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2021-2022 Dining and Retail


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Pavilion Dining Center is serving breakfast and lunch to meal plan holders, as well as walk-in guests, while Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center is serving dinner. Information on residential meal plans may be found here. Information on non-residential Bobcat Meal Plans may be found here. Answers to frequently asked dining questions can be found here. Dining center hours may be found here.

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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.

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

  • Pavilion and Yablokoff Wallace dining centers will be the only dining halls accepting unlimited all-you-care-to-eat residential meal plans until further notice. Seating will not be provided inside the facilities, and all meals will be packaged for takeout only.
  • Lantern Café and Summits Marketplace are closed, although we expect to have updates on these locations soon.
  • 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 and Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center (YWDC)

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 or YWDC, please contact us at read the full exectuive directive regarding UC Merced COVID-19 Mitigation Measures, please click here.

All faculty, staff and students who have provided proof of full vaccination are not required to wear face coverings on UC Merced controlled property except on public transit, indoors in childcare settings, in health office settings, indoors for gatherings of 50 or more people, indoors for instructional activities or otherwise specifically indicated.

All faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated on UC Merced controlled property must wear a face covering when indoors and not in an enclosed private space; showering, washing their face or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other common bathroom or eating or drinking and more than six feet from other individuals. All those who are not fully vaccinated on UC Merced controlled property are recommended to wear a face covering when outdoors if six feet of physical distance between people cannot be maintained.

If you are not feeling well, please do not come to the dining halls. Please stay at home and follow the steps listed here:

Before arriving at a dining center:

Please review menu selections for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner prior to arriving at a dining center.

Scroll to the day of the week. Review your choices for that meal and day.

Travel to a dining center.

After arriving at a dining center:

Meal plan holders may swipe their CatCards to enter. 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.

Stand in your chosen line and pick up your selected meal from your selected station.

Continue to follow the line to the corresponding exit.

If you have additional questions, please email the dining team at

Executive Chef Mitch Vanagten can also be reached at

We encourage and welcome dialogue regarding dietary requirements and menu suggestions.

Retail Operations

We expect new and exciting retail operations for the 2021-2022 school year. We'll provide updates on those offerings here and throughout the UC Merced Dining Services website as soon as they become available. Please visit the UC Merced University Store site for current retail offerings and stay tuned for more!