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I hope you will join me in greeting the new academic year with gratitude for the resilience of our community, with excitement about the prospect of being able to support one another and Yale’s mission in person, and with a continued commitment to safeguarding our community’s health. – President Salovey

Yale University expects to follow a standard academic calendar, starting on September 1 for most schools, including Yale College. As a campus community, we are dedicated to reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

As such – Yale Hospitality continues to have extensive measures in place to support the health and safety of all. The following operating guidelines are based on current public health guidance and state regulations, which support our ongoing measures to keep our Yale community safe – while providing a variety of healthy & delicious meal options prepared in a safe environment.

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What We’re Doing to Keep Our Community Safe

Our residential dining hall and retail locations will be opened based on University needs, capacity and location configurations. To support our community, we are enacting the below:

  • Masks required while within our dining locations, except when at your table while eating
  • Hand sanitizing is required prior to entering dining locations
  • Queue lines may be used to facilitate de-densifying dining locations
  • Opportunity to dine-in or take-out meals, although we encourage you to support our sustainability initiatives by dining in

What Should I Know Before I Visit?

Per Yale University, CT State and CDC guidelines, it is required that everyone wear a mask or face covering while on campus and within our dining locations. 

  • You will be required to sanitize your hands prior to entering any of our dining locations and to practice social distancing – by allowing at least three feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Please thoroughly review and adhere to important information communicated and displayed for your health and safety.
  • If you are feeling ill, please refrain from visiting dining locations and contact Yale Health Services.

SmartMeals

SmartMeals have been developed by our chefs and culinary team to ensure that we are continuously providing delicious, nutritious food – prepared in a safe environment, and conveniently pre-packaged – during limited operation periods. SmartMeals are available for pre-order via our mobile ordering app, and include a variety of offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

Hours of Operation

Fall 2021

Monday - Friday

Residential Dining Breakfast Lunch Dinner (Mon-Thu) Dinner (Fri)
Berkeley 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Branford 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Davenport 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Ezra Stiles 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Franklin 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hopper 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jonathan Edwards 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Morse 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Murray 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pierson 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saybrook 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Silliman 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Timothy Dwight 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Trumbull 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday

Residential Dining Continental Breakfast Brunch Dinner
Berkeley   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Branford   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Davenport   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Ezra Stiles 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Franklin   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Hopper 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Jonathan Edwards   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Morse 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Murray   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pierson   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saybrook   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Silliman   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Timothy Dwight   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Trumbull   11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday - Friday

Retail Dining Breakfast Lunch Dinner Continuous Service
The Bow Wow (Schwarzman Center)       10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(Lunch transfers until 3 p.m.)
Café Med       8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Commons (Schwarzman Center)   11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    
Divinity       8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Mon-Thu), 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Fri)
Health Center Cafe       7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ramen at Becton   11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    
SOM McNay Cafe       8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Steep Café       8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Campus 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     11:00 a.m. – 1:30p.m.

*Service hours subject to change

Locations & Access

  • Services in dining locations are only accessible through pre-authorization and approved access by University and building authorities.
  • Residential Dining: All residential college dining halls will be open for service for meal plan holders. Access permitting, students will be able to enjoy meals at dining halls which are not in their residential college.
  • Restaurants & Café’s: Designated retail locations will be open for lunch, providing meal deals and a la carte offerings. To support the health and safety of our community, Yale Hospitality will provide meal services to those individuals who have authorized access to be on-campus, and have authorized access to be in the respective building.

Safety & Sanitation

Our team has enhanced cleaning and sanitation of food preparation and serving areas in dining locations, handwashing, use and frequent change of masks and gloves, frequently changing serving utensils (approx. every 15 minutes) to follow CT State and CDC guidelines. It is required that all guests:

  • Use masks/face coverings at all times while on Yale University campus
  • Adhere to all compliance requirements and directional signage while moving throughout the dining location
  • Follow entrance points, marked by directional signage and instructions
  • Use hand sanitizing at the entrance of each dining location, prior to entering
  • Practice social distancing by allowing for a 3-ft. physical distance between each person and seat, supported by designated areas with plexiglass barriers
  • Maintain ongoing compliance monitoring, reporting and modification to operational procedures as necessary

Meal Options

Residential dining halls will provide multiple options to enjoy their meals. Varied nutritious and delicious menus maintain an emphasis on health and wellness at each meal period. Continued support is available for those with dietary restrictions and allergies.

Available dining options include:

  • Dine-In: To support our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we encourage all students to dine-in (self-serve/all you care to eat) as often as possible, utilizing our china and flatware.
  • To-Go: When needed, containers will be available to take your meals out of the dining hall to eat in your room, courtyards or other common areas.
  • SmartMeals: Healthy, delicious & conveniently packaged meals are available for pre-order, pick up and take-out Order SmartMeals.
  • Grab and Go: Many retail locations offer options for grab and go meals, including: The Bow Wow (Schwarzman Center), Ramen (Becton Center), and Steep Café (Yale Science Building).

University Guidance

In developing the reactivation plan for these operations, we have complied with the CDC, State of Connecticut, City of New Haven, and Yale University’s academic and research committee assumptions and best practices in setting up our operating principles and guidelines. Please visit Yale University’s COVID-19 resource for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many exciting dining options at Yale this year!

All 14 residential dining halls will return to the self-serve / “all you care to eat” dining experience with china and flatware. The option to take-out meals or pre-order SmartMeals will be available if required.  

9 cafés and retail locations will be opened to provide additional dining for added variety and flexibility. This year, Commons is back – reimagined with four distinct culinary stations. The new Bow Wow offers convenient grab and go options (your new fresh sushi destination) for meals, snacks and beverages when you’re on the go. In addition, for the first time ever, ramen will be available at Becton Center.

Per Yale University, State of Connecticut and CDC guidelines:

  • It is required that everyone wear a mask or face covering while on campus and within our dining locations.
  • You will be required to sanitize your hands prior to entering any of our dining locations and to practice social distancing, by allowing at least three feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Please thoroughly review and adhere to important information communicated and displayed for your health and safety
  • If you are feeling ill, please refrain from visiting dining locations and contact Yale Health Services
  • Your ongoing commitment, support and collaboration in complying with these measures

On behalf of a very enthusiastic Yale Hospitality team, congratulations and welcome to Yale! You’ll be living in a Yale College which features its own dining hall, and there is so much for you to experience. Please thoroughly review the below questions and answers which provide detailed information regarding dining locations and services, dietary accommodations, meal options, and more. Should you have additional questions, always feel free to contact us – we’re here to support you!

Our staff will be wearing masks/face coverings and all guests will be required to do so upon entering, and throughout, dining areas. Ultimately, your support and collaboration in complying with these measures is paramount.

  • Masks required while within our dining locations, except when at your table while eating
  • Hand sanitizing is required prior to entering dining locations
  • Queue lines may be used to facilitate de-densifying dining locations
  • Opportunity to dine-in or take-out meals, although we encourage you to support our sustainability initiatives by dining in

Access permitting, students are able to dine within retail locations, their residential college, in addition to colleges which they are not residents of.

Most dining halls hours adhere to the following schedule, Mon-Fri: Breakfast (8am-11am), Lunch (11:30am-1:30pm). Dinner is held 5-7:30pm (Sun-Thu), and 5-7pm (Fri-Sat). On weekends (Sat-Sun): Hopper, Morse and Stiles are open for continental breakfast from 8-11am; Brunch available from 11am-1:30pm in all colleges.

Mobile ordering is available, offering SmartMeals for pre-order on the Yale Hospitality app (Download).

*Hours subject to change

SmartMeals have been developed by our chefs and culinary team to ensure that we are continuously providing delicious, nutritious food – prepared in a safe environment, and conveniently pre-packaged – during limited operation periods. SmartMeals will be available for pre-order via our Yale Hospitality mobile app (Download) and include a variety of offerings for lunch and dinner each day.

As always, our menus are designed with an emphasis on health and wellness. We recommend planning your meals in advance by leveraging the Yale Hospitality mobile app (Download) for either dining-in or dining-out.

As a meal plan holder, you have access to dining within your respective dining hall, additional dining halls or utilizing lunch transfers at designated locations. Should you require additional servings while in the dining hall, please make the request within the servery when picking up your meal. Our team will gladly provide you with supplemental items upon request, subject to availability. You may choose to have SmartMeals, which are healthy, delicious & conveniently packaged meals available for pre-order, pick up and take-out. Lastly, all dining locations will offer take-out and pre-ordered meal options for your convenience. 

Unfortunately, not. If you would like additional portions to supplement your meal, our staff will be happy to support your request on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the availability of that item during the specific meal period.

Of course, your dietary needs remain a top priority. Our nutritionist and staff will continue to provide support for individuals with special dietary restrictions and allergies. Please contact us in advance so we can make sure we’re ready to serve you safely. All returning upperclassmen will be required to re-register for dietary accommodations. Learn more about dietary accommodations.

Yale Hospitality has designed several meal plans for resident, off-campus, and graduate students in compliance with regulatory standards established by both the State of Connecticut and Yale University. Please view our meal plans page for detailed information.

As always, all students living in residential colleges and on Old Campus will be required to purchase the Full Meal Plan.

Yes! Off-campus students remain part of the Yale community and you will be automatically enrolled in the flexible Connect Meal Plan. This meal plan is designed to provide you with opportunities to connect on-campus with your friends and classmates. Visit the Explore Meal Plans page to learn more.

Yes, we are currently planning to provide resident students the opportunity to enjoy meals in dining halls which are not in their respective residential college.

Yes, lunch transfers are still available and are based on a pre-determined bundle, which is considered a complete meal. Meal Plan holders are offered the flexibility of transferring a lunch swipe to Commons or The Bow Wow (Schwarzman Center) or Steep Café (Yale Science Building), and must swipe during the lunch period (11am - 3pm). Additional locations may become available in the future.

No guests or visitors are currently permitted entry into dining halls, but this is subject to change.

Yes. It is required to use masks/face covering sat all times while on Yale University’s campus – which includes all dining areas.

Students required to isolate will be provided meal kits from Yale Hospitality upon arrival, in coordination with the appropriate parties. Kits will encompass a selection of meals, snacks, beverages, serveware and utensils to be used during the isolation period. If you’re feeling ill, please contact Yale Health immediately. If you have already consulted with Yale Health and are in isolation, please contact your coordinator to schedule meal deliveries.

Please make sure to always wear your mask, sanitize your hands (hand sanitizer and hand washing sinks available in dining halls), and maintain social distancing at all times. Please do not visit dining halls if you are experiencing any symptoms and be sure to contact Yale Health Services.

To support the health and safety of our community, Yale Hospitality will provide meal services to those individuals who have authorized access to be on-campus, and have authorized access to be in the respective building. In order to access meals, please contact us to purchase the meal option which best fits your needs.

More Questions?

Please contact Yale Hospitality with any feedback, questions or concerns.