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Dining Locations & Hours

Essie Mae's | Kohlberg Coffee Bar | Science Center Coffee Bar

The Dining Center

The Dining Center is Swarthmore’s new full service dining hall, a place where our community gathers to dine together. The Dining Center offers a delicious and varied selection of fresh, locally sourced food as well as gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options at every meal. The Dining Center is part of the College's Dining and Community Commons project.

Dining Center Stations and Map
  • Faculty, staff, and guests may dine at the Dining Center.
  • Take out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reusable container program is available. Exact change, check or credit card are accepted. 
  • Breakfast: $8.50

  • Lunch: $12.50 

  • Dinner: $16.50 

  • The Dining Center is a trayless facility, which will help save an average 22,000 gallons of water per year and reduce the amount of chemicals going into the waste stream. Once you have finished dining with us, please take your items to the dish drop.  Simply put your silverware on the conveyor below and leave everything other than single-use packaging on your plate, which will travel to our composting area.  
  • The Dining Center has been certified by the Green Restaurant Association! Learn more about the process.

Dining Center Hours–Spring 2024

Meal Hours:


7–10 a.m.

7–10 a.m.


Continental Breakfast  

10–11 a.m.

10–11 a.m.

10-10:30 a.m.


11 a.m.–2 p.m.

11 a.m.–2 p.m.

10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (Brunch)

Lite Lunch

2 –4:30 p.m.

2 –4:30 p.m.

2 –4:30 p.m.


4:30-9 p.m.

4:30-9 p.m.

4:30-9 p.m.

Essie Mae's

Essie's Corner opens on June 10!

Essie Mae's will close at the end of the spring 2024 semester and Essie’s Corner will open in the Dining Center on Monday, June 10. To allow our Swarthmore Dining team time for the transition, from Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 24, Essie Mae’s will be open only for take-out breakfast and lunch, after which we will fully close the venue to facilitate the transition to our new location.

Essie Mae's Hours–Spring 2024
Days of Week Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m. (3–7 p.m. meal swipe)
Saturday –Sunday Closed

The Crumb Cafe

Essie Mae's is home to The Crumb Cafe, a student-run late-night venue.  For more information, visit The Crumb Cafe Instagram.

Kohlberg Coffee Bar

Kohlberg Coffee Bar serves locally roasted coffee and espresso, chai and organic teas, juices, sodas and smoothies. Our pastries, bagels and pretzels are locally baked daily, and we carry a variety of candies and snacks. For lunch, enjoy our homemade soups, delicious sandwiches and salads, and a selection of Indian dishes delivered hot from a local restaurant. Kohlberg Coffee Bar is open to the public and accepts cash, credit cards, Dining Dollars, Swat Points and Garnet Cash.

  • Kohlberg Coffee Bar offers Grab-N-Go lunches from 11:30 to 1:45. You must reserve your meal on the G.E.T. Cbord AppPlace your order as early as possible in order to secure the choice you would like. Spring, 2024 begins Monday, January 29.
Kohlberg Coffee Bar Hours–Spring 2024
Days of Week Hours


8 a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday Closed

Science Center Cafe


The Science Center Cafe features locally roasted coffee and espresso as well as seasonal hot apple cider, organic teas, chai, hot cocoa, sodas, and iced-blended drinks. We also offer a wide assortment of baked goods and candies. Lunch features freshly made sandwiches, salads, and soup, and fresh sushi and Chinese food options are delivered daily from a local restaurant. The Science Center Coffee Bar accepts cash, credit cards, Dining Dollars, Swat Points, and Garnet Cash.

  • All meals will be To-Go, and you will be able to order specialty coffee drinks in advance using the G.E.T. Cbord App. 
Science Center Cafe Hours -  Spring 2024
Days of Week Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–midnight     (9 to 11 late night meal swipe)
Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.–midnight    (7 to 11 late night meal swipe)