Campus Dining

Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many different dining halls on campus which make it easy to grab a bite between classes or full meals no matter where on campus you are. All the dining halls have a wide variety of healthy options and comfort foods as well as salad and fresh fruit bars. The value of the meals for the price is also very good. Menus change daily at each of the locations so you can always find what you're in the mood for. In addition to buying food at the dining halls there are several Flamingo Market locations that have convenience foods and other items like detergent and kleenex where you can use your WisCard.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Plenty of options all around campus and has the convenience of having a debit card/balance on the student ID to pay.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a cafeteria on campus that is used by the majority of students and staff. The prices are reasonable and there are a variety of options available.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Being gluten intolerant, I feel like I can never eat anything at the dining hall. Everything is cross-contaminated and the options are very unhealthy. The meal plan is easy though because you just pay as you go.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: good choices and reasonable prices

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 52nd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 81st
    Best Quality Food
  • 90th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 107th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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Surprisingly, UW has made many improvements on campus dining in the past few years. Rhetas Cafeteria, located in Chadbourne Residential College, is the newest dining facility. It offers a wide array of food options, from its Mongolian grill and pasta station, to the salad and fruit bar, as well as hamburgers and fries. UW has made changes in its dining experience by offering more choices and taking student suggestions for what they most want to eat. Public and private dorms do provide meal plans and try to meet the appetites of their residents. Most halls will offer a variety of main entrees along with vegetarian options. Students will admit that dorm cafeterias are convenient for location, price, and student socialization.

While the food may still be classified as typical "dorm food" by some students, UW does offer a fair amount of dining locations. The private dorms all have on-site cafeterias, and meal plans that transfer to the other private dorms. Public dorms, however, vary in dining locations; some have on-site cafés and some don’t. Hours of service vary as well. The majority of the dorms have specific times when breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served and those coming in late are out of luck. For those not able to make the regulated mealtimes try the on-campus alternatives like Pop’s Club or Ed’s Express. Their hours don’t directly coincide with dorm cafés, and tend to be open later as well. Make sure to check your hall’s meal plan, though, for specifications. Overall, students generally don’t mind eating in the dorms and enjoy the variety that is offered.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$2852 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
Student Favorites
  • Carson's Carryout
  • Pop’s Club
  • Rheta's
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
You can use your meal plan at any of the restaurants on State Street.
Did You Know?
Rheta's, Ed's Express, and Carson's Carryout allow you to order meals online. This way you can avoid the lunchtime rush, delayed services, and a la carte lines. These dining halls even deliver at night for your late-night study sessions. Online ordering is a great way to save time, but watch out for the $2 delivery fee.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Carson's Carryout
Location: 1515 Tripp Circle
Food: Made-to-order, groceries
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (groceries only), 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (groceries only), 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Daily Dose
Location: Health Sciences Learning Center
Food: Deli, grab-and-go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Daily Scoop
Location: Memorial Union
Food: Deli, grab & go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Der Rathskellar
Location: Memorial Union
Food: Bavarian grill
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
E2 Engineering Eatery
Location: Engineering Hall
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ed's Express
Location: 717 W Johnson St.
Food: Made-to-order, groceries
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (groceries only), 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (groceries only), 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Feed Bag Deli
Location: School of Veterinary Medicine
Food: Deli, grab-and-go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Frank's Place
Location: Kronshage Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday- Thursday 7 a.m.- 11:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 11:30 p.m.
Grainger Deli
Location: First floor atrium and third floor of Grainger Hall
Food: Deli, grab-and-go
Hours: First Floor: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Third Floor: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
ICU Deli
Location: Medical sciences building
Food: Deli, grab-and-go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ingraham Deli
Location: Ingraham Hall
Food: Deli, grab-and-go
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lakefront on Langdon
Location: Memorial Union
Food: Wraps, Chinese, grill
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Liz Waters
Location: Elizabeth Waters Hall
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-6:45 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
Newell's Deli
Location: Smith Hall
Food: Deli, grab and go
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday (grab and go only) 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Open Book Café
Location: Helen C. White building
Food: Deli, grab-and-go
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Peet's Coffee and Tea
Location: Memorial Union
Food: Coffee, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Pop's Club
Location: 717 W Johnson St.
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Rheta's
Location: Chadbourne Hall
Food: Cafeteria
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 21% State St & Union South/Memorial Union restaurants
  • 14% Tutto Pasta
  • 14% Gordon's
  • 10% Ian's Pizza
  • 7% Old Fashion
  • 7% Subway
  • 3% Dlux
  • 3% Whatever's on the menu
  • 3% Pizza
  • 3% Wing Wednesday
  • 3% BW3's Thursdays wings
  • 3% Mongolian Grill
  • 3% Babcock's
  • 3% Dejope

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

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

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 42% Gordon Commons.
  • 23% Pay as you go
  • 19% Cheap and Easy
  • 8% Conveniently located.
  • 4% Rhetas
  • 4% Four Lakes Market

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 36% Expensive and limited
  • 29% Nothing
  • 21% It's expensive if you don't live on campus.
  • 7% Expensive
  • 7% Limited

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 67% Food is great on campus
  • 33% McDonalds

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