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Checking Out BU’s New Faculty Dining Room

Good food, good prices—and easier to pay for a working lunch


University faculty and staff have a new spot on campus to grab a bite and enjoy a drink—in a very familiar, and elegant, setting. And there’s a big advantage to dining here if it’s to discuss work: how you pay.

The newly-opened Faculty Dining Room is housed on the first floor of the Dahod Family Alumni Center (formerly known as the Castle). The space, adorned with the 103-year-old mansion’s ornate details and fireplaces, certainly has a different vibe than the previous faculty dining area in the George Sherman Union.

The full-service, 60-seat restaurant features soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrées, desserts, and even beer and wine.

Why eat here?

It’s meant to be “a gathering place in the heart of campus for our faculty to enjoy a meal and connect with one another,” says Jean Morrison, BU provost and chief academic officer. “The team has done a remarkable job of renovating the Castle, and we are excited to have this dynamic new space serving our community for many years to come.”

Diner input has been positive, Dining Services staff say, and they’ve seen an uptick in guests. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, more than half of the seats were occupied, with deans, professors, and staff.

a plate at the new faculty dinning room

Who can go?

Faculty and staff (and their guests).

Do you need reservations?

Reservations are suggested, but not required. They can be made via OpenTable on the Dining Services website.

How expensive is it?

Not very. An average appetizer is $7, entrées run $9 to 16, and desserts are $6. For comparison, Scoozi in Kenmore Square averages $10 for appetizers, $16 for entrées, and $8 for desserts.

“The prices are very reasonable, far lower than what you would find at other locations near campus,” says Scott Rosario, Dining Services marketing director.

What’s on the menu?

Every table starts out with a bread basket and oil dip. The choices range from the Nicoise Salad (blackened tuna steak, cherry tomatoes, olive tapenade, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, green beans, dijon mustard dressing, $12) to the Braised Beef Short Rib (with creamy polenta, baby zucchini, cipollini onions, $12). Vegetarians and vegans have choices like the Beyond Burger (a plant-based burger that looks and tastes like a typical beef burger, topped with guacamole, chipotle aioli, lettuce, and tomato, and a choice of a side salad, steak fries, or house-made chips, $9) and the Lentil and Wild Rice Cake (served with asparagus and red pepper coulis, $9).

The Nicoise Salad

The Nicoise Salad

Thirsty? Craft beers, wines by the glass, soda, and other non-alcoholic drinks are available. And don’t forget dessert—among the choices: a bittersweet chocolate and Cointreau mousse and a strawberry mascarpone cheesecake ($6).

Some menu items will change seasonally, and Rosario says that Dining Services welcomes menu input from guests.

How to pay the bill?

The Faculty Dining Room takes cash, convenience points, the Terrier Convenience Plan, and credit cards, as well as an Internal Service Request (ISR). For those using an ISR, you must provide your ISR number before you dine.

The Faculty Dining Room in the Dahod Family Alumni Center, 225 Bay State Road, Boston, is open 11:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Make reservations here.

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

Amy Laskowski, Senior Writer at Boston University Marketing & Communications editorial department
Amy Laskowski

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

16 Comments on Checking Out BU’s New Faculty Dining Room

  • Rhett’s bite on 10.30.2018 at 7:31 am

    So this was paid for by an alumnus but alumni are not allowed to go. Only for the academia elite. How disappointing and discriminatory.

    • BU Today writer Amy Laskowski on 10.30.2018 at 9:45 am

      Alums are welcome!

  • Donald E. Denniston on 10.30.2018 at 8:46 am

    Wonderful to have this back again!!!! I use to take my staff who were graduating to lunch to the old facility located in the GSU on the fifth floor!!! The menu looks YUMMY!!!!

  • Patrice on 10.30.2018 at 8:55 am

    We ate there yesterday. It was a lovely meal but we weren’t sure about tipping our server. Are the workers getting adequate pay? We paid with Convenience Points but left a cash tip just in case.

    • BU Today writer Amy Laskowski on 10.30.2018 at 9:45 am

      Per Scott Rosario: “No tipping is necessary, our staff is compensated with a very competitive living wage.”

  • Philippe Bloch on 10.30.2018 at 8:57 am

    Is there a recommended dress code? The spot looks very nice!

    • BU Today writer Amy Laskowski on 10.30.2018 at 9:44 am

      No dress code, whatever you would wear to work should be appropriate.

  • SHA Staff Member on 10.30.2018 at 9:46 am

    This new faculty/staff dining room, as well as the new Fuller Pub seem like wonderful missed opportunities to have our hospitality administration students involved in restaurant design, operations, and management projects. It’s disappointing that administrators didn’t think to have current students and future restaurant managers/owners buy-in, whereas at other university hospitality programs students are heavily involved in overseeing campus hotels and restaurants. Our small program gets overlooked all the time.

  • Beni on 10.30.2018 at 9:52 am

    Wondering if it was for student as well. The place looks really beautiful.

  • Zoli Mali on 10.30.2018 at 11:18 am

    I tried it last Thursday with a visiting scholar and was so proud to show off to University of Helsinki what BU has for its hardworking faculty. It is absolutely gorgeous. The food is scrumptious too. Not to mention the fireplace with the firewood that burns on and never gets consumed! It sounds like a symbol to me… #NoBurnout

  • BU Faculty on 10.30.2018 at 11:58 am

    Can faculty members bring small groups of students (i.e. 5-8)?

    • BU Dining Services on 10.30.2018 at 2:15 pm

      Faculty are allowed to bring guests however the dining room is limited on seating for large groups. Reservations can be made in advance for a table that can accommodate 5-8 guests by calling the dining room at 617-353-5109.

  • Linda Dionne on 10.30.2018 at 4:27 pm

    My daughter is a B.U. alum. She is currently a Vice President at Care.com. and was inquiring if the Faculty Dining Room would be open during off hours for private events.

  • Gaylen Kelley on 11.03.2018 at 10:26 pm

    Are retired faculty eligible to use the facility?

    • John O'Rourke, BU Today on 11.05.2018 at 9:22 am

      Yes, retired faculty are welcome to use the facutly dining room.

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