Santa Clara’s dining hall has tons of great options that are likely satisfy even your wildest cravings. All dining services are managed by Bon Appetit, with the motto “think globally, eat locally.” meaning dining at SCU serves locally grown and fresh produce. If you’re looking to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner you are most likely headed to Benson Memorial Center. This dining hub serves everything from Tex-Mex burritos, to bomb poke bowls and gourmet menus that change daily. The Cellar Market is a game changer. Here you can find all sorts of drinks, cooking supplies, fruits, veggies, pre-made meals, and a myriad of snacks. With regards to paying for food at SCU all venues take Resident Dining and Dining plus plans that you can pay with your Access Card or or Flex Account. You can also use cash and credit cards to buy food throughout campus.
#1 The Bistro
The Bistro is a personal favorite. Bistro Lunch and Dinner Specials change on a daily basis. If you’re lucky and the line isn’t too long you’ll be able to try Argentinian Steak, Dragon Rolls, Chicken Masala, BBQ Wraps etc.
If you’re trying to eat healthier Saute is a great choice. They have an extensive salad bar with freshly grown produce, an Acai Bowl Station, a Cereal/Granola Station, a make your own waffle station amongst many other great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can also “Build Your Saute” meaning you can choose from a variety of pasta or rice, add your choice of sauce, protein, “mise en place” and vegetables from the bar. For breakfast you can choose to order eggs any style, make an omelette, add tater tots and your choice of sausage or bacon.
Fresco is open for lunch mainly. Here you can grab pre-made deli sandwiches or make your own salads or wraps.
At Tailgaters you can order burgers, chicken tenders, hot dogs, etc. with your choice of fries (curly and sweet potato are the best). You will most likely find yourself with friends at Tailgaters late at night. This venue is open all day unlike many others at Benson. PS: You can order mozzarella sticks and other items that are only available after 6pm.
#5 La Parrilla
La Parrilla serves breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. You can build your own breakfast burritos served with a side of breakfast style potatoes or tots. When you get the munchies for Mexican food, La Parrilla is your safest bet. They have great street-style tacos, a more authentic Mexican dish, taco salads and other Tex-Mex plates.
#6 540 Pizza & More
540 is almost always the quickest option. You’ll find this venue right next to Tailgaters. Here you can order whole pizzas to share with friends, or not! As well as purchase pizza by the slice. You can also order pasta, although I would strongly recommend you Build Your Own Pasta Bowl at Saute as it is fresher if you have the time to wait.
#7 California Deli
California Deli is geniously split up into two venues. On one side you’ll find the Poke-Station, where you can build your own poke bowls. If you’re a fan of sushi and poke in general you’ll love this place. The other side of California Deli has a Subway Style build your own sandwich set up. It has great options regarding what you can create with different types of bread, pitas, wraps, spreads, choice of protein and veggies.
If you’re on your way to class or headed to the library to study there are venues throughout campus where you can grab coffee, pastries and a bunch of other snacks to go.
Coffee and Snacks
#1 Mission Bakery
Located in Benson Memorial Center
#2 Sunstream Cafe
Located at the entrance of the Library
#3 Cadence Cyber Cafe
Located in Lucas Hall (the B-School)
For a full list of menus and opening hours check out this link: https://scudining.cafebonappetit.com/