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Food and Nutrition

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Food and Nutrition Department provides meals, special formulas, and clinical nutrition services to inpatients. The meals prepared and served by the department meet the nutritional requirements of the patients based on the medical and cultural needs and at the same time are appealing to their taste. In addition, the department offers outpatient follow-ups by referral of the medical staff.

Clinical nutrition services include calorie counts, nutrition counseling, instructions on formula preparation, and daily screenings to determine which patients are at nutritional risk. The clinical dietitian works directly with patients and families to develop nutrition plans.

Patient Services

We offer a broad range of food services to meet your every need during your stay at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital. You can choose from our extensive room service menu, various café or vending machines that are located through out the facility. Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, provides a friendly staff that is here to provide customer service so that your visit with us more pleasurable. Our "Excellence in Dining" service is an extension of our commitment to providing high quality patient care.

Clinical Nutrition Services

Every patient at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, both inpatient and outpatient, has access to a highly specialized dietitian to address his or her individual needs. All of Nicklaus Children's Dietitians are registered with the American Dietetics Association (ADA), having completed education requirements from the ADA and are licensed in the state of Florida.


Outpatient Nutrition Services

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, offers individualized outpatient assessments and counseling with referrals from your child’s pediatrician or specialty physician. Appointments are currently available on the main campus and Palmetto Bay Ambulatory Care Center.  Common issues that patients are referred for include food allergies, picky eating, failure to thrive, weight management and diabetes.

To make an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at (305)666-6511 ext 8413

Cranio-Facial Clinic

A dietitian participates as part of the multidisciplinary team of health professionals that evaluates and manages children with craniofacial anomalies through this state-designated Craniofacial Center.  Each child’s unique condition is taken into consideration and nutrition interventions are designed to help each child grow to their full potential.

Birthday Celebrations

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, understands that your child’s birthday is a special day. If a patient happens to be admitted on their birthday, they will receive a free delicious birthday cake to celebrate this special moment with friends and family.

Hospitality Cart

A mobile hospitality cart is available in the morning and evening for  families that are unable to leave their child’s bedside to eat a meal. Our dedicated volunteers bring the cart to each unit, offering a variety of muffins, pastries, croissants, bagels, coffee, hot chocolate and teas.



The Cafeteria is a part of the Food Service Department at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital.  The Food Service Department is committed to providing great food, great service and a pleasant place for patients, families, visitors and employees to enjoy a quality dining experience.

The main cafeteria offers innovative meals along with traditional favorites. Homemade soups are made daily along with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Grab and Go options offer healthy alternatives along with the Salad Bar.  The Rotating station consists of Smoothies for your morning rush and Tex/Mex on Monday and Tuesday and Chop Chop from Wednesday through Sunday.


Don’t have time to sit and eat in our dining area?  Don’t worry, we provide a grab-n-go selection for our customers. You can select from fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps that are made daily.

Campus Cafés

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has three café locations to select from, Terrace, Palm Garden, and Aroma Café.

The cafés at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, features a deli style sandwich selection with many options including fresh fruits, pastries, cakes, various juices, and coffee which are made fresh daily.  We are proud to brew fresh coffee, cappuccinos, Cuban coffee or flavored coffee. We utilize locally bought fruits and vegetables when in season.

Palm Garden

The Palm Garden Café offers weekly daily specials such as, Pasta Bar, Churrasco, Taco Bar and much more! Visitors and employees are all welcome. This café provides an outdoor dining area with a garden style scenic atmosphere. You can dine here weekdays during lunch hours.


Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Food Service Department provides catering options for on campus meetings, conferences, guest lectures, social and special events such as holiday and retirement parties. We are dedicated to providing top quality innovative menus for our customers.

For more information on the Food and Nutrition Department, contact us at:
Phone: (305) 666-6511
Fax: (305) 669-6435
Diet Office: Ext. 2951
Nutrition Appointments: Ext. 8413


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