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Campus Food


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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls are pretty good in terms of healthy options, but everything gets boring and repetitive after a while.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The meal plan choices are affordable and the food itself is pretty good, with a whole array of options to choose from.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: All of the dining halls serve different items so it is nice to go online and choose in advance. Foothill is definitely one of my favorites and it is near my dorm. Crossroads is also good for brunch because it has a variety of options. Another way to use meal points is at the Cal Bear Café where you can buy coffee and other small snack items.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I enjoyed my dining experiences.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I have gotten food at the Golden Bear Diner, the Berkeley Faculty Club, the Crossroads, the Ramona Cafe, and some of the surrounding restaurants on Telegraph and Hearst. The Berkeley Faculty Club makes good hamburgers, the person who makes them is very friendly, and the S.F. Soup Company makes very good soups. However, the Golden Bear Diner does not always have the Dove Dark Chocolate bars, and I feel that they could have larger cups for their soups.

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Before its recent campaign to improve food, Cal’s poor campus dining gave prospective students a reason to attend UCLA instead. Now, Cal Dining is proving itself by offering the nation’s first all-organic salad bar and hiring gourmet chefs to design meals. While everyone likes to make fun of dorm food as second-rate to local dining, no upperclassman would turn down a free "swipe” to Crossroads, which is why when the dining halls are open to the public during move-in days they are packed with older students. The huge, 800-person capacity commons is clean, modern, and gives students more of a buffet-style setting, rather than a cafeteria atmosphere. Most students buy a lunch item at the Golden Bear Café and catch dinner at Crossroads. The other on-campus restaurants serve less-enticing entrees with less variation, but they are nonetheless good places to grab a quick snack or sip coffee and read. Most students also agree that the meal plan is a good idea for incoming students because it’s considerably flexible, convenient, and affordable, and it gives students one less thing to worry about when adjusting to Cal.


Every cafeteria offer a several entrées each night, a soup and salad bar, an American entrée like chicken and potatoes, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, Asian, Mexican, and pasta. There is always at least one vegetarian option, sometimes to the point that there’s no strong “real meat” entrée available. Also, almost every cafeteria offers soft-serve ice cream and several dessert options, which are inconsistently good. Almost everyone agrees that while the food is nothing compared to local restaurants and most stop eating at the cafeteria after freshman year, it is fine.


Facts & Statistics

Freshman Meal Plan Required?
Student Favorites
  • Crossroads
  • The Den
  • The Golden Bear Café
24-Hour Dining
Off-Campus Places to Use Flex Money
Meal points cannot be used off-campus, but students may add money to their Cal1Cards and use these debit points at many local vendors, including Chipotle and Blondie's Pizza.
Special Options
Cal 1 Debit Card, Cal Diners’ Club, Co-operative Housing Room & Board plan
Did You Know?
  • Even if you're not a hall resident, you can still use a meal plan with the Cal 1 Debit Card or the Cal Diners' Club. Go to for more info.
  • UC Berkeley is the first university to offer an all-organic salad bar.

Dining Halls & Campus RestaurantsWhat's This?

The Bear's Lair Pub
Location: 2475 Bancroft Way (Student Union)
Food: Bar food, burgers, pizza
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Cafè 3
Location: 2400 Durant Ave.
Food: Breakfast bar, deli bar, desserts, sandwiches, soups
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Clark Kerr Campus (CKC)
Location: 2601 Warring St.
Food: Made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Common Grounds
Location: Level F of Dwinelle Hall
Food: Coffee and tea products, grab-and-go food items
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: 2415 Bowditch St.
Food: Deli, grill, pizza, vegan
Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m., late-night grill open daily 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
The Den
Location: 2415 Bowditch St.
Food: Sandwiches, smoothies
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: 2700 Hearst Ave.
Food: Deli, pizza, vegetarian
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-8 p.m., late-night grill open Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Golden Bear Cafè
Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center
Food: Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, soups, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Pat Brown's
Location: Koshland Hall
Food: Breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, sushi
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Wurster Hall
Food: Breakfast, made-to-order panini and rice bowls, sushi
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Terrace
Location: Bechtel Building Rooftop
Food: Breakfast, salads, soups
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Polls

What are the best food options on campus?    Based on 187 responses

  • 20% Telegraph has so many options though and its close
  • 15% GBC
  • 11% Pat Brown's
  • 9% Crossroads
  • 8% Ramona's
  • 8% Qualcomms is my favorite (Engineering area)
  • 6% Foothill
  • 6% Cafe 3
  • 5% Clark kerr dinning hall
  • 4% The SF Soup Company provides really good soups.
  • 3% Off the Grid
  • 2% Everyting sucks
  • 1% Asian Ghetto
  • 0% Shattuck Area
  • 0% "The Asian Ghetto"
  • 0% Durant's late night options
  • 0% International House
  • 0% Yali's Cafe
  • 0% The Den!!
  • 0% Berkeley Student Food Collective

Rate campus dining on the following topics    Based on 315 responses

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


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