Campus Dining

Rochester, NY
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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: It's pretty good. Decent variety. Kind of expensive.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are so many choices and delicious options.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Gracies wasn't the most exciting place to eat, but they had a bit of variety. Groceries were good to buy at the Corner Store, but only if you had a lot of debit to spend. I liked Commons because they always had good salad options.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining halls are clean and well-staffed. There are TONS of places all over campus to eat, from dining halls, cafes, quick-stop shops and markets, and nicer "sit-down" restaurants. There all also plenty of options for someone who chooses not to eat meat or animal products, like myself.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: For freshmen Gracie's becomes the place for you're meals. And while very diverse, it becomes monotonous after awhile.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 109th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 113rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 205th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 246th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 403rd
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alecia Crawford
Candor, NY
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Gracie's is the main dining hall for freshmen, and a specified number of meals are allotted in their dining plans. Most students vehemently complain about having to eat at Gracie's so much during their first year. Many students rarely opt to eat at Gracie's more than a few times after their first year. Even students who remain loyal patrons at Gracie's will tell you that the food isn't bad, just monotonous. The food at Gracie's is served in a buffet-style, and it's all-you-can-eat, but students normally find the same foods (or very similar) on the tables nearly every day. The addition of The Crossroads, Sandella's, and Beanz has given students more options to choose from. Many of the eateries on campus accept meal options, debit, or Flex points as payment. Java's and Henry's, however, only accept Flex or cash. Students can put money onto their Flex account at the Bursars office. This money can then be used at the bookstore, any of the food establishments on campus, Subway, the Pita Pit, and any of the vending machines on campus. Debit can be used at most dining halls and in the vending machines only, and it comes as a part of most meal plans. It is important to note that Flex money will roll over to the next quarter, but debit will not.

Overall, the campus food selection at RIT leaves students with plenty of options. There isn't much that you can't get on campus by way of food, and (get this) most of it is actually edible, although many freshmen will tell you that this does not apply to Gracie's. The main complaint is the hours that the halls are open. With the wide variety of eateries on campus, it can be confusing to students which restaurant is open at what time. Students also tend to complain about the lack of a 24-hour eating spot on campus. The fact that there are three markets available on campus is also a great advantage. While the prices at the markets are a bit high, it is possible to use meal options and debit. So, until their debit points run out, students don't mind the prices as much.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$5034 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Sandella’s
  • SAU Cafeteria
24-Hour Dining
  • None
  • None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Many students will choose to use their meal options at the Corner Store or Sol’s, and purchase groceries rather than going to a dining hall to use their meals. It is important to note that you can only use one meal option during the hours specified for each meal. Also, most meal plans come with debit points that can be used at any of the dining halls, as well as in the vending machines on campus.
Did You Know?
Make sure you let your parents know that they can call and order you a cookie cake from Sol's or a pizza from the dining commons. There's nothing like getting a surprise treat from your parents, whether it's for your birthday, a good grade, or making it through another semester without getting a fine.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Location: Grace Watson Lobby
Food: Spot coffee, Freshens smoothies, and pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Brick City Café
Location: The Student Alumni Building
Food: Hot entrees, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Café & Market
Location: The Crossroads
Food: Stations such as Pasta & Pizza, made-to-order salads, deli, grill, Jump (Asian cuisine), Cross bar (chef's daily entree, from Belgian waffles to ethnic cuisine)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Commons
Location: Hettie L. Shumway Building
Food: Quiznos subs, Hettie's Grill, Stone Oven Pizza & Pasta Cucina, Brick House New York Pizza, and Cuisine du Jour (where specialties are featured daily)
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Corner Store
Location: The tunnels below Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Food: Convenience store, including fresh produce, sandwiches, chips, beverages, microwavable entrees, ice cream, and detergents
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Deli at Golisano
Location: B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing Science Building
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grace Watson Dining Hall (Gracie's)
Location: Grace Watson Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet, includes Sunday brunch, grill, pizza, subs, specialty bars such as taco bar, baked potato bar, and pita bar, global vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Ritz Sports Zone
Location: Lower level of Student Alumni Union
Food: Oscar's hot burgers, wings, deli sandwiches, and from the Sandella's shop; gourmet wraps, flat bread pizzas, panini, quesadillas, fresh salads
Hours: Monday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
SAU Cafeteria
Location: Upstairs in the Student Alumni Union
Food: Grilled items cooked to order, along with daily specials, fresh baked goods, hot entrees, vegetarian selections, homemade soups, chili, grill, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh seasonal salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: The tunnels below Sol Humenn Hall
Food: Variety of classic milkshakes and frozen delights, made-to-order flatbread wraps and pizza, baked treats, and convenience items
Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 102 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 28% RITZ
  • 20% Salsaritas
  • 20% Brick City
  • 16% Midnight Oil
  • 8% Ben and Jerry's
  • 4% Gracie's Hall, Its a buffett.
  • 4% University Commons

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 38% You can get plenty of food with it.
  • 19% If you have lots left buy pounds of candy.
  • 19% Food isn't bad
  • 12% More than you need, so you can feed upperclassmen.
  • 6% Nothing
  • 6% Lots of options for vegetarians

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 6 responses

  • 40% You have no options. Forfeit what you don't use.
  • 40% You are restricted to use half on Gracie's
  • 10% You are forced to eat at the most unhealthy place
  • 10% All debit is too much

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 45% Gracie's... but since it's all you can eat it's ok
  • 27% Gracies
  • 18% Everywhere serves the same thing.
  • 9% Brick City
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