Patient Meals

Patient eating in hospital bed

Your nutrition, care and recovery are very important to us. Your physician and a registered dietitian evaluate your medical status and prescribe a diet appropriate for your medical condition.

We ask that family members not bring you food from home. If, for religious or cultural reasons, you are unable to select from our menu, please advise your nutrition representative so we may accommodate your special request.

Flexibility and Convenience: Always on the Menu

Regardless of which Johns Hopkins hospital you are staying at, we offer patients freedom and flexibility in both meal times and food selections:

  • Patients can choose their meals from a wide range of delicious food items and ask for their meals to be delivered to their room at a specific time.
  • Patients who are scheduled for procedures, can pre-order meals ahead of time from their hospital room or from home before the admission.
  • Patients who need assistance ordering, can get help from a nurse and/or room service operator, or have a family member call in meal orders from home.

We request that you eat in your room, unless you have the written consent of your physician. However, with this written permission, you are free to eat elsewhere in the hospital

How to Order

Room dining hours and meal delivery times vary by hospital and by patient unit. Ask your nurse when room service dining is available.

If possible, please assist us by clearing your over-bed table at meal times. Please notify the nursing staff and patient advocate in advance if you wish to purchase a meal tray for a guest. Guest meals are available for an additional fee and charged to your hospital bill.

Learn more about ordering your meal at:

Special Requests

Your hospital menu includes nutrition information to help you identify vegetarian, heart-healthy, and other options when you order. Let your nurse or Nutrition Services know if you have celiac disease, a food allergy, or any other medical condition requiring a special diet, or if you would like a Spanish menu or translation services.

Kosher meals are available on request. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has Shabbos elevators and a kosher pantry. Kosher meals can be ordered from the menu, and are prepared at a local kosher restaurant. For other hospitals, ask your nurse or contact Nutrition Services.

Therapeutic Diets

What you eat plays an essential role in helping you stay healthy and manage health conditions. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, seizure disorders and many other health problems are affected by diet.

Your physician may prescribe a therapeutic diet for you while you are in the hospital. Your meal choices are automatically adjusted so you don’t have to worry about choosing an item that is not on your diet. Your room service operator can assist you with meal selection.

Here are few common diets and what they mean to help guide your food choices.

Nutritional Counseling

Whether you are in the hospital or you have been released, our registered licensed dietitians and other health professionals can provide you with nutritional counseling to help you maintain your therapeutic diet, take charge of your health and feel your best.

Here are some of Johns Hopkins’ specialized nutrition centers and programs: