To dream of a cafeteria represents issues, interests, or situations where other people are noticing what your doing. Mutual awareness of each other others interests or problems. Group sharing, group experiences, or unavoidable openness (e.g. discussing your love life). Casual and mutual awareness of others feelings about an experience.
Negatively, dreaming about a cafeteria may reflect embarrassment that your personal life being on display to others. A embarrassing moment of public honesty in front of friends or family.
An empty cafeteria may reflect your feeling that nobody cares about an issue in your life that can hide or that you feel you have to openly discuss (relationship problems). Alternatively, it may reflect you feelings that some area of your life will be out in the open soon.
A school cafeteria represents mutual open discussion about issues that concern you or give you anxiety (openly discussing your mutual anxiety about potential lovers rejecting you).
Example: A young woman dreamed of being in a cafeteria with a guy she liked. In waking life she was trying to closer to this guy and all her friends and family knew about it.
Example 2: A girl dreamed of being in a cafeteria and being upset with her friend. In waking life she liked the same guy as the her friend and after talking about it with her started to notice her friend getting meaner. The cafeteria reflected her awareness of her friend noticing that he liked the same guy and their open discussion about their shared fondness for the guy.
Example 3: A man dreamed of seeing bankers sitting in a cafeteria. In waking life he was being humiliated by his father in front of his whole family because his father had made an enormous financial promise that he wasn’t keeping and that required the dreamer to publicly reveal his personal issues with his father to his whole family.
Example 4: A man dreamed of being in a cafeteria. In waking life he was separated from his wife with everyone he knew being aware of it. The cafeteria may have reflected his feelings about his failing relationship experience being out in the open while noticing that other people relationship experiences weren’t.