Otterbein offers three flexible block meal plans. Each of the block plans gives you a number of meals to use in the Cardinal’s Nest and The OtterDen. Each block 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 do carryover from fall to spring semester if a student maintains a full block plan. At the end of each semester, all leftover Meals are removed from the student’s account. At the end of spring semester, all Cardinal Dollars are removed from the student's account.
- 210 Block Meal Plan & $150 Cardinal Dollars
- 150 Block Meal Plan & $225 Cardinal Dollars
- 120 Block Meal Plan & $260 Cardinal Dollars
Otterbein also offers the Cardinal Plan which allows a student to eat one meal during each dining period the Cardinal's Nest is open (breakfast, lunch & dinner on weekdays and brunch & dinner on weekends). This plan allows a student to eat up to 19 meals a week, but requires the student eat during specific meal hours for each meal. (i.e. To eat breakfast, a student must enter the dining hall from 7:15 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. After 10:00 a.m., the breakfast meal will be gone for the day.) This plan does not include any Cardinal Dollars and can only be used in the Cardinal's Nest or the OtterDen for a meal.
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 entrees 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 Dining Services, Amanda DeWitt at 614-823-1880 for more information.
We also offer carry-out meals for students who are on-the-go or who are ill and need a meal brought to them by another student. Students can order carry-out meals in advance either in person in the Cardinal's Nest or by downloading the Carryout Meals Forms (PDF)
and returning it to the Cardinal's Nest. Hall staff can also provide a sick tray meal order form.