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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Cincinnati has a huge variety of places.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not get a chance to get off campus to dine because I do not have a car.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I think for the most part it is pretty good. You really need a car to go anywhere off campus though. There are a ton of different pizza places and fast food chains. There are also favorites like Chipotle. My friends and I go downtown for dinner on the weekends usually. There are a lot of really fancy and nice places to go. There is food at every highway exit around us and they are all rather close. Things get a little pricey depending on where you go, but for the most part it is rather obvious what is expensive and what isn't. La Rosa's and Rock Bottom are my favorite places to go. I'm sure there are places that have student discounts, but I have never been. There are several places you can use your dinning dollars or xcash.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: there are various areas where students and faculty can select to dine in and the cost is reasonable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food is the same as back home, fast food chains, retail eateries, etc.


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On the weekends, or on special occasions, Xavier students tend to flock toward the trendy restaurants in neighboring areas. Rookwood, an upscale shopping center, is home to many of the dining choices that XU students frequent on a regular basis. Buffalo Wild Wings, PF Chang's, First Watch, and Buca di Beppo are just a few of the dining options in Rookwood that are extremely popular at Xavier. Those preferring a different atmosphere often venture to Hyde Park, where cozy restaurants like Zip's Café and Graeter's ice cream offer a more authentic Cincinnati feel. Hyde Park can be a little pricier, but there are tons of great places to choose from. Any time you mention food and Cincinnati in the same sentence, you're obligated to at least make reference to Skyline Chili, the city's trademark dish. The special brand of chili served with spaghetti, cheese, or hot dogs is a favorite among locals. For out-of-towners, it may take some getting used to, but you can't experience Cincinnati without at least trying the stuff. (Don't forget the Tums.)

The off-campus dining experience at Xavier is convenient and full of a wide array of choices. Whatever you're in the mood for, there is sure to be a place within a few miles to fill your stomach at a reasonable price. The best part about it is most of the popular restaurants are all clumped together in Rookwood and Hyde Park, so you don't even have to decide what you're in the mood for until you get where you're going. Whether you develop a taste for Skyline Chili or not, there are still plenty of great places to feed your face off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Skyline Chili
24-Hour Dining
  • IHOP
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
First Watch
Best Healthy
First Watch
Best Pizza
LaRosa's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Montgomery Inn-Ribs King
Other Places to Check Out
  • Indigo's (Italian)
  • Jerusalem Café
  • Papa John's
  • T.G.I. Friday's
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

3760 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park
(513) 871-4142
Daily 24 hours
4825 Marburg Ave.
(513) 458-2400

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Bonefish Grill
Food: Seafood
2737 Madison Rd., Hyde Park
(513) 321-5222
Price: $8-$15
Buca di Beppo
Food: Italian
2635 Edmondson Rd. Rookwood Commons and Pavilion
(513) 396-7673
Price: $8-$15
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings
2692 Madison Rd., Suite A7
(513) 351-9464
Price: $8-$15
Food: Mexican
3725 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park
(513) 631-3800
Price: $5-$10
Don Pablo's
Food: Mexican
2962 Madison Rd., Suite 1, Rookwood Commons and Pavilion
(513) 631-1356
Price: $8-$15
First Watch
Food: Breakfast, lunch
2692 Madison Rd., Suite N3, Rookwood Commons and Pavilion
(513) 531-7430
Price: $5-$10
Food: Ice cream
2704 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
(513) 321-6221
Price: $2-$5
Food: Breakfast
4825 Marburg Ave.
(513) 731-3666
Price: $5-$10 per person
J. Alexander's
Food: Upscale American, burgers
2629 Edmondson Rd., Rookwood Commons and Pavilion
(513) 531-7495
Price: $10-$15
LaRosa's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
4702 Montgomery Rd., Norwood
(513) 351-2316
Price: $8-$15
Max & Erma's
Food: Family, American
2631 Edmondson Rd., Rookwood Commons
(513) 631-7888
Price: $8-$15
Montgomery Inn-Ribs King
Food: Ribs, steaks, sandwiches
9440 Montgomery Rd., Northeast
(513) 791-3482
Price: $10-$25
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
2633 Edmondson Rd., Rookwood Commons and Pavilion
(513) 631-4567
Price: $10-$15
Skyline Chili
Food: Chili
3081 Madison Rd., Hyde Park
(513) 871-2930
Price: $2-$5
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Steakburgers, desserts
9770 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati
(513) 984-1202
Price: $4-$8
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast
2391 E. Sharon Rd.
(513) 771-5099
Price: $3-$7
Zip's Cafe
Food: Burgers
1036 Delta Ave.
(513) 871-9876
Price: $3-$7

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 55 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 59 responses

  • 31% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 37% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 27% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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