Campus Dining

Tallahassee, FL
Tuition (in-state)
$21,570 ($6,402)
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food that I've had in the Dining Halls was varied and delicious.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The meals at Florida State University are not terrible. They are not fine dining of course, but there is not much to complain about. I have learned where to go and what the best spots are when i am hungry.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are two dining halls on campus and they are average. We do have other places however, such as chick fil a, papa johns, chilis, Denny's which is open late, and a few other places.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls are just average. I used it only for a semester. During that time, the food got boring quickly. Not much variety. However, I really like the restaurants on campus, such as Chili's, Chik-fil-A, Freshens, Pollo Tropical, Starbucks, and more. I don't use the meal plan. But when I decide to eat on campus, I am usually satisfied.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Like with anywhere you eat at 7 days a week for two semesters (or more) you will get tired of the food. Often times you'll try to be healthy by just getting a salad but you can only eat so many leaves.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 166th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 175th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 285th
    Best Quality Food
  • 684th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 774th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Most students will complain about on campus dining, but ironically, the restaurants and dining halls are usually busy. The loudest complaints are often from underclassmen who are still adjusting to not having a home-cooked meal every night. Upperclassmen will grumble about the food, because they eat it all the time. They’ll eat it, still, mostly out of convenience. Many of the establishments are open late, which is a plus for night owls and late-night revelers. The meal plans get mixed reviews. Students who are just looking for fuel to get through the day would probably do well with a meal plan due to a few buffet-style dining halls and all-you-can-eat options. For those who just grab a quick bite between classes or are interested in healthy dining, you would be better off venturing off campus or waiting for the next care package from home.

The food scene on campus has been steadily improving over the past several years, offering more choices and better quality than in the past. But still, it is cafeteria food and in no way can compare to the food your mom makes at home. You won’t starve, but you won’t be amazed, either. There are also several vendors who pop up on campus around lunch time who offer the obligatory hot dogs, chips, and soda, which can come in handy if you need a quick bite while hustling to your next class.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3932 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Meal plans are required in certain residence halls.
Student Favorites
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Suwannee Room
24-Hour Dining
Park Avenue Diner
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
  • In addition to the main Starbucks locations, carts can be found at various locations throughout campus, although most aren't open late.
  • Many students love that the renovated Suwannee Room closely resembles the Great Hall from the Harry Potter movies and novels.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Barrister's Bistro
Location: College of Law
Food: Sandwiches, coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Figg Player's Dining Room
Location: Coyle Moore
Food: All-you-can-eat lunch
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Fresh Food Company
Location: West side of campus, next to McCollum Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat entrees, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: Salads, stir fry, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Park Avenue Diner
Location: Student Services Building
Food: Diner fare, like breakfast, burgers, melts, milkshakes, sandwiches
Hours: Daily 24 hours
Pollo Tropical
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: Chicken, rice, beans, hearty sides
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Quiznos Subs
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Strozier Library
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: 977 Learning Way
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: FSU bookstore
Food: Coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Suwannee Room
Location: William Johnston Building
Food: All-you-can-eat
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Trading Post
Location: Oglesby Union Food Court
Food: Convenience items, hot dogs, pizza, grab 'n go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 23% Chick fil a
  • 17% The Food Court in the Union
  • 16% Starbucks
  • 13% Einstein Bagels
  • 7% Salad Creations
  • 6% The dining halls are good too.
  • 6% Mom&Pop's Hot Dogs
  • 6% The Figg Players' Dining Room
  • 5% Denny's
  • 1% I don't eat on campus
  • 1% Subway

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 303 responses

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

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 39 responses

  • 32% Convenince
  • 20% I don't have one
  • 17% Its unlimited
  • 14% Flex Bux
  • 8% The Figg
  • 5% Meal swipe at any restaraunt on campus
  • 3% Don't have one

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 30% The Dining Halls
  • 27% Suwannee Dining Hall
  • 14% Denny's
  • 14% Fresh Food Company
  • 11% They are all pretty good.
  • 5% Chili's

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 31 responses

  • 31% Price
  • 31% Choice of food.
  • 20% Quality of Food
  • 11% Weekend Hours
  • 7% What your school card pays for.


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