In-House Dining

In-House Dining

We want you to eat well while you’re with us. We offer a variety of convenient, healthy, and affordable dining options for patients and families at the hospital.

There are also a number of restaurants within a short driving distance.

Dietary restrictions?

If you need help with your child’s nutritional needs, please contact Patient Experience Office

717-531-0003, x284511

Meeting your child’s nutritional needs

When your child arrives at the hospital, our dietician will perform a nutritional assessment. Your doctor will make sure that your child’s diet is aligned with his or her medical needs.

If food restrictions or special diets aren’t a concern, your child can order meals off a menu at certain times of the day.

We’re happy to accommodate ethnic, religious, or other special dietary restrictions.

Dining options for guests

We offer a variety of dining options at the hospital, so you can stay close to your loved one.

Rotunda Café

The main cafeteria in the hospital offers a variety of fresh entrées and snacks, including sushi, pasta, soup, and salad.

The Rotunda Café is located on the first floor of the main hospital.
The Rotunda Café, located on the first floor of the main hospital, offers healthy entrees made to order.

Near the rotunda on the first floor of the Medical Center’s main building

Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tree House Café

Smaller than the Rotunda Café, the Tree House Café offers much of the same food options, including brick-oven pizza and made-to-order deli sandwiches.

The Tree House Café is located on the first floor of the main hospital.
The Tree House Café offers healthy entrees made to order.

First floor of the Children’s Hospital

Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Starbucks Coffee

A full-service Starbucks offers coffee, espresso, tea, and snacks.

Starbucks Coffee is located in the surgical waiting area of the Medical Center.
Enjoy Starbucks Coffee without leaving the hospital.

In between the Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital

Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Other food options

Looking for a quick snack? We provide additional services for light food and beverages.

Ronald McDonald Cart

The Ronald McDonald cart makes its rounds every day with complimentary drinks and snacks, such as fresh fruit, muffins, and bagels, for families and visitors.

The Hospitality Cart provides microwavable meals, snacks, drinks, arts and crafts, and items like hand sanitizer and tissues to the families at Penn State Health Children's Hospital. The cart is available multiple times a day, every day of the week thanks to our wonderful volunteers!

Family lounges

Located on the third and fourth floors in between the patient units, the family lounges offer:

  • Free snacks and coffee for families of pediatric patients
  • Refrigerators and microwave to store and reheat food

Keeping food costs down

We understand that dining out is an unexpected expense, so we offer other ways to offset that cost.

Tray service

Parents can get one free meal tray per hospital stay from the cafeteria. After that, parents can buy meal trays at $5 per tray.

For added convenience, guests can pre-pay for a tray at the cafeteria and have it delivered to the room at a requested time.

The Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Pennsylvania, located across the street from the Children’s Hospital, provides free services to out-of-town families who have children being treated at the Children’s Hospital.

Local restaurants

More dining options are nearby, including several family-friendly restaurants.

Facility amenities

From free laundry service to quiet family lounges, a variety of services can make your stay more comfortable.

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