Food, Restaurants, and Nightlife

Food Shopping

Tops Grocery - On Colvin and Nottingham, the closest grocery store to campus. Not the best produce or meats, but you can find all the basic items for decent prices… and there is a liquor store next door!

Wegmans - It is the grocery store of Syracuse, although it is about 5-10 minutes away in DeWitt/Fayetville. There's just about anything you could want including a large produce section with lots of locally grown foods, olives and cheeses galore, and an organic pantry which is like a store in itself. There is a variety of cafeteria bars for either take out or sit down: sushi, Asian (including Indian), salad, vegetarian and a cafe with pizza and subs.

Syracuse Real Food Co-Op - All goods are from local farmers and producers. "we exist to provide healthy, organic, local, and alternative food products to our community of shoppers and owners". Located in the neighborhood on Kensington street.

Regional Farmer's Market - Right next to the mall, near the stadium and train station. May-November Saturday 7am-2pm, Flea Market open Sunday same hours. TONS of fresh fruit and veg, local bakers, fresh pasta, cheese, eggs, spices for CHEAP!

Downtown Farmers Market - June 14-Oct 11, Tuesdays 7am-4pm. Not as big as regional market but close, on the bus route, and works in case you cant get up early on weekends!

University Community Harvest Farmers' Market - Happens sporadically throughout the semesters in Spring and Fall. Really small market, but worth stopping by. On SU campus near Marshall Street.


In addition to the great number of chain restaurants, Syracuse boasts a wide variety of unique dining establishments in a multitude of cultures and styles.

Mother's Cupboard Fish Fry and Diner - a small joint known for their large portions, great breakfasts, and economical pricing, on James street.
Dinosaur BBQ - Named the best BBQ joint in the US! Always a LONG wait (up to 2 hours) but excellent food with a unique atmosphere
Strong Heart Cafe - "Delicious animal, earth, and health friendly food." All vegan!
Funk 'N Waffles - fantastic waffle creations of the sweet and savory variety breakfast lunch and dinner, with artists playing tunes at night. It's a must try!

Pastabilities - excellent! excellent!
Asti's - delicious and quaint
Dominick's - Its the bright red neon lights off 690. Named "Best Italian in Syracuse". HUGE portions!

L'Adour - fancy and very appealing the the palate

Sakana-Ya - sushi and such.

Taj mahal - Extremely yummy and economical buffet, on Erie Blvd.

Lemon Grass - very tasty
appeThaizing - near campus and cheaper than Lemon Grass!
Lao Village - Thia and Laotian cuisine. Small, friendly, and fantastic food.

The Mission - authentic and quaint
Alto Cinco - cozy atmosphere and fantastic dishes! Right on Wescott.

Phoebe's - mix of French, Mediterranean, and American. Slightly formal
Dolce Vita World Bistro - variety of international foods from American burgers to vegetarian tofu dishes. It is a bar and restaurant
The Black Olive - A small place serving Greek and Mediterranean with a big taste. yum.

Coffee Houses:
People's Place - located in the heart of SU's campus, under Hendrick's Chapel. Student run and super cheap!!
Recess Coffee - roastery with light fare. A great place to study with free wi-fi, located in the Westcott area.


There are plenty of options for after dinner entertainment

The Westcott Theater - intimate venue staging bands in genres of blue grass, folk, electronica, rock, you name it!

Empire Brewery Company - great beers and great atmosphere
Middle Ages Brewing - perhaps not true night life as the tasting room closes at 5 or 6, but it's still beer. A local craft and quite delicious brewing company.

Bars and the like
Chuck's - A dive bar with quite the atmosphere. pool tables, darts, hoops, and TVs for sports. It's really something else, in Marshall Square
Faegan's Cafe and Pub- a fair amount of beers on tap with numerous TVs. Known for their Wednesday night flip night (guess the coin side right and you get that drink free), also near Marshall Square
The Blue Tusk - known for their eclectic selection of beers on tap, 69 total. mm mm good.
Al's Wine and Whiskey Lounge - offers bookshelf after bookshelf full of whiskey and other spirits. A groovy place with a cozy atmosphere.
Kitty Hoynes - Traditional Irish pub, quaint and full of character.

Other night time entertainment is listed in Life in Syracuse Indoor Activities section.