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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good food, sometimes, but I've found hair and metal wire in my food before.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is pretty decent on campus, better than most places. It's an all-you-can-eat sort of thing, so be really careful about that! There can be really limited options in some of the dining halls, though, so watch the menus

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It could just be me, I'm used to cooking my own meals, knowing what I put in it and going grocery shopping.

Also plates, cups and silverware are not always clean which just grosses me out.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is nothing you can say about the dining halls at Colby. Yes, it is not home-cooked food or a gastronomic restaurant, but you can really eat good things. There are a bit less good things as well, but compared to other colleges I have visited, I can guarantee that Colby has far better food than most colleges. There are three dining halls on campus: Bobs, Dana, and Foss. Bobs has more international food (European, Asian), Dana has more fast food (pizza, pasta, fries, burgers, etc), and Foss has most of the vegan and vegetarian as well as the fish options. Bobs and Foss tend to have higher quality food than Dana. The three dining halls are well dispersed around campus, which can be good or bad depending on where you live, and if you are a picky eater. Overall, the food at Colby is of great quality. It is good most of the time, and healthy.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food here is usually really good, but if you just go to Dana for every meal, it can get boring. Dana is the biggest dining hall, it is basically a classic foods dining hall with pizza, spaghetti, a homecooked meal (turkey, chicken, steak, or meatloaf usually) and something on the grill. Roberts is more of a bistro style dining hall with some great food. Foss tends to be more organic with many international options. Don't let the weird names on the menu scare you off though because Foss is the best dining hall as far as quality goes. Every week you get one free meal at the spa, but often the best food is not on the meal deal.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 34th
    Best Quality Food
  • 43rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 56th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 60th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Washington, DC
Government and Economics
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Dining is integral to the Colby social life, and the individual characteristics of the three dining halls partly define campus politics. Tables in the dining halls are big, as they are meant for large groups of friends, and they usually end up overcrowded anyway. Lots of social interaction happens over dining hall food, and it’s not too much of a stretch to say that friendships have formed and ended due to dining hall preference. Foss lovers praise the gourmet and vegan fare but can be blind to the small size and crowdedness of their favorite dining hall. Bob’s fans are devoted to the pasta and grilled cheese bars but can overlook the dismal atmosphere and wimpy salad bar. Dana is surprisingly middle-of-the-road, although students who live in Dana love the convenience (and consequently never leave their building).

Three dining halls can feel like too few by the end of the school year, especially during the long month of January when Foss is (tragically) closed, but food is an important part of the Colby experience. The food is good, the desserts are phenomenal, and the dining halls provide a great social outlet, especially since meal plans are required.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5670 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Different students have different favorites
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
The Spa
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels from the Spa
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled salmon
  • Mac and cheese
  • Turkey burger
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chicken quesadilla from the Spa
  • Mozzarella sticks from the Spa
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
There are always vegan and vegetarian options, and Colby uses lots of local products.
Did You Know?
Students can use their meal plan to get lunch selections from The Spa or Grab N Go, both of which are in Cotter Union.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Caporale Lounge
Location: Pulver Pavilion
Food: Grab-and-go lunch
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dana Dining Hall
Location: The Commons
Food: Burgers, pizza, salad, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Foss Dining Hall
Location: The Commons
Food: Gourmet fare, vegan, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Grab N Go
Location: Cotter Union
Food: Sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Joseph Family Spa (the Spa)
Location: Cotter Union
Food: Bagels, fajitas, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Marchese Bluelight Pub (the Pub)
Location: Cotter Union
Food: Fries, pizza, wings
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Robert's Dining Hall (Bob's)
Location: The Commons
Food: Cafeteria, greasy-spoon fare
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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


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