Not Your Grandparents’ Cafeteria: New Dining Experience will Take Hospital Food to the Next Level

The word “cafeteria” may bring to mind the line at your elementary school cafeteria, where you dragged your lunch tray down the counter and someone heaped the day’s mystery meat onto your plate. On September 30, you’re invited to step into the future of hospital dining at an all-new cafeteria at Mission Hospital.

An Immersive Dining Experience

The new cafeteria, which will open on the first floor of the Mission Hospital Memorial Campus near the J Building, will feel more like your favorite food court got an upgrade, rather than the typical hospital cafeteria. “Our team is excited to bring Mission Hospital a state-of-the-art cafeteria environment. Each food station has its own identity and concept with an overall focus on wellness. Team members and visitors will be able to come to the cafeteria and experience a different food journey each time,” said Emily McCabe, Director of Food and Nutrition Services.

Visitors and team members can expect a truly interactive and immersive dining experience – a standard and experience we hope to bring to all of our hospitals in the future.

What to Eat and Where to Sit

With more than 12,000 square feet of dining space, connoisseurs of delicious cuisine will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of stations – make your own pizza, choose from international-inspired dishes, visit the deli station for your favorite sandwiches, wraps and sides and even customize your order as the food is being prepared.

With plenty of food options, there’s enough comfortable seating to match. Lounge, sit at the counter, pick a booth or a high-top table where you can watch your omelet cook to your liking on a central-island grill.

Self-pay Kiosks

In a hurry? Grab from an abundance of snack options if you’re on the go, or order from the new kiosks.

We know the checkout line isn’t where you want to spend your lunch break. The new cafeteria includes self-service order kiosks both in and outside the cafeteria where you can order at the tap of a screen and pay by debit, credit or payroll deduct. Two order-and-pay kiosks located directly outside the entrance allow you to place your order before you even enter the cafeteria.

Have some time to sit and enjoy your lunch? Friendly faces from Food and Nutrition will still be glad to check you out at the register.

When and Where

While the new cafeteria is not located within the new Mission Hospital North Tower, the new facility paved the way for space to replace the current cafeteria with an all-new dining area for team members and hospital visitors.

The new cafeteria at Mission Hospital will be open for business Monday, September 30 on the first floor of the Mission Hospital Memorial Campus near the J Building – the current cafeteria on the second floor will close that same day. There will also be an outside entrance (Entrance 3) where visitors can enter the new cafeteria directly from the front of the hospital.

The cafeteria hours will not change:

  • Breakfast: 6:15 -10:15 am
  • Lunch: 11 am-2 pm
  • Dinner: 4:30-7:30 pm
  • Late night: 11 pm-2 am

The Mission Hospital North Tower opens for patient care this fall.

For questions or to learn more, contact Emily McCabe at

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