Dining Options for Groups Under 2 Weeks

Residential Dining Centers
Convenience Stores, Cafés, and Restaurants
Catering through ISU Dining

ISU Dining, our award-winning, self-operated campus dining provider, prides itself on providing a variety of quality culinary experiences to our university community and guests. ISU Dining offers several residential dining centers, convenience stores, cafés, vending areas, and restaurants across the ISU campus, as well as catering for both on and off-campus venues.

For conference groups staying under two weeks, conference sponsors may arrange a customized meal plan to meet the needs of their group. This may include breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals in our open residential dining centers; a catered meal, or a dining dollar program where individual guests may choose meals, snacks, or convenience items from our dining centers, cafés, restaurants, or convenience stores. Meal tickets or guest cards are typically provided for dining access and will be issued at check-in. Guests may obtain replacement tickets or cards for a charge at their Conference Desk. Contact Conference Services Staff for assistance in putting together a personalized package to meet your group’s needs.

ISU Dining facility hours, menus, and nutritional information is available on the ISU Dining website on the Hours & Menus links (information on other links may not apply to conference groups).

Residential Dining Centers

Our dining centers may provide meal plans for groups, or individual guests may choose to pay cash at the serving entrance (or with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover credit card at Dining Centers). Click this link for a residential dining sample menu. Summer 2020 dining rates for groups with a contracted meal plan are:

Union Drive Marketplace or Friley Windows Dining Adults Children 9 and Under
For Contracted Meals:    
Breakfast $9.50 $8.25
Lunch $12.00 $9.25
Dinner $12.00 $9.25
Pay at the Entrance:    
Breakfast $11.00 $8.50
Lunch $14.00 $10.00
Dinner $14.00 $10.00

Children 3 and under eat at no cost.

Rates for next summer will be posted in approximately January of each year. For information on rates for groups numbering over 1,000, special circumstances, or estimates for future summers, consult with Conference Services Staff.

For Summer 2020, meals will be served seven days a week during the summer during the dates listed below, with the exception of Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, and University Holiday closings noted below. These dining centers serve university conference and camp guests, summer school students, prospective students, and faculty/staff. Friley Windows Dining Summer 2020 serving hours are listed below (subject to change prior to each summer). Inquiries regarding availability of hours outside the minimum serving times should be requested in advance to Conference Services Staff.

  Sunday Monday-Friday Saturday
Breakfast Closed 7:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Closed
Lunch 10:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 10:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. 10:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (see note on June times) 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (see note on June times) 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (see note on June times)

Friley Windows (Dining Center)
Friley Windows will be open beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 and will close after the dinner meal on Friday, August 7, 2020. Exceptions are this dining center will be closed for all 3 meals on the holidays for Monday, May 25, Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, 2020. Between 5:00-6:00 p.m., Friley Windows will be serving dinner for a pre-arranged large group that will fill the capacity of the dining center on June 2, 3, 4; June 8, 9, 10, 11; June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; June 22, 23, 24, 25, and June 28, 29, 30. Other groups are asked to keep dining times between 4:30-5:00 p.m. or 6:00-7:00 p.m. on those days.

Friley Windows is a true centerpiece of food and culture and is located in Friley Hall on the west side of campus in the Union Drive Residence Hall neighborhood overlooking Lake LaVerne.  This beautifully modern facility sets the standard for an all-you-care-to-eat dining center seating up to 400 guests.  This facility incorporates an industrial feel with an open ceiling and wood column accents along with colorful decorative residence hall artwork created by a local artist. Friley Windows houses multiple serving platforms and offers diverse menu options for the most adventurous or selective eaters. Our friendly staff strive to create on-trend flavorful dishes and rotate new menu items often, and provides a variety of options depending on guest dietary needs.  Dining selections at Friley Windows focuses on fresh, local and sustainable ingredients, home-style favorites, and vegan/vegetarian options as well as inspiration from ethnic dishes and flavors. Whether you are in the mood for a specialty noodle bowl or enjoying spice-rubbed rotisserie meats and churrasco items in our slice and savor concepts or comfort food, we serve it. Through cultural experiences, guest surveys and specials, we look to create an environment that is a home away from home for our guests. We strive to create a WOW experience every time our guest walks through the door. Every guest, whether they are visitors, students, or faculty/staff, become a part of the Iowa State family by the time they leave.

Union Drive Marketplace (Dining Center)
For 2020, Union Drive Marketplace will only be open for one large conference group in late May and after that it will be closed for renovation for the remainder of the summer. Union Drive Marketplace is located in the Union Drive Community Center (UDCC) on the west side of campus in the Union Drive Residence Hall neighborhood.

Additional Dining Centers
During times when large conference groups require different or more dining facilities beyond Friley Windows, additional dining locations may be used. In the Richardson Court Residence Hall neighborhood on the east side of campus along Beach Road, this may include Seasons Marketplace located in the Maple-Willow-Larch Commons or Conversations in Oak-Elm Residence Hall. Dining facilities in the Memorial Union on south central campus may also be used to serve guests. In any dining area prepared to conveniently serve customers, guests will enjoy all-you-care-to-eat entrees, salads, beverages, and desserts prepared with care by ISU Dining staff.

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Convenience Stores, Cafés, and Restaurants

Additional ISU Dining establishments are available to serve customers on a walk-in basis. During the summer, current information on all ISU Dining facility hours, payment options, and locations is available on the ISU Dining website.

Convenience stores are located within several of our residence halls and the apartment neighborhood—ideal for guests who may have forgotten to pack a personal care item, or for guests wanting a light snack! Typical products at the C-Stores include health and beauty items, soft drinks, frozen foods, chips, candy, groceries, stamps, guest cards for laundry service, laundry products, and more.

Some of the most popular stops for conference guests are:

West Side Market
The West Side Market is a C-Store located in the ground floor of the Union Drive Community Center in the Union Drive Residence Hall neighborhood. In addition to the typical convenience store products, the West Side Market offers made-to-order deli sandwiches.

Right next to West Side Market, is Clyde's where you can get a grilled-to-order sandwich, milkshake, Starbuck's drink, and more.

Treat yourself to something special at Hawthorn, located in the Frederiksen Court Community Center in the heart of the Frederiksen Court Apartments. Hawthorn is a great place to dine, socialize, and relax. The coffee house atmosphere, including sofas and comfy chairs, creates an ideal gathering place.

Customers can start their day with breakfast sandwiches or choose from an assortment of pastries. A wide variety of grilled favorites are available: burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, fries, and onion rings, or they may choose from our paninis or signature sandwiches. Also offered are salads, sides, smoothies, and Starbucks coffees and specialty drinks.

In addition to typical convenience store items, coolers and freezers are stocked with milk, yogurt, juice, and frozen entrées—especially handy for guests living in the Frederiksen Court apartments!

Memorial Union
Inside the Memorial Union on south central campus there are several restaurant and convenience options at least six days a week. The MU Market & Café serves coffee and specialty drinks, ice cream, smoothies, juices, muffins, cookies, pastries, and bars, as well as grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, and sides, along with snacks and popular convenience store items.

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Catering through ISU Dining

From bakery items and boxed lunches to unique appetizers and served dinners, ISU Catering's managers and chefs are equipped to handle any size event. Full-service catering is available for both university and non-university customers. ISU Catering is the provider of food and beverage services for events held at the Memorial Union. Staff have years of experience catering events throughout ISU's campus and the Ames area. Pick-up, delivery, and fully-staffed service is available.

Catering staff will meet with you to understand your event and the type of food you would like to have. Catering staff can accommodate special dietary needs as well as customize a meal of local or organic ingredients.

Our menu is available online at the ISU Catering website, or call us at (515) 294-2103, extension 1 to speak with one of our catering managers. We look forward to working with you!

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