Brown Dining Services (BDS) offers a variety of facilities, good food, and flexible meal options. More than just nourishment, BDS meets a variety of dining needs related to students’ tastes, preferences, and hectic lifestyles. There also is a registered dietitian on staff who plans menus, advises students with special dietary needs, and publishes The Stockpot newsletter.
Where to Eat
Dining Services operates two all-you-care-to-eat dining centers. Sharpe Refectory (the “Ratty”) 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 serve at least two entrées at each meal. The Refectory also offers grilled chicken, burgers and sandwiches, pizza and other Italian specialties, 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 sandwich grill. Both locations also offer hearty, homemade soups and breads, as well as extensive salad bars.
Additional Dining Options
- Josiah’s, named for Brown’s infamous and beloved “professor” Josiah Carberry, is Brown's largest snack bar, is one of the most popular hang-outs on campus. Located in the middle of the Vartan Gregorian Quad, Josiah’s is best known for quesadillas, spicy chicken sandwiches, entree specials, fresh baked cookies, and make-your-own chopped salad. and sushi. Josiah’s also features a 'healthier snacking' area.
- The Gate in lower Alumnae Hall is the source for the best pizza on Providence’s East Side, as well as delicious subs and panini sandwiches. Saily specials are also available, including baked pasta and chicken wings.
- The Ivy Room on the lower level of the Refectory features hot entrées, grilled items, deli sandwiches, and homemade soup and bread at lunch. It is exclusively vegetarian in the evening and features falafel sandwiches, a burrito bar, mac & cheese, stiry fry, 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 Lasalle Bakery 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 Café Carts located in the lobbies of the Rockefeller Library and Barus and Holley provide Equal Exchange fairly traded coffee, hot tea, sandwiches, snacks and other goodies. And Poppy’s, located in the new Jonathan Nelson Fitness Center & Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, specializes in offerings that support fitness and health.
- The 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.
- The Postal Café, located in the mailroom in J. Walter Wilson, is a mini-mart right in the heart of campus that carries a wide selection of beverages and snacks.
Although many graduate students opt to purchase food on their own, a choice of meal plans are available at a number of service locations and can accommodate kosher and halal dietary restrictions. Plans provide 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.