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 2017 meal plan starts on Thursday, August 31, 2017 for new students at Orientation. Meal plan will begin for returning students on Sunday, September 3. 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 Wednesday, January 17,  2018 at breakfast. Your spring board plan will start then if you are on the meal plan for spring.

Café Mac

Breakfast - -  Cash or Mac Money price:  $6.85, includes tax.  Flex price: $6.33
Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner - Cash or Mac Money price: $9.50, includes tax.  Flex price: $8.83

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)
**Bag Lunch Program
Served at the Grille from 7:30AM-9:00PM - Student can come up to the Grille and request a bag lunch from the Grille which is equivalent to a meal swipe.

Options: Your choice of sandwich (turkey sandwich, ham sandwich, roasted vegetable sandwich, includes lettuce and tomato or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich). All sandwiches come with a bag of chips, a piece of fruit and a can of soda or a small bottle of juice.

Nessie’s in The Loch

11am – 6pm (M-F)
11am – 4:45pm Lunch Meal Swipe  - box lunch, Panini served with a drink, cookie and choice of chips,  mixed greens with Caesar or balsamic dressing, or fresh fruit.
5pm – 6pm Dinner Meal Swipe (M-F) - box lunch, Panini served with a drink, cookie and choice of chips,  mixed greens with Caesar or balsamic dressing, or fresh fruit.

Atrium Market on 2nd Floor of Campus Center

10:30am – 1:30pm (M-F) Lunch Meal Swipe (sub of your choice, without chips or beverage)

Scotty’s in the Leonard Center

11 am – 2:30 pm (M-F)
11am – 2:30pm Lunch Meal Swipe

Coffee Cart in Janet Wallace Fine Arts

8am – 2pm (M-F)

Preseason Dining Fall 2017

Begins with breakfast on Sunday, August 13, 2017 for football.

Begins with breakfast on Friday, August 18 for sports teams and others.

Ends with dinner on August 30, 2017 for students living on campus fall semester.

Café Mac

Breakfast 7:30 am – 9 am
Lunch 11:30 am – 1 pm
Dinner 5 pm – 6:30 pm


8am – 2pm (Monday-Friday)

Fall 2017 Break Dining

Begins with lunch on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Café Mac

Thursday & Friday (Lunch 11am – 1:30pm, Dinner 5 – 7:30pm)
Saturday (Brunch 10:30am-1pm, Dinner 5 – 6:30pm). Sunday (Brunch 10:30am-1pm, Dinner 5 – 7:30pm)


Closed During Fall Break

1pm – 11pm (Sunday, October 29)

Thanksgiving Break Dining 2017

Begins with lunch on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

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


Closes at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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

Open 1pm – 11pm on Sunday, November 26.

January Break Dining 2018

Begins with breakfast on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. It will end after dinner on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. 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 2018

Dining Plans begin with breakfast on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Spring Break Dining 2018

Cafe Mac and other dining will end with dinner on Friday, March 9, 2018. Cafe Mac will re-open for dinner on Sunday, March 18, 2018.


8am – 1pm (Monday-Friday)

1pm - 11:00 pm on Sunday, March 18, 2018

Senior Week, Tuesday May 8 - Friday May 11, 2018

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 8, 9, 10- Lunch and Dinner.

Wednesday,May 9 - Dinner is the Last Supper event for seniors.

Café Mac

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


Limited Hours during Senior Week - please check for hours at the Grille

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 3. Cafe Mac will only serve breakfast on Sunday, June 4 during reunion weekend.


8am – 1pm Monday through Friday

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