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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I had a great experience eating on campus. Plenty of dining halls to choose from.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I am a very healthy eater and was also vegetarian for a few years. I never had a problem finding something to eat in our dining halls. They also had a kosher section with excellent food that I really enjoyed.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Not enough good meats to choose from.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is much better than I expected honestly.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could be better, more natural choices.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 27th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 118th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 137th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 473rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Newton ,MA
Communication Management
Grad Year
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Ithaca offers three dining halls across campus that provide good atmospheres for conversation and a decent meal. The Terrace Dining Hall is unanimously known as having the best food on campus, but it’s located at the top of the hill and therefore usually the longest walk for most students. The Towers and Campus Center also offer snacks and grab-and-go lunches that are great for those on the run. The dining halls also have themed meals about once a week, such as Italian or Mexican nights. Sub Connection, a sandwich/sub stop located in The Towers, also offers snack foods and pre-packaged sandwiches. For fruit smoothies when the weather lightens up, Grand Central Café is a good option.  

IC Square, the mini-food court, offers Asian food, fried food, a salad bar, and sandwiches at lunchtime during the week. La Vincita, the panini/café area, offers flatbreads and quesadillas that are pretty popular among students. These places usually get crowded during lunchtime and are hot spots throughout the year. All in all, campus food is pretty decent. Sometimes what is served in the dining halls seems a bit repetitive, but students find that changing up the dining halls they go to or looking at the menus posted online before deciding where they will eat leaves them more satisfied. Most students are also appreciative of the wide range of desserts and local ice cream flavors offered at all lunches and dinners.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$6420 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Terrace Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
La Vincita ("the Pub")
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Omelettes
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Pesto pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Taco Tuesday in the Towers
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
With "Option Out," students can purchase their own groceries, so they can cook for large group get-togethers or cookouts. Stop by the Dining Services office for help.
Did You Know?
Ithaca Dining Services is active on social media platforms and on its website, informing students of nutrition facts and upcoming food promotions.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café @ the Business School
Location: Second floor of the Business School
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Café @ the Park School
Location: Park Hall lobby
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Campus Center Dining Hall
Location: Campus Center
Food: Bagels, cereal, desserts, deli, fruit, pasta, pizza, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
CHS Coffee Cart
Location: Center for Health Sciences
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Grand Central Café
Location: Campus Center
Food: Bakery items, coffee, frozen yogurt, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
IC Square Food Court
Location: Campus Center
Food: Deli, grill
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
La Vincita ("the Pub")
Location: Campus Center
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sub Connection
Location: Towers Concourse
Food: Made-to-order subs with meats, veggies, sauces
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-1 a.m.
TC Lounge
Location: East Tower, 14th floor
Food: Specialty drinks (root beer floats, frozen hot chocolate, coffee)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Terrace Dining Hall
Location: Under Terrace 1
Food: Bagels, cereal, desserts, deli, fruit, pasta, pizza, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Towers Dining Hall
Location: Towers Concourse
Food: Bagels, cereal, desserts, deli, fruit, pasta, pizza, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 65 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 22% The times of opening and closing
  • 19% The times of the changing of meals
  • 19% Sodexo is disgusting
  • 15% ITS GROSS
  • 15% Very expensive
  • 7% Lack of nutrition
  • 4% No complaints

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 35% The Pub
  • 23% Sub Connection
  • 19% Having an apartment with your own kitchen
  • 12% Healthier, organic options
  • 12% Sub sandwiches

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 57% Bonus bucks
  • 43% Unlimited plus bonus bucks

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 53% The international food they TRY to make
  • 47% Fried, processed foods
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