Ortega Commons is perfectly situated near the center of campus for weekday Take Out meal convenience. Online mobile ordering makes access to nutritious and neatly packaged meals as simple as a few clicks for busy patrons on the go.  Ortega is open for continuous grab and go meal service with a restaurant style menu from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday. Daily Lunch and Dinner specials are offered in addition to our classic menu standards that range from your favorite comfort foods to modern global cuisine, including a variety of plant-based options.

Dining Commons Hours
take out at ortega only
Monday - Friday 10 a.m.  -  8 p.m.


How it Works

Mobile Ordering is a simple and convenient way to dine with us. Use the Transact Mobile Ordering App to order meals, just pull out your phone and search UC Santa Barbara in the app. Pick your current food craving, customize your meal (if applicable), pay with your meal plan, and choose a pickup time that works best for you! 

  • The App will tell you when to expect your order, notify you every step of the way, and send a message when your order is ready. The App can even remember your favorites, so that you can reorder quickly.
  • Once orders have been confirmed on the App, one meal will be deducted from your meal plan. Once orders are confirmed, no changes or cancellations can be made​, and no refunds will be issued.
  • Takeout at Ortega Commons is only for students with active meal plans.
  • Credit cards, guests meals or Gaucho Bucks will not be accepted at this location.
  • Our new concept allows meal plan holders to take all food to go, please bring your own reusable bag to carry out your meal. No seating will be available at Ortega.
  • At Ortega, students will be limited to one Take Out meal per meal period. The Lunch Meal Period runs from 10:00am to 3:00pm and the Dinner Meal Period runs from 3:01pm to 8:00pm.

How to Place an Order for Pickup

  1. ​Select your dining location: Take Out at Ortega Commons
  2. ​​Select the item you would like to purchase​ (1 option from each category)​
  3. ​Customize your order item (if applicable) and Add to Order
  4. ​Checkout and review your order​
  5. ​​Select ​Pay 1 Meal Plan and confirm your order​. Please note that once an order is confirmed and placed, no changes or cancellations can be made​.​​
  6. ​When you are notified that your order is ready, proceed to Ortega Commons and scan the QR code for pickup​.​

Using the Transact Mobile Ordering App

  1. Download the Transact Mobile Ordering app on your mobile device​ 
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  2. Open the App and search for ‘UC Santa Barbara’ in the campus selection screen.
  3. Select ‘UC Santa Barbara’ logo and tap CONTINUE.
  4. Select ‘UC Santa Barbara’ logo again and choose login with CampusID.
  5. Login using your UCSB NetID and password​.
  6. Select Takeout at Ortega Commons when you are ready to place your order. 

Issues logging in? Please contact Campus Dining at 805-893-3093​ or email us at takeout@hdae.ucsb.edu for assistance.

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