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Campus Food

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: There is food on campus in buildings, food available in the dorm dining halls as well as plenty of restaurants and fast food places right around campus. They have panda express, subway, papa johns, erberts and gerberts in the some of the buildings on campus as well as quite a few places you can snag some coffee. Off campus or right on the edge of campus you can find places like chipotle, jimmy johns, mesa pizz, burger king, mcdonalds and bun mi.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everyone always complains about Centennial dining hall, but honestly, it's not that bad. I've never had a day where I didn't like anything. I have eaten in every dining hall except Middlebrook, and they are pretty much all the same. They are just presented differently, so people would think it's better. 17th isn't that great, they have good and bad days, just like every dining hall.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: i have not had a bad meal while at the U!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Since most of the dorms are clustered near Washington Ave, as well as all the on campus restaurants, you are never far from food. Unless, that is, you have a class on the outskirts of the campuses. St. Paul is the opposite. Most of the food is located on the edge of campus while most classes are located in the interior.

3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are a variety of choices.

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Dining hall food at the University of Minnesota is just about average. Students are usually unsatisfied with the variety of food options available. Eating dining hall food gets boring because it's usually similar types of food. Vegetarians and vegans do not get very edible options. Eating salads, cereal, or rice dishes is not substantial enough for the amount of money students spend on meal plans. All dorms offer a salad bar, but only some offer deli sandwiches. There is always an option of some sort of burger or fries or pizza. A type of dessert is always served, as well. An ice cream dispenser is also installed in all dining halls. The unfortunate part is that weekly meals do not roll over. Every meal costs to be about $9, which is a lot of money for students who do not finish all of their weekly meals. Many students rely on FlexDine money, which works in Coffman food court and some other places.

Eating the same food meal after meal, day after day, can take a toll on anyone. But props should be given to Dining Services for listening to student opinions. Dining Services has held contests for students to submit their favorite recipe, and the winning recipe is then served at the dining halls. They also have different ethnic food from across the world once a week. But even then, students should keep some groceries and snacks such as Ramen noodles or microwaveable dinners in the fridge for the times when they miss a meal or do not like the food. Hopefully, in the future, the services will be worth the money.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3802 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
No
However, students who live in any of the dorms are required to have a meal plan. If freshmen live in campus dorms, which most do, then they must have a meal plan. But it is not required of all freshmen, or those who do not live in campus dorms.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
  • Centennial Dining Hall
  • Middlebrook Dining Hall
  • Sanford Dining Hall
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Jamba Juice
  • Panda Express
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Cereal
  • Fruits
  • Smoothies
  • Waffles/pancakes
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Salad
  • Subs and sandwiches
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Centennial late-night dinner
  • Cereal
  • Cookies
  • Pizza
Student Favorites
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • Jamba Juice
  • Panda Express
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
The University of Minnesota Dining Services offers at least one vegan and a few vegetarian options every meal.
Did You Know?
Wednesdays are the busiest days for the on-campus coffee shops.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bailey Dining Hall in St. Paul
Location: St. Paul Campus
Food: Deli, entrees, grill, salad bar, soups, vegetarian/vegan
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Baja Sol Tortilla Grill
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bistro West Restaurant
Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Center, Lower Level
Food: Restaurant-style American dining
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bleecker St.
Location: Carlson Dining Food Court, Lower Level
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Burger Studio
Location: Carlson Dining Food Court, Lower Level
Food: Burgers
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Carlson Dining Food Court
Location: Carlson School of Management, Lower Level
Food: Food-court style
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Centennial Dining Hall
Location: Centennial Hall
Food: Dining food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
Chick-fil-A
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Fast food
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Comstock Dining Hall
Location: Comstock Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cranberry Farms
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Coffee and desserts
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: American
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Erbert & Gerbert's Bistro
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Greens To Go
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Greens To Go
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
GrilleWorks
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Burgers, fries
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Coffman Union
Food: Juice and smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City at Moos
Location: Moos Tower
Food: Espresso, coffee, pre-made sandwiches, fresh pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Java City St. Paul
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Ground Level
Food: Coffee, espresso, and fruit smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Middlebrook Dining Hall
Location: Middlebrook Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Minnesota Marketplace Food Court
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nolte Restaurant
Location: Nolte Center, Lower Level
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, soups, salads, and snacks
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Northrop Grill
Location: Northrop Mall
Food: Sandwiches and burgers
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (May-September only)
Outside In
Location: Phillips-Wangensteen Building, Second Floor
Food: Breakfast food, burgers, grill station
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Papa John's
Location: Blegen Hall, Lower Level
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pioneer Dining Hall
Location: Pioneer Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sanford Dining Hall
Location: Sanford Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat buffet
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Simply Soup
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Starbucks
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Pastries and coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Subway
Location: Essential Market in Blegen Hall, Lower Level
Food: Sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Subway
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sullivan Café
Location: Mondale Hall (Law School)
Food: Deli sandwiches, pasta salad, salads, grab `n go items, bakery, chips, soda, and coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Terrace Café Food Court
Location: St. Paul Student Center, Main Level
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Topio's
Location: Coffman Union, Ground Level
Food: Gourmet Starbucks coffee, hot entrée items, and grilled sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wise Owl Café
Location: Walter Library, Lower Level
Food: Coffee, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Zoca
Location: Carlson Dining Food Court, Lower Level
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 177 responses

  • 15% Local restaurants
  • 12% Chipotle
  • 12% Stadium view or dinkytown
  • 11% Starbucks
  • 11% 17th
  • 9% Subway
  • 9% Erbert and Gerberts
  • 7% Caribou
  • 3% Dunn Bros
  • 2% Walgreens
  • 1% Tofu house
  • 1% Panda Express
  • 1% Java City
  • 0% Mesa Pizza
  • 0% Punch Pizza
  • 0% Bun Mi!
  • 0% Little Szechuan
  • 0% Mesa
  • 0% Middlebrook
  • 0% Freshii

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 288 responses

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