Where to eat

Dining Services: Where to eat


Once Yale's only dining room, Commons since the 1930s has had the principle mission of supporting the residential colleges. That tradition has been extended to include providing food service for students residing in the New Residence Hall (Swing Dorm).

Customers are able to watch their lunch being cooked; burgers or chicken breasts being flame-broiled; stir-frys sizzling; and french fries turning golden brown. Self-service allows you to take a little or a lot, or mix and match to suit your mood.

Holders of the Anytime Meal Plan, the Full Meal Plan, the Any 14 Meal Plan, and the HGS 150 or 150 Block Plan may transfer board plan meals to Commons.

Commons is located at 168 Grove Street.

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Summer Dining Hours

Commons dining hall is closed to the public for the Summer.

Academic Year Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
Lunch 11:00 am – 3 pm

Your Management Team

Kristin Elliott, General Manager
(203) 436-2195

Jennifer DeSantis, Manager
(203) 432–7167


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