The dining hall is an integral part of life at St. John’s College; it is over the dinner table that friendships are formed, and cross-cultural exchange and learning happens. Chef Clarence Tay and the team offer diverse dinner menus to reflect the diverse community and include abundant homemade entrees, vegetarian alternatives, and luxurious desserts.
Members of the university community are welcome to join for dinner and join in on the table conversation – or just enjoy some great food! The van der Linden Dining Hall has over 100 flags surrounding the room that represent the countries of the residents who have lived in our community over the years. Floating about the tables are over 1,000 paper boats that are part of art installation entitled, Waterscapes – Johannean Journeys. Our community is made up graduate students, post doctoral fellows and visiting scholars from all over the world, and there is usually a lively discussion happening somewhere in the dining hall.
Dinner is self-serve and available Sunday through Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The cost of dinner tickets are $20 for students and $25 for non-students. Breakfast tickets are $5.00 for students and $8.00 for non-students.
After purchasing a dinner ticket, a reservation will need to be made by noon of the business day prior to the dinner (i.e., noon Friday for Sunday dinner). Reservations are not required for breakfast. You may purchase a meal ticket in the St. John’s College Office during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 4:00 pm. Please note that you must be fully vaccinated to dine in the Dining Hall and will need to provide your BC vaccination card or proof of vaccination at the time of purchasing a ticket.
Masks must be worn inside of the Dining Hall when moving around and getting your meal in the serving room. Masks may removed only when seated at your table and while consuming beverages and food.
Purchase a dinner meal ticket? Make a reservation with the Chef of SJC Culinary Service at 604.822.5857 or email email@example.com, leaving your name, telephone number, number of people attending, and any requirements for vegetarian meals and you will be advised on how to make payment.
You are welcome to purchase multiple tickets in advance and make dinner reservations as your schedule allows.
The menu for the week is determined on the previous Thursday, and dinner includes salad, bread, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine may be purchased with dinner.