Dining Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Dining Experience

Overview

Modern dining with a taste of community

Dining at Quinnipiac reflects our commitment to student-centered experiences. It's a time for connection and shared conversations. This is why you'll find the attention to detail in both the dining environments and the food choices. There's something for everyone.

Dining halls on each of our campuses offer tastes of both the global and the familiar, with ingredients that are fresh, sustainable and often sourced locally. You want options? We have several unique culinary stations offering traditional and eclectic dishes. If eating sensibly is important to you, you will love the options — and information — available to achieve a balanced lifestyle.

We believe that healthy and satisfying are never mutually exclusive, that taste is a matter of choice, and that all food should be comfort food.

Revolution Noodle and Sushi, located above the Mount Carmel Dining Hall, offers students a variety of options — from noodle bowls to sushi.

What's on your menu?

Revolution Noodle and Sushi, located above the Mount Carmel Dining Hall, offers students a variety of options — from noodle bowls to sushi.

By the Numbers

30%


Sustainability

We source much of our produce from local farms in support of the American Family Farmers and we're actively looking for ways to increase these local partnerships.

9K


Daily nourishment

We cater to more than 9,000 customers every day — and our goal is to make each one happy.

31


Varied options

We offer 31 unique food stations across our 3 campuses, serving options such as grilled food, smoothie stations, Starbucks and sushi.

Campus Experience

Dining Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in the Carl Hansen Student Center on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Many choices

Valentina Ramirez '20 and Isabelle Lopes '20 make plans inside the Mount Carmel Dining Hall.

Feed your mind and body

On our campuses, the places you eat are also some of the best places to gather, laugh, relax or study in comfort. Our dining spaces are more than just cafeterias or food courts. Take Revolution Noodle and Sushi — located just above our Mount Carmel Dining Hall. It offers students a variety of culinary options in a relaxing environment. Why is that? Because after a tough workout or study session, you need a place to both unwind and replenish your mind and body; because wrestling with the blank page is always easier in a comfortable booth with a hot cup of coffee and a freshly baked pastry; because great friends and great environments are what turn “grabbing food” into a real meal.

Our approach is to provide great food and good times, no matter the season. Big projects, midterms, finals and even graduate school preparation are all part of your college experience — and can be very stressful. 

For the next four years, you’ll be spending a lot of time here with us. We hope to see you for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any time in between. Relax and enjoy yourself — we’re making food an essential part of your Quinnipiac experience.

Health Choice and Allergy Options

Thomas Frotton ’16, MHS ’18, makes a salad at the North Haven Campus dining hall salad bar

Fresh, local and tasty

Thomas Frotton ’16, MHS ’18, chooses from the salad bar on the North Haven Campus, offering fresh, locally sourced produce, proteins and fixings.

Healthy Choice and Allergy Options

Create your own

Create Smoothies offers a sweet and healthy complement to breakfast, lunch, dinner or a tough workout.

Dine consciously. Dine well.

The last few years have seen a revolution in campus dining across the nation. Quinnipiac has always remained committed not only to a mission of sustainability, but to serving a student body with eclectic tastes and dietary needs. Health issues and food allergies shouldn’t ruin your dining experience, nor should dietary choices and personal beliefs leave you searching off campus for a great meal. Our menus emphasize inclusivity and healthy lifestyles and offer a range of vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as vegan choices free of all animal-based ingredients and by-products.

Whether you’re an athlete, socially conscious or struggle to keep on top of certain health issues, we make it our priority to serve food that serves your body in the best ways possible.

Au Bon Pain

Quinnpiac freshman Kaitlin Coto, undeclared, gets breakfast at Au Bon Pain Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in the Carl Hansen Student Center on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Fueling your passions

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Kaitlin Coto '20 grabs breakfast at Au Bon Pain Cafe and Bakery in the Carl Hansen Student Center.

Au Bon Pain

Dining fast, or taking it slow

Quinnipiac students are used to enjoying their meals on the run. When time is at a premium, people don’t always have their pick of premium food options. Not here. Our mobile choices are some of the best.

A Mount Carmel Campus favorite, Au Bon Pain Cafe and Bakery features a rotating list of traditional, contemporary and seasonal soups daily. It also offers gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as European-inspired dessert options and premium coffee brewed fresh every few hours. Soup stations at our North Haven Campus and Bobcat Den give our busiest students options that are familiar, healthy and satisfying.

Of course, a “quick bite” doesn’t always have to be quick. Pick a spot and enjoy something savory or sweet with friends. These are your spaces. Make them whatever you need them to be. 

A cup of yogurt with granola sprinkled on top from Au Bon Pain Cafe and Bakery

Grab. Go. Enjoy.

Yogurt parfait is just one of many healthy and delicious options available to you at the Au Bon Pain Bakery and Cafe on our Mount Carmel Campus.

Bobcat Den

A wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables are available at each of our dining halls, offering a healthy boost at any time during the day.

Food for thought

A wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables are available at each of our dining halls, offering a healthy boost at any time during the day.

Bobcat Den

Casual and quick

The Bobcat Den is the perfect location to eat fast, or sit and enjoy a full meal. It boasts a full deli-bar with a variety of subs and wraps made to order all day and an Au Bon Pain soup station. The Diner Express offers traditional entrees as well as classic grilled sandwiches and sides. Additionally, the Diner Express grill features breakfast all day, which can be ordered via kiosk. And the Starbucks station features premium coffee drinks, freshly made smoothies and milk shakes.

More than a dining option, the Bobcat Den is also a low-key spot to relax and take a break from mid-terms, finals or end-of semester projects. Take advantage of the Wi-Fi and pick out a comfortable study spot, or catch a game on the high-definition TV.

Students sit on the steps outside the Bobcat Den

Step on up for a quick bite

Students sit on the steps outside the Bobcat Den after grabbing a quick bite to eat between classes. The Bobcat Den is located in the heart of the residential community on our Mount Carmel Campus.

York Hill Campus

A student enjoys a meal at the Rocky Top Student Center with a window behind him showing views of New Haven and the TD Bank Sports Center

Bright surroundings

The dining hall in the Rocky Top Student Center overlooks the TD Bank Sports Center, with panoramic views of New Haven, Long Island Sound and the rolling countryside of Southern New England.

York Hill Campus

Students sit in chairs outside the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus.

Great heights

The York Hill Campus is one of the highest points in Hamden, providing spectacular views of the surrounding area and offering an ideal spot for meeting friends.

Dining with a view

The York Hill Dining Hall is located inside the Rocky Top Student Center with stunning views of Long Island Sound, the Sleeping Giant, rolling farmland and the New Haven skyline.

Each week, our Innovation Kitchen culinary team prepares main courses that are inspired and delicious, balancing nutrients and portion size while never sacrificing taste. What is an “innovative kitchen?" One where boring is never on the menu. 

Simply named, although anything but common, The Grill offers a variety of contemporary wraps and sandwiches (both cold and grilled), as well as numerous breakfast options made to order each day.

How else does the York Hill Dining Hall distinguish itself? With clean, open spaces, loads of natural light, a ski-lodge atmosphere complete with fireplaces and dining terraces, with a view stretching from Sleeping Giant all the way to the waters off Long Wharf.

At the Game

Brogan Rafferty '20 during Men's Ice Hockey vs. Harvard, November 12, 2016

Every game matters

Brogan Rafferty ’20 celebrates a 4-2 win over Harvard in front of a packed stadium of cheering fans in November 2016.

Appetite for competition

Our athletes make every minute of gameplay in our sports center competitive, exciting and memorable, but no game is complete without classic stadium fare — chicken tenders, soft pretzels and nachos. On game nights, the snack station is the No. 1 spot to hit before tip-off or between periods. During Bobcats hockey and basketball season, it may be the only thing that can pull you away from the action.

Special Events

The undergraduate holiday dinner Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Festive meals

Dylan Fearon ’17, Tyler Mannion ‘18 and fellow members of the cross-country team enjoy a meal together during the annual Undergraduate Holiday Dinner. The event, which has been running for more than 30 years, is a popular and beloved tradition when faculty and staff serve a traditional meal to students.

Special Events

Building connections, one meal at a time

Each year, we provide our students with occasions to come together and celebrate. These include:

  • complimentary birthday meals
  • cooking demonstrations
  • international-themed dinners
  • all-you-can-eat wings and pizza nights
  • a cupcake competition
  • a November turkey-carving

Everyone gets excited around the holidays as we serve thousands of students at our undergraduate, graduate, law and medicine holiday dinners in what have become beloved university traditions.

It’s no secret: Nothing brings communities together like food.

Quinnipiac University student Yihao Huang mans the grill during the School of Engineering barbecue Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 outside the Center for Communications and Engineering on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

A time to gather

Quinnipiac University student Yihao Huang '17 staffs the grill during the School of Engineering barbecue held at the beginning of the academic year.

Meal Plans

Bringing choice back to the table

No two appetites, schedules or lifestyles are the same. Whether you enjoy cooking and preparing food in your residence hall, or want the flexibility of choice for every meal, we designed our 4 tiered dining plans so that you can personalize your daily culinary experience. Each is simple, and emphasizes variety, value and convenience and includes regular dining events and promotions — including weekend brunches, food truck festivals and wing nights.

QCash is accepted at every dining location on our 3 campuses, as well as more than 30 establishments in the surrounding area. 

Student sips a cup of coffee from a white mug in the Starbucks on the Mount Carmel Campus

Flexibility for every taste

QCash is accepted at every dining location on our 3 campuses, including Starbucks, as well as many off-campus establishments.

Bronze Plan


We created the Bronze Plan especially for our commuter students who spend a lot of time off campus. This plan is accepted on all 3 campuses, and is ideal for grabbing a mid-day snack, taking a sandwich to go or grabbing a Starbucks between classes. 

Silver Plan


We designed the Silver Plan with lighter appetites in mind. The Silver Plan allows for a full — albeit choosier — daily dining experience, and also includes access to regular dining events and promotions.

Gold Plan


A mid-level dining plan for bigger appetites and even bigger foodies. The Gold Plan is ideal if you believe in making daily meals a real experience, as well as want to participate in regular dining events and promotions.

Platiunum Plan


Going platinum means taking full advantage of the dining experience. Whether you’re an active athlete with a hearty appetite, or just want to enjoy the culinary variety offered in our dining halls each day, this plan is for you.