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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food here is good! It gets repetitive after a while and local restaurants are expensive but it's fine as far as dining hall food goes! Also butteries are NOT all they're cracked up to be! (wish someone had told me that)

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: some days it's great, some days it's not. typical college dining

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College Senior

Campus Dining: I live off campus and have never eaten at a Yale dining facility.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food can get a little bland at times

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 36th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 43rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 43rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 69th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Glodo
Winter Park, FL
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The first thing visitors notice about Yale dining halls is how amazing they look: chandeliers, wooden tables and chairs, wood-paneled walls, stained glass windows, and fireplaces abound at each of Yale's 12 residential colleges (think Harry Potter). The dining hall staff are very friendly and know many of their students by name. They are always willing to take a tray or help locate the soy milk.

Dining hall food is extremely diverse. There are always a lot of vegetarian, vegan, and ethnic options. All serveries have a hot dish bar, salad bar, sandwich-making station, fruit selections, cereal bar, and coffee bar, as well as special stations (like blenders for smoothies, soft serve dispensers, or cappuccino machines) that vary with the college. While the college dining halls have regular hours for each meal, Commons is open from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. all week in case students need to grab a meal between their busy schedules.

Yale dining hall food is full of variety and specializes in organic and sustainable ingredients. However, it's important to remember that since someone else is doing the cooking, you don't always get to choose what you want to eat. Be prepared to eat Indian food when you want a baked potato, and don't be afraid to take advantage of the cereal selection when you need it. Students with more selective palates (picky eaters) may have a hard time trying new foods and flavors, whilst other students complain that the food is too bland.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$6070 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Full Meal Plan: 21 meals/week, as much as you want at the residential dining halls and commons; $2,500 per semester
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Berkley Dining Hall
  • Calhoun Dining Hall
  • Davenport Dining Hall
  • Silliman Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Durfee's
  • uncommon
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Chocolate chip pancakes
  • French toast
  • Smoothie bar
  • Steel-cut oats
  • Vegan banana fritters
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Alice's Savory Herb Meatballs
  • BBQ pork
  • Berkeley macaroni and cheese
  • General Tso's chicken
  • Grilled chicken
  • Salmon
  • Vegetable and Barley Soup
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Buttery food! (each college has its own buttery open late each night)
  • Durfee's snacks (popcorn, juice, cheese, fruit, cereal)
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Available meal plans: Anytime meal plan (unlimited swipes), Full meal plan (21 meals/week), Any 14 meal plan (14 meals/week + $150 dining points), Kosher meal plan (through the Slifka Center)
Did You Know?
  • The Yale Sustainable Food Project brings local, seasonal, and sustainable fare to Yale's dining tables. The project focuses on the complex relationship between people, the land, and their food. It partners with dining halls to use fruits and vegetables when they are in season and encourages the use of sustainable and organic resources, like organic milk and grass-fed burgers. Students can become involved by volunteering at the Yale Farm or taking classes sponsored by the project. Check out for more information.
  • Many students' favorite meal is brunch, served Saturday and Sunday in the residential colleges. Brunch features amazing pancakes, egss, french toast, hash browns, grits, and fruit.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Commons Dining Hall
Location: Commons, 168 Grove St.
Food: Hot dishes, sandwich bar, salad bar, soft-serve, pizza bar, asian grille, desserts, fruit
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m.
Divinity School Refectory
Location: Divinity School, Sterling Divinity Quadrangle
Food: Breakfast, lunch, grille, deli, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Donaldson Commons
Location: School of Management
Food: Hot breakfast, grille, deli, ethnic food
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Durfee Hall, 200 Elm St.
Food: Snacks, fresh fruit, cereal, pizza, food essentials
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
The Kosher Kitchen at Joseph Slifka Center
Location: Joseph Slifka Center
Food: Kosher meals, bagel brunches, Shabbat dinners
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Shabbat Dinner Friday 6:45 p.m. Shabbat Lunch Saturday: 12:30 p.m.
Lobby at KBT
Location: Kline Biology Tower
Food: Breakfast, sandwiches, salad, soup, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Edward S. Harkness Dormitory, Yale Medical School
Food: Paninis, sandwiches, grille, wraps, salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Residential Dining Halls (12 locations)
Location: Berkeley, Branford, Calhoun, Davenport, Ezra Stiles, Jonathan Edwards, Morse, Pierson, Saybrook, Sillman, Timothy Dwight, Trumbull
Food: Buffet: hot dishes, grille, sandwich bar, salad bar, cereal, fruit, soup, ice cream/soft serve, desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Select colleges serve breakfast Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Thain Family Café
Location: Bass Library
Food: Coffee, specialty drinks, sustainable sandwiches, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Triple E's - Edibles & Extras at Eli's
Location: (1) Payne Whitney Gym and (2) 221 Whitney
Food: Starbuck's coffee, snacks, sandwiches, soups
Hours: 221 Whitney: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Payne Whitney: Monday-Friday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Commons Dining Hall
Food: Sushi, sandwiches, salads, fruit, organic snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 45 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 57% Same food served at all residential dinning halls.
  • 43% Meals during breaks can be very expensive.

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Commons dining hall
  • 20% Hall of Graduate Studies dining hall



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