Campus Dining

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
22,510
Tuition (in-state)
$18,098 ($6,440)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love the fact that there are so many healthy vegetarian options here but sometimes the quality of the food is just so terrible.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I just transferred to San Francisco State University and haven't begun classes yet.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have a ton of options on campus and it's hard to choose sometimes what you're up for. Most places are only open maybe 9pm and then after that you probably have to head towards Peets in the library or McDonald at the mall walking distance wise.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The main dining center is ok, but the Bricks serve's pizza, pasta, and salad. Cafe in the Park serves breakfast, Starbucks, and smoothies. These are your best bets when it comes to dining food, the DC doesn't always serve the best food. But Cereal is always available with multiple milk options,

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Some of the food is delicious and there is some variety, but it is a bit expensive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 125th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 131st
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 197th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 388th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 425th
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtnee Rizzo
Hometown
Rocklin, CA
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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Many of the food choices at San Francisco State are downright delicious. Campus favorites have included the cheap and filling chicken pesto avocado sandwich and the ultra cheap and tasty smoothies. The dining hall, where students living on campus are forced to eat, is just bland and pretty much the equivalent of a high school cafeteria. The best plan is to ditch the meal plan after freshman year and grab your groceries from the Trader Joe's up the street.

Campus dining is very multicultural, and any type of cuisine can be found, which makes the on-campus dining options more diverse, including Mexican and Japanese dishes. The dining hall is great if a student doesn't care much about what is going into his or her body, which is why the extra cafés chock-full of healthy options are so welcomed on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Average Meal Plan Cost
$3792 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All freshmen living in Mary Ward, Mary Park, the Towers and Village at Centennial Square, or the Science and Technology Theme Community are required to have a minimum of a 10-meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
City Eats Dining Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Café in the Park Burritos
  • Subway
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
  • Bagels
  • Coffee
  • Eggs
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Pizza
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Pizza
  • Subway
24-Hour Dining
None
Special Options
There's a farmers' market every Thursday.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Asia Express
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Asian, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Café 101
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Coffee/tea, espresso, pastries
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Café in the Park Burritos
Location: Mary Park Hall Building
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Café Rosso
Location: Plaza behind Burk Hall
Food: Mediterranean
Cantina Pizza
Location: Mary Ward Hall Building
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Carmelina La Petite
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Coffee/tea, juice, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
City Eats Dining Center
Location: Mary Ward Hall Building
Food: All-you-care-to-eat
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Gold Coast Grill
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Healthy U
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lobby Shop
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Natural Sensations
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Bagels, frozen yogurt, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pizza & Pasta
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Calzones, pasta, pizza
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Pub
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Pasta, salads; alcohol served
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Subway
Location: The Village at Centennial Square
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Taqueria Girasol
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taza Smoothies & Wraps
Location: The Village at Centennial Square
Food: Smoothies, wraps
Tuk Tuk Thai
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Thai
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 118 responses

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

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 56% City Eats, and Bricks
  • 22% Village Market
  • 22% They are all good

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

  • 89% Cesar Chavez Building
  • 11% City eats dining hall

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 9 responses

  • 60% It's convenient to just swipe and eat.
  • 40% Free food

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

  • 50% Poor quality and limited option
  • 50% Always the same food

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