Food services


Duke University Hospital serves quality foods to meet individual preferences. Unless you are on a special diet, you can select your meals each day for the following day.

Patient meals are served during the following times:

  • Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 12 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. 6 p.m.

Since you may not be in your room at these times, or you may not feel like eating just then, the serving hours are flexible. Ask your nurse if you have questions about delivery times. Nurses may order trays through late-night service until 9:00 p.m.

Special Diets

  • Kosher and vegetarian meals are available on request.
  • If you have special dietary needs, a dietitian will visit you to discuss your meal plans. The dietitian can also help you if your physician wants you to follow a special diet after you return home.

If Your Guests Bring You Food
Please let your nurse know if your guests bring food. Eating some foods may interfere in your physician's plan for your care.


Your visitors may choose from a variety of dining options.

Guest meals
Family and friends can order a meal to eat with you in your room. Guest meals are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and are served with the patient's tray.

To order, contact your nurse or the unit coordinator stationed at the nursing desk before 7 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m. for lunch, and 4 p.m. for dinner. Payment is accepted in cash only. Food Services personnel will collect your payment before the meal.

Atrium Cafe
Located on Level 1 in Duke Hospital, the Atrium Cafe features a Starbucks and indoor seating. Open daily for visitors and staff from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday - Friday; and 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. After 9 p.m. the available food options are Starbucks or vending machines.

Located at the back of the Atrium Cafe (Duke Hospital). Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Duke Clinic food court
Open Monday through Friday in the Duke Clinic building from 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cancer Center cafe
Features a healthy choice menu and Starbucks coffee. Open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Weekends.

Duke Medicine Pavilion cafe
Located on Level 1 East in Duke Medicine Pavilion, the Duke Medicine Cafe features indoor and outdoor seating and open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The cafe menu features a wide variety of delicious sandwiches, salads, wraps and daily hot entrees. On the run? Try a sandwich or snack from our extensive grab-n-go menu. Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages are also available.

Einstein Bagels
Located on the T level of the McGovern-Davison Children's Hospital and is open weekdays 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Commons
Open Monday through Friday in the Searle Center. Features fine dining with gourmet soups, salads, a buffet and hot-carved roast meats, as well as specialty items prepared to order. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Please ask at information desk for additional directions. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Vending machines
Vending machines are located in the cafeteria, food court, and the service elevator lobbies on the patient care floors of Duke University Hospital. They are also located in several elevator lobbies (third, fifth, seventh, and ninth floors).