Dining Services

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Amherst College Dining Services offers a "scatter" servery concept. We strive to provide you with a positive experience each time you dine with us.

At Valentine Dining Commons, students will enjoy a full range of menu choices. Menus are developed to offer fresh and natural, low fat, vegetarian, vegan and heart-healthy options, in addition to the traditional selections. The inclusive meal plan offers students unlimited entry into the Dining Hall during the hours of operation.

If you have any suggestions, requests or special dietary needs, please stop in and see one of the dining hall managers. Please call ext. 2220 to make an appointment if you would like. The Department of Dining Services Main Office is located on the lower level of Valentine Hall. We welcome your suggestions—please drop us a note via our online suggestion box, or leave us a comment card in Valentine Hall. Please include your name and/or phone number if you would like us to contact you.

For your convenience, Valentine Dining Commons provides a variety of meal times, seven days a week. The Servery hosts a variety of stations including traditional fare, pizza, stir fry, grill, deli, pasta and expanded salad bars.

The daily and weekly menus are available on the Web as well as being posted at the entrance to Valentine Dining Commons.

Valentine Dining Commons Meal Hours

Please refer to the menu for hours of operation.

Food Stations

The "Do It Yourself" Station

If you enjoy cooking, or just want to craft your own signature dish, you can have fun at this station.  Waffle makers and panini grills are available Monday-Sunday, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Our stir-fry station in available Monday-Sunday at Dinner only.

The Traditional Station

Providing for your Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner dining needs are the dishes enjoyed from our Traditional Station.  Comfort foods from throughout the world are showcased here.  You'll find many of your favorites and enjoy new experiences in dishes skillfully prepared and offered by our Culinary and Service Teams.

Salad Bar

Our salad bar greets you daily with a vast variety of fresh, seasonal soups, salads and deli sandwich choices.  Local ingredients compose our offerings, you can find vegetarian favorites such as hummus, quality offerings of deli meats and cheeses for sandwich needs, hot soups from our kitchen and fresh baked desserts.  Don't forget our Smoothie Bar at this location to complement your breakfast!


Open for lunch and dinner Monday–Thursday

Offering freshly prepared Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza along with a daily special are standard fare.  Cheeseless and sauceless are available upon request.  We love trying new recipes-bring us your ideas!

The Lighter Side

Accommodating your menu choice in dining, are the menu offerings served at our Lighter Side station.  Fresh, seasonal and local ingredients are crafted for you, with respect to balanced options and wellbeing.  Simple and natural is our approach to the dishes you'll find here.

Pasta/Val Extra Station

This station provides a selection of daily specials during lunch and a Pasta Bar with a variety of pastas and sauces during the dinner meal.

Allergen Friendly Area

Those that dine with sensitivities to certain foods may find comfort in your Allergen Friendly Area.  Dairy replacements, "Gluten Free" friendly items and much more are located here for your dining pleasure.