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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Leo's is boring and mediocre and never changes what they offer. They have a somewhat reasonable salad bar and stuff like sandwiches and nutella, and otherwise you pretty much just have to make do. However, Leo's is better than the dining halls at the school I transferred from, so I can't complain too much. The worst thing is that the meal swipes don't carry over from week to week and you can't swipe in friends.

Einstein's accepting meal swipes is a gift, although eventually you get very tired of the bagels and things that Einstein's offers. Leo's grab and go is bad, except for the breakfast during the week, which is really nice if you have an 8am lecture or something.

The fact that there is only one location for dining halls sucks, especially when it's raining or you live far away (like in LXR or Darnall).

Other campus food: Hilltoss, Vittles, and Snaxa are okay but overpriced. Corp coffee is kind of the same and the service is always very slow, although cheaper than starbucks and convenient. Epi has dollar sushi in the afternoons, but is overpriced at other times. It stays open 24 hours though, which is nice. If Hoyacourt gets meal swipes, it will be great.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Leo's could definitely be better, especially with the meal swipes and quality of food. There are a number of places on campus to eat besides Leo's Epicurean and Hoya Court are always good places to grab food.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is all pretty decent. I wish meal swipes counted at every place on campus but it does not at the moment. Epi and Hoya Court are all great options but be ready to shell out some Flex Dollars. Leo's is actually a great dining hall with so many different options.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The best available option is using a meal swipe at Einstein's. Hoya Court options like Subway are good, but unfortunately do not take meal swipes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: They close the top floor of the dining hall on weekends, so the food selection is much more limited.

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For the most part, Georgetown students maintain an enlightened air of resignation when it comes to campus food: They don’t love it, but they have enough friends at other universities to know that what they’re getting is at least as good as the East Coast average. The cafeteria and meal-planning staff is grudgingly credited with doing the best that they probably can, given the circumstances—though students are often incredulous that, given the high price of Georgetown meal plans, the quality and variety of the food isn’t higher. All in all, the situation can be pretty plainly summarized: If your main dietary requirement has to do with quantity (e.g., guys), you’ll be fine. If you’re more interested in the subtleties of the palate (e.g., girls), you should think about purchasing a smaller meal plan and looking to feed yourself off campus whenever possible.

College dining, as has been suggested by any number of American movies, is never going to be anything to write home about. What’s largely overlooked, when it comes to the question of campus dining, is the important social function served by the cafeterias, one of which is planted firmly in the midst of the three freshman dorms. The easy accessibility of the dining halls (a three-minute walk from the freshman halls) is not to be overlooked—there are few more comforting first-year rituals than that of grabbing something to eat with some newfound or prospective friends.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
24
Average Meal Plan Cost
$4831 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Epicurean and Co. Restaurant
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Muffins
  • Omelets
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Grilled cheese
  • Make-your-own pizza
  • Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Midnight Mug snacks
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Angelico Pizzeria
  • Aromi D'Italia Gelato (Leavey Center)
  • Booeymonger Georgetown
  • Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
  • Café Bon Appetit (Law Center)
  • Café Bonaparte
  • Campusfood.com (delivery service)
  • Capital Texas
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Courtside Café
  • Domino's Pizza
  • KFC
  • Los Cuates
  • Mai Tai of Georgetown
  • Manny & Olga's Pizza
  • Pizza Movers
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Quick Pita
  • Saxby's Coffee
  • Sweetgreen
  • Tombs, 36th Street
  • Tuscany Café
  • Wingo's
  • Wisemiller's Grocery & Deli
Special Options
With the hundreds of restaurants in the Georgetown area, students much prefer to go off campus and eat than to stay on campus. Another popular option is to stock up on pantry foods at Safeway and make your own dinner, especially if you live in an apartment that has a full kitchen. It's a bit more difficult in typical dorms, but it can be done. Favorites are macaroni and cheese or plain pasta. Some students even cook their own steaks in the common room.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Cosi Restaurant
Location: In the North Gallery of the Leavey Center
Food: Bagels, flatbreads, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dr. Mug
Location: PreClinical Science building, ground level
Food: Coffee and snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: The Car Barn, second floor at the Fish Bowl
Food: Bagels, coffee, drinks, pastries, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Epicurean and Co. Restaurant
Location: Darnall Hall
Food: Grill station, hibachi stations, salad bar, sushi bar
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Faculty Club Restaurant
Location: Leavey Center
Food: Buffet, including breakfast, meat dishes, salad, seafood
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hoya Court
Location: Leavey Center
Food: KFC Express, Pizza Hut Express, Subway, Taco Bell Express
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall (Entry Level)
Location: Southern end of campus
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet, entrées, pasta, salad bar, stir-fry, vegan options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall (Lower level)
Location: Southern end of campus
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet, entrées, pasta, salad bar, stir fry, vegan options
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Market Place Too
Location: Leavey Center
Food: Grab-'n-go items
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: In the North Gallery of the Leavey Center
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Subway
Location: Hoya Court, Leavey Center
Food: Subs
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 64 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 21 responses

  • 20% Pasta Bowls
  • 18% Burrito Bowls
  • 16% Chicken Finger Thursday
  • 16% Bottomless Nutella
  • 12% Einstein's
  • 8% Wok Bowl
  • 6% Free Guac
  • 4% Vegan/vegetarian food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 34% Epicurean
  • 15% Leo's
  • 13% Hilltoss
  • 11% Vital Vittles
  • 11% Einstein's
  • 9% Hoya Court
  • 9% Bulldog Tavern

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 22 responses

  • 23% Meal swipes don't carry over from week to week
  • 21% Can't swipe friends in
  • 21% Leo's
  • 20% No meal exchange at Hoya Court (at least for now)
  • 13% There's only one dining hall (and it's too small)
  • 2% Vegetarian options are awful

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 86% Leo's
  • 14% Salad Creations

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