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Food Services - Providing Patient & Guest Meals

Hillcrest Cafeteria

Food Services manages all cafeteria, catering and patient meal services, offering a range of healthful, nutritious foods for patients, families, visitors and medical center staff members.

Executive chef Adam Gilley trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has cooked in a number of prominent restaurants. He is constantly developing new menus and dishes to offer a wide selection of meal options in all of our venues.

In addition, all of our menu items are reviewed by registered dietitians, who adapt many recipes for special dietary needs such as low sodium or low fat content.

Patient Meals

Food and Nutrition Services provide patient meals and nutritional counseling.

UC San Diego Medical Center
Phone: 619-543-3420

  • Breakfast: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

UC San Diego Thornton Hospital
Phone: 858-657-6470

  • Breakfast: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Café Services

Arbor Cafeteria

Visitors are welcome to dine in our cafés, located on the first floor. Our cafés are open daily.

Arbor Café in UC San Diego Medical Center

  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Additionally there is a coffee cart located on Dickinson Street behind the hospital, open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee, tea and other beverages, as well as snacks and prepared salads and sandwiches are available.

The Cove in Thornton Hospital (also for Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center):
  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m

Come on In! Café in Moores Cancer Center:

  • Open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vending Machines

Food and beverage vending machines are located in the café and are accessible 24 hours a day. Beverages, ice cream, snacks, sandwiches, and meals ready for microwave reheating are available for your convenience.

Vending machines are also located in various waiting areas on each floor within the hospitals.