Campus Dining

Pittsburgh, PA
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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I can generally find something I enjoy to eat at every meal. The chef is very open to suggestions. Sometimes there are inconsistencies with the recipes throughout the year.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a variety of food selections and a choice in how a student wants their food prepared, in fact, its encouraged.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: As an off campus student, I have not used a meal plan or eaten in the dining hall more than a couple times. When I have, the menu has been satisfactory. Mostly, I enjoy going to the cafe and drinking coffee.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The hours do not fit very well into a lot of people's schedules which makes it hard to eat dinner at the dining hall.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I'm a vegetarian and the options here aren't that bad. There is a special vegetarian option almost every day. Pasta and roasted vegetables are served daily. There is also a great salad bar and soup available everyday. It's much better than a lot of the surrounding colleges.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 173rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 185th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 315th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 615th
    Best Quality Food
  • 637th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Anderson Dining Hall, Weathervane Snack Bar, and Café Rachel offer students places to eat and meet with friends. Anderson serves three main meals during the day, while Weathervane offers grab-and-go options all day and Café Rachel serves coffee and snacks to go. Parkhurst Dining Services, the same company that runs Eat'n Park (a well-known chain restaurant in Pittsburgh), is Chatham's food supplier. In addition to offering vegan and made-to-order meals, Chatham features food from different regions of the world every month. And, after their meals, students can check out the most popular part of Anderson Dining Hall—the well-stocked dessert table. The variety of meal plans offers a combination of meals and "flex dollars" that can be used at any of the dining locations to buy meals or snack items. When selecting a meal plan, note that the more meals available, the less flex money a student will get. Students with sports or dinnertime commitments don't have to worry about missing a meal; after Anderson meal hours end, students can use their meal plans in the Weathervane Snack Bar and order a ready-made sandwich or something off the grill.

Student opinion on the food varies, but diners agree that Chatham meals can get boring as time passes. However, students can venture off campus to explore Pittsburgh's many culinary options when Chatham cuisine gets too bland. The University is very close to both Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, which offer local and commercial restaurants, as well as grocery stores for students who wish to take matters into their own hands. Parkhurst Dining Services also tries to accommodate students’ needs and is open to student suggestions, which can be written on slips in the dining hall.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4780 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Upper campus resident students, which include all first-year students living on campus, are required to have a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Anderson Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Weathervane Snack Bar
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Made-to-order omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Pasta asiago
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chai tea from Café Rachel
  • Cookies
  • Smoothies
24-Hour Dining
None, but Café Rachel is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays.
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Flex money cannot be used off campus.
Special Options
There is always a fresh vegetable option and a fully stocked salad bar in Anderson Dining Hall, and there are usually vegan options, too. In the event that you are going to miss a meal because you are off campus or ill, Anderson provides boxed meals for pick-up. Weathervane Snack Bar has started to stock vegetarian and gluten-free frozen items in its refrigerated case. Food allergies are also taken seriously, and ingredients and nutrition information are posted on a number of items.
Did You Know?
Café Rachel offers 2 percent, skim, and soy milk for all of its coffee drinks.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Anderson Dining Hall
Location: Connected to Mellon Center
Food: All-you-care-to-eat breakfast, dessert/ice cream bar, grill, salad bar, sandwich bar, unique daily meal option.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Café Rachel
Location: Chatham Quad
Food: Coffee bar drinks and tea, pre-made sandwiches and wraps, snack items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Eastside Café
Location: Eastside building
Food: Grill, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Weathervane Snack Bar
Location: Below Anderson Dining Hall in Mellon Center
Food: Appetizer-style foods, grab-n-go items, made-to-order sandwiches, pre-made salads, snacks, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options


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