Campus Dining

Washington, DC
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2 College Senior

Campus Dining: As a grad student, the grad campus is terrible for on-site dining. There are plenty of options nearby though. The main campus has reasonable on-campus options, but nothing that is especially great

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Downside: there's only one dining hall, and it's located in a far corner of campus. The food is mediocre.

Upside: the dining hall is a buffet-style, privately-run establishment, which means that you can eat as much as you want and the company that runs it actually listens to your complaints and suggestions. So there's room for improvement. Also, there are a few other places to get food, such as the somewhat upscale Epicurean on the opposite side of campus, an Einstein Bros, a Cosi Cafe and the student-run convenience store Vital Vittles (which sells decent sandwiches). If you're still unsatisfied, M Street is a five minute walk away.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: No the best. Go out to Georgetown (the neighborrhood) you can find plenty of good restaurants there.

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: While fairly reasonably priced, the food is usually not very good but at least it's all you can eat!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is good, fresh, and healthy. More venues are being added to increase variety/options. Like any cafeteria, the menus can be a bit monotonous. My mother says she'd be happy if more green vegetables were available.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 45th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 104th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 147th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 153rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 232nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
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For the most part, Georgetown students maintain an enlightened air of resignation when it comes to campus food: They don’t love it, but they have enough friends at other universities to know that what they’re getting is at least as good as the East Coast average. The cafeteria and meal-planning staff is grudgingly credited with doing the best that they probably can, given the circumstances—though students are often incredulous that, given the high price of Georgetown meal plans, the quality and variety of the food isn’t higher. All in all, the situation can be pretty plainly summarized: If your main dietary requirement has to do with quantity (e.g., guys), you’ll be fine. If you’re more interested in the subtleties of the palate (e.g., girls), you should think about purchasing a smaller meal plan and looking to feed yourself off campus whenever possible.

College dining, as has been suggested by any number of American movies, is never going to be anything to write home about. What’s largely overlooked, when it comes to the question of campus dining, is the important social function served by the cafeterias, one of which is planted firmly in the midst of the three freshman dorms. The easy accessibility of the dining halls (a three-minute walk from the freshman halls) is not to be overlooked—there are few more comforting first-year rituals than that of grabbing something to eat with some newfound or prospective friends.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4690 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Epicurean and Co. Restaurant
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Muffins
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled cheese
  • Make-your-own pizza
  • Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Midnight Mug snacks
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Angelico Pizzeria
  • Aromi D'Italia Gelato (Leavey Center)
  • Booeymonger Georgetown
  • Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
  • Café Bon Appetit (Law Center)
  • Café Bonaparte
  • (delivery service)
  • Capital Texas
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Courtside Café
  • Domino's Pizza
  • KFC
  • Los Cuates
  • Mai Tai of Georgetown
  • Manny & Olga's Pizza
  • Pizza Movers
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Quick Pita
  • Saxby's Coffee
  • Sweetgreen
  • Tombs, 36th Street
  • Tuscany Café
  • Wingo's
  • Wisemiller's Grocery & Deli
Special Options
With the hundreds of restaurants in the Georgetown area, students much prefer to go off campus and eat than to stay on campus. Another popular option is to stock up on pantry foods at Safeway and make your own dinner, especially if you live in an apartment that has a full kitchen. It's a bit more difficult in typical dorms, but it can be done. Favorites are macaroni and cheese or plain pasta. Some students even cook their own steaks in the common room.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Cosi Restaurant
Location: In the North Gallery of the Leavey Center
Food: Bagels, flatbreads, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Mug
Location: PreClinical Science building, ground level
Food: Coffee and snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: The Car Barn, second floor at the Fish Bowl
Food: Bagels, coffee, drinks, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Epicurean and Co. Restaurant
Location: Darnall Hall
Food: Grill station, hibachi stations, salad bar, sushi bar
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Faculty Club Restaurant
Location: Leavey Center
Food: Buffet, including breakfast, meat dishes, salad, seafood
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hoya Court
Location: Leavey Center
Food: KFC Express, Pizza Hut Express, Subway, Taco Bell Express
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall (Entry Level)
Location: Southern end of campus
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet, entrées, pasta, salad bar, stir-fry, vegan options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall (Lower level)
Location: Southern end of campus
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet, entrées, pasta, salad bar, stir fry, vegan options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Market Place Too
Location: Leavey Center
Food: Grab-'n-go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: In the North Gallery of the Leavey Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Hoya Court, Leavey Center
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 43 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 food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 57% Leo's
  • 29% Epicurean
  • 14% Vital Vittles



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