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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The grill has good food and good coffee for when you're in a hurry or don't want to go to the dining hall alone. There are a few student run food delivery services that have really taken campus by storm in the past year like Golden Dick and Fill a Dilla. Bob's has awesome pizza bagels. North really only has the JRC.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's good food, but it can be repetitive. Also, the salad bar is sad.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall is fine - not terrible, not spectacular. The grill is good, and so are the student run options (Golden Dick, an omelet service, and Filladilla, which makes quesadillas)

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: People love to complain about the dhall but you can definitely find something for every meal.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food at Grinnell is generally pretty good. Despite there only being one dining hall, they work hard to bring variety to the meals, and you can always find something you want to eat. In addition, having one dining hall really helps campus community, as the Dhall serves as a very central, joining place for Grinnell. There are two or three other on campus options, but i usually stick to the dining hall for meals.


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The dining hall offers a great deal of variety and accommodates various types of cuisines, dietary restrictions, and generally aims for nutrition. Additionally, the Spencer Grill offers Out Takes for those students in a rush or busy cramming. Out Takes uses a meal that would have been valid at the dining hall, but it give you chips, cookies, a drink, and a vegetarian or non-vegetarian entrée.

Other than the limited hours, Marketplace offers a couple of decent dining options. The Spencer Grill is a café where you can get sandwiches, quesadillas, Easy Mac, and anything that may help you through the next hour of studying. Bob's Underground Café is another venue where you can get late-night bagels, muffins, and coffee. Grinnell provides you with nutritional dining options mainly because in the town there is only one decent Chinese restaurant, a few Mexican options, and a surfeit of deliciously unhealthy fast food.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5314 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
All first-year students are required to participate in the Full Meal Plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Marketplace (there's only one dining hall)
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Bob's Underground Café
  • The Spencer Grill
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Eggs to order
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Chicken wings
  • Stir-fry
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Pizzas from the Grill
Special Options
Every dorm has at least one kitchen that students can use at their convenience. Keeping a stash of frozen pizzas is always a good idea.
Did You Know?
Dining Services sponsors special event meals throughout the year at no additional cost for students.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bob's Underground Café
Location: Main Hall, lower level
Food: Coffeehouse
Hours: Daily 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Joe Rosenfield '25 Center
Food: Dining hall food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Spencer Grill
Location: Joe Rosenfield '25 Center
Food: Coffee, Out Takes, quesadillas, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-12 a.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 33 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 34% Spencer's Grill
  • 24% Campus Dining
  • 17% Golden Dick
  • 15% Bob's
  • 10% Fill-a-dilla


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