Campus Dining

Seattle, WA
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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: We only buy from local stores, which makes dinners and lunches pretty expensive. however, there are other ways to get full on a cheap meal.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is very good but it does get boring. The timings of the dining halls are also rather inconvenient.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus dining is great! It can be expensive, but it sure beats high school dining. Bon Appetit provides the food for SU and they do a wonderful job. The food can get repetitive, but it's easy to break the monotony by changing the protein used in a burger or the veggies used in the fire wok.

5 College Student

Campus Dining: The food in SU only serves to enhance the experience in SU. It is said to be the best university food there is, even moreso than in University of Washington.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food provided on campus is excellent. It is top ranked among many universities for its healthy and environmentally friendly options. When I was a freshman, I complained about the lack of variety and the high cost. Now that I've visited many other Universities and cook for myself, the cost is reasonable and the food choices beat out most other schools. The management also tries much harder than at other universities.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 39th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 49th
    Best Quality Food
  • 82nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 88th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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The food on campus is generally seen as one of the best aspects of the school. Seattle University has forged a strong relationship with Bon Appétit, the company that provides food services on campus, and they offer a variety of options across campus, from Latin and Asian in C-Street to coffee drinks in the Sidebar and The Bottom Line and hot sandwiches in the Cave. The most common complaints have to do with availability, given the somewhat odd hours of operation for some places (which includes the lack of a 24-hour option), as well as the somewhat repetitive nature of the food. But those complaints are relatively few, and even those who have grown tired of the food almost never have anything bad to say about its quality.

The Cave is usually visited only by students from Campion, Chardin, and the Murphys, given its squirreled away location in the Campion basement. The Bistro is open 'til midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and is a popular draw until it closes, but even then many students probably still don’t want to have to head home and would prefer an option that is open longer. C-Street opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays, perfect for commuter students or those with a really early class but not quite early enough for some.

The price is another issue, and when every student is required to buy a meal plan if they are living on campus, it can only serve to increase aggravation somewhat. Most tend to buy the smallest meal plan possible and only add money as needed, at least in part because, though your account does roll over at the end of each quarter, it does not at the end of each year, and some people don’t like having to splurge a lot during the last week of school and waste their money. There is always the option of cooking on campus, as each floor has access to a full kitchen and grocery stores range from mini-marts to Pike Place itself. It’s not a bad deal to eat on campus, but be prepared to have to get creative yourself.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3900 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites
  • The Bottom Line
  • The Hawk’s Nest Bistro
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Many students grab microwavable goodies from the local grocery store or the Cave and eat in their rooms. Others like to go all out and use one of the common kitchens in the dorms to make their own culinary delights.
Did You Know?
  • If you live on campus, you are required to have a meal plan at all times.
  • Though all students who live on campus are required to have meal plans, the rates are lower for juniors and seniors than they are for freshmen and sophomores. And though money in your account does roll over at the end of each quarter, it does not roll over at the end of each year. Thus, it has become a tradition for SU students to head to the Cave and C-Street to spend their last dollars on anything from bags of coffee to flats of soda.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bottom Line (TBL)
Location: Piggot Atrium
Food: Espresso, breakfast pastries, bottled beverages, hot sandwiches, soups, salads, and munchies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m.-8p.m., Friday 7:30a.m.-2p.m.
The Cave
Location: Basement of Campion Hall
Food: hot entrées, sandwiches, soups and a wide variety of convenience foods, sundries and snacks
Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:45a.m.-2p.m. and 6-11p.m. Friday 10:45a.m.-2p.m. Saturday 2-6p.m. Sunday 6-11p.m.
Cherry Street Market (C-Street)
Location: Second floor of the Student Center
Food: Mediterranean, pasta, Latin, Asian, American, salad bar, grill, gourmet sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7a.m.-2p.m. and 4:30-7p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8a.m.-2p.m. and 5-7p.m.
Hawk's Nest Bistro (The Bistro)
Location: Third floor of the Student Center
Food: Soups, personal pizzas, quesadillas, hot or cold sandwiches, espresso, smoothies, bubble teas, desserts
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:30a.m.-11p.m. Friday 11:30a.m.-Midnight Saturday 6p.m.-Midnight Sunday 2-10p.m.
The Sidebar
Location: Sullivan Law Center
Food: Espresso, hot panini sandwiches, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, bottled beverages.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30a.m.-7:30p.m., Friday 7:30a.m.-2p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 34 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 6 responses

  • 46% Cherry Street Market in the main cafeteria
  • 15% Bytes Cafe in the Limieux Library
  • 15% The Sidebar in the Law Building
  • 15% The Bistro
  • 8% Uwajimaya store 5 minutes away down 6th Ave
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