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 Met

The largest dining hall on campus, The Met serves a diverse menu of innovative entrées, freshly prepared vegetarian and vegan options, late-night meals and house-made desserts and pastries.

Watermark Café

Located on the second floor of the risd:store, RISD’s riverfront Watermark Café offers healthy choices made to order with organic and locally grown ingredients.

Portfolio Café

A full-service eatery featuring entrées and lighter fare for take-out or on-site dining, Portfolio Café is especially convenient for students living in 15 West or anyone taking a study break from the library across the hall.

Jolly Roger Café

An informal café at the southern edge of campus serving delicious artisan sandwiches, baked goods and house favorites such as organic fair trade coffee.

Carr Haus Coffee Shop

A student-run coffee shop that features affordable coffees and teas, juices, smoothies, baked goods and sandwiches.

2017/18 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