Dining Commons

OUR SELF-OPERATED, award winning program includes four dining commons that provide a comfortable setting to enhance the living and learning process.  We prepare quality food on site daily, to ensure freshness and flavor, offering multiple menu choices that meet a variety of needs and maximize convenience. The dining experience of our patrons is more than just exceptional food; we are dedicated to enrich the lives of those we feed through our service, community, education and social responsibility. We look forward to sharing our commitment and passion about the food we serve.


carrillo dining commons

Carrillo Dining Commons

Entering Carrillo Dining Commons, customers are immediately treated to the delicious aroma and warm sight of fresh pizza baking in a Woodstone pizza oven.  Natural light from the outside floods the dining areas which offer mountain, ocean and pool views. This warm and colorful dining facility features 21st century cuisine prepared at platform stations throughout the building, from Mongolian Grill specialties to house-blended frozen yogurt flavors, there’s a dish to delight every patron.

de la guerra dining commons

De La Guerra Dining Commons

Immortalized by singer Jack Johnson as “the DLG” in his famous song Bubble Toes, De la Guerra Dining Commons showcases platform food production, preparing seasonal menu items “just in time” to ensure food is always fresh. Diners can enjoy their meal inside the beautiful, contemporary dining room, or outdoors on the cozy patio, while gazing at the UCSB lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. 

portola dining commons

Portola Dining Commons

With floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding mountains and an outdoor patio overlooking the pool at Santa Catalina Residence Hall, every seat is the best seat in the house. State of the art cooking equipment and open kitchens create a memorable dining experience as made-to-order items are prepared before your eyes. Not only does Portola’s menu focus on a wide variety of cuisines,it strives to provide a variety of delicious plant-forward options, with those dishes making up a growing percentage of the menu.

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Take Out at Ortega Commons

Ortega Commons is our exclusive Take Out meal location, featuring a convenient, continuously available menu every weekday, with daily Lunch and Dinner specials. The menu offers a range of options, from home-style comfort foods to modern global cuisine and includes a variety of plant-based options. Online mobile ordering is available, for quick  and convenient access to fresh, delicious meals.