Top Pick Restaurants

From restaurants to nightlife to lodging, this fun college town offers the complete package. South Bend boasts a wide range of amazing cuisine, a fun nightlife scene and many wonderful hotel options in the area.


South Bend is a town full of unique restaurants with delicious food. From tiny hole-in-the-wall spots to large decorative establishments, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. Whether you are in the mood for exotic Mediterranean food or fresh Italian pizza, South Bend has something great to offer.

Barnaby’s: Barnaby’s is THE place for pizza in South Bend. The pizza is fantastic, with warm sourdough crust and generous quality toppings. The windowless restaurant gives off a dark and cozy vibe, making you feel like you are back in an old ale house. Its quirkiness is what makes it so lovable to people of all ages. It is a great spot for everyone; Notre Dame Students, families, grandparents, and all ages. 713 East Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46617 (574) 288-4981

Cambodian Thai: Don’t be fooled by this restaurant’s small appearance. Cambodian Thai is the best place in town for spicy Thai food. The crowd favorites are their Pad See Eiw, Drunken Noodles, and Lard Nar, but all of their dishes are amazing so you can’t go wrong! To top it off, this delicious traditional Thai food is also reasonably priced, with the most competitive prices in the area. This great find will keep you coming back. Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601 (574) 289-2877

Fiddler’s Hearth: Fiddler’s Hearth is a truly authentic Irish Pub with its warm, quaint atmosphere. It is laid back from the moment you walk through the door and find yourself a place to sit. With shared seating and friendly staff, you feel like you are among family. This pub has a lot of character and merriment, with live fiddlers and open mic nights. Even better, they offer delicious Irish food and great Irish beer. 127 North Main St, South Bend, IN 46601 (574) 232-2853

Elia’s Mediterranean Cuisine: This family-owned Mediterranean restaurant is diamond in the rough in South Bend. The owners are very friendly and generous, making you feel right at home. Nothing beats the delicious meals and warm hospitality of Elia’s Cuisine in South Bend. 128 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 277-7239

Rocco’s Restaurant: This family owned, friendly pizza place is a family favorite in South Bend. The casual atmosphere and friendly staff is perfect for a casual pizza night with family and friends. Their homemade crust and zesty sauce is the perfect combination. 537 N Saint Louis Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617 (574) 233-2464

CJ’s Pub: CJ’s Pub gets rave reviews from all. You must try their legendary “Super Pub Burger,” and the waffle fries and onion rings are spectacular. The enormous burgers are the best in town. It is the perfect atmosphere for burgers and drinks with friends. Stop in went you visit, or make it a weekly ritual. CJ’s never disappoints. 236 S Michigan St, South Bend, IN 46601 (574) 233-5981


Like many other college towns, the nightlife in South Bend is wild and crazy. Check out these bars the next time you’re in town.

The Linebacker Lounge: The Linebacker is the quintessential college bar. During the day, it’s a great place to watch football games. At night, it turns into one big dance party! The drinks are cheap, the company is fun. 1631 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617 (574) 289-0186

Cheers Lounge: Cheers Lounge is a fun local bar with tons of entertainment. Local acts perform three nights a week, and there is karaoke every Saturday and Monday. It is also a great place to go watch the game with friends. 103 S Dixie Way, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 277-8407

Corby’s Irish Pub: Corby’s is a very famous and popular Notre Dame Bar. The full-service bar gets packed on the weekends. Fun fact: this bar appears in the movie “Rudy.” 441 LaSalle Ave, South Bend, IN (574) 233-5326

The Blarney Stone: You’ll find every ND student here on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They offer live bands and DJs on the weekends. This is a Notre Dame staple! 113 Wayne Street, South Bend, IN 46601 (574) 283-0452


In a big college town it is often difficult to snag a good hotel, but with these five hotels in close proximity to Notre Dame, you can’t go wrong.

Ivy Court Inn & Suites: This non-chain inn is quaint, clean and spacious. It includes free breakfast, and the lobby offers complimentary coffee and cookies. Just a walk away from shops, restaurants and the Notre Dame campus, this hotel is a great place for your stay in South Bend. 1404 Ivy Court, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 277-6500

Inn at Saint Mary’s Hotel & Suites: Saint Mary’s Hotel and Suites offers a very friendly and accommodating staff from the moment you arrive. The breakfast buffet is out of this world. This hotel is full of great Notre Dame Pride, perfect for football weekends. 53993 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 232-4000

Fairfield Inn & Suites South Bend at Notre Dame: This hotel is up to par with all other Marriott locations. It is very clean, with wonderful amenities. Located just south of the Notre Dame Stadium, Fairfield Inn & Suites is surrounded by several restaurants and other various activities. Great service, great location. 1220 East Angela Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617 (574) 234-5510

Hilton Garden Inn South Bend: This modernly decorated hotel is very stylish and impressive. Nothing but wonderful service throughout your stay. The distance to the Notre Dame campus is walkable, with a lighted path connected it to the hotel. They also offer free parking, which is a big plus on football weekends. 53995 Indiana State Route 933, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 232-7700

Comfort Suites South Bend: Nice clean rooms, indoor pool, simple breakfast and cozy beds. Recently renovated interior provides a fresh new look. Major plus, there is a Starbucks right next door. This hotel is both kid and dog-friendly, so if you’re traveling with the whole crew, this is the place for you. 52939 US 933 North, South Bend, IN 46637 (574) 272-1500



Cambodian Thai

Fiddler's Hearth

Elia's Mediterranean Cuisine

Rocco's Restaurant

CJ'S Pub


The Linebacker Lounge

Cheers Lounge

Corby's Irish Pub

The Blarney Stone


Ivy Court Inn & Suites

Inn at Saint Mary’s Hotel & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites South Bend at Notre Dame

Hilton Garden Inn South Bend

Comfort Suites South Bend