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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Gets tiring after a month

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good quality, but hours are inconvenient at times.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I love the food on campus. I'm a vegan and there are always options in the dining hall and in our market. THere's lots of healthy variety.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is actually pretty good, but after eating anywhere for weeks on end it can get pretty repetitive. The food is pretty fresh though, pretty expensive however. Dinner specials and pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have a variety of foods on campus, from hamburgers/pizza, to burritos, to pasta, to Asian food.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 23rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 35th
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 61st
    Best Quality Food
  • 133rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 218th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
English and French
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Santa Clara's dining options are a far cry from stereotypical "dorm food." Here, you won't find mystery meat or lumpy mashed potatoes; instead, the school offers a variety of made-to-order options, from pastas and stir-fry to paninis and salads. In addition to these "healthier" options, the cafeteria also features traditional college "comfort" food, like pizza and burgers. The food is usually pretty fresh, as the school makes an effort to use local and sustainably-produced ingredients. The school has significantly increased its vegetarian and vegan options in the past few years, and is generally pretty accommodating for different dietary needs. 

On the other hand, the food is definitely not cheap, and many students have difficulty eating three meals a day on a typical meal plan. Each meal plan is based on a number of points rather than a number of meals, and each point equals $1. This setup allows for flexibility and portion control—you don't have to worry about using up an entire meal when you only want a banana or a small sandwich—but points often don't go very far, as entrées range from $8 to $15.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
Benson Memorial Center
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Sunstream Café
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Made-to-order omelets
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Build-your-own-pasta bar
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
  • Chicken tenders from the Bronco
  • Curly fries
  • Pizza
Student Favorites
  • Mission City Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Mondo Burrito
  • Sara's Kitchen
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Blondie's Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream
  • Chalateco
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • City Lights Espresso
  • Cramers Bagels
  • Fast Pizza Delivery
  • Frozo's
  • Hatcho Japanese Cuisine
  • Henry's Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Joao's Restaurant
  • Mio Vicino
  • Mission City Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Mondo Burrito
  • Papa John's
  • Pluto's
  • Quiznos
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Sara's Kitchen
  • Seniore's Pizza
  • SmokeEaters
  • Subway
  • Taco Bell
  • Taqueria La Veracruzana
  • Togo's
  • University Stuft Pizza
  • Wahoo's Fish Taco
  • Wrap This Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Yum Yum Tree
Special Options
Outside of a resident dining plan, students can also use a flex account to purchase food at selected on- and off-campus venues. Each student's flex account is tied to his or her access card, making it a convenient option for students who want a break from the dining hall.
Did You Know?
The Benson Center cafeteria offers dishes for vegetarian and vegan students every day.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bronco
Location: Benson Memorial Center
Food: Pizza, subs
Hours: Monday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-12:45 a.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.-1:45 a.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-12:45 a.m., Friday 11 a.m.-1:45 a.m., Saturday 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m., Sunday 9 p.m.-12:45 a.m.
Cadence Cyber Café
Location: Lucas Hall
Food: Dinner entrées, paninis, salads,
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Cellar Market
Location: Benson Memorial Center, lower level
Food: Deli meats, produce, snacks
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Marketplace
Location: Benson Memorial Center
Food: Deli, grill, home-style, Italian, Latin, made-to-order, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Mission Bakery
Location: Benson Memorial Center
Food: Coffee, gourmet bistro
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunstream Café
Location: Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library
Food: Coffee, salads, sandwiches, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 73 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 5 responses

  • 50% Sauté
  • 33% Sushi bar
  • 17% Fresco

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 5 responses

  • 67% Food courts have limited hours on weekends!
  • 33% Only 65 points roll over, so you have to spent it.

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 50% Pretty much everything after a while
  • 50% We need more variety.
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