Campus Dining

Location
Decorah, IA
Undergrads
2,421
Tuition
$36,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The Cafeteria could do with some policy reworkings and possibly some different ingredient suppliers. The other eating options on campus are, however, excellent. Sadly the removal of the meal-transfer option severely hampered my ability to enjoy these other options.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: The dining services at Luther really nickles and dimes you. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that I pay a flat fee for dining when I know I only use a fraction of that cost. Essentially, my money adds direct profit to the bottom line because I am sure that I do not make up the amount I pay in even cost of goods. It should be a tiered system in which I can choose a lower plan in order to best fit my eating style. I also hate that the cafeteria is the only place I can go to that has any sort of healthy food once Oneota Market is closed for the day. The Caf may have healthier food, but it is so bland and poorly cooked. Marty's on the other hand has terrible service, but the food is decent, just unhealthy. Luther could do with a major overhaul of their system to benefit the STUDENTS, not Sodexo.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is not awe full but it leaves a lot to be desired.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There have been vast improvements lately and it is definitely on it's way up!

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The current dining system of meal plans and dining dollars is attempting to get students to eat in the cafeteria, while also cutting hours the cafeteria is open. It does not work well for people who can't get to the cafeteria during times it's open and many students end up with an abundance of meals left at the end of the semester which can not be transfered over to the next semester, paid back to the student, or put as interest into next semester's costs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 254th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 279th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 340th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 356th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 745th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

William Morris
Hometown
Wausau, WI
Major
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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Nowhere is Luther’s push towards sustainability more evident than the Caf. Since the local foods program started, the fare has grown fresher, tastier, and healthier. Still, for students tired of the same meal rotation, Marty’s, Oneota Market, and Sunnyside are there to provide something more varied. However, all of them close up shop by evening, so late-night cravings will have to be satisfied by vending machines or goodies from home.

Still, the food itself at Luther—from any of the dining establishments—is top choice, as long as you mix it up. Eating in the Caf every day will be as boring as eating in Marty’s every day, but if that’s your cup of tea (or your tall double macchiato caramel latte with espresso), so be it.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
20
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3330 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Seniors are the only class exempt from the meal plan requirement.
Student Favorites
  • Marty’s cheeseburgers and fries
  • Oneota turkey bacon stacker
  • Sunnyside cinnamon rolls
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
None
Did You Know?
  • College students grow some of the food, and it's actually good! Luther has a student garden in a field next to Baker Village, where some of the Caf's veggies are harvested, and Luther makes an effort to procure as much food locally as possible.
  • When you see a "Local Foods Night" coming, you know that something good is on the way.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Cafeteria
Location: Centennial Union
Food: All-you-can-eat burgers and hot dogs, cereal, deli, pasta, salad bar, soup, stir-fry
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Marty's Cyber Café & C-Store
Location: Lower level of Centennial Union
Food: Pizza, panini, sushi
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.
Oneota Market
Location: First floor Centennial Union
Food: Sandwiches, snacks, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunnyside Café
Location: Center for the Arts
Food: Bagels, coffee, sandwiches, soups, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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

  • 43% Chicken Nuggets!
  • 43% Oneota Market
  • 14% Martys and the caf are great

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 57% Being able to go to the caf whenever.
  • 29% They always have fruits and vegtables
  • 14% Grill line often gets overcooked

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 67% Main Line is bland sometimes
  • 33% The hamburgers

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