Food Options for Patients and Visitors

Chef in cafe

Food Services manages all cafeteria, catering and patient meal services, offering a range of healthy, nutritious food for patients, families, visitors and medical center staff. UC San Diego Health registered dietitian/nutritionists provide nutritional counseling to hospital patients and on referral. 

Executive Chef Rodney Fry has cooked at a number of fine dining and prominent restaurants and country clubs. He is continuously developing new menus and dishes to offer a wide variety of meal options at all our venues. He focuses on preparing locally sourced, plant-based, antibiotic-free, and sustainable products in our kitchens.

Patient Meals

UC San Diego Health – Hillcrest
UC San Diego Medical Center
Phone: 619-543-3420
  • Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
UC San Diego Health – La Jolla
Thornton Pavilion and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
Phone: 858-657-6470
  • Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Lunch and dinner: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Café Services


Visitors are welcome to dine in our cafés, both of which are located on the first floor of their respective locations. Our cafés are open daily.

Arbor Café at Hillcrest Medical Center 

  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cove at Thornton Pavilion (also serves Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center) 

  • Open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m

Come On In! Café at Moores Cancer Center

  • Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vending Machines

Food and beverage vending machines are located in the hospital cafés and are accessible 24 hours a day. Beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and meals microwave-ready for reheating are available for your convenience. In addition, we have added healthy items to our vending operations, including fresh fruit, a variety of yogurts, salads, beverages and healthier versions of typical snack items. Our goal is to offer alternatives to high-calorie and high-sodium convenience snacks and beverages while continuing to offer many current favorites.