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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Our campus dining is small but great and easily accessible. The food is awesome and there are options!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Only really have one main place for food (the caf). Offers a good variety, but basically the same thing every day... the Grill takes forever so expect to wait 20-25 minutes just for a burger. You can get Calamari and Steak from the grill at night, which is nice. The only other places are LaBrea (in the caf), which has sandwiches, salads, and a few baked good, but is only opened for lunch. The HAWC (near freshman dorms) is good, fast, but again limited menu. Finally, there is Jamba Juice, but other than that... no food options on campus besides small little store (Nature's Edge) in the caf.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Now campus dining offers different places besides the cafeteria to get healthy foods. There is a La Brea and a healthy grocery store. Many options also for vegeterians

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The caf serves good food, but it can get pretty repetitive when you are eating there for 2-3 of your meals everyday.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: After awhile it gets annoying.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 143rd
    Best Quality Food
  • 225th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 233rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 302nd
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Few Pepperdine students seem to appreciate fully the fine culinary offerings heaped onto their plates by the good people at Sodexho Marriott Services. This could mean one of two things: either a select few of us have very low standards, or the Pepperdine student body has extraordinarily high ones. Still, it's certainly safe to say that Pepperdine can number itself among the better-tasting American universities. The basic meal plan is more than sufficient, even for those who just can't resist getting double heaping portions of the ever-reliable London Broil, or succulent pork tenderloin sliced right before their eyes by the steady hands of the Waves Café personnel. Don't worry, there are also plenty of vegetarian offerings. The "Caf," as students always call it, is the main dining area on campus, and it features many very large windows through which to gaze at the blue Pacific while you chomp your way through a delectable meal. Some might express displeasure regarding the dearth of dining halls, but the one Pepperdine does offer leaves little to complain about.

Just around the corner from the Caf, the Oasis serves pizza and made-to-order sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. Most eating takes place at either the Caf or the Oasis, but the little coffee counters on campus offer pre-packaged sandwiches and salads that are really quite good, as far as pre-packaged sandwiches and salads go. On the downside, to eat exclusively at Pepperdine is not an inexpensive endeavor, and the 1,000-point standard meal plan expires at the end of each semester-whether or not you've exhausted all your points. In keeping with its Christian mission, however, Pepperdine does give students the option of donating those unused points toward food for the needy.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4800 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • The Coffee House
  • The Law School Cafeteria
  • The Oasis
  • The Waves Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Saturday nights in the Waves Café are buffet nights. The grill, salad bar, and carvery are shut down and an internationally themed buffet takes over. Coincidentally, most students eat off campus on Saturday nights.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Fresca
Location: Center for Communications and Business
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, salads, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Coffee House
Location: The HAWC
Food: Breakfast foods, coffee, cookies, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Tyler Campus Center
Food: Salads, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Law School Cafeteria
Location: Law School
Food: Entrees, salads, desserts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tyler Campus Center
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Waves Café
Location: Rockwell Dining Center
Food: Entrée stations, dessert, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
  • Convenient hours
  • Ethnic/kosher options
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Value
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 31% Breakfast options
  • 25% Curly fries from the HAWC
  • 12% Any time they serve fish in the Caf
  • 12% Steak and Potatoes, Calamari (caf) Brownies (hawc)
  • 6% Natures Edge Chili
  • 6% Ice Cream Sandwich (HAWC)
  • 6% Sushi Fridays

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 7 responses

  • 36% Not enough options
  • 36% Can't use points off campus
  • 27% Being left with too many meal points at the end

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Prepared when you order it- fresh food!
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