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Brown Dining Services
Brown University Box 1936
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3343

Dining Services offers flexible eating plans, a variety of facilities, and really good food. More than just nourishment, Dining Services provides a place to relax and meet your friends. BDS specializes in meeting a variety of dining needs related to students’ tastes, preferences, and hectic lifestyles. There is a registered dietitian on staff who plans menus and advises students with special dietary needs.

Meal Plans
Dining Services offers a choice of meal plans and a number of service locations. Plans provide you with wide-ranging daily meal options from more traditional “all-you-care-to-eat” service to à la carte dining at retail cafés and casual restaurants around campus. (For more information about the different dining venues, see “Where to Eat,” below.)

You can also take your meal to go if you’re in a hurry. What’s more, each meal plan comes with FlexPlus Points that you can use as dollars to purchase food at all our eateries, coffee carts, and convenience stores. Dining Services also offers kosher/halal meal-plan options that enable observant Jewish and Muslim students to adhere to dietary laws while enjoying all the benefits of meal-plan participation. No matter your schedule, your dietary needs, or your meal preferences, BDS meal plans can usually accommodate you.

Where To Eat
Dining Services operates two all-you-care-to-eat dining centers. Sharpe Refectory on Wriston Quad is the larger and more traditional of the two, while Verney-Woolley (the “V-Dub”) offers a more intimate and contemporary setting on the Pembroke Campus. Both dining centers offer a choice of entrées at each meal. The Refectory also offers made-to-order omelettes, grilled chicken, burgers and panini sandwiches, pizza and pasta, and, at the “Roots and Shoots” line, vegetarian and vegan items often prepared with locally grown produce. The V-Dub features make-your-own waffles at breakfast, fresh stir-fries, and a self-serve deli with a panini grill. Both locations also offer hearty, homemade soups, breads, and desserts, as well as extensive salad bars.

A variety of retail snack bars offer additional dining options

  • Josiah’s in the Gregorian Quad on Thayer St. is best known for quesadillas, spicy chicken sandwiches, entree specials, fresh baked cookies, and design your own chopped salad. Josiah’s also features a ‘healthier' snack area.
  • Andrews Commons, opened in the spring of 2014, features artisan pizza, calzones and panini baked in a stone hearth oven, and a variety of baked pastas. Andrews also features a Pan-Asian menu inspired by a partnership with James Beard award winning Chef Mai Pham. You'll find Spicy Thai or Vietnamese pho served with chicken, beef, or tofu at lunchtime and at night, an Asian stir-fry station with pork, chicken, beef and veggie-based specials as well as curries.
  • The Ivy Room on the lower level of the Refectory features entrées, grilled items, deli sandwiches, and homemade soup and bread at lunch. It is exclusively vegetarian in the evening and features falafel sandwiches, mac & cheese, create-your-own pizza, and assorted baked goods.
  • The Blue Room in the Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center serves a great selection of gourmet fair trade and organic coffees as well as fresh pastries, New York-style bagels, hot breakfast sandwiches, focaccia and deli sandwiches, great soup and chili, sushi, and hot dinner entrees after 4 p.m.
  • The coffee cafes, located in the lobbies of the Sciences Library, the Rockefeller Library, and the Barus and Holley building satisfy your need for a quick coffee, snack, or sandwich break. And Poppy’s, located in the new Jonathan Nelson Fitness Center & Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, specializes in offerings that support fitness and health.
  • Campus Market (on the lower level of the Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center) and L’il Jo’s (inside Josiah’s) are mini-convenience stores and additional campus resources for provisions.

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