Dining on Campus
Washington University is committed to providing fresh, high-quality food that is produced in a sustainable manner. Our nationally-ranked dining program offers diverse cuisines from around the world, and our chefs and staff are accustomed to meeting the needs of vegetarians, those who require or desire kosher or halal options, and those who have food allergies.
There are 19 different dining facilities located throughout campus that offer a wide variety of dining options—everything from hot entrées to made-to-order sandwiches, salad bars, and hot soups. Dining locations include food courts, several grab-and-go locations offering breakfast and lunch, and two convenience stores. Kosher and halal food is available at most locations.
Sustainable practices are a focus of dining services on campus. WashU seeks to reduce our impact on the food system by working with our dining service partners to develop a system for measuring and purchasing more food that is produced and distributed locally, humanely, fairly, and in an ecologically sound manner. Composting, recycling, and careful selection of the materials we use (plates, silverware, paper goods) are all part of our sustainability initiatives.
Danforth University Center (DUC) offers a food court featuring Asian, Mediterranean, Latin, vegan, vegetarian, and specialty grill selections. It also houses Bergson Café, which is a convenient stop for coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and cold drinks as well as pastries, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Another dining option in the DUC is Ibby’s, a bistro offering a unique selection of menu items.
Located in the center of the Brookings Quadrangle,
Holmes Lounge is a popular spot for sandwiches, wraps, baked goods, coffee, and cold drinks. While eating, you can enjoy the ambiance of this magnificently restored room from the 1904 World’s Fair era.
Students also enjoy lunch options on the east end of campus at Stanley's in Lopata Hall, Grounds for Change in Hillman Hall, and Etta's in Steinberg Hall.
Whispers Café is located on the ground level of the recently renovated Olin Library. Whispers serves Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and espresso, including cold brew and nitro cold brew, as well as Firepot Nomadic Teas, including loose-leaf teas and a selection of hand-crafted chais. Grab-n-go menu items include panzanella salad, roasted chicken, quinoa and broccoli bowl, and java jolt cookies. Designed to be a relaxed, social and study space, Whispers has ample access to power outlets and WiFi.
Abundant dining alternatives are available at the heart of the on-campus residential area. Kitchen and dining facilities offer choices that range from home-style comfort food to innovative international cuisines.
Cherry Tree Café offers coffee, tea, and breakfast favorites from early morning to late at night. Deli sandwiches and paninis are available for lunch and dinner.
Bear's Den boasts the most diverse dining on campus. You can enjoy Indian cuisine, Latin favorites, and Mongolian grilled food along with popular grilled items, pizza, and pasta.
Paws & Go, a convenience store, has a large soup and salad bar, frozen yogurt, and many heat-and-serve options.