Using the freshest ingredients and an abundance of skill and creativity, RISD’s Dining + Catering professionals serve delicious, nutritious meals that exceed expectations. Our chefs and kitchen crews take great care and pride in preparing organic, locally sourced food and keeping attuned to your preferences.
A range of inviting spots to eat
The largest dining hall on campus, The Met serves a wide variety of freshly prepared items for guests to enjoy. The menu features innovative entrées and creative cuisines, vegetarian and vegan options, an artisan pizza oven and an array of house-made desserts and pastries. Seating more than 300 guests, The Met also provides late-night service Sunday through Thursday.
Located on the second floor of the risd:store, the riverfront Watermark Café offers healthy choices with organic and locally grown ingredients. With seating for up to 45 guests, it is a popular campus destination for lunch or an afternoon coffee and dessert with friends.
Portfolio Café is a full-service eatery on the Fleet Library's ground floor that features entrées and lighter fare for take-out or on-site dining. Catering especially to students who live in RISD housing on the floors above, it is also great for anyone taking a study break from the library across the hall.
Jolly Roger Deli
Winner of a Loyal E. Horton award, the Jolly Roger Deli is an informal eatery located at the southern edge of campus. It is a favorite for its delicious artisan sandwiches, baked goods and house favorites such as organic fair trade coffee.
Carr Haus Café
A student-run coffee shop that features affordable coffees and teas, juices, smoothies, baked goods and sandwiches.
2020/21 meal plans
Beginning with the first-year Foundation Plan, RISD dining plans are designed to help make mealtimes integral to fostering a strong sense of community. The variety of options available also offer the flexibility to suit students’ busy schedules.
Catering to special needs
Given that the health and wellbeing of our community are profoundly important, RISD takes special care to honor the dietary needs and customs of individual students. Please let us know about any food allergies, intolerances and other restrictions so that we can meet your needs and make mealtimes pleasant and fulfilling.
With input from Health Services, our chefs and culinary staff create special menus to support students with food allergies and intolerances, as well as those who require special diets in accordance with religious practices. In addition, most dining venues provide vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options daily and our largest ones are nut-free,
Sustainability extends beyond the studio
Sustainability is as much a core value in RISD Dining as it is in our studios. To promote socially and environmentally responsible consumption, we have worked with graphic design students to develop a green check mark feature that identifies our green practices.
RISD Dining also developed the CARES (Community, Action/Awareness, Recycling, Environment and Sustainability) program to guide thoughtful decision making and promote dialogue. We purchase local food, support community-minded campus initiatives, utilize food management software to match food production to usage and implement numerous sustainable production, consumption and recycling programs