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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food at Grinnell is generally pretty good. Despite there only being one dining hall, they work hard to bring variety to the meals, and you can always find something you want to eat. In addition, having one dining hall really helps campus community, as the Dhall serves as a very central, joining place for Grinnell. There are two or three other on campus options, but i usually stick to the dining hall for meals.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have a really wonderful dining hall on campus. There are plenty of options for any kind of diet (vegetarian, vegan, Halal, Kosher, gluten-free, etc). We only have one dining hall, but it has many options. Students are also able to get "Outtakes" at the grille in place of a meal in the Dining Hall.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The menu is varied and has different options in case you don't like one type of food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Dhall food is good, it just gets kind of repetitive and old sometimes. However, it is buffet style, and you get some good options like Halal foods, Stir Fry, and other options. But if you are looking for really good ethnic food, I feel bad for you, because you are not going to get that here @ Grinnell.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: You will have a variety of choices in terms of food in dining hall. we have stir fry, pasta, deli, grill and etc.. almost everything

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 86th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 193rd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 196th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 295th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 464th
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Akshay Bajaj
Mumbai, India
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The dining hall offers a great deal of variety and accommodates various types of cuisines, dietary restrictions, and generally aims for nutrition. Additionally, the Spencer Grill offers Out Takes for those students in a rush or busy cramming. Out Takes uses a meal that would have been valid at the dining hall, but it give you chips, cookies, a drink, and a vegetarian or non-vegetarian entrée.

Other than the limited hours, Marketplace offers a couple of decent dining options. The Spencer Grill is a café where you can get sandwiches, quesadillas, Easy Mac, and anything that may help you through the next hour of studying. Bob's Underground Café is another venue where you can get late-night bagels, muffins, and coffee. Grinnell provides you with nutritional dining options mainly because in the town there is only one decent Chinese restaurant, a few Mexican options, and a surfeit of deliciously unhealthy fast food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5314 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All first-year students are required to participate in the Full Meal Plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Marketplace (there's only one dining hall)
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Bob's Underground Café
  • The Spencer Grill
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Eggs to order
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken wings
  • Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Pizzas from the Grill
Special Options
Every dorm has at least one kitchen that students can use at their convenience. Keeping a stash of frozen pizzas is always a good idea.
Did You Know?
Dining Services sponsors special event meals throughout the year at no additional cost for students.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bob's Underground Café
Location: Main Hall, lower level
Food: Coffeehouse
Hours: Daily 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Joe Rosenfield '25 Center
Food: Dining hall food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Spencer Grill
Location: Joe Rosenfield '25 Center
Food: Coffee, Out Takes, quesadillas, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 20 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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