Otterbein offers four meal plans. Three plans (block plans) give you a number of meals to use in the Cardinal’s Nest and The OtterDen. Each plan also includes a number of Cardinal Dollars to be used in the OtterBean Café, The OtterDen, The Roost Express, or the Cardinal’s Nest. Meals do not carry over from term to term. Cardinal Dollars carry over from fall to spring semester, if a student maintains a full block meal plan. At the end of each semester, all leftover Meals are removed from the student’s account. At the end of each spring semester, all Meals and Cardinal Dollars are removed.
- 210 Block Meal Plan & $150 Cardinal Dollars
- 150 Block Meal Plan & $225 Cardinal Dollars
- 120 Block Meal Plan & $260 Cardinal Dollars
The fourth plan, the Cardinal Plan, provides one meal during each dining period (breakfast, brunch/lunch, dinner) each day with approximately 19 meals per week. This plan is best for a student who eats at regular times and wants to eat at least two and maybe three meals per day.
To find the current cost for each meal plan, see the Fee Schedule link on the Business Office web site.
Otterbein’s dining service, Bon Appétit
, prepares locally-produced, made-from-scratch food for fresh and flavorful meals. You can select from in-season fruits and vegetables; soups, sauces, and salad dressings made from scratch daily; cooked-to-order eggs and omelets for breakfast and a different made-to-order entrée each day for lunch.
By opting for locally-sourced foods and ingredients, we support the local economy, including Ohio farmers and dairies. We purchase fruits, vegetables, cage-free eggs, honey, cheese, free-range chickens, grass-fed beef, and ice cream in central Ohio. Even our “Otter Water” is bottled locally!
We give you healthy options at every meal; all are free of trans-fats and many are low in fat, carbohydrates, and sodium. Vegetarian entrées and sides also are available at each meal. Since we make most of our food from scratch, we can accommodate most special dietary needs with advance notice. Just contact the Director of Bon Appetit' at 614-823-1856 for more information.
We also offer boxed meals for students who are on-the-go or who are ill and need a boxed meal brought to them by another student. Request a boxed meal order form at the Cardinal’s Nest Café,download the PDF,
or request a sick meal order form from your residence hall staff.