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.

General Hours

Fall 2018 meal plan starts on Thursday, August 30, 2018 for new students at Orientation. Meal plan will begin for returning students on Sunday, September 2. General hours for the academic year when class is in session. Nessie’s, Atrium Market, and Scotty’s are closed when class is not in session.

Spring 2018 meal plan starts on Tuesday, January 22,  2019 at breakfast. Your spring board plan will start then if you are on the meal plan for spring.

Café Mac

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

Breakfast – – Meal Swipe;  Flex points – 6.33; Cash,or Mac Money – $7.18, includes tax.
Lunch,  – Meal Swipe; Flex points – 8.83;  Cash or Mac Money: $10.20, includes tax.                      Dinner and Brunch : Meal Swipe; Flex points – 8.83, Cash or Mac Money: $10.51

Breakfast –  7:30 – 9:30am (M-F)
Lunch and all-day breakfast(south line) – 11 am – 1:30pm (M-F)
Dinner and all-day breakfast (south line) –  5 – 8pm (M-F)

Mondays and Thursdays – Halal meat available at lunch, and dinner (south station)

Saturday breakfast  8:30am – 10:30 am

Brunch 10:30am – 1pm (Sat & Sun)
Sat Dinner 5-6:30pm
Sun Dinner 5-7:30pm


7:30 am – 11:00 pm (M-F)
1pm – 10:30pm (Sat)
1pm – 11:00 pm (Sun)

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

Meal Swipe options at the Grille:

Breakfast:  7:30am – 10:45am  / Monday -Friday

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

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

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

Bag Lunch: 7:30am – 7:30pm

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

Beverages – Tropicana juice, Small Coffee, Tea or Coke product

Nessie’s in the Loch Middle East – Halal

11am – 2pm (M-F)  Accepts: Meal Swipe, Flex points, Mac Money, Credit Card, Cash

Meal Swipe Options

Lunch – 11am – 2pm – new menu featuring flavors of Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and surrounding Middle Eastern cultures. Build your own bowl and beverage.

Beverages –Hibiscus tea,  strawberry-pomegranate spa water., Tropicana juice bottle or Coke can products

Atrium Market on 2nd Floor of Campus Center

10:30am – 1:30pm (M-F) Accepts Meal Swipe, Flex Points, Mac Money, Credit Card, Cash

Meal Swipe Option at Atrium Market

Lunch – 10:30am – 1:30pm

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

Beverages – Tropicana juice, Small Coffee, Tea or Coke product

Scotty’s in the Leonard Center

11 am – 2:30 pm Monday through Friday  and Sunday through Thursday 5 pm to 7 pm  Accepts Meal Swipe, Flex points, Mac Money, Credit Card, or Cash

Meal Swipe Option

Choice of burrito, bowl or tacos, with a beverage and a piece of fruit

Beverages – Tropicana juice, Small Coffee, Tea or Coke product

Coffee Cart in Janet Wallace Fine Arts –

8am – 2pm (M-F) Accepts Flex Points, Mac Money, Credit Card, or Cash

Preseason Dining Fall 2018

Begins with brunch on Sunday, August 12, 2018 for football team only

Begins with breakfast on Friday, August 17 for sports teams and others.

Ends after dinner on August 29, 2018.

Fall dining for new students begins with breakfast on August 30, 2018. Dining for returning students begins on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Café Mac

Monday- Saturday
Breakfast 7:30 am -9:00 am
Lunch 11:30 am -1:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm- 6:30pm

Brunch 10:30 am- 1:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm


8am – 2pm (Monday-Friday)

Fall 2018 Break Dining

Begins with lunch on Thursday, October 25, 2018 and ends at Dinner Sunday October 28, 2018.

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 28, 2018  (1pm-11pm)

Thanksgiving Break Dining 2018

Begins with lunch on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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 22 Thanksgiving meal 11:00 am – 1pm
Sunday Dinner 5-7:30pm


Closes at 5pm on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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

Open 1pm – 11pm on Sunday, November 25.

January Break Dining 2019

Begins with breakfast on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. It will end after dinner on Monday, January 21, 2019. 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 2019

Dining Plans begin with breakfast on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Spring Break Dining 2019

Cafe Mac and other dining will end with dinner on Friday, March 15, 2019. Cafe Mac will re-open for dinner on Sunday, March 24, 2019.


7:30am-6:30pm, Friday, March 15

Closed on Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17

8am – 1pm, Monday-Friday, March 18-22

Closed on Saturday, March 23

1pm – 11:00 pm, Sunday, March 24

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 8am-4:30pm on Graduation day

Summer Meals 2018

Begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and ends with lunch on Friday, August 3, 2018.

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 9. Cafe Mac will only serve breakfast on Sunday, June 10 during reunion weekend.


8am – 1pm Monday through Friday

***NOT open on July 3 & 4, 2017.