Campus Dining

Allentown, PA
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food and dining on campus is awesome and the quality is at its best.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I wish there were more options available

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: At Cedar Crest College, we have many dining options. We have the typical cafeteria but the cooking staff is extraordinary. Anything you desire and its 9 times out of 10 times, yours to devour. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and you have about 15 different options at each meal and each day is different. Also, we have what we call "The Falcon's Nest" and that is a small "to-go" restaurant (that supplies just about everything else that the cafe does not) we have on campus but you can also enjoy your meal there while catching the latest news or TV show.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: At first the food was great, but it gets tired very quick. It's all of the same food every single day. There is a dining hall which is buffet style, but they mostly serve past, meat and cheese all in one which is disgusting. The Falcon's nest is more of a grill and deli style. Everything here is the same everyday and way overpriced. Flex goes by pretty fast since we only get $50

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It was good at the beginning, but they're starting to get lazy. There are a variety of options, and there's a grill downstairs where you can get whatever you want for the equivalency of a meal, but its unhealthy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 675th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 840th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 1091st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 1142nd
    Best Quality Food
  • 1243rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jess Bolluyt
Easton, PA
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Students have several options when eating on campus. Cedar Crest offers a traditional college cafeteria experience in the campus dining hall, which serves a variety of foods—from classic favorites to vegetarian cuisine—at every meal (not to mention the great desserts and always-available ice cream!). While the dining hall is a great option when you want to sit down to eat with a bunch of friends, The Falcon's Nest is a faster option for when you're running in between classes and meetings. Featuring a salad bar and a grill, The Falcon's Nest is more of a small café than a cafeteria, and it offers a range of food from made-to-order to pre-packaged. An additional venue on campus is the Cyber Café, a small coffee shop with the best caffeine-packed beverages and delicious pastries.

Even though most students agree that Dining Services offers a great variety of food on campus, there are additional options off campus, from a grocery store within easy walking distance to the many restaurants a short drive away in Allentown or Bethlehem. 

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4830 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All resident freshmen are required to have the 19-meals-a-week plan. There are 19 meal periods in a week; they include breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends. The meal plan also includes $50 in flex money per semester.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Campus Dining Room
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Cyber Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Make-your-own omelet station
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Make-your-own sandwich or wrap
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Fruit cups
Special Options
If you have a food allergy or a dietary restriction, you should report it immediately to Dining Services. You'll have to complete an allergy declaration form for the department to keep on file. Dining Services will make every effort to identify ingredients to avoid on the menus.
Did You Know?
Parkhurst Dining Services, the food service used on campus, partners with local growers and suppliers through the FarmSource program to bring fresh produce to campus every day. There are no processed vegetables in the salad bar, and a minimum of five fresh fruits offered every day.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Campus Dining Room
Location: Tompkins College Center
Food: Made-to-order, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cyber Café
Location: Tompkins College Center
Food: Coffee, pastries, tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
The Falcon's Nest
Location: Tompkins College Center
Food: Fresh fruit, made-to-order grill options, pizza, pre-packaged food, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options
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