George Mason University

Where to Eat

With more than 30 dining locations across our campuses, some open 24 hours, hungry Mason students have the flexibility to eat what they want when they want.

A male and female student enjoy a meal in a Mason dining hall

Southside, the largest dining hall on the Fairfax Campus, is open until 2 a.m. every day during the fall and spring semesters.

Mason Dining offers something for everyone, including diners with allergies or dietary restrictions. Selections include:

Chef cooks dish in wok

Some stations in Mason dining facilities offer made-to-order dishes.

  • Made-to-order dishes
  • Original recipes
  • Salad bars
  • Dessert bars
  • Beverage stations
  • Vegan and vegetarian dishes
  • Halal selections
  • Gluten-free dishes
  • Allergen-aware dishes
  • Campus-grown greens
  • Fresh gelato
  • Smoothie bar
  • Waffle bar

Meal Plans

Mason has a variety of meal plans, with choices determined by housing and academic status.  We also have plans that suit students who commute to campus or have access to kitchens in their residence halls. 

Most meal plans includes bonus funds, which Mason students can use to enjoy meals at any commercial dining venue on campus. A minimum amount of bonus funds is included in each meal plan, and you have the option to add more. Plans also include funds for guest meals, which you can use to buy lunch for Mom and Dad when they visit.

At least one resident dining hall on the Fairfax Campus is open 24 hours, as is the Starbucks in Northern Neck, during the fall and spring semesters. 

Mason students dine at Ike's

Ike's offers a variety of choices to students who purchase meal plans, and the venue is open 24 hours during fall and spring semesters.

Dining Facilites

Mason students who purchase one of our meal plans have the option of dining at a variety of locations across our campuses, including:

Other Places to Eat

Sometimes, you've got a craving for the perfect pizza. Or you're feeling a little homesick, and want to taste something familiar. 

Mason's campuses feature a variety of dining choices, from Argo Tea to Freshens to Steak 'N Shake to Wing Zone. 

The Fairfax Campus dining map  guides you to that essential smoothie, burger, or falafal, and our restaurant list with hours of operation will tell you when and where you can indulge in a treat on all our campuses. Pull up a seat and have something to eat.