Off Campus Dining
Welcome to the culinary world of South Bend, IN!
Pro tip: check out the Trip Advisor pages for South Bend, Mishawaka, and Granger for even more restaurant recommendations!
Planning to go out for food, but aren't sure of the restaurants' safety protocols during COVID? Check out COVID Restaurant Reviews for information!
An excellent discount grocery store and a boon for graduate students everywhere, Aldi sells quality groceries and household goods at low prices. While their selection can be limited, the combination of price and quality can't be beat. For those familiar with the upscale grocery chain Trader Joe's, Aldi is run by the same company, sharing a similar value for simple and wholesome ingredients.
Fresh Thyme is a farmer's market-style grocery store with locations throughout the Midwest. They carry all sorts of natural, organic, and local items, sell many baking ingredients, spices, nuts, and candies in bulk, and also stock a wide variety of natural household goods. While many of their products come at an increase in price, their prices on produce, bulk items, and meats are very competitive.
A very popular national chain that sells food and household goods in bulk, as well as clothing, furniture, electronics, and just about anything else that money can buy. Their gasoline prices are almost always lower than any station in town. Note, however, that a membership is required in order to shop here.
A Midwestern chain that has just about anything you could need for a reasonable price. They have groceries, a pharmacy, electronics, office supplies, and nearly forty other departments.
Kroger carries all manner of groceries, often with special discounts for those who sign up for their free points card.
With its headquarters in South Bend, Martin's Supermarket sells a wide range of high-quality groceries and prepared foods. Although their selection is excellent, you will find that their prices can be somewhat higher than other stores in the area.
A discount supermarket with rock-bottom prices on groceries.
An upscale grocery store with a wide variety of natural, organic, local, sustainably-farmed, and ethically-raised foods.
Purple Porch Co-op specializes in locally-grown, organic, bulk, and other specialty foods, including dairy, meats, fresh produce, and snacks, as well as household goods.
This lovely spot is only open during select hours on the weekend, and offers their coffee with a twist: instead of paying for your own coffee, you pay-it-forward for your neighbor.
Bamber's Superette: "Taste Italy in every aisle. Your go-to destination for olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pastas, cheeses, wines, and hard-to-find gourmet ingredients."
Saigon Market is a locally owned Asian grocery store located in downtown South Bend. Find Asian foods and ingredients here that you wouldn't be able to find in a standard grocery store.
Rosales is a Mexican super market and restaurant. Not only serving authentic Mexican cuisine, it also provides the space for you to shop to make your own at home.
The South Bend Farmer's Market offers "fresh, home-grown produce (fruits and vegetables), dairy products, meats, poultry, eggs, maple syrup, jams, jellies, flowers, handcrafts, artwork, jewelry, and many more unique items," and it includes a restaurant at the center of the market.
"Authentic Mexican restaurant and grocery store serving authentic Mexican food at affordable prices. Fresh meat and produce."
Almadina is a hidden treasure in the Michiana area! If you are looking for halal meats, delicious teas, spices, and other specialty products, this small market is certainly worth a visit!
Attached to the popular Mishawaka Indian restaurant, India Garden, this grocery store sells authentic Indian grocery items. Definitely worth a visit!
This bakery is a must-visit for all bread lovers! Offering European-style buns and breads of all varieties that make wonderful sandwiches and sides to soups and salads.
For a full list of downtown South Bend Restaurants, explore the DTSB Dining Guide.
With a location downtown and another in Mishawaka, the India Garden offers a taste of India with a menu that will satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike. They also offer a delicious all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, if you are feeling particularly hungry!
Cops & Doughnuts: Dainty Maid Precinct
Cops & Doughnuts recently revived the Dainty Maid bake shop downtown (231 S Michigan St.). Come check out the decor and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee with a delicious doughnut!
"Café Navarre brings you modern American cuisine with French, Spanish and Italian influences distinguished by their simplicity, genuine flavor and respect for ingredients. Navarre offers fresh fish and seafood along with dishes created with seasonal elements from local farms that are unmistakable in flavor and quality."
Cambodian Thai is downtown South Bend's premier place for authentic Asian cuisine! Known for a variety of dishes, they offer several meat, vegetable, and gluten free options.
Chicory Café is a "French Quarter style coffee house" offering cajun and creole cuisine with vegan and vegetarian options. Often hosting live music and trivia nights, they also provide many board game options for you and your friends to enjoy. Check out their website for events and specials!
Sweet tooth getting you down? Visit the South Bend Chocolate Café for all of your chocolate (and coffee!) needs.
Cj's Pub features classic American pub food, including their signature 10oz. "Super Pub Burger."
With a limited food menu and unlimited personality, Corby's offers pizza, sandwiches, bread sticks, nachos, a full bar, arcade games, and corn hole. They also have a great patio, for those warm South Bend nights! Come hang out at Rudy's pub!
Founded in 1980 in a building with a storied history, the East Bank Emporium boasts delectable fare with a lovely view of the St. Joe river.
A family friendly public house, Fiddler's offers a menu full of Irish cuisine with some intriguing Indian touches. They have family style seating and host local folk and celtic live music in the evenings. They even offer traditional tea parties if you call ahead, complete with scones and tiny sandwiches!
"A modern American bistro, LaSalle Grill features a blend of chef-inspired original dishes and ethnic foods that represent the spirit and people of America."
Are you looking for a quaint weekend brunch? "Le Peep puts a wholesome, proven perspective on your neighborhood Breakfast & Lunch. Fresh. Simple. Elegant. Inviting."
Peggs is one of the best places in town for breakfast and brunch! It is a "warm, 'everyone knows your name' gathering place." Stop in for a sweet treat, or something savory.
"Rocco's features the best Italian food this side of the Appian Way. Nothing fancy. Nothing pretentious. You might call it comfort food, Italian style. Amazing pizza. Incredible pasta. Served in a homelike environment by people who make you feel like family."
"Brew Werks is Downtown South Bend’s only brew pub. We have 10 taps, 5 of which rotate and 5 house beers including a Black IPA, Amber, Wheat, Oatmeal Stout and Smoked Porter. Pair those with some tasty gourmet grilled cheeses, pastas & flatbread pizzas made from locally sourced ingredients!"
Serving signature cocktails and gourmet snacks, Spirited is a great place to have a casual evening with friends or colleagues at the end of a long week.
"The Exchange Whiskey Bar carries close to 150 whiskeys and the list is continually growing. We craft old style prohibition era cocktails and have a wide selection of alcohol including sipping rums and a variety of high end Cognacs and Brandies. We also carry a dozen local craft beers in the bottle and a small selection of wine. Our specialty cocktails are mostly whiskey based and are the best selling items in the bar. We have limited food available, mostly for snacking. Some of the items available are, Shrimp Cocktail, Cheese Board, Smoked Fish and a Charcuterie."
"Built by Clem Studebaker from 1886 - 1889, the Tippecanoe Place mansion has a rich and colorful history. Today, the restaurant indulges clientele in grand cuisine and noble wine - all within an atmosphere of unparalleled ambiance at the heart of the South Bend business and catering scene."
Woochi offers "an integration of sushi, kitchen and full bar. We offer a wide range of Japanese dishes, along with mind-blowing sushi and Japanese cuisine creations. You also can find numbers of classic Chinese & Asian dishes on our menu. Vegetarian friendly & gluten free friendly are one of our [advantages]."
For a full list of dining options in South Bend, see the Visit South Bend dining guide.
"J W Chen's offers true Chinese cuisine with catering services available for South Bend and the entire Michiana area...Enjoy healthy, MSG free Chinese cuisine in a friendly atmosphere that will make you feel right at home."
Puerto Rican food never tasted so good! "Nestled away in Miami Village is a new, hip establishment . . . [a] fusion of American Cuisine with Caribbean flavors by Chef Javier is the best way to describe the unique menu."
Founded in Indiana, the Jack's Donuts location in South Bend opened in 2020. Serving fresh donuts, pastries, cakes, and rolls to go alongside Jack's Java!
Pitt's BBQ is a locally owned and award-winning barbeque restaurant. Providing all of the BBQ essentials, including pulled pork and chicken, coleslaw, and macaroni and cheese.
Girasol serves delicious Salvadoran cuisine! It is best known for its homemade papusas, fresh ingredients, and budget-friendly pricing!
Mango Café restaurant offers delicious Venezuelan cuisine. Serving American classics with Venezuelan flair, along with classic Venezuelan dishes (including Venezuela's national dish!), the menu offers something for everyone to enjoy!
Macri's is a family tradition! Enjoy delicious baked goods, pizzas, sandwiches, and gelato!
Carmela's at Macri's
Enjoy some authentic Italian cuisine at this family owned restaurant in the heart of downtown South Bend! Located right next door to Macri's bakery.
"For those with discriminating taste in food, brilliant wine, historic architecture, fine art and horticulture, there is simply no other restaurant that compares."
Hensell's Oaken Bucket features a menu filled with burgers, wraps, and salads and is located directly on the St. Joe River. Enjoy the view from their outdoor deck!
"Elia's is a family-owned restaurant committed to serving the best authentic Lebanese cuisine to our friends and community since June of 2000."
"Weiss’ Gasthaus is an authentic German restaurant that uses original family recipes. Handcrafted with the finest ingredients, we offer a variety of German cuisine such as Rouladen, Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage, and Sauerkraut."
The Crooked Ewe is a South Bend Brewery and Ale House with a dedicated vegan menu in addition to their regular menu!
"The Original Pancake House . . . has been in business for over 31 years. . . . Stop by for breakfast, or lunch or enjoy any of [the] weekday specials."
Ho Ping House, just northwest of campus, serves traditional Chinese cuisine.
The La Esperanza "menu is the result of the inspiration of a select team of expert chefs in Creole cuisine."
Nick's Patio is a wonderful 24/7 diner located just moments from campus. Offering delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options all day- and night!
Parisi’s Ristorante Italiano offers "traditional Italian cuisine."
A South Bend staple. Enjoy a delightful bagel and cream cheese with your coffee, or sample some delectable bagel sandwiches!
A South Bend legend - reincarnated! Vegetable Buddies was a South Bend staple in the 1970's, and was recently reintroduced to the community. Come enjoy some great live music and some delicious eats!
The Visit South Bend dining guide also lists restaurants in the Mishawaka area.
Evil Czech Brewery features locally brewed beer and cider as well as an extensive lunch and dinner menu.
Corndance Tavern believes in a "farm-to-fork" dining experience. "Chef George Pesek sources his ingredients from local ranches, orchards, and fields whenever possible to create unique flavorful dishes."
Bubble tea, anyone? Bowl of Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant that is best known for their pho! They serve many veggie and meat options!
"At Bonefish Grill, we believe in going the extra mile to create a special experience for our guests. From our handcrafted cocktails and diverse food selections to our dish presentation, there truly is something for everyone. Nothing fishy here - just unparalleled food and drink indulgences waiting for you."
"Sunny’s Korean Restaurant has been operating in Mishawaka since March of 1992. For over 20 years we have had the pleasure of sharing with the community homemade, fresh, healthy, and delicious Korean cuisine. All items can be ordered mild, spicy, or hot according to your liking and have NO MSG."
Ritter's is a local frozen custard chain. Don't forget about their student discount next time you stop by!
"Aladdin’s Eatery Systems, Inc. strives to lead the way in serving healthy, nutritious Lebanese-American food in a relaxed, casual and smoke-free atmosphere with superior service."
"At Nedderman's Concessions, steak is our passion. We use only the finest and freshest ingredients to create dinners that will fill your belly and warm your heart."
"At Papa Vino's Italian Kitchen, you’ll start with a complimentary loaf of warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread served with Papa's own Italian Butter Oil: virgin olive oil, Italian herbs and roasted garlic. Enjoy generous portions of Italian classics like Lasagna and Chicken Parmesan or contemporary favorites, including Salmone alla Griglia, Tri-Color Tortellini and our signature Sizzlelini®. We offer a full bar, wine by the glass, bottle or flight, delicious appetizers and tempting desserts."
"Located on the curve of Lincolnway East in Mishawaka, Curve Café will surprise you with how good our breakfasts are. Every day we're open [5:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.] to astound you with homemade Corned Beef Hash, homemade soups, homebaked cinnamon rolls, our own Sausage Gravy and fresh baked biscuits."
"Welcome to a family-friendly restaurant where authentic Mexican food is the delight of our friends. Join us from morning ‘til night and enjoy zesty food and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner."
The American Pancake House is open daily for breakfast and lunch and serves a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options.
"Since opening in 1969, we've taken pride in the quality of the cheese, sausage, pepperoni, and fresh vegetables that we’ve used on our pizzas. We’re standbys in the South Bend area for catering, business lunches, family dinners, birthday parties, corporate lunch delivery, and after the game."
Browse an assortment of handmade baked goods from the Amish country, including pies, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and cookies. The bakery is most well-known for their spectacular donuts, particularly for their speciality: a cinnamon-and-sugar-dusted, carmel-glazed donut that will rock your culinary world.
"We believe that eating healthy, fresh foods is not only great for your body & soul, it tastes better! We invite you to experience for yourself the difference that quality and fresh creates. Once you try it for yourself, you’ll see why we live by our motto… Eat Well. Drink Well. Be Happy."
"Urban Swirl is a self-serve frozen yogurt bar with the best topping & flavor selection in the area."
Gigi's Cupcakes serves gourmet cupcakes!
Soho is a Japanese Bistro that also utilizes hibachi grills. Soho has a great selection of sushi as well as many other Japanese staples.
"We are proud to be the first pancake house in Granger serving the community everyday. From fluffy pancakes to exceptional skillets we invite you to enjoy our farm-fresh omelets [and] homemade crepes with freshly squeezed orange juice. And for lunch the half pound fresh Angus burgers, paninis, or wraps are also sure to please."
"A small batch brewery specializing in hand crafted ales just minutes outside of South Bend, IN." Perfect for the craft beer connoisseur.
Eddie's Steak Shed is a "steakhouse," "new American restaurant," and "burger restaurant."
"From burgers and wings to pizza, flatbreads and wraps, there's something for everyone on the Beef 'O' Brady's menu."
"The Wine Gallery is your fine wine destination. We also carry craft beers, cigars, and a selection of meats and cheeses."
"Please come in and sit a spell - we are a quaint [bakery] where we get to know our faithful customers. It takes about 5 visits to understand our way of doing business & to understand your way of eating. Plan on coming back & visiting often."
"Rocky River provides a farm-to-fork experience featuring sustainably farmed products from nearby growers and a casual atmosphere. Partnerships with local farmers, brewers and winemakers paired with culinary creativity yield brilliant results. From the table enjoy anything from small plates and unique bar snacks to entrees and organic smoothies."