South Dining Hall

One of two student dining facilities on campus, South Dining Hall opened in 1927. As one of the finest examples of Gothic design in the United States, its architecture is reminiscent of a medieval Guild Hall. Today’s students find it reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, so Notre Dame Food Services hosted the first-ever Harry Potter-themed dinner here in 2009.

In the early days, students dressed in coat and tie and dined family style. Modern kitchen facilities and a new food court design blend with the building’s original murals, stone fire places and oak tables and chairs. This distinctive building actually has a few places for dining, including the food market with made-to-order selections, hospitality rooms for special events, and the Reckers 24-hour café featuring pizza and smoothies.

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