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Campus Food

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: They could do a much better job of mixing things up

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most of the time, the dining halls can leave a lot to be desired. Sometimes, they surprise us and the food is pretty good. The food options around Harvard can tend to be a little pricey for a college student's budget...we're not all heirs to an enormous fortune.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food in Annenberg is alright, but it's great to be able to eat with friends. Upperclassmen dining halls have somewhat better food.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: HUDS is far from quality dining. Food from the freshmen dining hall, Annenburg, is especially lacking, most likely due to its mass-production in relation to the smaller house dining halls. They do try and vary the options, as well as change them up from season to season, but the food is generally bland and either under or overcooked. There also isn't a great variety of vegetarian/vegan options, especially if one can't eat soy.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Lots of variety. Wish the entrees were better and the vegetables fresher

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Opinions on the quality of campus dining at Harvard run the gamut from total disgust to lavish praise. In general, students admire the beautiful architecture of Annenberg and most of the house dining facilities, but many students don’t believe the ambience of the dining halls makes up for the less-than-stellar cuisine served up by Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS).

However, students can use their Crimson Cash at a select number of restaurants in Harvard Square, making Harvard’s dining opportunities appear a bit brighter. Most of the complaints about food quality come from first-year students who are victims of Annenberg, where food is mass-produced to serve more than 1,600 freshmen. Upperclassmen note that food quality does improve after freshman year, however.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
21
Average Meal Plan Cost
$5448 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Annenberg Dining Hall
  • Currier Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Greenhouse Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Eggs/omelets
  • Muffins
  • Waffles
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Burgers and sandwiches
  • Grilled chicken
  • Mac and cheese
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Cereal
  • Sandwiches
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Several off-campus restaurants accept Crimson Cash from your declining balance account.
Special Options
Hillel is open on Sundays, and Shabbat meals are served Friday and Saturday and are open to all undergraduates. "Fly-by" meals are offered 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. during the week; these paper-bag lunches are for students who are pressed for time. There are also Common Spaces Carts located outside of Boylston Hall, Lehman Hall, and the Science Center.
Did You Know?
  • Parents can send their children care packages through Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) that students can pick up at their house dining hall (or at Annenberg for freshmen).
  • Interhouse restrictions often bar non-residents from dining at a particular house during certain meals.
  • Each dining hall offers late-night snacks in each house dining hall Sunday through Thursday. These "Brain Breaks" are set up to help students who are studying.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Adams Dining Hall
Location: Adams House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Annenberg Dining Hall
Location: Annenberg Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:15 a.m.–2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Barker Rotunda
Location: Barker Center, 12 Quincy St.
Food: Breakfast pastries, coffee, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Buckminster's at Lise
Location: Laboratory for Integrated & Applied Sciences, Oxford Street
Food: Baked goods, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Cabot Dining Hall
Location: Cabot House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Chauhaus at the GSD
Location: 48 Quincy St.
Food: Breakfast, entrées, salads, soup
Hours: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cronkhite Dining Room
Location: 6 Ash St.
Food: Deli, entrées, salads, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Currier Dining Hall
Location: Currier House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Dudley Café
Location: Lehman Hall
Food: Buffet-style dinner, desserts, entrées, noodle bowl, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dunster Dining Hall
Location: Dunster House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Eliot Dining Hall
Location: Eliot House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Greenhouse Café
Location: Science Center
Food: American, breakfast sandwiches, Indian, parfaits, salad bar, sandwiches, pizza, smoothies, Starbucks, tacos
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Kirkland Dining Hall
Location: Kirkland House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Lamont Library Café
Location: Lamont Library
Food: Baked goods, coffee, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 3 p.m.–2 a.m., Friday–Saturday 3 p.m.–8 p.m.
Leverett Dining Hall
Location: Leverett House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Lowell Dining Hall
Location: Lowell House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Mather Dining Hall
Location: Mather House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Northwest Café
Location: 52 Oxford St.
Food: Breakfast pastries, coffee, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Perkins Observatory Cart
Location: Perkins Observatory at Garden Street
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches, snacks, soup
Hours: Monday–Friday 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Pforzheimer Dining Hall
Location: Pforzheimer House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Quincy Dining Hall
Location: Quincy House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Sebastian's Café
Location: HSPH Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Ave.
Food: Breakfast, grill items, pizza, salad bar, sandwiches, soups, sushi
Hours: Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Winthrop Dining Hall
Location: Winthrop House
Food: All-you-can-eat: entrees, grille, pasta, salad bar, soup, sweets, vegetarian
Hours: Monday–Saturday 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m., 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m., 5 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 38 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 31% Nothing
  • 23% You pay for a year's worth of food but not great
  • 15% Good food
  • 8% Ready for eat
  • 8% Easy access
  • 8% Good Drink
  • 8% Fresh food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 44% Anywhere in Harvard Square
  • 36% Upperclassman dining halls
  • 20% Annenberg

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% Really nowhere bad
  • 18% Annenberg--freshman dining hall

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 10 responses

  • 82% Your only option is unlimited food
  • 18% You have the option of bagged meals

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