Building a better dining experience.

Vista Grande Dining Complex

At the end of the 2015-16 academic year, Cal Poly Corporation’s master plan for Campus Dining began underway with the development of a new state-of-the-art dining complex. Conceived to address the growing needs of the campus for on-trend dining options, this capital project was developed based on research and analysis of the latest culinary concepts and campus community input. The new three-story dining complex will feature six micro-restaurants, increased seating and lounge space and a variety of exhibition-style food choices. All of this will be encompassed in a modern building that boasts LEED certification for sustainable, resource-efficient design. With an expected completion time of just over two years and a cost of approximately $30 million, Campus Dining plans to open the new Vista Grande Dining Complex in fall of 2019.

Bigger Spaces

The new three-story complex will feature both residential and retail dining options and offer the thriving campus community much need space to grab a meal or a place to meet with friends. The new location will consist of six different micro-restaurants, allowing for a wide variety of dining options that will help to accommodate the increasing number of students and faculty at Cal Poly. The facility will feature an open floor plan with a variety of seating and lounge options, including a large outdoor patio space. Guided by President Armstrong’s Vision 2022, the new Vista Grande Dining Complex will be a vital resource for Cal Poly students now and in the future.

Tastier Options

The Cal Poly community’s desire for fresh, delicious, made-to-order food options is a fundamental component of Campus Dining's master plan. Vista Grande’s six micro-restaurants will each focus on a unique culinary niche and will feature a variety of customizable food choices. These restaurants will put an emphasis on nutritious food that is sustainably sourced and include Cal Poly products when available.

Comfier Surroundings

The Vista Grande Dining Complex will be the premier place on campus to relax and socialize. The new facility won't just be bigger; it will feature a modern design with cozy indoor and outdoor seating areas to provide a comfortable place for students to gather. With over twice the space as the current Vista Grande Café, the new complex will have extensive patio seating areas, lounge chairs and outdoor fire pits to create an atmosphere never before experienced at Campus Dining. Inside, lounge areas, game tables and expanded seating will allow students to put down their books and socialize. The new Vista Grande Dining Complex will be the leading dining destination for the Cal Poly residential neighborhood, as well as Cal Poly students as a whole. The new complex won’t just be a place for students to eat; it will be a social hub.

Greener Facilities

The new dining complex will be a symbol of Cal Poly’s commitment to sustainability. By building facilities to LEED certification standards, the new complex will be environmentally conscious, focusing on water and energy conservation. Large windows, low-flow taps, energy efficient design will all concentrate on keeping energy usage down and will maintain keeping the building's carbon footprint low.

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The transition plan

With Vista Grande Dining Complex under construction, Campus Dining updated several current dining locations as a part of its transition plan. These updates focused on renovating current facilities to increase dining accessibility on campus and providing a variety of food options to satisfy the campus’ varied palates. In addition to updating venues, Campus Dining reviewed hours of operation to ensure that it was meeting the needs of faculty, students and staff while Vista Grande Dining Complex is being built.

Late Night Hours

805 Kitchen, Cal Poly's residential hall, has extended its hours for those studying late. This all-you-care-to-eat venue will be open to 1 a.m. and feature a variety of delicious, sustainable and nutritious options.

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Food Trucks

Campus Dining added two new food trucks, Central Coaster and Starbucks, along with updating their existing mobile food venue, Curbside Grill.

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Neighborhood Markets

Campus Dining updated two of its markets, Campus Market and Village Market and added a new one, Grand Avenue Market. All are conveniently located and provide the essentials for campus life.

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