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2021-2022 Dining and Retail


UC Merced Dining Services’ top priority is keeping everyone in the UC Merced community safe while continuing to provide a wide variety of healthy, delicious meals.

Pavilion Dining Center is open to meal plan holders, as well as walk-in guests, for breakfast lunch and dinner. Information on residential meal plans may be found here. Information on non-residential Bobcat Meal Plans may be found here. Guests without meal plans may enter using a credit or debit card or Cat Dollars. Entry for breakfast costs $10.95, entry for lunch costs $11.95 and entry for dinner costs $12.95. Answers to frequently asked dining questions can be found here. Dining center hours may be found here.

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In response to coronavirus, we have made numerous changes to dining offerings and facilities on campus. These changes include:

  • Pavilion Dining Center is the only facility serving unlimited all-you-care-to-eat residential meal plans at this time.
  • Lantern Cafe and Bobcat Snack Stop are open, and food trucks are back on campus. The status of these options may change based on COVID-19 mitigation measures.
  • Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center is open for indoor seating, but not food service, at this time. The Summits Marketplace is currently closed.
  • Dining Services has enacted extensive additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols, as well as making sure staff follow all state and county guidelines related to preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Using the Pavilion Dining Center

Several aspects of the dining experience at UC Merced have changed as part of our coronavirus mitigation efforts. If you have questions about meal plans or how to use the Pavilion, please contact us at Please note: Pavilion guests are responsible for keeping any food removed from the facility in a temperature-controlled environment if it is not consumed immediately. Dining Services is not responsible for food after it leaves the premises.

Beginning March 23, 2022 face coverings will be strongly encouraged for all individuals when indoors, but not required except for the following situations:

  • All classroom and instructional activities
  • Cat Tracks and Public Transportation
  • Early Childhood and Education Center (ECEC)
  • Student Health Services and Counseling Services will continue to follow face covering guidance for healthcare settings.

Beginning April 8, 2022, if circumstances continue to improve, face coverings will be strongly encouraged but no longer required for classroom and instructional activities.

Face coverings will continue to be distributed across campus at the existing locations.

If you have any questions, please contact the COVID Response Center at 209-228-0000, or visit

For latest updates, please visit the Campus Ready site at

Retail Operations

We expect new and exciting retail operations for the 2021-2022 school year. The first of these announcements is the opening of the new Bobcat Snack Stop in Kolligian Library! Please click here for more information on this latest offering from UC Merced Dining Services. We'll provide updates on adittional offerings here and throughout the UC Merced Dining Services website as soon as they become available.