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 experiences. 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, eclectic and always authentic 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 no matter what yours is, all food should be comfort food.

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)

What's on your menu?

Duchaine Augustin '20, Isabelle Lopes '20 and Valentina Ramirez '20 share a meal. The student dining experience at Quinnipiac is about more than just what you eat — it's about where and with whom.

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.

100%


High standards

All of the chicken we use is produced without the routine use of human antibiotics and the eggs are certified humane cage-free.

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. We designed and furnished our dining spaces to be more than just cafeterias or food courts. 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.

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.

Health Choice and Allergy Options

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)

Savory, healthy and always fresh

Franklin Ramsay '19 and Michael Nedoshytko '20 weigh their options at the G8 station. G8 offers meals and sides that are allergy-friendly without sacrificing flavor. Here, we cater to broad tastes, and care about the food you put into your body.

Healthy Choice and Allergy Options

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)

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 conditions, 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. They also offer 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 out a spot and enjoy something savory or sweet with friends. These are your spaces. Make them whatever you need them to be. 

Quinnipiac junior Evan Dalaker, a biology major, makes a cup of tea Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in the Carl Hansen Student Center on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Dining that fits to a T

Evan Dalaker ’18 enjoys a cup of Au Bon Pain Cafe and Bakery tea on a chilly day in the Carl Hansen Student Center.

Bobcat Den

Dining at Bobcat Den Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus.

A quick pick-me-up

Rachel Rodrigues ’18 grabs a quick smoothie. Comfortable and accessible, the Bobcat Den offers a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options daily, and is a great meeting place for students before class, after practice or any time in between.

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 and cooked to order, 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.

Dining at Bobcat Den Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 on Quinnipiac University's Mount Carmel Campus.

Options on the go

Jake Tobias '19 chooses a soup at the Au Bon Pain station. In the Bobcat Den, convenience is always on the menu.

York Hill Campus

Mac O'Keefe, in his final year of the 3+1 MBA program at Quinnipiac, dines with friends Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus in Hamden, Conn. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Bright surroundings

Mac O'Keefe ’16, MBA’17 takes in the view while he eats with friends in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus.

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 with 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 the TD Bank 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 number-one 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 their distinct places in our community. These include cooking demonstrations, international-themed dinners, a cupcake competition, a November turkey-carving, and the annual holiday dinner, which sees hundreds of students and faculty in attendance every year.

Our schools believe in acknowledging the work and contributions of their students. They do this through yearly welcome-back barbecues and awards luncheons, and larger events such as the School of Medicine’s International Dinner.

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.

Coming Fall 2017

Innovation is a key ingredient

We're always looking for ways to improve the dining experience at Quinnipiac. We're committed to providing quality ingredients, recipes and experiences at the best value possible.

Based on student surveys and focus groups, the new on-campus dining experience will offer more variety, more convenience and increased value — as well as additional meal plan options.

In Fall 2017, you can expect to find:

  • A full-service Starbucks café in the Carl Hansen Student Center
  • A remodeled North Haven Dining Hall that will include more options for healthy, fresh, locally sourced foods — and Peet’s Café 
  • The addition of Revolution Noodle and Sushi in the Mount Carmel Dining Hall
  • The addition of an Au Bon Pain Express in the Center for Communications and Engineering on the Mount Carmel Campus 
  • University-wide dining-focused events
  • All-you-can-eat events, such as pizza or wing nights, or mac and cheese bars
  • Weekend brunch events
  • Culinary road shows, such as ice cream on the quad, popcorn night in residence halls and chef station samplings
  • Free birthday meals

Student favorites will continue — such as the annual undergraduate and graduate holiday dinners.

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. So relax, and enjoy yourself—we’re making that an essential part of your Quinnipiac experience.