Food: Northwest
1309 NE 43rd St.
(206) 547-3219
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sushi and teriyaki in one place. Generous portions.
Union Bay Café
Food: Northwest
3515 NE 45th St.
(206) 527-8364
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Romantic, outdoor dining.
University Teriyaki
Food: Asian
4108 University Way NE
(206) 632-5688
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Sushi and teriyaki in one place. Generous portions.
Varlamos Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
3617 NE 45th St., Seattle
(206) 522-8515
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Good for large groups.
Wing Zone
Food: American, BBQ, burgers, pub
5042 Roosevelt Way NE
(206) 523-5252
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
World Wrapps
Food: Wraps
2650 NE Village Lane
(206) 522-7873
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Delivery.
Yunnie Bubble Tea
Food: Bubble tea (tea with tapioca balls)
4511 University Way NE
(206) 547-9648
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Good for large groups.
Zao Noodle Bar
Food: Pan-Asian
2630 NE University Village
(206) 529-8278
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, good for large groups, gift certificates, delivery, romantic seating at night by the fireplace.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 304 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 319 responses

  • 72% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 25% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 1% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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