Dining Hall Hacks

Welcome to Queen’s! We’re so happy you are here. We know your schedule it busy, so we have several options in place to make your meal plan more convenient for you.

Grab It and Go!

No time to eat in the dining hall? Pick up a prepared Express meal to-go from the dining hall cashier! Dining hall EXPRESS MEALS-to-go ARE A MEAL SWIPE, not a TAM.

Save Time, Skip The Line!

Low on time? Avoid peak periods and skip the line by using the Seat Reservation for the dining halls with the Transact app. Download it today!

Skip the Busy Times! 

We know you have a busy schedule, so we want to make things easier for you. You can skip the busy dining hall periods listed below if able. Go here for complete hours of operation. 

Ban Righ Dining Hall

Breakfast: CLOSED
Lunch: 12:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Dinner: 5:30 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.

Leonard Dining Hall

Breakfast: 8A.M.-9:15A.M
Late Breakfast: 9:45A.M.-10:00A.M.
Lunch: 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Dinner: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Jean Royce Dining Hall

Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. – 8:45 A.M.
Lunch: 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Dinner: 5:15 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.

Ask Before You Eat!

Do you have an allergy or dietary need? Ask for the chef to discuss safe dining options. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to book an appointment with our Registered Dietitian and/or Chef to discuss how to safely dine on campus. Other resources to check out include: dining with allergies and dietary accommodations (which provide a list of gluten-free and vegan offerings on campus).

Plan Ahead! 

Check the dining hall menus on our website or those posted outside the dining hall doors to become more familiar with the options. This is a great way to find your favourite items and plan on which dining hall you would like to eat at each day. PS the dining halls are on a 5-week rotation, so you will find something different each day!

Just Ask! 

Looking to try a sample from a few stations? You can ask for a half portion. Were you looking for more vegetables or other sides? Ask for extra!  Our team is happy to accommodate. If you have any doubts or questions, ask a team member. With plexiglass and masks, be sure to raise your voice when speaking to staff so they can hear you.

Mix and Match!

The benefit of all you care to eat is the ability to try things at different stations. Grab a salad from the salad bar, brown rice from true balance, the grilled veggies from the grill and the protein from the main entrée to make a balanced plate.

Not a fan of the entrees one day? We have a wide variety of bread and wraps available for you to whip up a quick and delicious sandwich or wrap. 

Feel Good About What You Eat! 

Aside from preparing healthy nutritious, and delicious meals, Queen’s Hospitality Services works towards making sure that our culinary practices and dishes are ethical and sustainable. Some of our practices include only using cage free eggs, sustainable seafood and donating non-perishable food daily to the local Kingston community through Soul Foods and Loving Spoonful. Learn more about Hospitality Services’ sustainability practices here

Know Your Menu Icons!

Use the corresponding menu icons to navigate food in the dining halls, including vegan, vegetarian, halal, and Get The Good Stuff.
Allergies? Ask Before You Eat! Due to the risk of cross-contamination, items with menu icons may not always be suitable for students with allergies and celiac disease. Ask for the chef about safe dining options.

Help a Peer in Need!

Did you know you can also donate up to 5 meal swipes to a peer in need each semester through our Swipe it Forward program? If you plan to go home for the weekend or plan on eating off-campus, donate a meal swipe to a peer in need. 

Follow us on social media!

Want to keep up with what’s happening in the dining halls and retail units? We have different food specials and events happening throughout the year. Be sure to follow us @queensfood on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay in the know! 

Jaspreet Multani is a 4th-year undergraduate student at Queen’s University completing her Honours degree in Global Developmental Studies. Jaspreet is currently the Student Health and Wellness Marketing Intern at Queen’s Hospitality Services. Her main interests are sustainability, food waste, food security, and nutritional and sustainability-oriented marketing.

Article reviewed and edited by Registered Dietitian and Wellness Manager for Queen’s Hospitality Services

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