Our award-winning dining commons remain open during the summer conference season, are located in or near all residence halls, and offer menus that highlight today’s progressive culinary trends. UCSB Residential Dining Services features a wide variety of cuisines that appeal to all tastes, and with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, it’s no wonder our campus is continually rated among the best in the country.
De La Guerra Dining Commons
- De La Guerra Dining Commons showcases platform food production with seasonal ingredients prepared “just in time.” Central to the dining area is a taqueria called “East Side,” featuring sizzling Mexican specialties such as fajitas, enchiladas, fish tacos, empanadas, black beans, cilantro rice, and homemade salsas. A sauté station welcomes our guests and features Pacific Rim and Italian specialties tossed on gas burners in front of customers. A hearth oven yields fresh homemade pizza daily. The salad area features a daily tossed-to-order specialty and the “Blue Plate Special” location provides comfort foods at lunch and dinner like French dip sandwiches, mashed potatoes, and macaroni & cheese prepared with care within view of our customers.
Carrillo Dining Commons
- Carrillo’s platform dining design allows more contact between culinary staff and customers. Clients share the excitement and aromas of hearth made pizza, rotisserie chicken, and Mongolian wok specialties including Pad Thai, stir-fry, and fajitas to name just a few. Extensive salad and grill items, soups, and deli sandwiches are also daily offerings. Homemade desserts, soft-serve frozen yogurt, and espresso coffee drinks add a delicious finishing touch to everyone’s meal.
Ortega Dining Commons
- Overlooking UCSB’s beautiful lagoon, Ortega Dining Commons offers “dining with a view.” Clients enjoy homemade hot soups and entrees, prepared daily with fresh ingredients. Ortega has two salad bars, offering a variety of healthy items including organic produce. Specialties at Ortega are sushi (prepared daily), grilled panini sandwiches, pizza, and delicious homemade breads and desserts.
Portola Dining Commons
- The new Portola Dining Commons is the largest of UCSB’s four 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. Classic dishes such as sliders, fries, and pizza are paired with a more grown up menu including spicy pork bowls, banh mi sandwiches, and egg tartines with aioli, kale and pesto. In addition to a focus on a wider variety of cuisines, Portola’s menu strives to provide a variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan options, with those dishes making up a growing percentage of the menu.