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Campus Food


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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The Irvine campus has a family-run cafeteria. Bowls and sandwiches are great, but customer service is a bit lacking. Good luck "borrowing" a bowl/cup/spoon/packet of ketchup!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food isn't amazing, and there's not a ton of options compared to bigger schools. But the way the meal points work is really nice

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is really expensive, and as an athlete it?s extremely frustrating when we get out of a hard practice and are really hungry, but have to wait 30 mins to an hour to eat at the caf.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food isn't bad, especially compared to other schools. However, most of the same things are offered all the time. Also, it would be nice if we could use our meal points at the grocery store.

2 College Student

Campus Food: Too many unhealthy options. The food quality is the equivalent to hospital food.


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Few Pepperdine students seem to appreciate fully the fine culinary offerings heaped onto their plates by the good people at Sodexho Marriott Services. This could mean one of two things: either a select few of us have very low standards, or the Pepperdine student body has extraordinarily high ones. Still, it's certainly safe to say that Pepperdine can number itself among the better-tasting American universities. The basic meal plan is more than sufficient, even for those who just can't resist getting double heaping portions of the ever-reliable London Broil, or succulent pork tenderloin sliced right before their eyes by the steady hands of the Waves Café personnel. Don't worry, there are also plenty of vegetarian offerings. The "Caf," as students always call it, is the main dining area on campus, and it features many very large windows through which to gaze at the blue Pacific while you chomp your way through a delectable meal. Some might express displeasure regarding the dearth of dining halls, but the one Pepperdine does offer leaves little to complain about.

Just around the corner from the Caf, the Oasis serves pizza and made-to-order sandwiches on fresh-baked bread. Most eating takes place at either the Caf or the Oasis, but the little coffee counters on campus offer pre-packaged sandwiches and salads that are really quite good, as far as pre-packaged sandwiches and salads go. On the downside, to eat exclusively at Pepperdine is not an inexpensive endeavor, and the 1,000-point standard meal plan expires at the end of each semester-whether or not you've exhausted all your points. In keeping with its Christian mission, however, Pepperdine does give students the option of donating those unused points toward food for the needy.

Facts & Statistics

Average Meal Plan Cost
$4800 per year
Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • The Coffee House
  • The Law School Cafeteria
  • The Oasis
  • The Waves Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Did You Know?
Saturday nights in the Waves Café are buffet nights. The grill, salad bar, and carvery are shut down and an internationally themed buffet takes over. Coincidentally, most students eat off campus on Saturday nights.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

Café Fresca
Location: Center for Communications and Business
Food: Coffee, sandwiches, salads, snacks
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Coffee House
Location: The HAWC
Food: Breakfast foods, coffee, cookies, salads, sandwiches
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Location: Tyler Campus Center
Food: Salads, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Law School Cafeteria
Location: Law School
Food: Entrees, salads, desserts
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location: Tyler Campus Center
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Waves Café
Location: Rockwell Dining Center
Food: Entrée stations, dessert, salad bar, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 18% Breakfast options
  • 15% Ice Cream Sandwich (HAWC)
  • 13% Curly fries from the HAWC
  • 13% Sushi Fridays
  • 7% Steak and Potatoes, Calamari (caf) Brownies (hawc)
  • 7% Steak at the Caf
  • 6% Breakfast Burritos at the Law Caf
  • 6% Pasta at the HAWC
  • 4% Any time they serve fish in the Caf
  • 3% Chicken wraps at the grill
  • 1% Natures Edge Chili
  • 1% French toast and omelets
  • 1% Nature's Edge Sushi
  • 1% Artisan menu at the grill
  • 0% Mexican pizza

What are the worst food options on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 24% Most of the foreign food is pretty sketchy
  • 18% The unhealthy options such as pizza and pasta
  • 12% Teriyaki chicken bowl is hit or miss
  • 12% Frozen yogurt machine never works
  • 9% Soups
  • 6% Salad bar is not very sanitary
  • 6% Hawc pasta
  • 6% The asian food is very americanized
  • 6% Pasta at the Caf
  • 3% They make some weird food
  • 0% The salad bar doesn't even taste good
  • 0% Burgers at the HAWC

What are the best things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 25 responses

  • 34% Prepared when you order it- fresh food!
  • 13% The menu can get boring if one eats there everyday
  • 11% Breakfast is cheaper and yummy
  • 11% You can share meal points with others
  • 8% Omelets for breakfast
  • 8% Chicken Tenders + Brownie Sundae @ the HAWC
  • 6% French toast!
  • 4% Ice cream sandwich at the hawc
  • 4% Corn dogs
  • 2% Chicken wraps from the grill

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 58 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 worst things about the campus meal plan?    Based on 23 responses

  • 34% Can't use points off campus
  • 27% Not enough options
  • 18% Being left with too many meal points at the end
  • 16% Can't track spending online
  • 5% The food in the caf is subpar
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