Campus Dining

Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
14,245
Tuition
$43,413
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The all-you-can eat facilities are my favorite because they have so many choices. Dining on central campus would be better if they had facilities that accepted "meal-swipes."

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Meal plans are expensive, though the food is great. All dining halls close by 8:30 P.M., so there aren't many late night options close to where I live save for one rather expensive grill.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Other than being incredibly expensive, the meal plan here is awesome and delicious.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is delicious and quite fancy!

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: We have the best dining. I think it would be impossible to find another school with better food. There's loads of variety and food tastes great. I've learned about many different ethnic foods since coming here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 15th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 18th
    Best Quality Food
  • 26th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 28th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hometown
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Campus Dining is first-rate and compensates for the hefty meal plan pricing. Hardly any students have qualms with it. Diversity of selection is impressive, and the all-you-can-eat facilities offer a variety of buffet assortments: deli, pasta bar, grill, stir-fry, chef's corner, Kosher corner, waffles, salad bar, smoothies, and freshly-baked desserts. The atmosphere is very pleasant and conducive to a refreshing social experience. Each dining hall has a unique atmosphere. Ivy Room, for example, has a jukebox that plays loud old-time favorites. Cascadeli offers balcony seating overlooking downtown Ithaca and Cayuga Lake in the distance. Appel Commons also provides an outdoor dining area which is open in the warmer months. Furthermore, special Cross Country Gourmet occasions take place at a variety of dining halls over the course of the semester, introducing students to marvelously exotic cuisines prepared by some of the world's leading chefs.

Chefs at the dining halls really take pride in their work and reputation, and they keep students happy and coming back for more. Even those who live off campus are continually tempted to visit on-campus eateries for all-you-can-eat dinners and Sunday brunch. A caveat: with great food and unlimited portions, many students quickly put on the Freshman 15. Thanks to the Cornell fitness centers, you can justify your indulgences.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5566 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites
  • Appel Commons
  • Big Red Barn
  • Ivy Room
  • Martha’s Café
  • Trillium
24-Hour Dining
None, only vending machines in student centers
Did You Know?
  • The Hot Truck, located on the 600 block of Stewart Avenue behind Cornell's west campus dorms, is a traditional hot spot that opens at 10 p.m. and closes at 2:30 a.m. for post-party, late-night snacks.
  • Louie's Lunch, right across from Risley Hall on north campus, promotes a similar concept; opened daily for lunch until 3 a.m.
  • Your meal plan comes with a set amount of Big Red Bucks, a declining balance account you use can use at eateries; you can add to it anytime throughout the semester.
  • The award-winning Cross Country Gourmet Guest Restaurant Series brings chefs, menus, and atmospheres from America's most influential restaurants to you in Cornell's dining rooms.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

104 West!
Location: 104 West Ave.
Food: Kosher
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Atrium Café
Location: Sage Hall
Food: Deli, dessert, pizza, salad bar, sandwiches, smoothies, soup, subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bear Necessities
Location: Robert Purcell Community Center
Food: Deli, grill, kosher, Mexican, pastries, pizza, salad, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Becker House Dining
Location: Carl Becker House
Food: Asian, breakfast options, deli, grill, salads
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Big Red Barn
Location: Behind the A.D. White House
Food: Breakfast, coffee, deli, kosher, pastries, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Big Red Express
Location: Appel Commons
Food: Grocery items
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Carol's Café
Location: Balch Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cascadeli
Location: Willard Straight Hall
Food: Coffee, deli, kosher, salad bar, sandwiches, smoothies, soup, subs
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cook House Dining
Location: Alice Cook House
Food: Breakfast options, deli, grill, pasta, pizza salads
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Ezra's Emporium
Location: Appel Commons
Food: Salads, sandwiches, and soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 2:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Green Dragon
Location: Sibley Hall
Food: Coffee, dessert, kosher, pastries, sandwiches, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Hughes Dining
Location: Hughes Hall
Food: Coffee, deli, dessert, grill, pastries, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ivy Room
Location: Willard Straight Hall
Food: Coffee, deli, desserts, grill, kosher, Mexican, pastries, pizza, soup, subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Jansen's Dining Room
Location: Hans Bethe House
Food: Asian, deli, grill, Mexican, pasta, pizza, salad bar, soup, traditional entrees
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Jansen's Market
Location: Noyes Community Recreation Center
Food: Coffee, dessert, kosher, pastries, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Jansen's Market
Location: Noyes Community Recreation Center, 1st floor
Food: Coffee, dessert, kosher, pastries, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Keeton House Dining
Location: William Keeton House
Food: Asian, deli sandwiches, grill, pastries, pizza, salad bar, subs
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Libe Café
Location: Olin Library
Food: Coffee, pastries, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Martha's Café
Location: Van Rensselaer
Food: Deli, grill, Mexican, pastries, pizza, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mattin's Café
Location: Duffield Hall
Food: Coffee, deli sandwiches, dessert, pastries, smoothies, soup, subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Moosewood at Anabel Taylor
Location: Anabel Taylor Hall
Food: Coffee, deli, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
North Star
Location: Appel Commons
Food: Asian, deli, grill, kosher, Mexican, pastries, pizza, salad, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Okenshield's
Location: Willard Straight Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat, Asian, deli, grill, kosher, Mexican, pastries, pizza, salad, soup
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Risley Dining
Location: Risley Residential College
Food: Breakfast bar, deli, fruit bar, pasta, pizza, stir-fry, soup, traditional entrees
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery
Location: Robert Purcell Community Center
Food: Mongolian grill pizza, salad bar, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Rose House Dining
Location: Flora Rose House
Food: Deli, dessert, grill, pastries, pizza, salad bar, soup
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Sage Coffee Cart
Location: Sage Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Synapsis Café
Location: Weill Hall
Food: Coffee, deli, dessert, smoothies, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Trillium
Location: Kennedy Hall
Food: American grill, Asian, breakfast options, deli, Latin, Mediterranean, pastas, salad, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Trillium Express
Location: Kennedy Hall
Food: Fair Trade coffees, fresh-baked goods, grab `n go sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Two Naked Guys Café
Location: Johnson Museum
Food: Coffee, dessert, pastries, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
West Side Express
Location: Hans Bethe House
Food: Deli sandwiches, grill, pastries, subs
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m., Sunday 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 70 responses

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

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 39% The small eaterys around campus are really good.
  • 22% Cornell Dining is one of the best in the country.
  • 22% Mac's, Terrace and Trillium.
  • 6% Atrium Cafe! Love that PHD eggplant.
  • 6% West Campus
  • 6% Louie's

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% All you can eat!
  • 12% Lots of dining halls, lots of locations
  • 12% Big Red Bucks
  • 12% Risley Dining Hall
  • 6% Some of the Best College Food in the Nation
  • 6% Customizable Meal options (Mongo Grill)

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 30% The best places don't take BRB's.
  • 30% BRBs don't role over from spring to fall
  • 25% Expensive
  • 10% Dining hall foods get boring.
  • 5% It's not Mom.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 55% The dining halls sometimes have bad nights.
  • 36% Dining Halls. You get sick of it easy.
  • 9% None

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