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Campus Food


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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't have many complaints, except for the fact that it can be a little repetitive in commons. Usually the food is high quality and there are enough options to choose from no matter what.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a surprising number of options for food on campus considering how small Hamilton is. The two main dining halls, Commons and McEwen are average and can have a select both really good and really bad options sometimes. The Little Pub for lunch is a great occasional alternative. What really comes in clutch is the ridiculously good Howard Diner. Many students would agree that surviving without the diner is unimaginable.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Diner for breakfast, pub for lunch, and mcewen/commons for dinner is a pretty good variety I've found

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Food isn't great but not terrible either.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls are average to below average. But the diner is the saving grace.


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The best thing Hamilton has to offer is the 21 meal plan. Students can come and go as they please. Between classes, you can grab a cup of coffee and still be able to come back an hour later for lunch. Soper Commons has made-to-order sushi and pasta bar on the weekdays. Other options include an omelet and waffle bar for breakfast, grilled chicken and hamburgers all day, and an ice cream station. During all hours of operation, the salad bar and sandwich bar are available from 10 a.m. until closing. In addition, Commons weekday snack time is a great option for students who miss lunch, get hungry between meals, or want to meet friends and professors over a quick bite to eat. Late-night breakfast at the Diner is one of the most popular meals for students. The Howard Diner serves as an after-hours meeting spot on the weekends. Students are often found dancing in the isle or singing from the `50s-style booths to the music blasting from the retro jukebox.

Despite glowing praise of the food, there are a few problems with the dining facilities. A Howard Diner dinner costs six dollars, and with that money, you are limited to a sandwich, fries, and a drink. Equivalency dollars are based on the time of day, which means you don't get the same exchange value at breakfast and dinner. On the weekends, McEwen is closed, and that leaves Commons and the Diner as the only options. Not only is this an inconvenience to students living close to McEwen, but it makes other venues congested and overcrowded, particularly as Commons is the only eating area open for breakfast/brunch.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Average Meals/Week
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5310 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
The Howard Diner
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Special Options
Students living in Rogers Estate or Woollcott House have the option of a limited meal plan and a private chef that prepares house breakfasts and dinners. Students living in the apartments at Griffin Road or off campus can choose smaller meal plans and cook meals in their private kitchens. Café Opus is also an on-campus facility, but is not run by Bon Appetit.
Did You Know?
  • During finals there is snack time in the library from 9-11 p.m. every night with cookies, donuts, and coffee. Each night of finals week also has something special like midnight breakfast or late night hot cocoa and candy in the pub.
  • You can put money on your All-Campus Card to use anywhere on campus, including Café Opus.
  • Every afternoon between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Commons offers snack time. Snacks include frost your own cookie, make your own trail mix, chips and dip, and do-it-yourself nachos
  • With the 21-meal plan, you can go into Commons or McEwen more than once per meal. So, for example, you can have breakfast at 9 a.m. and stop in for coffee an hour later without losing a meal. Alternatively, the Pub and the Diner do not allow re-entry privileges, so once you use a meal at either place, you'll have to wait until the next meal to eat at any of the dining halls.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Green Café
Location: McEwen Hall
Food: Healthy, salads, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The Howard Diner
Location: Beinecke Student Activities Village
Food: American, entrées, wraps
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-5 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Little Pub
Location: Next to Beinecke Student Activities Village
Food: Beer, daily entrée, pizza, salad, pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
McEwen Dining Hall
Location: McEwen Hall
Food: Cafeteria-style
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Soper Commons Dining Hall ("Commons")
Location: North campus
Food: Deli, entrées, pasta bar, pizza, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

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

  • 26% Diner is the best!
  • 18% Mcewen for lunch and dinner
  • 15% Diner breakfast also amazing
  • 13% Little Pub for lunch!
  • 13% Opus for lunch
  • 8% I only eat at commons
  • 3% Mcewen for lunch
  • 3% Commons for dinner
  • 3% Diner for lunch and dinner

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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


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