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2022-2023 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.

The Pavilion and Yablokoff Wallace Dining Centers are open to meal plan holders, as well as walk-in guests, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Residential Meal Plans and commuter Bobcat Meal Plans are available.  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. 

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In response to COVID-19, we have made numerous changes to dining offerings and facilities on campus. These changes include:

  • Pavilion Dining Center and Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center are open for unlimited all-you-care-to-eat residential meal plans.
  • Lantern Cafe and Bobcat Snack Stop are open.
  • Food trucks will resume operation in August.
  • 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 Dining Centers

Several aspects of the dining experience at UC Merced have changed as part of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts. If you have questions about meal plans or how to use the Dining Centers, please contact us at Please note: Dining Center 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.

Effective June 23, 2022, face coverings are required indoors except for the following situations:

  • In an enclosed private space (such as an occupant’s private office with door closed or an individual’s dorm room)
  • Showering, washing their face or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other UC Merced facility with common bathroom facilities
  • While eating or drinking
  • Engaged in indoor, approved intercollegiate athletic activities (while physically practicing or playing), where wearing a face covering could inhibit their ability to breathe, provided they observe other appropriate mitigation measures
  • Children under age 2
  • Persons with a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering
  • Anyone performing a specific task that cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering. This exception is limited to the time period in which such tasks are actually being performed

Face coverings will continue to be distributed across campus.  If you have any questions, please contact the COVID Response Center at 209-228-0000, or visit  For the latest updates, please visit the Campus Ready site at

Retail Operations

The Lantern Cafe and Bobcat Snack Stop are open for Fall 2022 semester.  The Summits Marketplace is currently closed.