Starwberry Pastry with Whipped Cream

About Dining

Due to the impact of COVID-19, meal plan options and available services have been modified.  Questions? Contact our General Dining Line at (805) 893-3093.


Residential Dining Staff – We are a passionate, dynamic and fun-loving team striving to satisfy diverse tastes and appetites by providing a wide variety of fresh, healthy, high quality food.

Our Commitment to Customers

  • Providing a comfortable setting to enhance the living and learning process
  • Preparing quality food daily on site to insure freshness and tastiness
  • Offering multiple menu choices, various dining locations and extensive meal hours to meet a variety of needs and maximize convenience
  • Resource staff to facilitate nutrition education and assist with dining issues that arise
  • Caring for the environment by composting food waste, recycling cardboard, plastic, tin, glass, paper & vegetable oil, and using 'green' chemicals 

Award Winning Program

  • NACUFS Awards (National Association of College & University Food Services)
  • Student Employee of the year
  • President’s Award, Pacific Region
  • Culinary Competition, Silver Medal
  • Loyal E. Horton dining award for our residential dining program

“Self Operated”

  • University employees provide the services (Chefs, Dietitians, Service Staff, Custodians and Management Personnel)
  • Residential Dining is an integral part of Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Financial goal = use Residents’ “Board dollars” to offer the best meals possible and balance the budget (a break even, non-profit operation)
  • No tax dollars or contract companies are used to provide meal services. 

Meal Plans

  • Gaucho Carte Blanche – unlimited swipes during meal periods; it’s ideal for students who want to come and go with maximum flexibility
  • Gaucho Platinum – up to 17 swipes per week during meal periods; it’s perfect for students who want to eat most meals in the Dining Commons
  • Gaucho Gold – up to 14 swipes per week during meal periods; if you’re on the go, or if breakfast seems too early, this meal plan accommodates to your needs by providing you with sufficient meals at the Dining Commons
  • Gaucho Silver – up to 10 swipes per week during meal periods; if you work off-campus or go home every weekend, this meal plan is flexible for students who cannot always eat all of their meals on campus
  • Gaucho Bronze – up to 7 swipes per week during meal periods in the four all-you-care-to-eat Dining Commons. The 7 meal plan option is only for 2nd year students and higher.


  • Try out our new online NetNutrition® application -- available on the internet and via smartphone
  • NetNutrition enables students to make educated choices by viewing nutrition information for items offered at the dining commons.
  • Meet our dietitian and learn more about making smart choices while dining in the dining commons.
  • Nutritionally balanced meals meet a myriad of dietary needs
  • Menus are designed to include choices for vegans, vegetarians and those who want a low fat diet
  • Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and a variety of grains, nuts, legumes and juice with no sugar added are always available
  • Locally grown and organic foods are integrated throughout the menu as part of the overall campus sustainability effort
  • All milk is hormone free and cooking oils are trans fat-free 

In Lieu of Meals Program

  • Meals packed to go for groups of 10 or more people for events & meetings
  • Up to 4 meals packed to go for camping & getaway trips
  • See In Lieu of Meals for more information