Campus Dining

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: So many different options and everything tastes excellent! Hours are good, except I wish brunch can begin at 8:30 on the weekends instead of 9:30.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I mainly go the cafes because it's convenient and sometimes less crowded. The downside is that it's less food for the meal plan or food you could get at the dining halls. The downside to the dining halls is that it can be over crowded and take hours before leaving the dining halls satisfied. The food is good, but can be too greasy.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: UCLA has the best food. Period. The only thing that is missing is halal and kosher food options.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls and restaurants offer a variety of options and the food is absolutely amazing.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The on-campus food is outstanding! There are a variety of options available, which will accommodate student's preferences.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Cafeteria Variety
  • 3rd
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 5th
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 6th
    Best Quality Food
  • 9th
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
Communication Studies
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Food at UCLA is delicious. Each "residential restaurant" revolves its choices around a tasty central theme, such as American comfort foods or Asian and organic. These restaurants switch up their menus constantly to include creative favorites like penne with shrimp or chicken cordon bleu burgers. Although bad-for-you temptations abound, there's no shortage of healthy, vegetarian, and vegan options—each restaurant features a colorful salad bar and plenty of veggie-based entrees. The dorm zone has three quick-service restaurants, each of which is a welcome break when dining hall food becomes (if ever!) monotonous. Mean plan options are well-priced and range from 11 to 19 meals a week, though most students agree that the flexible 14 Premier plan is the way to go, as it allows unused meal "swipes" to carry over from day to day.

Outside the Hill, non-residential food offerings are almost just as fabulous. Ackerman Union hosts a variety of popular vendors and equally satisfying prices, including the largest Jamba Juice in the nation. Campus cafés, such as Northern Lights and Jimmy's Coffee House, provide an upperclassman's escape from the school day and a cozy place to study or chat.

Facts & Statistics

Meal Plan Available?
Yes
Average Meals/Week
19
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All on-campus resident students get a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
De Neve Residential Restaurant
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
Carl's Jr. in Ackerman Union
Student Favorites: Breakfast Food on Campus
Oatmeal, fruit, and bagel sandwiches from Rendezvous
Student Favorites: Lunch/Dinner Entrée on Campus
Paninis and pizza from Café 1919
Student Favorites: Late-night Snack on Campus
Bread bowls and muffins from Bruin Café
24-Hour Dining
None
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
  • Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina
  • Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • BJ's Pizza
  • Burger King
  • Chipotle
  • Denny's
  • Jerry's Famous Deli
  • Pastagina
  • Red Mango
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Sepi's Giant Submarines
  • Tengu
  • Trimana
  • Whole Foods
Special Options
  • Each residential dining facility provides tasty vegetarian and vegan options, but the on-campus vendors and cafés don't make the same effort.
  • Two food trucks offers everything from tacos to skewers in the Court of Sciences on weekdays.
Did You Know?
There is a sack-lunch program that allows dorm residents to swap a dorm lunch for a sack lunch, which includes a sandwich, fruit pack, and chips.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bruin Café
Location: Bottom floor of Sproul Hall
Food: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 3 p.m.-2 a.m.
Café 1919
Location: Covel Commons
Food: Frozen yogurt, gelato, paninis, pizza, salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Café Synapse
Location: Gonda Center
Food: Pasta, pizza, sandwiches, specialty drinks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Carl's Jr.
Location: Cooperage ("the Coop"), Ackerman Union
Food: Burgers
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Covel Commons Residential Restaurant
Location: Covel Commons
Food: All-you-can-eat breakfast, grill, pasta, pizza, salad/soup bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Curbside
Location: Cooperage ("the Coop"), Ackerman Union
Food: Convenience store
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
De Neve Residential Restaurant
Location: De Neve Plaza
Food: All-you-can-eat breakfast; bagel/salad/soup bar; European grill; international dishes; late-night burgers; fries, shakes, and pizza; make-your-own sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Espresso Roma Café
Location: Anderson School of Business
Food: Salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Greenhouse
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Healthy
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hedrick Residential Restaurant
Location: Hedrick Hall
Food: All-you-can-eat sushi, grill, make-your-own stir-fry, organic salad/soup bar
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Cooperage ("the Coop"), Ackerman Union
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jimmy's Coffee House
Location: Lu Valle Commons
Food: Baked goods, coffee
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kerckhoff Coffee House
Location: Kerckhoff Hall
Food: Baskin Robbins, Good For You (vegetarian), Grab & Go Gourmet, Kikka Sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lu Valle Commons
Location: Near School of Law
Food: California Toss (pizza and salad), Honorable Subs, Pacific Rice & Noodle Traders, Roadside Grill
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
North Campus Student Center
Location: Near Young Research Library
Food: Burger Express, California Café (pizza, entrees), Casa Norte (Mexican), Grab & Go Gourmet, Stacks Deli
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Northern Lights
Location: North of Rolfe Hall
Food: Baskin Robbins, Kikka Sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Relaxation
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Boba tea
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rendezvous
Location: Rieber Terrace
Food: Asian, Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., 12 p.m.-5 p.m., 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Rieber Residential Restaurant
Location: Rieber Hall
Food: American, international
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Rubio's
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rx
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Candy
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sbarro
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Italian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Taco Bell
Location: Cooperage ("the Coop"), Ackerman Union
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tsunami
Location: Ackerman Union
Food: Asian
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wetzel's Pretzels
Location: Terrace Food Court, Ackerman Union
Food: Pretzels
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 214 responses

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

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 12 responses

  • 53% One swipe = $8 buffet or an $8 smoothie
  • 18% Not enough vegan/vegetarian/healthy options
  • 18% Specific eating times! NO healthy food after 8pm!
  • 6% They seem to think we need less food on weekends
  • 6% Little ability to customize your food

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 56% Bruin Plate
  • 25% Everything!
  • 12% 1919
  • 6% Rendezvous

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 14 responses

  • 44% I can use it anytime
  • 28% It's absolutely delicious
  • 16% It's buffet style
  • 12% Lots of options

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 54% None
  • 23% Feast (But that is just my opinion)
  • 15% Bcaf
  • 8% Rendezvous

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