Dining at UCSD

John’s Dining Suggestions

SMPC 2017

Price Center

The conference venue is also the main student center and has a wide range of spots for lunch, a subset of which stay open for an early dinner (Most close by 6pm in the summer). Fast and convenient.


John's Personal Favorites: Zanzibar in The Loft (lunch only), Bombay Coast (lunch only), Santorini.

Sarah's Favorites: Rubio's (lunch); fish tacos are a Left Coast Mexican food specialty. Sunshine Market is a convenience store if you want to stock up on cereal, frozen meals, etc.

Campus Dining

Several places are shown on the back of the program. Closest to Price Center are Pines (#4, one-price all-you-can-eat), Canyon Vista (#6, near the on-campus housing, lunch only), and Ocean View (asterisk, upper left), the newest and most interesting on-campus dining hall: open daily 7am-8pm. newly renovated restaurant features stone hearth pizzas, salads, fresh baked desserts, Halal-friendly and Certified Kosher options, as well as, a 24/7 coffee and gelato bar.

Near-Campus Dining

You can head in one of two directions to get food within walking distance of campus: 

1) For stunning views of the ocean and pure San Diego ambience, head northwest to the Torrey Pines Glider Port (indicated in upper left of back cover map), which has a sandwich shop on the top of the cliff. You can watch the paragliders or hike down to Black’s Beach. On the way there, The Bella Vista (google it) is a sophisticated cafe and bar with an outdoor patio with ocean views.

2) Head south (“To Shopping & Dining” on back-cover map), where you’ll find the Rock Bottom Brewery, a little shopping center with Pho, Sushi, Deli, and Middle-Eastern (delicious, but slow), and beyond that a Whole Foods, BJs, Pizza, etc…

Addendum from Sarah: If you're willing to walk a couple of miles, you can check out Regents Pizzeria, a favorite among the UCSD grad student population.

La Jolla

For some more serious food you’ll want to head down to La Jolla, a 10 minute ride-share (~$10) or 25 minute bus ride from the Gilman Transit Center (Take bus #30 on the north side of Gilman Drive--every 15 minutes. Central La Jolla stop is “Silverado”). You can yelp to find something matching your taste. Personal Favorite: Spice & Rice, Trilogy Sanctuary (vegan), Georges, Herringbone, Burger Lounge, Puesto. Take a walk after dinner to see the cliffs and rampant cetaceans.

Riding the bus a tiny bit further takes you to Pearl Street and some more down-to-earth fare. Favorites: El Pescador (fantastic seafood, stop: Eads Ave). The Taco Stand, La Jolla Brewery.

Beach & Dining

On the way to La Jolla, the #30 bus traces a sinuous path down the hill and you’ll catch a great view of La Jolla at sunset if your timing is right. On the way to La Jolla It drives past La Jolla Shores, the nearest beach (boardwalk, wide sand, kayak, surf, and snorkel rental), with some restaurants. Favorites: Piatti, The Marine Room. Stop: Paseo Dorado.

More info about bus: https://www.sdmts.com/schedules-real-time/trip-planner. Or download OneBusAway app for real time schedules.


We’d love if you came to the SMPC banquet, but for those not attending, La Jolla SummerFest has a free outdoor concert in downtown La Jolla at La Jolla Cove, August 2nd 6:30 (Schubert, Mozart, Massenet,...), followed by a open-air screening of the movie La La Land.

Sarah Creel,
Jul 28, 2017, 11:18 AM