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Costco Food Court 101

Costco members are loyal. At the end of the 2023 fiscal year, 92.7% of customers renewed their memberships. Part of what keeps consumers coming back — despite the hellish parking lots and long lines — is the variety of affordable perks the retailer offers. Need to see a doctor on the cheap? Costco has you covered with telehealth through Sesame. Tank empty? Save money by filling up at a Costco gas station. But the jewel in Costco’s red and blue crown has to be the food court. The prices are shockingly low, the portions are huge, and the grub is surprisingly tasty. If that’s news to you, then read on because we’re about to give you a Costco food court crash course.

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Berry Sundae At the Costco Food Court on a White TablePhoto credit: Cheapism

When Is the Costco Food Court Open?

Costco food courts have the same hours as warehouse stores. While hours will vary depending on the warehouse (find yours here), you can usually expect Costco to be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m on Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Save for the following holidays, Costco is open most days of the year:

  • New Year’s Day

  • Easter Sunday

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Christmas Day

What Is on the Menu at the Costco Food Court?

Calorie counters beware. Costco's food court may be cheap and comforting, but it isn't healthy. It's the sort of menu that a ravenously hungry 12-year-old might design: pizza, roast beef sandwiches, churros, ice cream, hefty all-beef hot dogs. That said, no one goes to Costco's food court to slim down. Think of it as a spot for an occasional cheap treat or as a pit stop before braving the droves of shoppers that descend on Costco's bakery.

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Food Court ItemPriceDescription
Soda 69 cents20-ounce soda, including one free refill
Twisted Churro $1.49fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar
Hot Dog and Soda Combo $1.50all-beef hot dog with 20-ounce soda
Pizza Slice $1.99large slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza
Ice Cream Cup $1.99vanilla or strawberry ice cream
Ice Cream Sundae $2.49vanilla ice cream topped with strawberries or chocolate
Cold-Brew Mocha Freeze $2.99slushie made with cold-brew coffee and chocolate syrup
Mango Smoothie $2.99all-fruit mango smoothie
Chicken Bake $3.99chicken, cheese, bacon, and Caesar dressing baked in bread
Rotisserie Chicken Caesar Salad $6.99rotisserie chicken, romaine, Parmesan, and Caesar dressing
Pizza, Whole Pie $9.9518-inch cheese or pepperoni pizza
Roast Beef Sandwich $9.99roast beef, onion relish, mayo/mustard blend, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and red onions on a roll

Costco Food Court Nutrition

Food Court ItemCaloriesCarbsFatProtein
 Soda 0-420 varies varies varies
 Twisted Churro 570 88g 20g 8g
 Hot Dog 580 37g 35g 22g
 Pizza Slice 650-71075-78g  24-27g 34-41g
 Ice Cream Cup 550 64g 30g 9g
 Ice Cream Sundae 650-690 86-88g 30-34g 9-10g
 Cold-Brew Mocha Freeze 580 116g8g  12g
 Mango Smoothie 360 87g 0g 2g
 Chicken Bake840  83g 32g 52g
 Rotisserie Chicken Caesar Salad 710 34g 40g 40g
 Pizza, Whole Pie 3880-4260449-467g 145-161g  202-247g
 Roast Beef Sandwich 790 91g 23g54g 

Costco outdoor food courtPhoto credit: George Rose / Getty

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat at the Costco food court without a membership? 

Since 2020, only Costco members can dine at the food court. However, there is one clever workaround: Have a Costco member buy a Shop Card for you. If you have a Costco Shop Card (a gift card), you can enter the store and pay at the food court — all without having a membership.

Is there a Costco food court at every Costco location?

While all Costco warehouses have food courts, some business centers don’t.

How many pieces are in a Costco pizza?

Costco pizzas typically come with 12 slices.

How many calories are in a slice of Costco pizza?

It depends. A slice of cheese pizza is 710 calories, while a slice of pepperoni is 650.

Does Costco still have chicken Caesar salad?

Yes, Costco still sells a rotisserie chicken Caesar salad for $6.99.

Can you order Costco food court items online?

No, you can’t order food court items online. However, you can call ahead to place an order for pizza.

The Bottom Line

Costco's food court isn't the superstore's main attraction, but it is an added membership bonus, especially given the inflation-proof pricing. Where else can you find a $1.50 fast food combo that hasn't gone up in price since 1985? Not at McDonald's, that's for sure. And the value isn't the only thing that has fans raving about Costco pizza. (For an idea of Costco food court fanaticism, ask members about the combo pizza.)  As far as greasy comfort food goes, the quality is quite high, too. Our own food reviewer writes that the chicken bake is quite possibly "the best thing on any fast food menu," which is why, in the world of affordable indulgence, Costco's food court reigns supreme.

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