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Dining at Pomona

“…the buffet style [of the dining halls] can expand your food horizons. You can try all sorts of new things, at no cost to yourself."
--Jenessa Irvine '13

Sample Dining Hall Menu Items

  • Pho Bar
  • Pork scallopini with lemon and white wine sauce
  • Sauteed broccoli rabe with caramelized onions and parmesan
  • Beef bulgogi
  • Pan-fried tofu with spicy soy sauce
  • Pear and pistachio salad
  • BBQ pulled pork
  • Mediterranean feta salad with pomegranate dressing
  • Cambodian cashew curry
  • Chicken udon bar
  • Miso-glazed salmon with edamame salad
  • Roasted red pepper and smoked gouda bisque
  • Stuffed baked potato bar
  • Baked ziti with fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Bangers and mash
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Made-to-order enchiladas

One of the many benefits of the Claremont University Consortium is a wide array of dining choices.

Pomona College alone has three dining halls, plus a casual-dining restaurant (Coop Fountain), a full-service restaurant (Sagehen Café), and a campus store with food options (Coop Store). Students may also use their meal plans to eat at the other Claremont campuses, or venture out into the Claremont Village for even more options.

Students who live on campus must be on a meal plan, which can be 16, 14 or 12 meals per week at any 5C dining hall. (The dining halls serve 19 meals per week.) The plans also include Flex Dollars, which can be used at the Coop Fountain or Sagehen Café, or the other campuses’ cafes.

Pomona College Dining

Frary Dining Hall is Pomona’s largest dining hall, located on north campus, seating 440 in the main Hogwarts-like hall, underneath the renowned artwork Promtheus (Jose Clemente Orozco, 1930). Frary features a main entrée line, exhibition station, vegan/vegetarian section, soups, pizza and grill stations, sandwich, salad and dessert bars, as well as a full selection of beverages. Frary is also the home of Snack, a long-standing tradition.  Four nights a week, students can get late-night sustenance to help get through long hours of studying. 

Frank Dining Hall, Pomona’s second largest dining hall, is located on south campus. Frank’s dining room is less formal than Frary’s and offers more of a family-dining feel. The facility seats 288 in the main hall, includes three smaller dining rooms for special uses, and outdoor patio seating. Frank features a main entrée line, exhibition station, vegan/vegetarian section, soups, pizz, sandwich, salad and dessert bars.

The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations has a dining hall that offers exciting international cuisine at its entrée lines and salad, soup, pizza, sandwich and dessert stations. Students, staff, and faculty from across the 7Cs enjoy daily foreign language tables and also attend lectures from distinguished visitors on a host of international topics. One of the greatest opportunities for language immersion takes place at lunch at the language tables, where – depending on demand – 25 to 30 different languages, ranging from Hebrew to Swahili and Greek, are spoken. No English is allowed, but Wednesdays have special tables for beginners.

All dining halls are committed to sustainability, healthy eating and overall excellence in all aspects of the dining experience. Food is prepared fresh, locally sourced when possible, and always features fresh fruit, vegetables and meatless options. For more information on our commitment to health and nutrition, visit the dining site.

ASPC Kinsmith Coop Fountain (a.k.a. The Coop) is run by the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) and is open very late during the academic year for students in need of sustenance after the dining halls are closed and is a favorite study spot. Hungry Sagehens can choose from burgers, sandwiches, soup, salads, quesadillas and burritos, breakfast fare, baked goods, shakes and smoothies, and weekly specials. Students can even get soda and coffee for 25 cents if they bring their own cup.

The Sagehen Café is a full-service restaurant and a favorite meeting place on campus. Choose from salads, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, panini and wraps—including some items made with produce from the Pomona College Organic Farm—or pop in for a Peet’s coffee or tea.

Consortium Dining

Students may also explore the other Claremont College campuses for food, using their meal plans. Harvey Mudd's Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons, Claremont McKenna’s Collins Dining Hall, Pitzer’s McConnell Hall and Scripps' Mallott Commons greatly expand the dining choices of Pomona students, who quickly learn about weekly specials like sushi or burrito night and can check menus at the 5C Menu site. Other campuses also have small cafes where you can use your Flex Dollars, including the Motley Coffeehouse at Scripps, the Hub at CMC, the Shakedown and Grove House at Pitzer, and the Mudd Hole at Harvey Mudd.

The Claremont Village

There are more than 50 dining options within walking distance in the bucolic Claremont Village, from casual dining and bakeries to upscale restaurants and cafes and dessert options. Walk a few blocks and you can choose from Thai, Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, French, Italian and Japanese food—or fondue, brewpub fare, crepes, salads, burgers and more. There’s a farmers market every Sunday and specialty food retailers selling tea, cheese, fresh-baked bread and more. Many businesses offer local students 10% discounts.