Cafeteria and Dining

Dining at University Hospital


Our chefs, culinary staff and registered dietitians are passionate about serving foods that are delicious, nutritious and support health and healing. Our menus focus on whole, minimally processed foods using the best quality ingredients.


We are proud to partner with Wisconsin farmers and producers to offer local and seasonal produce and artisan products on our menus and to promote economic growth and sustainability in our communities.


Harvest of the Month helps connect our UW Health community with fresh, seasonal eating all year long.


Visit our Facebook page @UWHealthEats for daily specials in our Four Lakes Cafeteria and a look inside our kitchen.



Four Lakes Cafe (University Hospital cafeteria)


Location: University Hospital, 1st floor

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6am-7pm; Weekends and holidays, 6:30am-6:30pm

The Four Lakes Cafe menu is designed to appeal to different tastes and includes the following stations:

  • Farm to Table: Includes fresh and organic vegetables, a daily vegetarian entree, chicken raised without antibiotics, and Wisconsin pasture-foraged beef, also raised without antibiotics
  • Soup and Salads: Fresh produce, specialty salads, soups, house-made salad dressings, yogurt and more
  • My Smart Choice Station: Healthy and satisfying meals are created with your health in mind, so choosing a nutritious and satisfying lunch is easy
  • Global Harvest: Different ethnic cuisine featured for one to two weeks at a time
  • Sweet and Savory: Muffins, bars, cookies, pastries, hot cobbler and bread pudding
  • The Sandwich Bar: Made-to-order sandwiches
  • The Grill: Made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner items

Mendota Market



Location: University Hospital, 1st floor

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7pm-6am; Weekends and holidays, 6:30pm-6:30am


Groceries and convenience store items, prepared food from the deli counter, specialty teas and Starbucks®, Barriques and Cadence Cold Brew coffee on Nitro Tap.

Coffee Corner


Location: University Hospital, 2nd floor in Towne Square

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm


The Coffee Corner features Barriques coffee, cold beverages and light snacks.

Fresh Fare Market


Location: University Hospital, 3rd floor near the D elevator lobby

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6pm

The Fresh Fare Market offers salads, sandwiches, entrées and snacks made fresh daily. 

Farmers' Market Café



Location: American Family Children's Hospital, Main floor


Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:30am-2:30pm


The Farmers' Market Café, offers custom-made sandwiches, salads and beverages.  


Learn more about the Farmers' Market Café

Room Service Dining


Location: Delivered to patient rooms


Hours: 6:30am-8pm


Phone Number: (608) 265-0202


Patients can order from our restaurant-style room service menu. Patients can schedule what time they would like their meal delivered to their room or orders can be placed between 6:30am-8pm. Room service is free for hospitalized patients.


Room service is also available for family and friends. Each meal is $8 and includes one main course, two side orders, beverage and dessert/fruit. Cash and credit cards are accepted.


Meet Ernesto Perez from Culinary Services and learn why he loves his job delivering meals to patients and their families.


Vending machines, located throughout the hospital, include a variety of snacks. Refrigerated vending machines on the 3rd floor at the B and D elevator lobbies and the 5th floor E elevator lobby are stocked with sandwiches, soups and fruits.

To help identify healthy snacks, items are separated into three zones:

  • Snacks in the green zone are better for you and can be eaten daily
  • Snacks in the yellow zone have limited nutritional value and can be eaten occasionally
  • Snacks in the red zone have little or no nutritional value.


Free Kids Meals



UW Health offers free, healthy, kid-friendly meals from June through August to anyone ages 1 to 18 years. Learn more about free summer meals for kids


Gift Cards for University Hospital Dining Locations


Gift cards can be a convenient alternative to carrying cash or credit cards and can be used in UW Health food venues, gift shops, pharmacies and the Safety Center.


Purchase a Gift Card to University Hospital or American Family Children's Hospital dining locations