Residential Dining Services is committed to providing a wide variety of fresh, healthy, and high quality food. We have four dining commons on campus and each location offers something different, allowing you to choose what you like best.
Carrillo Dining Commons is located near the lagoon and Isla Vista. Carrillo is well known for its wood stone pizza oven, Mongolian grill, and fantastic salad bar. Enjoy eating outside under the stars any night of the week.
De La Guerra Dining Commons, also known to locals as “DLG,” is famous for being a part of singer Jack Johnson’s song “Bubble Toes.” In addition to being famous, DLG provides diners with many options from its taqueria, grill, and stir fry stations. If you are a night owl then DLG is the place for you. In addition to being open for lunch and dinner, DLG offers a late night meal period.
Ortega Dining Commons is THE place for a morning meet up with friends. It is recognized for having great breakfast selections, from their homemade granola to their made-to order omelets. Ortega provides great lagoon-side dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although known for its home-style cooking, Ortega offers daily options that include pizza, paninis, sushi, and specialty salads.
Portola Dining Commons is located at Santa Catalina Residence Hall and is located adjacent to an Olympic size swimming pool, giving residents a wonderful view while eating. Portola is known for its festive holiday atmosphere, whether it’s transforming itself into a haunted house at Halloween or serving up romantic desserts for Valentine’s Day.
What to look for during the year?
The dining commons host various events throughout the year. Look forward to some of the following events:
Each dining commons offers a theme meal per quarter. Past theme meals from last year include a Night in Italy at Ortega, Medieval Feast at Portola, Bourbon Street meal for Fat-Tuesday at Carrillo, and an Asian inspired theme meal at De La Guerra.
DLG, Carrillo, and Ortega participate in one Green Monday per quarter. A Green Monday offers diners with a vegetarian menu. We participate in this event to raise awareness about personal health and protecting the environment by foregoing meat.
During the academic year, the dining commons participate in various events including Sustainability Week, Sustainable Seafood Day, Nutrition Week, and Earth Day. During these events students can learn about sustainable and nutritional initiatives. Students can also partake in various activities and earn prizes.
Want to prevent the freshman 15? Well, thankfully that is a myth, but if you are interested in eating mindfully in the dining commons, we have a program just for you. NetNutrition is a nutrition analysis program that lets you view the nutrition labels of all the food offered in the dining commons. But we know that sometimes your schedule might make it difficult to always find the right options. Don’t worry we gaucho back. Our Gaucho Bright program offers you nutritious options. Gaucho Bright is two parts- Gaucho Bright Bite and Gaucho Bright Meal. Gaucho Bright Bite identifies the brightest (healthiest) option for you, while Gaucho Bright Meal recommends an entire meal. You can find both options on NetNutrition.
Interested in reading more about nutrition? Check out Residential Dining’s Dietitian blog- Danielle’s Bread & a Bit of Butter. Learn about healthy eating, current fads, and diets. To get the 411 on theme meals, tasting tables, special events, nutrition tips and more, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!