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Dining Services

A variety of food choices are available at MD Anderson's dining facilities. If you prefer to remain in your clinic area, the Volunteer Services Jolly Trolley makes regular rounds with a selection of snacks and drinks. The hours are subject to change.

Café Anderson

Hot and cold entrees, sandwiches to order, pizzas, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, soups, grill items, salad bar, sushi, exhibition cooking, desserts and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.

Location: Main Building, Floor 1, near The Café Corner, R1.2351
Hours: Weekdays 6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; weekends 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Phone: 713-792-7162

Café in The Park

Hot entrees, pizza, specialty sandwiches, soups and salads. Starbucks and Smoothie King beverages are available 24/7.
Location: Main Building, Floor 2, in The Park

  • Weekdays 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Late hours 8:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m., M-F 
  • Weekends 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Waterfall Café

Hot entrees, grill items, pizza, sandwiches, soups, salad bar, sushi and grab-and-go salads.

Location: Mays Clinic, Floor 2, near The Tree Sculpture, ACB2.2402
Hours: Weekdays 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Lantern Café

Menu selections are focused on wellness and healthy eating. Includes a culinary station specializing in Cooking Light recipes, Boar's Head deli sandwiches, sushi made to order, pre-packaged made-to-order chop house salads, and 400-600 calorie smart choice lunch specials. Nutritional values posted for all menu items.

Location: Pickens Tower, Floor 3, near Elevator N
Hours: Weekdays 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Oaks Restaurant & Lounge

The Oaks Restaurant, located in the Jesse Jones Rotary House International hotel, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffet-style dining is offered for breakfast and lunch. 

The Oaks Lounge offers wine, cocktails and light snacks. 

Location: 1600 Holcombe Blvd, across from the Main Building 
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5:00 -10:00 p.m.

The Rotary House also offers the following dining choices:

  • Market Best: hot breakfast and lunch
  • Rotary Café: Starbuck's beverages, frozen drinks, freshly baked pastries and cookies, Dreyer's ice cream
  • Fresco’s: Salad bar, sushi, spring rolls, Boar's Head sandwiches, frozen yogurt, Pizza Hut products

Coffee Bars

Coffee, espresso and snacks are offered at six locations:

Cool Beans Café and Bakery
Starbucks espresso and We Proudly Brew coffee, salads, Boar's Head deli sandwiches, frozen smoothie beverages, yogurt parfaits, pastries, sodas, grab-and-go sandwiches, sushi and salads.
Location: Duncan Building, Floor 2, near Elevator Q, CPB2.3050
Hours: Weekdays 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 2:00-5:00 p.m., grab-and-go items only.

Express Eatery
Hot entrees, soups, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, sushi, snacks, candies and frozen entrees.
Location: Main Building, Floor 5, near Elevator D
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

Starbucks "We Proudly Serve"
Starbucks coffees, snacks, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches.
Location: Main Building, Floor 1, near the Aquarium
Hours: Weekdays 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Light Bytes
Premium coffee blends, soups, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.
Location: Pickens Tower, Floor 3, near Elevator N
Hours: Weekdays 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Room Service at Anderson

Patients can receive an extensive menu of fresh, cooked-to-order foods in their hospital rooms, tailored to the diet their physician has prescribed. Meals are served within 45 minutes of being ordered. Visit the Nutrition Services page for details and room service menus.

Phone: 713-792-DINE (713-792-3463)
Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Vending machines for patients and family members are located throughout the Main Building and Mays Clinic:

  • Main Building, Floor 1, near The Fountain and Café Anderson
  • Main Building, Floor 2, near Elevator B, R2.1854
  • Main Building, Radiation Treatment Center, Waiting Room H, GB.5225
  • Main Building, Floor 7, in Staff Elevator GB lobby
  • Mays Clinic, Floor 4, Outpatient Surgery waiting area, ACB4.2110
  • Mays Clinic, Floor 7, near Elevator U, ACB7.1900
  • Mays Clinic, Floor 8, near Elevator T, ACB8.1201
  • CPB, adjacent to Cool Beans Café and Bakery
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Take a closer look at the dining options available at MD Anderson: 

MD Anderson Dining Services

Lantern Café

Waterfall Café

Café Anderson

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