Yale Dining

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  • Yale dining should really list prices somewhere for us. Let's work on that too - but for now let's list:
    • KBT lunch items prices (the actual food~)
    • Durfee's items by price
    • Link to the locations of these places! People who don't already know this info definitely will not know where these places are.
    • Something about avoiding or at least limiting the Freshman Fifteen?
    • And perhaps a guide to the best/least desirable typical entrees? This could be done when we put in the polling system, I suppose.

Quick Links


Yale Dining Food

  • Residential college dining halls serve different menus every day. The menu of the day and the ingredients used are the same for all colleges, however there is some variation in terms of salad dressing, grill options, and quality of cooking.
    • Morse-Stiles has a brick-oven pizza and additional options, normally including fries.
    • Berkeley, as of fall 2017, has a pizza oven.
  • The Slifka Center offers kosher food, although with a lesser variety of options.

Meal Plans

Everyone should get the unlimited meal plan. Period. Even if you aren't a huge eater, you can't lose: it's only $70 more, and that same amount you get back in $70 worth of Eli bucks which you can use as credit at Durfee's. And here's why it's worth it: the freedom to eat whenever works for you without any additional cost. You can grab breakfast in your college before your 9AM class then swipe in for a second breakfast in Pauli Murray at 10:30AM. You can swipe in for a dinner meeting in Trumbull at 5:30PM and another one in Silliman at 6:30PM. Over an entire year's benefits at Yale, this plan (the "Anytime Meal Plan" is a steal: http://hospitality.yale.edu/undergraduate-meal-plan-options

Guest Swipes

We get 5 guest swipes per semester.

You can check your remaining number of guest swipes in the EliBucks application online. Guest Swipes are called "Bonus Meals" here.

New Haven Restaurants

Getting Your Money's Worth

Free Food at Retail Locations

Breakfast swipe to buy food at the Yale Dining stores:

  • KBT (Kline) Cafe = $4

Lunch swipe to buy food at the Yale Dining stores:

  • Durfee's = $7
  • Uncommon = $7
  • Bass Cafe (Thain Family Cafe) = $7
  • KBT (Kline) Cafe = $8

Dinner swipe to buy food at the Yale Dining stores:

  • Marigold's (med school) = $7

You can eat two lunches every day!

  • Search "Double Swiping" to find it on this page: http://hospitality.yale.edu/undergraduate-meal-plan-options
  • Even though it specifies an order [Residential => Commons], I think you may be able to eat in some different orders. Maybe [Commons => Residential], or maybe even [Commons => Commons]? It’s worked that way for some people.
  • This was more useful when Commons was open for lunch until 5:00, but it’s still handy.

Retail Locations (items & prices)

Ordered by category and price so you can figure out how to top off your swipe ;D


KBT Cafe


  • Large Soup ($6.85)
  • Small Soup ($4.00)
  • Judi's Bakery Baguette ($3.00)
  • Muffin/Scones/Muffintop/Danish ($2.50)
  • Chocolate Croissant/(Chocolate Oreo!) Parfait ($2.25)
  • Cookie / Regular Croissant / Aztec Brownie ($2.00)
  • Biscotti ($1.75)
  • Egg ($1.00)


Fancy drinks aren't listed out quite yet. Wanna add your favorite? ;D

  • ($4.00)
    • Large Mocha
    • Small Mocha + flavor shot (peppermint!)
  • Naked Juice ($3.50)
  • Fuze ($2.50)
  • Honest Tea / Izze Soda / Large Iced Coffee ($2.25)
  • Large Hot Coffee / Small Iced Coffee / Apple Juice / Orange Juice / Smart Water / ($2.00)
  • Small Hot Coffee ($1.75)
  • Water ($1.50)
  • Soda Can ($1.25)

Food you Make

Recipes you can make in the dining hall



Milk is available in all dining halls via a dispenser of Skim Milk and 2% Low Fat Milk. Dining halls also have Silk Soy Milk in their refrigerators. Some dining halls have chocolate milk variants of that (which?). Students are notorious for taking these milk cartons back to their dorm rooms but have been advised by Yale Dining not to for the sake of other students. Another option for chocolate milk is mixing the Hershey's chocolate syrup found in most dining halls with the 2% Low Fat Milk. This is supposedly tastier than the Silk chocolate milk.

Quick Inspiration

  • coffee + ice cream
  • fries + cheese + microwave (45sec) = melted-cheesy-fries
  • rice + milk + sugar + cinnamon = "porridge"
  • soda + different color soda (or soda-water) = forms delicious, beautiful layers

Yale teabags steep freakishly fast.

  • People who complain about Yale teas tend to let it oversteep. Just seconds of steeping are enough for many people.
  • The hot water is often too hot to drink. Mix in a splash of cold water!

Coffee Types

The internet is never clear about these things. This is slightly better?

Espresso based
  • Cappuccino = espresso + steamed milk (maximal foam)
  • Latte = espresso + steamed milk (minimal foam)
  • Macchiatto = espresso + small dollop of milk
  • Americano = espresso + water (coffee-like?)?
  • Mocha = espresso + steamed milk + chocolate
  • Red Eye Chai = espresso + chai tea latte
Coffee based
  • Cafe au Lait = coffee + steamed milk
  • Chai Tea Latte = Chai tea syrup + steamed milk (minimal foam)
  • Hot Chocolate = steamed milk + chocolate

Group Dining

Finding a Place to Meet

Someone in the college must make the reservation for the group.

Have Annexes

  • Calhoun - Must walk far away to the Fellow's Lounge (in a different entryway). The Parlour next to the dining hall is not for food.
  • Branford has a nice annex. And it isn't usually that crowded anyway.
  • Davenport has two annex rooms above the servery, but they're smaller than average
  • Silliman
    • Lets some groups reserve tables
    • Has a great annex, but a Sillimander must be present and take the Master there to open it.
  • TD has a reservable annex
  • Slifka has a seminar room that seats ~20
  • Saybrook's Fellows Lounge is reservable at the swipe-desk, although many groups already have reservations; it's right at the back of the dining hall
  • Morse's Fellows Lounge is not easily accessible from the dining hall, as it's upstairs and requires a swipe
  • Trumbull - Reservable Fellows Lounge


  • Berkeley - Nothing. Swiss Room is off-limits.
  • JE has a Junior Common Room and a Senior Common Room, but students may only use them under certain circumstances (usually if the student has an important guest, he/she may ask the Master to host the guest for lunch or dinner in one of these rooms).


  • Pierson? (The buttery can be used as a place to meet)
  • Ezra Stiles?

Diet Restrictions

For anyone who is vegetarian / vegan / gluten-free / allergic / otherwise dietarily restricted. Check meals here.

  1. Dining Hall staff is SUPER responsive to special diets. If there's a way for them to meet your needs (and there is!) they'll do it!
  2. The Slifka Center (80 Wall St.) restricts what they serve at each meal to keep kosher
    • Breakfast - no meat
    • Lunch - no meat
    • Dinner - no dairy
    • There’s always at least one meatless/dairyless dish at each meal.
    • (Slifka also has a Bagel Brunch every other Sunday, which is amazing!)
  3. Be careful, veggies are often cooked in dairy-butter :/
  4. The chicken served by Yale Dining is Halal (as of 2011-2012).

Dining Hours

For the Official Information, go here. Summarized info as of 2017 May 1 follows below.

Commons Dining Hall (CLOSED)

College Dining Halls

For the Official Information, go here.


7:30 am - 10:30 am

  • Hot Breakfast (Silliman / Ezra Stiles / Morse / Branford / Saybrook)

8:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Continental Breakfast (in all colleges except Hot Breakfast)

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

  • Lunch (in all residential colleges)

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Dinner in all residential college dining halls (except Friday, Saturday, Sunday: dinner ends at 7:00 pm)

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm (non-weekend)

  • Dinner is still served in Morse and Ezra Stiles


Weekend Breakfast in Hopper and Morse ONLY (8:00-10:30 am)

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

  • Brunch in all residential college dining halls

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Dinner in all residential college dining halls

Hall of Graduate Studies Dining Hall (Monday-Friday)

  • Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Closed to undergraduates after 6:15 pm.

Slifka's Kosher Kitchen

  • Monday-Friday
    • Breakfast: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:30 am
    • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm (except Fridays)
  • Shabbat
    • Dinner (Friday night): 7:00 pm
    • Lunch (Saturday): 12:30 pm
  • Every other Sunday
    • Bagel Brunch! 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Retail Dining Locations

Durfee's Convenience Store

$7 lunch swipe until 5:00 pm!

  • Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 2:30 am
  • Saturday & Sunday: noon - 2:30 am

KBT Café (Monday-Friday)

  • Breakfast: 8:30-11:00 am ($4 breakfast swipe)
  • Lunch: 11:00-2:30 pm ($8 lunch swipe)

Bass Café

  • Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm (closes at 5:00 pm Fridays)
  • Saturday: noon - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: noon - 11:00 pm

Triple E's @ Payne Whitney Gym

  • Monday-Friday: noon - 7:00 pm

Marigold's (Med School)

  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Snacks: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Refectory (Divinity School)

  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

West Campus Dining

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm