Our hospital offers a variety of options for families who want to grab a bite to eat while their child is receiving care on our campus. Below is an outline of the options available for your family:
The hospital's cafeteria is known as the HBO Café and is located on our first floor. You can easily reach the HBO Café by turning left after entering the hospital and passing the information desk.
HBO Cafe Hours
Mon-Fri: 6 – 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-9 p.m.
Asian Cuisine Station
Main courses, appetizers, noodle or rice sides and two daily soups.
Pizza and Pasta Station
Made-to-order calzones, lasagnas and pizza-by-the-slice.
Meat and poultry options. Staff may pre-order take-home meals. Rotisserie packaging will permit quick reheating in microwaves or ovens.
Offerings will reflect the latest in culinary trends.
Sandwiches, salads and an expanded panini selection.
Special Offerings for Kids and the Health-Conscious
- Expanded salad bar, fresh seasonal fruit selection and healthy snacks.
- Value Menu with low-cost items available á la carte.
- Kid’s Corner Menu will offer meal boxes for kids with fun activities and healthier items.
To hear about our daily specials, dial (323) 361-5252. To contact the cafeteria directly or to place an order via our Guest Tray Program, you may call Ext. 12224 or by dialing (323) 361-2224.
Aromas Espresso Coffee Bars are located in the hospital lobby and inside the HBO Cafe.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - noon .
Hours: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., seven days a week
This convenience store, near the HBO Café, offers Grab and Go convenience store items like sandwiches, wraps, salads and sushi. Pre-made rotisserie meals are changed daily. This venue is great for meals in the middle of the night.
Food from Home
Food from home can be comforting for children recovering in our hospital. We encourage families to bring in meals for their child. However, we ask that families make note of the fact that facilities for food storage on campus are very minimal.
We ask that, if you are bringing food, please only plan to bring enough for you and your child to consume in a single sitting, and work with your child's nurse to determine if there is room to store left-overs on the unit. Storing food in coolers in patient rooms or on unit floors is not permitted in a hospital setting.
When your child is in the hospital, it may be difficult for you to leave your child’s room to grab a bite to eat. In order for you to spend as much time as possible at your child’s bedside, we offer a variety of Guest Trays for parents to choose from at reduced prices.
You may order a guest tray to be brought to you via the following methods:
- Order from your child’s Restaurant Style Menu for $5.00 for each meal*
- Order from the cafeteria daily menu for $6.50 each meal*
- You may order only a cup of coffee or hot tea for $1.00
Your order will be delivered to your child’s room; money will be collected at the time of delivery - cash only please.
* A "meal" consists of 1 entrée, 2 sides, and 2 pieces of toast for breakfast (1 dinner roll for lunch and dinner) and a 16 oz. hot or cold fountain beverage.
Sometimes it’s nice to leave the hospital environment for a meal, so we have included a list of nearby restaurants on our website. The listings are provided for your convenience only. No recommendation or endorsement of any restaurant or lodging by Children's Hospital is intended.
The hospital employs clinical dietitians who are specially trained to assess each patient’s nutritional needs and preferences. These dietitians will make meal recommendations based on that information and the child's medical condition. To reach the Clinical Dietitian, please dial Ext. 15613 or (323) 361-5613.
Restaurant Style Menus
A "Restaurant Style Meal Menu" will be provided for your child once a diet has been prescribed by their physician. This restaurant-style menu will remain with your child throughout their entire hospital stay. You and your child (if appropriate) may select meals from the customized menu provided.
To request a specific meal for your child:
- Call Ext. 16368 or (323) 361-6368 to place your request
- Ask that staff repeat your order back to you to ensure that it is correct
- Check the order before the food service worker leaves the room
To meet the special needs of our patients, kosher frozen meals are available upon request. Guest Food Trays are available at a cost of $5, to be paid upon food delivery.
If your child’s birthday occurs during their stay at our hospital, Food and Nutrition Services will provide a small birthday cake (unless the child's physician has imposed dietary restrictions that would prevent the hospital from providing this service).
Breastfeeding mothers may order unlimited juice, milk or bottled water by dialing ext. 16368. Portable breast pumps can be moved to your child’s room. If you need an attachment kit please contact your child’s nurse. Consultation by a certified lactation educator is available by dialing ext 12449.