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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some local restaurants serve great food with incredible atmosphere, but they too expensive for most student budgets and tend to cater to wealthy tourists.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town, it has a nice amount of options, and a nice variety.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Walla Walla is a tourist town, so some nice businesses here.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Unless you have a car your options are limited to downtown. There are quite a few places there but for cheaper food/fast food you'll need to find a ride. Most places close pretty early, even on weekends.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Within walking distance there are three cafes (not including starbucks) that have delicious pastries, and your typical boutique coffee drinks. Those include: Coffee Perk, the Patisserie, and Olive. Olive also offers sandwiches, salad and some delicious pizza. Also within walking distance, there is a sandwich place called 'Graze' and a pizza place called 'Sweet Basil.' Most of these restaurants and cafes are moderately cheap, but definitely not great deals. To have some typical fast food (taco bell, panda express, Mcdonalds), you have to drive or walk a longer distance. Walla Walla, a wine tasting destination, also offers some awesome but super pricey restaurants/tourist traps including Saffron, Brasserie four, and Whitehouse Crawford. But, if you love ethnic food (sushi, indian, ethiopian) you're going to be hard-pressed to find your sashimi or naan.


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Considering the size of Walla Walla, the town offers a quaint variety of restaurants. From first-years to seniors, everyone takes advantage of the excellent off-campus cuisine. One of Walla Walla’s strengths is the diversity in the types of dining available. There are a lot of options available only on the West Coast, such as taco trucks serving authentic Mexican or restaurants serving Pacific Northwest specialties, and Whitties take special pride in this. As the town is a breeding ground for wineries, there are many fancy and expensive options, usually reserved for when the parents are in town—and footing the bill. For a student's price range, choices range from classic American eats to Thai food, from Italian to Mediterranean dining, and from Mexican food to Vietnamese to French cuisine. Students also enjoy that many of these options are within walking distance from campus.

Although recent economic troubles have led to the closing of several well-known Walla Walla restaurants, it seems that the variety of choices for students’ budgets will continue to subsist. Some students point out that it does cost a bit more per meal to be eating out rather than preparing their own food or going to the dining halls but cite that the options around town make it well worth it to break from the daily routine.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Clarette's
  • Pho Sho
  • Sweet Basil
24-Hour Dining
  • Huckleberry's Natural Market
  • Shari's
Best Breakfast
Best Healthy
Huckleberry's Natural Market
Best Pizza
Big Cheese Pizza
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • The Marc
  • T. Maccarone's
  • Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant
Other Places to Check Out
IceBurg Drive-in
Did You Know?
  • Every Saturday morning when the weather is sunny (mainly during spring and early fall), Walla Walla has its farmer's market, where local farmers and craftsman sell their products and display their work.
  • Walla Walla is known for its sweet onions, and in the past, Whitman students have received a case of them for free before their first year.
  • Food trucks, or "Taco Trucks" as students call them, are parked around Walla Walla. La Monarca is well-known for their inexpensive, great-tasting food.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

450 N. Wilbur Ave., Walla Walla
(509) 529-1710
215 E. Rose St., Walla Walla
(509) 522-0227

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Aloha Sushi
Food: Sushi
7 1/2 S. First Ave.
(509) 527-8744
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: It's the only sushi-serving restaurant in town, and students flock here to get their fill.
Bangkok 103
Food: Thai
44 N. College Ave.
(509) 522-3007
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: It's small and secluded, so make reservations. Also, there are Thai singers playing on TV screens in the background.
Big Cheese Pizza
Food: Pizza
499 N. Wilbur Ave.
(509) 525-4422
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Big Cheese may not have the best pizza on the block, but it's super cheap and they deliver on campus. If you're ever in need of large quantities of mediocre food, this is the place to go.
Food: American, anything from omelets to burgers
15 S. Touchet St.
(509) 529-3430
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Clarette's is owned by a Whitman alum and serves amazing breakfast all day. It is also right on campus, between CoHo and Cordiner Hall.
Colville St. Patisserie
Food: Baked goods
40 S. Colville St.
(509) 301-7289
Price: $8-$15
Huckleberry's Natural Market
Food: Healthy
710 S. Ninth Ave.
(509) 525-8790
Price: $5-$10
La Casita
Food: Mexican
315 S. Ninth Ave.
(509) 522-4941
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Huge specialty drinks, free birthday dessert.
La Monarca II
Food: Taco truck
In front of 1828 E. Isaacs Ave.
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: Offers cheap and authentic food, and it isn't too far of a walk from campus. Occasionally, the owners will bring the truck to Whitman events during the year.
The Marc Restaurant
Food: Pacific Northwest
Marcus Whitman Hotel, 6 W. Rose St.
(866) 826-9422
Price: $15-$30
Food: Baked goods, deli
21 E. Main St.
(509) 525-0900
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: The food is fresh and tasty, and the wait staff use playing cards as numbers (think: "King of Hearts, your order's ready!"). There is often local, live music.
Pho Sho
Food: Vietnamese
123 W. Alder St.
(509) 525-9794
Price: $8-$10
Cool Features: The only pho (Vietnamese noodle) shop in town, and it's delicious. The staff is friendly, and they play great music.
Food: Diner
814 W. Chestnut St.
(509) 522-1975
Price: $5-$10
Sweet Basil
Food: Pizza
5 S. First Ave.
(509) 529-1950
Price: $3-$20
Cool Features: Every Tuesday is $1 slice day for students with ID.
T. Maccarone's
Food: Italian
4 N. Colville St
(509) 522-4776
Price: $15-$30
Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant
Food: Steaks and seafood
55 W. Cherry St.
(509) 525-2222
Price: $25-$50
Cool Features: With fancy offerings like steaks, seafood, and local wine, this is a great place to take your parents (if they're paying!)

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 26 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 27 responses

  • 30% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 59% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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