We dropped off our son for freshman orientation and had breakfast and lunch in the dining hall. We went out to dinner with another couple -- it seemed like a good idea to let our kids get to know others -- and went to a Japanese restaurant that was expensive and OK but not overwhelming. On admitted students weekend, we went to a pasta place (Pasta e Basta) which was inexpensive and pretty decent given the price.
I'm sure we'll be back -- we live 1 1/2 hours away. Where would you go for dinner in Amherst (or Hadley, Northhampton, etc.) either as a couple or taking child (and perhaps friends) along?