Off-Campus Bites: 16 Budget-Friendly Restaurants Near Peninsula Colleges

From Skyline to Stanford, we’ve compiled a list of affordable restaurants near campus just in time for the new school year.

For college students on the Peninsula, back to school can mean financial pressure to manage tuition, housing and other living expenses in a place with one of the highest costs of living in the country. – not to mention the pressure of school navigation which takes time. assignments and projects.

To ease the transition into a new school year, we’ve rounded up a selection of off-campus and budget-friendly bites for students at nearby colleges, many of which also offer quick service for students looking to grab a bite between classes. . Here are places where you can get affordable meals near Cañada College, College of San Mateo, De Anza, Foothill, Menlo College, Santa Clara University, Skyline College, and Stanford.

The shrimp taco at Sancho’s Taqueria. (Photo by Veronica Weber)



Cañada College, Redwood City

Taqueria de Sancho

At Sancho, there are plenty of hearty meal options under $10 or thereabouts, including fish tacos, quesadillas, and a $10.25 breakfast burrito with bacon or chorizo. Delivery and take-out are also available. They also have locations at 491 Lytton Ave. and at 2723 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

Taqueria de Sancho, 3205 Oak Knoll Drive, Redwood City, 650-364-8226. Instagram: @sanchostaqueria.

The Village Hub café-bar and garden

Housed as a non-profit interfaith community center next to the Woodside Village Church, the cafe offers espresso drinks alongside Swedish and American pastries in a large outdoor courtyard with free Wi-Fi. Bonus: you can also study there.

The Village Hub coffee bar, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside, 650-851-1588. Instagram: @le.village.hub.

BBQ pork, spicy eggplant tofu and chow fun at Toa Yuen restaurant in San Mateo.  (Photo courtesy of Marlon T. via Yelp)
BBQ pork, spicy eggplant tofu and chow fun at Toa Yuen restaurant in San Mateo. (Photo courtesy of Marlon T. via Yelp)



College of San Mateo, San Mateo

Restaurant Toa Yuen

This Chinese restaurant offers comforting soups under $10, tofu and vegetable dishes for $10-$11; and chicken or beef dishes for a few dollars beyond that. Sharing a meal with a group of friends? Order a cashew chicken platter, serving six to eight people, for $40.

Restaurant Toa Yuen3170 Campus Drive, San Mateo, 650-349-0414.

Pho element

Savor North Vietnamese cuisine including pho, rice dishes and other soups. Chicken and beef broths are cooked overnight here to bring out the flavors. Order a large pho and cover two meals or share it with your roommate.

Pho element, 2216 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, 650-212-1166. Instagram: @phoelement.

Honorable Mention: Head to the College of San Mateo Farmers Market, held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. year-round, for fresh produce, food truck fare, and vendors selling tamales, baked goods, and more .

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The Spicy Butter Chicken Pizza with Paneer from Tasty Pizza. (Photo courtesy of Veronica C. via Yelp)



De Anza College, Cupertino

The city fish

This casual eatery serves a variety of seafood dishes, including clam chowder, smoked salmon paninis, grilled fish, and combination plates.

The city fish, 21678 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, 408-320-1434. Instagram: @thecityfish.

Tasty pizzas

An Indian-Italian fusion restaurant serving pizza and other Italian dishes with Indian flavor profiles. Dishes on the menu include Masala Knots, Lemon Pepper Wings, Spicy Butter Chicken Pizza, and a range of other pizza flavors, including several vegetarian options. Personal pizzas are under $10.

Tasty pizzas, 21000 Stevens Creek Blvd. Suite 200, Cupertino, 408-816-8800. Instagram: @tastypizzaca.

Vegan eggplant soba at Charley Noodle & Grill.  (Photo courtesy of Ron K. via Yelp)
Vegan eggplant soba at Charley Noodle & Grill. (Photo courtesy of Ron K. via Yelp)



Foothill College, Los Altos Hills

Charley Noodles & Grills

This Asian fusion restaurant offers an assortment of noodle types, including udon, ramen, and soba, as well as sushi, katsu, and other dishes. Party trays are also available starting at $48.

Charley Noodle & Grill, 244 State St., Los Altos, 650-948-5700.

Spot – A pizzeria

A downtown Los Altos staple since 2004, Spot offers garlic bread starting at $4.50, salads and subs under $10, and a variety of pizza combinations, including the “Spot Light”, which contains artichoke hearts, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, pine nuts. and basil.

Locate a pizzeria,133 Main St., Los Altos, 650-947-7768.

California Kahve's butterfly pea flower latte.  (Photo courtesy of California Kahve)
California Kahve’s butterfly pea flower latte. (Photo courtesy of California Kahve)



Menlo College, Atherton

California Kahve at Oak + Violet

The Park James Hotel isn’t exactly the first place one would look for a budget meal, but a drink at California Kahve’s cafe, which opened earlier this year inside the hotel, is a relatively affordable “treat yourself” expense if you still want to get off campus and feel a little classy.

Kahve of California, 1400 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Instagram: @california.kahve.

Tacos and pupusas from Mami Cheli

Mami Cheli’s in Menlo Park offers hearty pupusas and tacos in a variety of flavor combinations, including vegan and vegetarian options. The cheese pupusa is topped with grilled cheese with optional jalapeños. Tortas, quesadillas and burritos are also on the menu.

Mami Cheli’s, 989 El Camino Real Suite B, Menlo Park, 650-521-0636. Instagram: @mamichelisofficial.

Sara's Kitchen offers breakfast specialties such as omelettes and pancakes.  (Photo courtesy of Jenny H. via Yelp)
Sara’s Kitchen offers breakfast specialties such as omelettes and pancakes. (Photo courtesy of Jenny H. via Yelp)



Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

Sarah’s kitchen

This brunch restaurant has an outdoor terrace and offers hearty breakfasts of omelettes, scrambled eggs, and eggs Benedict, as well as cheesesteaks, sandwiches, milkshakes, and mimosas.

Sarah’s kitchen, 1595 Franklin Street, Santa Clara, 408-247-7272. Instagram: @saraskitchensc.

Tapsilog Canteen

This Filipino restaurant offers hearty portions of dishes like silog, garlic fried rice and eggs, and lumpia at affordable prices.

Tapsilog Cantina, 1998 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 408-326-2284. Instagram: @tapsilog_cantina2020.

Bánh mì sandwiches are a staple on the menu at Kitten & Pinky in Pacifica.  (Photo courtesy of John G. via Yelp)
Bánh mì sandwiches are a staple on the menu at Kitten & Pinky in Pacifica. (Photo courtesy of John G. via Yelp)



Skyline College, San Bruno

Taste of Burma

The Taste of Burma restaurant in Daly City offers soups, curries, stir fries and salads at affordable prices. Try chin paung kyaw, a dish with sautéed roselle leaves for less than $10, or chicken paratha, a flatbread served with chicken curry.

Taste of Burma, 2025 Gellert Blvd. #200, Town of Daly, 650-449-1378.

Kitten and little finger

Kitten & Pinky in Pacifica offers affordable bánh mì sandwiches, BBQ pork and chicken over vermicelli noodles and spring rolls, with most entrees set at $7-$8.

Kitten and Little Finger, 1715 Palmetto Ave, Pacifica, 650-290-8153.

Honorable mention: Get a late-night caffeine and sugar fix at Pit Stop Boba Shop, a boba outpost open until 10 p.m. at 2300 Westborough Blvd. in south San Francisco.

Mediterranean Wraps vegetarian combo plate includes hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, Greek salad, dolmas and a side of pita bread.  (Photo by Veronica Weber)
Mediterranean Wraps vegetarian combo plate includes hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, Greek salad, dolmas and a side of pita bread. (Photo by Veronica Weber)



Stanford University, Stanford

Mediterranean wraps

Mediterranean wraps offer students a quick and hearty meal solution and a variety of dishes, including shawarma and a plate of mujadara, consisting of lentils and rice with caramelized onions. Try the vegetarian wrap, which features falafel, hummus, zucchini, cauliflower and tahini for a satisfying vegetarian meal on the go.

Mediterranean wraps, 433 California Avenue, Palo Alto, 650-321-8189. Instagram: @medwraps.

Sushirrito

There are a number of fast-casual options in downtown Palo Alto, but for a full-time student, what’s better than an affordable burrito-sized sushi roll? A growing local chain, the University Avenue outpost offers a variety of burrito roll options mixing and matching Latin and Japanese flavors and ingredients.

Sushirrito, 448 University Avenue, Palo Alto, 650-600-9696. Instagram: @sushirito.

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