Caltech Dining Services (CDS) provides award-winning food service to Caltech undergraduates in Avery, Bechtel, Marks, Braun, North and South Houses, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and a fully stocked kitchen for snacks throughout the day, five days a week.

Weekly Board Dinner Menu

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Caltech Dining Services (CDS) is happy to announce a new dining plan for students on the Board Program. Starting Fall 2019, students will have two options between the Anytime Plan or our new Flex Plan. All new & returning Caltech students will automatically be enrolled in the Anytime Plan.

The Anytime Plan: The Anytime Plan consists of weekday dinner and weekend brunch service ("Contract Meals"), weekday breakfast and snack foods ("Open Kitchen"), and all special dinners. The Anytime Plan includes the purchase of all food items at Broad Cafe, Chandler Cafe, Red Door Marketplace, Student Coffee House, and South Kitchen. This plan excludes retail items. See the Board Terms and Conditions for more information.

The Flex Plan: The Flex Plan provides five, waited dinner meals per week in the house, weekday Open Kitchen, a declining balance to spend freely on breakfast, lunch and snacks, and all special dinners. The new Flex Plan incorporates a few new changes. The first change is that the Flex Plan will be a less expensive alternative to the old Feynman Plan. Second, although you will be able to purchase retail food items using your student account, you will no longer be able to purchase non-food items such as batteries and toiletries. These items will get charged to your student’s Bursar’s Account. Lastly, students on the Flex Plan will be able to dine Monday through Friday at our Open Kitchen, excluding Institute Holidays, but weekend Open Kitchen will not be included. You can spend your board funds at any of the CDS locations (excluding vending machines).
All purchases made that exceed your allotted board funds will be charged to your student Bursar's Account. Funds unused at the end of each term will be lost. See the Board Terms and Conditions for more information.

A student may convert to the new Flex Plan by notifying CDS in writing using the form below.

Our goal at CDS is to provide students with exceptional food & service and to offer a Board Program that fits each lifestyle and financial situation. If you have any questions about our meal plans, please contact us at dine@caltech.edu. We look forward to feeding you in the upcoming academic year!

2019-2020 Board Terms and Conditions

Important Information About Switching Board Plans

Served once a term per house, dress dinners are formal dinners arranged by each house with assistance from the Board Manager.

Excluding Avery, houses barbecue their own food every Thursday alternating burger night and steak night. On steak night the houses are provided with steak, chicken breasts, fish and a vegetarian option.

Each term, CDS and the Food Committee plan themed dinners. Recent events have included a Mardi Gras celebration, a Texas BBQ, a Luau and a Beach Party Dinner. CDS also sponsors a formal Senior Dinner for all graduating Seniors, and themed Chandler Dinners for all students throughout the year

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During finals week, CDS provides "snake kits" to students. These kits are made by each student from a buffet style table consisting of appetizers, fruit, cookies, nachos, chips, candy and everything else to get students through a hard night of studying.

In addition, CDS offers Midnight Madness one night during finals weeks at the end of terms. On this night, Chandler Café is opened to the students at midnight and provides breakfast fare. In the past, the president of Caltech has even cooked omelets and served students!


CDS prides itself on customer service. We offer late-plates to student-athletes and others who are unable to make house dinners. We offer Get-Well Meals to students who are sick. We offer Kosher and Halal meals and will work with any student who has other special dietary requirements.

CDS would like to share in your child’s special occasions! We are able provide a house-baked cake in most flavor combinations and in consideration of most dietary restrictions. Please email catering@caltech.edu, or call (626) 395-4896 for more information about this service. Kindly allow three business days for orders.

Special Meals

Caltech Dining Services provides Halal and Kosher meals to those observing Muslim or Jewish dietary laws, we provide gluten-free meals to gluten-intolerant students, and we will provide a meal for any special dietary need.

Special Meal Request Form

We appreciate your feedback. For questions, comments or concerns, please email us at SpecialMeals@caltech.edu.

Late Plates

Since CDS serves waited dinners, students may have to miss a meal due to time constraints or athletic commitments. CDS staff will box food for these students so that they can pick up dinner in the Red Door Marketplace on their return to campus.


Caltech Dining Services works closely with students to ensure the board program remains fresh and unique. The Interhouse Food Committee acts as a liaison between students and CDS to provide feedback and offer suggestions.

The Food Committee meets weekly to taste new food items, discuss special meals, and relay any other feedback from the student body. Every year, houses elect one food representative each to convey students' input.

Guests are welcome to dine in the houses throughout the year!

Guest meals may be purchased at the following rates:

  • $12.50 for dinner
  • $14.50 for Steak Night
  • $17.50 for Dress Dinners