While the list of on-campus dining venues might not strike the casual reader as extensive, the Coop, Frank Dining Hall, the Cutting Edge Bistro, and the library café suit Colgate students just fine. Although a few months of eating from the same on-campus eateries can lead to monotony, the chefs and Dining Services staff do their best to bring a touch of whimsy to the dining halls, whether it be through farm-to-table preparations or a pig roast for a Hawaiian luau-themed night. Although it is wise not to expect first-class preparations, students need not look far to find something healthy, fresh, and tasty most meal times—and for those days when nothing seems appealing, there are always staples like the deli line, salad bar, and cereal.
In addition to the standard fare, Dining Services offers vegetarian, vegan, and kosher foods, and is equipped to meet any other dietary restrictions with notice. The one issue many students have with the on-campus dining options is the high prices—especially from the all-à-la-carte Coop—and while Dining Services is responsive to most requests and comments from students, this is one area on which they refuse to budge. Nonetheless, students are mostly pleased with the offerings the kitchens cook up each day, and they are especially pleased by the extensive hours of the Coop and library café, which are both open late to meet late-night cravings of chicken tenders and coffee, respectively.