Macalester has a number of dining options for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Meal plan information. Meal swipes can be used to access Cafe Mac and at each of the other food service locations.  For specific questions about your dining plan use or GET dining acccount contact Card Services.

General Hours

Fall 2020 meal plan starts on Friday, August 28 , 2020 for new students at Orientation. Meal plan will begin for returning students on Sunday, August 30, 2020. General hours for the academic year when class is in session.

Nessie’s, Atrium Market, the Coffee Cart and Scotty’s are closed when class is not in session.

Café Mac

Accepts: Meal Swipe, Flex Points, Mac Money, Credit Card, Cash,

Monday – Friday:

Breakfast –  7:00 – 10:00 am
Lunch  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dinner 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday:

Brunch 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dinner 4:00-7:00 pm


Monday – Sunday

7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Accepts: Meal Swipe, Flex points, Mac Money, Credit Card, Cash

Meal Swipe options at the Grille:

Breakfast:  7:30 am – 10:30 am /Monday – Friday

An item from the bakery display, a bagel, oatmeal or a yogurt w/beverage & piece of fruit

Dinner: 8:00 pm-9:00 pm / Monday – Friday

Choice of Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Veggie Burger, Chicken on a bun or Salad w/beverage, piece of fruit and a cookie

Bag Lunch: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm / Monday – Sunday

Choice of sandwich (ham, turkey or peanut butter & jelly) w/chips and a beverage;

Beverages –Minute Maid  juice, Small Coffee, Tea or Coke product

Nessie’s in the Loch –  Lower level of Campus Center

Monday – Friday

11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Accepts: Meal Swipe, Flex points, Mac Money, Credit Card, Cash

Meal Swipe Options

Lunch – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Halal menu featuring flavors of Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and surrounding Middle Eastern cultures. Build your own bowl and beverage.

Beverages –Minute Maid juice or Coke products

Atrium Market on 2nd Floor of Campus Center

Monday – Friday

11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Accepts Meal Swipe, Flex points, Mac Money, Credit Card, or Cash

Meal Swipe Option at Atrium Market

Lunch – 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Build your own sub, including beverage, cookie, choice of chips or fresh fruit.

Beverages – Minute Maid juice,  or Coke product

Dinner – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Choice of burrito, bow,l or tacos, with a beverage and a piece of fruit. Beverages- Minute Maid juice or Coke product

Scotty’s in the Leonard Center

Monday – Friday

11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday Dinner

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Accepts Meal Swipe, Flex points, Mac Money, Credit Card, or Cash

Meal Swipe Option

Build your own protein bowl, with a beverage and a piece of fruit

Beverages – Minute Maid juice or Coke product

Coffee Cart in Janet Wallace Fine Arts

8:00 am – 5:00 pm/Monday – Friday

Accepts Flex Points, Mac Money, Credit Card, or Cash

Preseason Dining Fall 2020



Fall 2019 Break Dining

Begins with lunch on Thursday, October 24, 2019 and ends at Dinner Sunday October 27, 2019.

Café Mac

Thursday October 25 & Friday October 26

  • Lunch 11am – 1:30pm
  • Dinner 5 – 7:30pm

Saturday October 27

  • Brunch 10:30am-1pm
  • Dinner 5 – 6:30pm

Sunday October 28

  • Brunch 10:30am-1pm
  • Dinner 5 – 7:30pm


Closed During Fall Break. Reopens Sunday October 27, 2019  (1pm-11pm)

Thanksgiving Break Dining 2019

Begins with lunch on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Café Mac

Lunch 11:00 am – 1pm (Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun of Thanksgiving Break)
Dinner 5-6:30pm (Wed, Fri, & Sat during break)
Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving meal 11:00 am – 1pm
Sunday Dinner 5-7:30pm


Closes at 5pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Closed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during Thanksgiving Break

Open 1pm – 11pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019

January Break Dining 2020

Begins with breakfast on Thursday, January 2, 2020. It will end after dinner on Monday, January 20, 2020. This only applies to students who have gone through the J-term application process and been given a J-term meal plan.

Café Mac

Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30am (Monday-Friday, no breakfast on weekends)
Lunch 11:30 am –12:30 pm (Daily)
Dinner 5-6pm (Daily)

Grille- will be open from 8am-1pm on Monday-Friday during January Break.

Spring Semester 2020

Dining Plans begin with breakfast on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Spring Break Dining 2020

Cafe Mac and other dining will end with dinner on Friday, March 13, 2020. Cafe Mac will re-open for dinner on Sunday, March 22, 2020.


7:30am-6:30pm, Friday, March 13

7:30 am – 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15

7:30am – 6pm, Monday-Friday, March 16-20

7:30am  – 6:00pm Saturday, March 21

1:00pm – 11:00 pm, Sunday, March 22

Senior Week, Tuesday May 14 – Friday May 17, 2019

Senior Week meals in Cafe Mac are available to students living on-campus who are required to stay through graduation for senior week or commencement events.

Students that qualify for the senior week meal plan paid for Dining Plan A, B, or C during spring semester and:

  • Have been asked to stay for senior week activities or to perform at graduation
  • Have a later final at an ACTC institution
  • Are on a sports team that will be competing during senior week.

Students staying on campus waiting to move into summer housing and students approved to stay by their hall director for other reasons do not qualify for the senior week dining plan.

Senior Week Dining Plan

Tuesday through Thursday May 14, 15, 16- Lunch and Dinner.

Wednesday, May 15 – Dinner is the Last Supper event for seniors.

Café Mac

Lunch 11:30am – 1pm (Tuesday – Friday)
Dinner 5 – 6:30 pm (Tuesday – Thursday)


Open 8am-1pm Tuesday May 14 through Friday May 17

Open 9am-3pm on Graduation day

Summer Meals 2019

Begin on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and ends with lunch on Friday, August 2, 2019.

Café Mac

Breakfast 8-9 am  Monday through Friday
Lunch 11:30 am – 1pm  everyday
Dinner 5-6pm everyday

Reunion weekend- Cafe Mac is not open on Saturday, June 8. Cafe Mac will only serve breakfast on Sunday, June 9 during reunion weekend.


8am – 1pm  Tuesday through Friday May 28 – August 2, 2019