Campus Dining

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

Campus Dining: Food is overpriced and not very pleasing to the taste buds. Most entrees which include one side and one main items such as chicken or things along those lines. I always eat chicken sandwiches because they're the cheapest item I have found that are decent tasting and won't destroy your meal plan. Most of the food is not very good, but that could be because my mom would cook every night for my entire life leading up to my transition to college.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: We have good food all over campus and some places are even open until midnight. There is also an all vegan dining hall on campus for people that enjoy that sort of thing! There is a pretty good variety with vegetarian options in all dining halls though.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I loved the breakfast provided. It was a custom-made omelette, with your choice of beverage. Sometimes they offerred biscuits. The omelettes were usually drenched in vegetable oil to allow for quicker cooking, but putting in a personal request would allow you to dine without having to suffer the greasy consequences. Lunch was horrible. Usually things you can stick in an oven and serve en masse. Dinner was seperated into 3 parts: a carving station (usually chicken, or roast beef), some pastas, and an ethnic/cultural station ( served either fresh mexican-grill or fresh chinese-wok). If you aren't interested in the cafeteria food, you are able to make your way to the center of the campus, where several fast food restaurants are located. Dining at other halls is pretty important as well. By dining at other halls, and keeping an eye on special events, you can limit the amount you spend on food, and tailor your diet to your specific needs.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Food is very average but not necessarily filling.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Although I don't have a meal plan myself, from the few times I've been to the dining halls, I found the pricing to be a little expensive, considering I pay out of my own pocket for the food rather than using dining dollars. I do like how the university sets up the food pricing though in that it isn't buffet-style, which definitely helps freshmen avoid the dreaded "freshmen 15". The dining halls that I have been to so far are very nice, and the food is high quality as well.

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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 108 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 best food options on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 26% Goody's
  • 26% Pines
  • 20% Bistro
  • 11% Cafe Ventanas
  • 9% Ocean View Terrace
  • 9% Foodworx

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 21% PC
  • 21% Canyon Vista
  • 21% Cafe Ventanas
  • 21% Food Truck
  • 7% Oceanview Terrace
  • 7% Pines

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

  • 36% If you live on campus you MUST buy into it.
  • 32% Limited good food choices
  • 18% Extremely inflated prices
  • 14% Food is actually pretty good

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% Use dinning dollars in food markets on campus
  • 9% That you're forced into it

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