Dining at Cal

Cal Dining

The Cal Dining department’s mission is to create a dining program that students sincerely like, enjoy, understand, and support. Staff members provide more than sustenance; they provide a familial atmosphere that becomes an important part of the student’s Cal Living experience. “Breaking bread” together while making friends has become a unique by-product of dining together and creating a living/learning atmosphere where students gather to eat, chat, and hang out.


Meal Plans

Cal Dining’s residential meal plans offer the flexibility and freedom that students need to dine however they want, whenever they want.  Facilities combine residential and retail services to offer options whether students are on-the-go or gathering with friends around a dining table. Meal plan points can be used at all of Cal Dining’s locations. 

Meal Plan Features
  • Meal plan participants pay less than cash price in all dining commons.
  • No daily minimum or maximum Flex Dollar usage.
  • Easy online account management, including adding points, checking balances, and verifying transactions.
  • Ability to Flex Dollar's for your guests
  • “To-go” meals available at all dining commons.
  • Add more Flex Dollar's at any time: $50 = 55 points.*
  • 50% of Meal Plan Flex Dollars are allocated to meal plan accounts in Fall semester: all unused Flex Dollars will carry over from Fall Semester to the subsequent Spring Semester.

Meal Plans:

Blue Residential Meal Plan

Gold Residential Meal Plan

Optional (Student) Meal Plan

Locations + Hours

Cal Dining operates the following locations. Visit our web pages for details: Resident Dining, Campus Restaurants, and Hours

  • Meal block swipes are used at the four Residence hall dining commons: Crossroads, Café 3, Foothill, and Clark Kerr
    • Flex Dollars may be used to pay for guest access in the Dining Commons.  Meal block swipes are non-transferrable.
  • Flex Dollars are used at the following Cal Dining locations:
    • Four residential retail locations: The Den, Bear Market, Cub Market, and the CKCub
    • Several on-campus restaurants and kiosk locations: Brown’s, Terrace Café, The Golden Bear Cafe, GBC Produce Stand, Common Grounds, The Pro Shop, and Concessions at Haas Pavilion and California Memorial Stadium.

Students must show proper UC Berkeley identification at every meal.  Student identification and privileges are non-transferable. Meal plan access is by Cal 1 Card swipe only.  


No matter how you like to eat, our menus feature a great variety of nutritionally balanced options. View the menus of the dining commons.


Nutrition is more important than ever to college students, and Cal Dining offers online resources for nutrition analysis, nutrition education resources, and more. 

Sustainable Dining

Cal Dining promotes healthy, plant-forward meals and is committed to providing an environmentally friendly dining program that supports the Cal community. We have been recognized as leaders for our green business practices, including sourcing sustainable food and a commitment to zero waste by 2020! Check out the sustainability for details.

Student Transactions

With the new campus Student Information System, some student transactions will no longer be processed at the Student Affairs Cashier window on the 2nd floor of 2610 Channing Way.

As of August 2016:

  • Cash, check, or money order payments dropped off with SA Cashier for rent or room and board are transferred by SA Cashier to thee campus Billing and Payment Services for processing.
  • We will accept only cash, check, or money order payments at the window for add-on points for meal plans and Cal 1 Card debit dollars, until further notice. Credit cards will only be accepted via the Cal Dining or Cal 1 Card websites.
Dining FAQs and About Cal Dining

If you have a Cal Dining question, chances are you can get your answer on Cal Dining’s FAQ page. If you can’t find an answer there, please email us at: dining@berkeley.edu.

Want to know more about the Cal Dining organization? Visit the “About Us” page for staff directory, awards, and a message from Director Shawn LaPean.