Campus Dining

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I personally do not like the dining hall food. They try and make exotic dishes and they are never good.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining food isn't the best, I hear 17th ave has good food though. Coffman has really good choices to use flex dine with, Chick File, Sbarro, Baja sol, panda express.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love eating at Coffman Union. I go to Jamba Juice there all the time. The food in the dining halls is just okay.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could be worse, but at least the food is edible. It's honestly not that bad, but eating it for so long gets old.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are poor at best. There are few healthy options available and it gets very monotonous.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 125th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 144th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 178th
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 179th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 383rd
    Best Quality Food

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Dining hall food at the University of Minnesota is just about average. Students are usually unsatisfied with the variety of food options available. Eating dining hall food gets boring because it's usually similar types of food. Vegetarians and vegans do not get very edible options. Eating salads, cereal, or rice dishes is not substantial enough for the amount of money students spend on meal plans. All dorms offer a salad bar, but only some offer deli sandwiches. There is always an option of some sort of burger or fries or pizza. A type of dessert is always served, as well. An ice cream dispenser is also installed in all dining halls. The unfortunate part is that weekly meals do not roll over. Every meal costs to be about $9, which is a lot of money for students who do not finish all of their weekly meals. Many students rely on FlexDine money, which works in Coffman food court and some other places.

Eating the same food meal after meal, day after day, can take a toll on anyone. But props should be given to Dining Services for listening to student opinions. Dining Services has held contests for students to submit their favorite recipe, and the winning recipe is then served at the dining halls. They also have different ethnic food from across the world once a week. But even then, students should keep some groceries and snacks such as Ramen noodles or microwaveable dinners in the fridge for the times when they miss a meal or do not like the food. Hopefully, in the future, the services will be worth the money.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3664 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
However, students who live in any of the dorms are required to have a meal plan. If freshmen live in campus dorms, which most do, then they must have a meal plan. But it is not required of all freshmen, or those who do not live in campus dorms.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Centennial Dining Hall
  • Middlebrook Dining Hall
  • Sanford Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Jamba Juice
  • Panda Express
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Cereal
  • Fruits
  • Smoothies
  • Waffles/pancakes
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Subs and sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Centennial late-night dinner
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Pizza
Student Favorites
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Jamba Juice
  • Panda Express
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
The University of Minnesota Dining Services offers at least one vegan and a few vegetarian options every meal.
Did You Know?
Wednesdays are the busiest days for the on-campus coffee shops.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bailey Dining Hall in St. Paul
Location: St. Paul Campus
Food: Deli, entrees, grill, salad bar, soups, vegetarian/vegan
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Baja Sol Tortilla Grill
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bistro West Restaurant
Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Center, Lower Level
Food: Restaurant-style American dining
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bleecker St.
Location: Carlson Dining Food Court, Lower Level
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Burger Studio
Location: Carlson Dining Food Court, Lower Level
Food: Burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Carlson Dining Food Court
Location: Carlson School of Management, Lower Level
Food: Food-court style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Centennial Dining Hall
Location: Centennial Hall
Food: Dining food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
Chick-fil-A
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Comstock Dining Hall
Location: Comstock Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cranberry Farms
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Coffee and desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Erbert & Gerbert's Bistro
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Greens To Go
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Greens To Go
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
GrilleWorks
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Burgers, fries
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Coffman Union
Food: Juice and smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City at Moos
Location: Moos Tower
Food: Espresso, coffee, pre-made sandwiches, fresh pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City St. Paul
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Ground Level
Food: Coffee, espresso, and fruit smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Middlebrook Dining Hall
Location: Middlebrook Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Minnesota Marketplace Food Court
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nolte Restaurant
Location: Nolte Center, Lower Level
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, soups, salads, and snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Northrop Grill
Location: Northrop Mall
Food: Sandwiches and burgers
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (May-September only)
Outside In
Location: Phillips-Wangensteen Building, Second Floor
Food: Breakfast food, burgers, grill station
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: Blegen Hall, Lower Level
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pioneer Dining Hall
Location: Pioneer Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sanford Dining Hall
Location: Sanford Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Simply Soup
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Pastries and coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Subway
Location: Essential Market in Blegen Hall, Lower Level
Food: Sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Subway
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sullivan Café
Location: Mondale Hall (Law School)
Food: Deli sandwiches, pasta salad, salads, grab `n go items, bakery, chips, soda, and coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Terrace Café Food Court
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Topio's
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Gourmet Starbucks coffee, hot entrée items, and grilled sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wise Owl Café
Location: Walter Library, Lower Level
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Zoca
Location: Carlson Dining Food Court, Lower Level
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 18% Starbucks
  • 14% Subway
  • 14% 17th
  • 11% Caribou
  • 11% Stadium view or dinkytown
  • 9% Dunn Bros
  • 9% Erbert and Gerberts
  • 7% Walgreens
  • 5% Java City
  • 2% Local restaurants

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 142 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Availability
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 59% The food sometimes is not the best quality
  • 23% Food options are limited
  • 18% The cost for meals are a rip-off

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 50% Dining Halls
  • 38% Depends what food you don't like
  • 12% Depends on your price point

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 64% Dining halls in most of the dorms
  • 36% Convenience
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