What’s for dinner (or lunch or breakfast) at Wheaton?
It depends on what you want. There’s a lot to choose from here, with two main dining halls (traditional and grab-and-go) and two cafés offering a delicious variety available every day, ranging from healthy to decadent and everywhere in between—plus a ton of allergen-free options to meet your individual needs.
Wheaton Dining has been recognized for its quality and variety—we were recently listed among the Top 25 U.S. Colleges with the Best Food by Best Value Schools, College Rank included us in the Top 20 Best College Dining Experiences, and Chowhound listed us as one of the 17 Colleges with The Best Food.
Wheaton offers four dining locations, in addition to the student-managed coffeehouse, the Lyons Den.
Our beautifully renovated Chase Dining Hall offers a series of cook-to-order favorites along with a salad and ice cream bar, a sandwich counter and delicious featured meals that change daily. Chase also has a dedicated, allergen-free station serving delicious dishes made without many of the most common food allergens: egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, shellfish, soy and wheat.
Emerson Dining has a more à la carte feel, offering tossed-to-order salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts and other items, along with Starbucks coffee.
The Diana Davis Spencer ’60 Café, conveniently located in the Mars Center for Science and Technology, serves Green Mountain Coffee, fresh, hot flatbreads and other items.
Hood Eco Café, located in the Balfour-Hood Campus Center, offers custom sandwiches, grilled favorites, soup du jour and a salad bar, plus Equal Exchange coffee.
Along with enjoying great flavor, you can feel good about what you eat at Wheaton because of our sustainability efforts, which include buying local produce, using fair trade coffee and sending leftover scraps to a local farm.
Learn more about our dining locations and view full menus on the main Dining Services page.
Wheaton offers three meal plan options for students. First-year students are automatically enrolled in the Carte Blanche (all-you-care-to-eat) plan, which includes unlimited dining at Chase and select meals at Hood Café, plus a set of guest meals and Lyons Bucks that can be used throughout the semester to purchase items at other dining locations on campus.