Campus Dining

Location
Decorah, IA
Undergrads
2,421
Tuition
$36,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is one cafeteria, one small cafe, and two little coffee shops. The food at each is pretty decent. Once you choose a meal plan it cannot be changed until the next semester. There amount of choices and variation in the cafeteria every day. Overall the dining experience is pretty decent.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food here is actually really good for college food, in my opinion. They try to make a variety of foods and they aren't the best but I'm not expecting homemade food or five-star restaurant quality, and sometimes it can be really good. They have many different options for meal plans, you can have either a bulk-plan which means your meals last for the whole semester and you can't go over the set amount in a week or the standard one which is where you have a set amount of meals per week. I prefer the bulk plan because it is way more flexible and I don't have to worry about going over my meals ever.

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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.

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