Campus Dining

Location
La Jolla, CA
Undergrads
21,983
Tuition (in-state)
$36,095 ($13,217)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I personally like that it is not a buffet style so you can take food to go and you only pay for what you get whether it's a light breakfast/snack or a steak and creme brulee. There is a vegan restaurant for all you vegans out there, but it's closed on the weekend.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There's something for everyone. There's ready-made food as well as ingredients if you want to start from scratch. There are a lot of ethnic/kosher/vegan/organic options in every market.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: campus food isn't the best food, but it's not the worst.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food option is diverse. There are multiple options for those who are vegetarian and vegan.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Every dining hall has their niche that they're good at.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 83rd
    Best Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly Options
  • 93rd
    Healthiest Dining Options
  • 101st
    Best Ethnic/Kosher Options
  • 138th
    Best Late-Night Dining Options
  • 261st
    Best Cafeteria Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
Hometown
El Monte, Calif.
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Cafeteria food is one of those things that every incoming freshman dreads. However, UCSD students report that it is not that bad. It may be tasteless and unexciting, but it’s not horrible. There are many different cafeterias on campus, each with different kinds of food, so students are sure to find some place they enjoy. Even if students absolutely hate dorm food, they are able to survive on it for the year. Experiencing cafeteria food makes trips home with good home-cooked meals that much more appreciated.

There are also many choices for students who don’t have a meal plan or wish to avoid the cafeterias. In Price Center, there is almost every kind of fast food, including Burger King, Subway, Jamba Juice, Round Table Pizza, and Panda Express. Another place to check out on campus is Porter’s Pub, which has sandwiches, beer, and excellent curly fries. For a healthier option, the Food Co-op has vegetarian and health foods that are usually good and very cheap. It might take some work, but there is good and healthy dining on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Yes
All campus residents are required to purchase a meal plan.
Student Favorites: Campus Dining Hall
OceanView Terrace
Student Favorites: Campus Restaurant/Vendor
  • Food Co-Op
  • Jamba Juice
  • Subway
24-Hour Dining
Burger King (Monday-Thursday)
Did You Know?
If you don't have a meal plan, you can eat anywhere on campus by getting a Triton Plus Account, which is like a debit card you can use for everything on campus and some places off campus.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Bombay Coast
Location: Price Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Burger King
Location: Price Center
Food: Fast food
Hours: Sunday 9:30 a.m.-Friday 2:30 a.m. (24 hours), Saturday 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m.
Café Ventanas
Location: Eleanor Roosevelt College
Food: Breakfast, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Canyon Vista
Location: Earl Warren College
Food: Variety, including grill and salad bar
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Croutons
Location: Price Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Earl's Place and Market
Location: Earl Warren College
Food: Coffee shop
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Espresso Roma
Location: Price Center
Food: Coffee, tea, sweets
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fairbanks Coffee
Location: Center Hall (CH), Warren Hall (WH), Social Science (SS), SOM, CLICS
Food: Coffee, tea, snacks
Hours: Vary by location
Food Co-op
Location: Price Center
Food: Health, vegetarian, vegan food
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Foodworx
Location: Matthews Apartments (Revelle College) and Pepper Canyon Hall (Sixth College)
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, specialty salads
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Goody's Market
Location: Thurgood Marshall Activity Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Goody's Place
Location: Thurgood Marshall Activity Center
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Hi Thai
Location: Price Center
Food: Thai
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Jamba Juice
Location: Price Center
Food: Smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
OceanView Terrace
Location: Thurgood Marshall College
Food: Breakfast, Chinese, grill, pasta, pizza, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Panda Express
Location: Price Center
Food: Chinese
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Pines
Location: Muir College
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Plaza Café
Location: Revelle College
Food: International specialties
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Porter's Pub
Location: Price Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 8 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Roger's Place and Market
Location: Revelle College
Food: Coffee, frozen yogurt
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Round Table
Location: Price Center
Food: Pizza
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Location: Price Center
Food: Mexican
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Santorini Greek Island Grill
Location: Price Center
Food: Greek
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Shogun of La Jolla
Location: Price Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sixth College Place & Market
Location: Sixth College
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Subway
Location: Price Center
Food: Sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Tacone Wraps
Location: Price Center
Food: Health food wraps
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Tapioca Express
Location: Price Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
The Village Place & Market
Location: The Village at Torrey Pines
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.
Yogurt World
Location: Price Center
Food: Yogurt
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Zanzibar
Location: Price Center
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Student Polls

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 113 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 28% Goody's
  • 26% Pines
  • 21% Bistro
  • 10% Cafe Ventanas
  • 8% Ocean View Terrace
  • 8% Foodworx

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 25% Food Truck
  • 19% Cafe Ventanas
  • 19% PC
  • 19% Canyon Vista
  • 12% Pines
  • 6% Oceanview Terrace

What are the worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% If you live on campus you MUST buy into it.
  • 33% Limited good food choices
  • 17% Extremely inflated prices
  • 17% Food is actually pretty good

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 13 responses

  • 86% Use dinning dollars in food markets on campus
  • 14% That you're forced into it

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