Campus Dining

Lexington, VA
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is good, but variety is limited. There's only one dining hall, and greek organizations have food in their houses.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Freshmen eat in D-Hall and upperclassmen eat in D-Hall, at home, or at their Sororities and Fraternities. D-Hall food is rough. There are few options, it's repetitive, and it's rarely very fresh or healthy. To eat healthy, one must make a conscious effort to weed through what's been served, so the freshman fifteen are not an unlikely possibility. Having that said, Sorority and Fraternity dining is a big improvement. Chefs are hired at each house and cook monday through friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sororities' big meal is lunch and fraternities do dinner, but you eat at your house, with your brothers/sisters, and there's always something good for desert. Chefs are happy to accomodate eating restrictions or preferences.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: D hall is better than other colleges i've dined at but it gets repetitive after a while. co op is great for late-night eating and when you want some decent coffee. Hillel is amazing; if you don't like the general's grilled cheese then you're wrong.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Dining hall food is alright in the sense that they cook each meal's entrees well and tastefully. They also have various options for veagans and some purely fatty fried foods. The problem is that they essentially make two entrees each meal that follow some variation of the following two combinations: chicken and beef or seafood and pork. I don't eat the latter two for religious purposes so on those days I eat like the (rest of the) girls: bowl o' green stuff. My only other quibble is that this place loves mushrooms. There is no meal where some type of mushroom isn't in at least one dish. You can take them out usually but it's excessive. I think that we grow them in the school gardens or something. There are just so many! It's unnatural!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: d hall tastes the same, but there are lots of options. Hit up Hillel and Blue Sky.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 283rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 455th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 495th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 751st
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 812nd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Washington & Lee boasts a fine array of dining options that will surely satisfy even the most demanding foodie. At the core of meal possibilities lies the Marketplace, known almost exclusively as the "D-Hall." Used mostly by first-years, the Marketplace also serves residential advisers, students not affiliated with Greek organizations, and any other community members willing to pay the somewhat steep price for a meal. With its ever-present healthy or heart options, salad bar, Panini grill, and soup options, the Marketplace represents a solid core for W&L dining options. For perhaps a little more quality and choice, there is Café '77 located in the University Commons directly above the Marketplace. With a wide array of sandwiches, salads, and snack items in its inventory, the Co-op (as it is known around campus) serves those students looking for a convenient on-the-hill snack or a late-night repast. Some student favorites here include the sunrise sandwiches and the pizza sticks. Finally, W&L's most recent dining addition, the Hillel House, caters to the kosher and vegetarian audience. Fielding a more eclectic array of dining options, this small café offers many locally produced ingredients in its sandwiches and salads, as well as outstanding smoothies. With these three dining options, a hungry General can surely satisfy even the most eccentric craving.

Meal plans, like many other aspects of W&L life, depend greatly on a student's Greek affiliation. All first-years have a dining plan that guarantees an essentially unlimited number of meal swipes in the Marketplace. For the majority of students who join a Greek organization, they can choose between Greek food or a “flex plan” that affords some on-campus dining. Those upperclassmen who choose off-campus living situations are not required to sign up for any meal plans whatsoever.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5610 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
The Marketplace ("D-Hall")
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Café 77
  • The E. Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Hillel bagels
  • Sunrise sandwich
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Anything from Café 77
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Students with special dietary needs just need to talk to the chefs, and they will set up meal plans that meet the requirements.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Brief Stop at the Law School
Location: School of Law
Food: Salad bar, sandwiches, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Café 77
Location: John Elrod Commons
Food: Burgers, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.
The E. Café
Location: Hillel House
Food: Kosher; bagels, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Marketplace
Location: John Elrod Commons
Food: American, with periodic international-themed dinners
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

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