Food Options for Patients and Visitors
Food Services manages all cafeteria, catering and patient meal services, offering a range of healthy, nutritious food for patients, visitors and staff.
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 focuses on preparing locally sourced, plant-based, antibiotic-free and sustainable dishes.
Patients choose their meals from a seasonal, cooked-from-scratch menu, and food is made to order in our kitchens. Registered dietitians also provide nutritional counseling to hospital patients on a referral basis.
See meal times below:
UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest
- Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Jacobs Medical Center, Thornton Pavilion and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, La Jolla
- Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Lunch and dinner: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Café Services for Visitors
Visitors are welcome to dine in our cafés and cafeterias.
Arbor Café at Hillcrest Medical Center – First Floor
- Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Cove at Jacobs Medical Center – First Floor
(also serves Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Thornton Pavilion)
- Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m
Come On In! Café at Moores Cancer Center – Second Floor
- Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Food and beverage vending machines are located in the hospital cafés and are accessible 24 hours a day. Beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and microwave-ready meals are available. In addition, we have added healthy items to our vending operations, including fresh fruit, yogurts, salads, and healthier versions of typical snack items.