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Campus Food: We have the best food in the nation according to the Princeton Review, and it's no lie. Campus food is delicious! You seriously will love the food here, guaranteed.

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Campus Food: Virginia Tech has some of the best dining hall foods in the nation.

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All college students love to eat, and there seems to be something for everyone when it comes to food on Tech’s campus. If you’re super hungry, D2 offers the all-you-can-eat option. D2 is also a good place to find meals specially prepared for vegetarian and vegan students. For a wider variety of foods there is Owens Food Court, which features international foods, deli sandwiches, smoothies, a salad bar, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and desserts. It’s easy to find healthy choices in each dining hall, and students can go online to find out nutritional information for all the dishes served around Tech. However, if you’re craving some fast food, take your meal plan and head on over to Hokie Grill where you can visit Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, and Cinnabon. Many Tech students purchase meal plans and eat on campus a few times a week. Freshmen are required to get a meal plan and can choose from three meal plan options.

Eating on campus is very popular at Tech, so sometimes dining halls get very crowded during the lunch and dinner rush. With 11 dining halls to choose from and hundreds of different dishes, it takes a while to try it all. Even though freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan, most don’t mind, and some students enjoy Tech food so much that they continue to get meal plans for the rest of their years as students.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$3470 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Hokie Grill & Co.
  • West End Market
24-Hour Dining
None, but Dietrick Express is open till 2 a.m.
Special Options
Burke Johnston Student Center (known by students as GBJ) houses a Burger King and small coffee and sandwich shop. Though the meal plan won’t cover these meals, it can be more convenient to eat at GBJ than to trek all the way across campus to one of the dining halls. There are also a number of places to eat around the perimeter of campus, as well as near the Math Emporium for students taking classes or studying there.
Did You Know?
  • You can get lobster with your meal plan at West End. West End earned the title "Best College Specialty Restaurant in the United States" in 1999.
  • In 2008, the Princeton Review ranked Virginia Tech number one in Best Campus Food.
  • Owens Dining Hall is home to the Farms & Fields Project, dedicated to supporting sustainable food systems while offering organic and locally grown products.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Au Bon Pain
Location: Squires Student Center Food Court
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, soup, wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Au Bon Pain
Location: Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Food: Coffee, pastries, salads, sandwiches, wraps
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Location: Dietrick Dining Center
Food: All-you-can-eat: Asian, deli, desserts, grilled items, Mexican pasta, pizza, salad bar, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Deet's Place
Location: Dietrick Dining Center, lower level
Food: Coffee, ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, soup
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Dietrick Dining Center, lower level
Food: Grab 'n go items, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Hokie Grill & Co.
Location: Owens Dining Center
Food: Pizza Hut, Blue Ridge Barbecue, Chick-fil-A, Cinnabon, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Owens Food Court
Location: Owens Dining Center
Food: Asian, desserts, Italian, Mexian, salad, sandwiches, yogurt
Hours: Daily 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Squires Student Center Food Court
Food: Pizza, pasta
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Shultz Dining Hall
Location: Shultz Dining Center, lower level
Food: All-you-can-eat: desserts, homestyle entrees, pasta, pizza, soup and salad bar
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Shultz Express
Location: Shultz Dining Center, upper level
Food: Coffee, grab 'n go items, salads, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vet Med Café
Location: Virginia Maryland Veterinary Hospital
Food: Breakfast, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
West End Market
Location: Cochrane Hall
Food: Grilled items, Italian, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 16% West End
  • 12% Hibachi/Sushi
  • 10% Qdoba
  • 9% ABP
  • 9% 1872 Fire Grill
  • 9% Owens: Farms and Fields
  • 6% Various (including nutella) Crepes
  • 6% Burgers
  • 6% D2
  • 6% West End: Leaf and Ladle
  • 3% MTO Wraps and Sandwhiches
  • 1% Flips
  • 1% Owens
  • 1% Hokie Grill
  • 1% Seattles Best Coffee
  • 1% Everything
  • 1% Breuggers
  • 1% Jamba Juice
  • 1% Atomic Pizzeria

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 139 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 things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 35 responses

  • 20% All the prices are half off for meal plans
  • 17% There is a great variety of very good food
  • 16% Able to use at so many dining facilities
  • 13% Makes it convenient and fast
  • 13% Top dining halls in the country
  • 12% Rolls over to next semester
  • 7% Able to select amount of money
  • 3% There are places with swipe to enter.

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 35 responses

  • 33% It's expensive
  • 26% None
  • 12% The food is so good that I never know what to get
  • 12% Sometimes it's too much
  • 9% Hard to budget if you live on campus
  • 5% Give you too much food
  • 2% Never get the smallest meal plan- trust me!
  • 2% You pay 2x as much to get 50% off, there's no deal

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 41% Nothing is really bad
  • 29% D2 is good not great


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