Northwest Cafe

Café Operations & Catering Services

The Northwest Café is located on Level 1 in the south wing of the building.  Hours of operation are 7:30AM to 2:30PM.  The café is operated and managed by Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS).  If you have questions about the café please call the café manager, John Rohanna at 495-4540 or

The café offerings are at the HUDS website. The Northwest Building café is pleased to handle your basic catering needs, including continental breakfasts, basic breaks, and bag lunches. These needs can be coordinated with the café manager.

For more extensive catering needs, the Northwest Building Operations Team recommends Crimson Catering. In addition to providing exquisite food, Crimson Catering can coordinate rentals such as tables, chairs, and décor, and coordinate certified bar services. Crimson Catering can be reached at 496-6000. Please visit their website for more information.

Crimson Catering at Harvard pays their employees a living wage, as outlined in the Wage and Benefit Parity Policy (WBPP) as recommended by the Harvard Committee on Employment and Contracting Policies (the Katz Committee). Many external caterers do not. 

Crimson Cash

Crimson Cash is accepted at the Northwest Café. 

Vending Machines


Vending machines are located on the B1 Level South in the vending corner of the Prefunction area.