Campus Dining

Location
Erie, PA
Undergrads
3,723
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Branch Campus Of
Penn State
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus food is what you can expect from any middle or high school cafeteria. It is mostly bland and the same items over and over.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The two places to eat on campus provide a variety of food. There are also small cafes around campus.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: I love the food here. It's always available and always freshly made. Anything you want, they have. Most of the time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is really not that bad. However, it is rather expensive for commuter students. Bruno's has the best food on campus. It's really nice that we can use our Lion Cash dollars at places like Sheetz and McDonald's on Buffalo Road.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Campus dining provides students with a good variety of choices the only problem is there are only 2 places to get full meals. Brunos which serves food made to order and Dobbins which is buffet style. Everywhere else is only opened during work hours (7am-5:30pm).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 419th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 469th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 513rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 519th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 558th
    Healthiest Dining Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandra Johnston
Hometown
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major
Biology
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There are three main places to eat on campus: Dobbins, Bruno's, and The Clark Café. Dobbins is a typical all-you-can-eat cafeteria with pizza, a salad bar, a wok station, a grill, and a pasta line; Bruno's has better food but is slightly more expensive; and The Clark Café offers salads, bagels, sandwiches, coffee, and tea. Most students agree that all of these eateries have very little variety, and the food is not very high quality. The biggest complaints students tend to have are that the food is extremely unhealthy, there are very few vegetarian options, and it gets very old after a while. The vegetables and pasta are usually covered in butter, and students who try to eat healthy or follow a vegetarian diet are pretty much out of luck. Bruno's is slightly better than Dobbins as far a quality goes. The deli line is very good and a popular choice for many students. Bruno's also has specials each day, which are popular, and offers many grab-and-go options, as well as burgers, chicken, pizza, and fruit. Dobbins does offer a "to-go" service as well, which students use when they don’t have time to sit and eat. Brunch on weekends is probably the best time to eat at Dobbins.

If you plan to live in the dorms, you are required to purchase a mean plan. Students who like typical American fare such as burgers, fries, hot dogs, pasta, and pizza will probably use their meal plan pretty often, but anyone who likes home-cooked, healthy, or vegetarian meals will have problems, so it’s best to start out with the smallest plan to see where you fall. You can add more money until the end of the semester; money from first semester will carry over to the second but nothing is carried over to the next school year, so be sure to use it all before summer. Also, a lot of students keep their refrigerators stocked with healthier items and eat at the dining halls on a limited basis. One nice thing about the meal plan is that the meal plan can be used to buy food from any of the eateries on campus, meaning there is not a limit as to how much must be spent at the cafeteria versus Bruno's.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4780 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
But anyone who lives on campus is required to get a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Dobbins Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • The cart in Benson
  • Clark Café
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Alfee's Pizza & Wings
  • A-Lotto Pizza
  • Applebee's
  • Boston Pizza
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Hungry Howie's
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • McDonald's
  • Patrick's Family Restaurant
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Quiznos
  • Sheetz
  • Subway
Special Options
  • Dobbins has an "Upscale Meal Option" on certain nights for an additional charge, which are usually good.
  • Special options are offered for religious observances, such as Passover.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bruno's
Location: Reed Union Building
Food: Breakfast, deli, grab-and-go items, grill station, pizza, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Clarks Café
Location: REDC
Food: Breakfast, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Dobbins Dining Hall
Location: Dobbins Building
Food: Breakfast, pasta, soup, wok station
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

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