Eating on campus

Make your own snacks and meals, get dietary advice and taste delights from different cultures. In addition to providing a dietary restriction program for those with allergies, we clearly label our food so you’ll always know when you’re eating halal, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

Nostalgica Pub and Beergarden

Soak up the sun, listen to some tunes, and meet up with friends over a delicious bite to eat at the Nostalgica Pub and beergarden’s popular patio.

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We are what we eat

Breakfast fit for a Gee-Gee thanks to a waffle press built in the 3D printing lab. Read the full story about Engineering the Gee-Gee waffle.

Download the Boost app

Don’t like waiting in line? Neither do we. Pre-order, pre-pay and skip the line with the Food Services Boost app!


A mix of bistro and gastronomy, bistronomy is an exceptional culinary experience! Treat yourself to high-quality meals prepared by our team of executive chefs at no extra charge. These three-course meals are offered once a month in our 24/7 Dining Hall.

PURE Station

Eat vegan and enjoy a 100% plant-based menu at our PURE Station. The dishes created by our 24/7 Dining Hall chef are fresh and tasty.
Even though the uOttawa campus has more than a dozen cafés, coffee-lovers might fear that they’ll be out of luck after hours. Not to worry: in our 24/7 Dining Hall you can brew your own, and make mochas and hot chocolates, too. You might even be inspired to practise your latte art and show your Gee-Gees pride!
Do you count the days until cooler weather so you can get your hands on a pumpkin spice latte? Need a double double to get your morning started? However you take your coffee, we have a spot you’ll love. The uOttawa campus is home to two Second Cup locations, one Starbucks, numerous Tim Hortons and six Go Cafés, along with the student-run Café Nostalgica. It might take awhile to figure out your favourite, but it’s nothing a coffee connoisseur can’t handle
We’ve recently adopted trayless dining, a concept that has seen huge success at other universities. Not only does trayless dining eliminate incredible amounts of food waste, but over time it will also reduce the use of water, electricity and dish soap, thereby contributing to a more eco-friendly environment overall.

A wide food selection

Our campus has so many food options that even the pickiest eaters will find their favourites.

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Healthy and delicious food options

We’re committed to providing a variety of healthy and delicious food options to all of our students, particularly those with mandatory meal plans.

The Dining Hall offers carefully prepared, allergy-free meals you can order in advance via a free app. As well, most of the meat is halal.

If you have a food allergy, you may be entitled to take advantage of our dietary restriction meal program. Meals are prepared in a separate, locked room in the central kitchen to prevent cross-contamination, and we use recipes and ingredients that are closely screened by our registered dietitians. All of our Food Services staff members have been trained to prevent cross-contamination at every step of food preparation.

One of the chef's personal recommendations is the made-to-order station, where you can choose your own ingredients as your dish is prepared before your eyes. He also suggests the mushroom ragout, one of the more popular vegan dishes. And don’t miss the shrimp po’ boy!
Follow your nose to Première Moisson on the first floor of the Social Sciences Building. The aroma of freshly baked bread will draw you in, and the pastries, coffee and chocolate will have you lingering.

With the help of student volunteers, we recently piloted the Love Food, Not Waste challenge, which asked students to pledge to take less food, go back for seconds, and sample new items — strategies guaranteed to help students take only what they really want. During the week of the challenge students eliminated 512 lbs of food waste in the Dining Hall!

We’ve turned the saved kilograms of waste into United Way donations. In two years, we’ve donated nearly $1,000 for uOttawa students with urgent needs.

Our dietician at your service

Our dietitian and food liaison officer Maryann Moffitt is available to discuss any of your questions or concerns. Sit back and enjoy your meal, because we have your health in mind.

Flexibility and variety with My Pantry

You’re not always hungry at the same time every day, and your social calendar can change just like that, so our Dining Hall is open and staffed 24/7 during the fall and winter terms to meet your needs. You’ll also have access to our registered dietitian, along with guest chefs and theme nights.

If you’re in the mood for some comfort food from home or you have a midnight craving, check out My Pantry, a “self-assisted” kitchen stocked with ingredients to make your own smoothies, waffles, sandwiches and hot meals. Associates are on hand to help as needed and ensure the pantry is stocked with fresh ingredients. If we don’t have what you need just add your request to our grocery list!

There comes a time when even the most health-conscious among us want to trade in greens for grease. The uOttawa crowd has been indulging itself on Bac à frites pogos, poutine, burgers and hot dogs in parking lot K for the past 11 years.
If you’re a nacho and taco lover you’ll be spending a lot of time at Nacho Cartel, with amazing eats inspired by Honduran and Latin American recipes.
Although compost waste won’t be sitting in landfills, there are still significant resources invested in every pound of food — from the water and fertilizers used to grow it, to the transportation and labour it takes to prepare it.
For the second year in a row the honour of representing uOttawa at the inter-university Iron Chef finals goes to the Spice Girls. Team captain and biology student Lindsay Trottier, biochemistry student Annalisa Weber and biomedical sciences student Courtney Azure impressed the judges with their version of a dish created by the Dining Hall’s executive chef, Nicholas Namespetra. Their seared to perfection scallops rested on a smooth celery root purée served with a tangy tapenade and sautéed mushrooms.
The inter-university Iron Chef competition has been shaking up uOttawa’s kitchens since it was launched in 2014. Although we haven’t brought a top prize home, we’ve come close, and 2020 might just be our year!

26 places to eat

If you ate at a different dining location on campus every day, it would take you more than three weeks to hit them all. Variety is the spice of life, and with 26 dining options on campus diversity is guaranteed. Take your pick of more than a dozen cafés, the 24/7 Dining Hall, pub food, food trucks and more. With a dining option in most buildings it won’t take long to sate your appetite.

When it’s warm, you’ll always find a crowd around the hot dog man between Hamelin Hall and 100 Laurier. Students and staff will tell you that these hot dogs are the stuff of legend.

Bac Plus

Bac Plus – a tiny location that’s big on taste. If you’re craving authentic Mexican food like tacos, burritos and quesadillas, you’ll find it in front of Fauteux Hall.

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