Additional Dining Announcements
Last modified April 23, 2021, 11:08 a.m.
A Look Ahead: Planning to resume normal dining operations in Fall
May 5, 2021
We are currently working toward resuming normal dining operations for the start of the Fall semester and will continue to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and University System of Georgia (USG) guidelines to safely adjust operations when appropriate.
*This information below is subject to change based on health and safety guidelines. We will communicate additional updates as they become available. Updates will be posted on our website.
New Customizable Mean Plans:
For the 2021 – 2022 academic year, we are enhancing meal plan options to provide students the ability to customize a meal plan that best meets their specific needs. We are also introducing a new category of meal plan choices for students living on-campus beyond their first year. Click here for more information.
Full Dine-In Service and New Power Bowls at Snelling:
We plan to open Snelling for full dine-in service this Fall. We are also introducing a new Power Bowl concept. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of fresh, delicious ingredients to build your own bowl of nutritious power foods.
Expanding dine-in service capacity and self-serve options:
Dining Commons: When appropriate, based on CDC, GDPH, and USG guidelines, tables and
chairs will be added in dining locations to increase capacity. We are planning for
all the stations in the dining commons to be open, offering even more customizable
and rotating menu options. Team members may continue to serve the food to you at some
stations. When appropriate based on CDC, GDPH, and USG guidelines, these serving lines
will transition to a self-serve option.
We plan to transition back to our standard dishware, glasses, and silverware therefore reducing many of the single-use items such as paper plates, condiment packets, bottled beverages, pre-packaged items, etc. that were introduced due to the pandemic.
Retail Dining: We are also planning for seating areas in retail dining locations such
as Starbucks and Bulldog Café to reopen. Select retail dining locations will continue
to offer mobile ordering.
Quick Markets: As we expand dine-in seating capacity and resume full-service at all our locations including Snelling, we will transition away from the three Quick Markets that were temporarily introduced to provide additional support during the pandemic when capacity had to be reduced. Grab-and-go options remain available in our retail Markets and Campus Market Express locations around campus which accept Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and credit/debit.
Bulldawg Box Returns:
Meal plan customers can continue to enjoy to-go options from our dining commons through our Bulldawg Box program. Meal plan customers may register for the reusable, environmentally safe, sustainable to-go container at our One Stop Shop. Containers will be available at the cashiers' stations and exchanged for one new box at each visit.
Gluten-Free Pantry Coming Soon:
Coming this fall, Bolton Dining Commons is introducing a gluten-free pantry that will be stocked with shelf-stable, microwavable items such as soups, pasta, oatmeal, bagels, sandwiches, muffins, and desserts. While we provide gluten-free menu items in all dining commons, the pantry gives an additional option for students with specific dietary needs. To gain access to the pantry, students will need to first meet with the Registered Dietitian to discuss their dietary restrictions.
Mobile Ordering in Select Retail Dining Locations:
As we return to full capacity in the dining commons, we will transition away from the Grubhub menus at O-House and Snelling. In addition to campus restaurant dining rooms being open, Grubhub will remain an option for select campus locations such as Barberitos, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and more. Retail locations accept Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and debit/credit.
New Market and Einstein Bros Bagels Coming Soon:
This fall you will be able to enjoy coffee, grab-and-go sandwiches, grab-and-go salads, snacks, and beverages from this new location located in Scott Hall on the Health Sciences Campus, just below the Niche Dining Commons. This location will accept Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and debit/credit.
Your safety, comfort, and overall dining experience remain our top priorities. If you have any questions about dining operations for the upcoming academic year, please reach out to us at One Stop Shop.
April 23, 2021
For the 2021 – 2022 academic year, we are enhancing meal plan options to provide you with the ability to customize a meal plan that best meets your specific needs. We are also introducing a new category of meal plan choices for students living on campus beyond their first year.
The decision to enhance options came from a desire to provide greater flexibility through the customization of meal blocks and Paw Points.
“Evolving to meet the dining needs of our campus community continues to be a priority for Dining Services,” said Bryan Varin, executive director for Dining Services. “Through customer feedback, we have heard that customization is important to our students. We hope that these new meal plan options will provide the personalization and flexibility that students have requested.”
All-Access meal plans, which are available to all students (first-year students living on campus, upper-level students living on campus, and students living off campus) and provide unlimited access to UGA’s five dining commons, will be offered as a 5- or 7-day unlimited plan with the ability to customize a preferred number of Paw Points ranging from 0 – 250 points. A 10% bonus in Paw Points will be awarded with the initial purchase.
Commuter meal plans, which are available to students living off campus and provide a set number of meals, will be offered as a customizable block plan with blocks ranging from 65 – 125 and Paw Points ranging from 200 – 650.
We worked with UGA’s Student Government Association (SGA) to pilot a 180-block plan during the 2020-2021 academic year. Upon evaluation of the pilot program, along with student feedback, this plan will be offered as a customizable block plan with blocks ranging from 140 – 180 and Paw Points ranging from 0 – 300. Students eligible for this plan will include upper-level students living on campus as well as commuter students. A 180-block plan with 300 Paw Points will remain available to all students, including first-year students living on campus.
The UGA meal plan, which remains voluntary for all students regardless of housing status, provides convenience and savings. The All-Access plans are valued at approximately $5.00 - $7.00 per meal, meaning students save approximately $4.50 - $10.50 off the regular entry price for non-meal plan holders. With the Commuter plan valued at $9.40 per meal, students save approximately $2.00 - $6.00 off the regular entry price for non-meal plan holders.
“It has been an honor to be able to not just see this opportunity on campus but also work with Dining Services to bring a solution into fruition,” said SGA member Bryson Henriott. “The pilot 180- block plan we created last year was a huge step forward in ensuring that all students had a flexible and more affordable option. This new customizable meal plan option that we have designed takes this even a step further by allowing students to choose specifically a plan that works best for themselves. I am incredibly thankful for the work that has been accomplished in ensuring that every student is taken care of on this campus.”
Use our new meal plan builder to explore and customize your meal plan options!
*Note: The meal plan builder helps you determine which plan is the best for you. Students will still need to log into their meal plan account to sign up for a plan.
2021-2022 Academic Year meal plans are not currently on sale. We anticipate sales to begin by the end of May.
Look Forward to New Menu Items + Free Paw Points this Spring
December 22, 2020
New O-House Menu Enhancements Include:
- Customizable stir fry options with a rotation of chicken, steak, shrimp, and tempura chicken; sauces such as zesty orange, hibachi steak, sweet chili; and potstickers
- Hot and savory comfort foods, including chicken and rice casserole, and more
- Customized burritos, bowls, and nachos at O'Hacienda
- Addition of fresh, more customizable salad bar and deli sandwich stations in lieu of grab-and-go
- Expanded grill toppings to include grilled onions, grilled peppers, bacon, chili, sautéed mushrooms, pickle spears, and a wider selection of cheeses
- Pop-up ice cream station with toppings like chocolate, caramel, and sprinkles
- Country favorites, including coleslaw, BBQ baked beans, mashed potatoes, country greens, fried okra, cornbread, and a hot fruit cobbler of the day
- Muffins, pastries, desserts, and other delights all day at Joe at the O
New Village Summit Menu Enhancements Include:
- Sushi! Choose from a featured sushi of the week or enjoy a vegetable or California roll daily beginning at 4:00 p.m.
- Addition of rotating premium entrée salads, such as chopped winter salad with butternut squash and a grilled portobello Caesar salad
- Expanded pasta bar to include rotating entrées, such as stuffed shells with creamy pesto sauce and a chicken Caesar pasta toss
- Cooked-to-order burgers with toppings such as grilled onions and bacon at the grill
- Addition of fresh, more customizable salad bar and deli sandwich stations in lieu of grab-and-go
- Peanut buttery Banana Flip smoothie
- Increased variety of desserts
Remember you can enjoy 100 free Paw Points during Spring 2021!
It has been a pleasure to serve you this fall. To thank you for your continued patronage, we are adding 50 Paw Points to your meal plan account on January 6, 2021 and then adding another 50 Paw Points on March 25, 2021.*
Paw Points may be redeemed at any of our 20+ on-campus restaurants, coffee shops, and market locations such as Starbucks, Panda Express, Au bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Barberitos, and more. When you use Paw Points at our locations, you automatically save 8% because Paw Points are tax-free as part of the meal plan. That’s a lot of savings!
*Offer valid to UGA students only who maintained a meal plan during the fall semester and have an active meal plan as of December 18, 2020. Not valid to faculty / staff meal plan participants or to students purchasing meal plans after December 18, 2020. Returning student meal plan customers who maintain an active meal plan through January 5, 2021 will receive 50 Paw Points. Returning student meal plan customers who maintain an active meal plan through March 24, 2021 will receive an additional 50 Paw Points (totaling 100 points). If an eligible meal plan customer cancels their plan at any point during the spring semester, the remaining balance of incentive points will be forfeited.
What else has changed?
No reservation? No problem! Reservations are no longer required for dine-in at our dining commons. A limited amount of first-come, first-served seating is available at each location. You may also still carry-out items from available stations.
To focus on increasing the number of fresh, hot entrées available inside O-House and the Village Summit, we are reducing grab-and-go in the locations and encourage you to visit our Quick Markets for a wider variety of grab-and-go options. The Quick Markets accept both all-access and commuter block meal plans. A select amount of grab-and-go options will remain available inside O-House and the Village Summit. Village Summit’s Grubhub menu will be discontinued. O-House’s Grubhub menu will continue to be open Monday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., serving a select menu of chicken fingers, fries, mac and cheese, and a chicken tender Caesar salad.
Paw Points & Bulldog Bucks Update
As we start the Spring semester, we are temporarily suspending the use of Paw Points and Bulldog Bucks in the dining commons and Quick Markets. This allows us to focus on safety, social distancing, and customer service by reserving access for meal plan customers only for the start of the semester which is historically a high-volume time for our locations. Paw Point and Bulldog Bucks holders may enjoy dining at more than 20 on-campus restaurants, coffee shops, and market locations such as Starbucks, Panda Express, Au bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Barberitos, and more. These locations continue to accept Paw Points and Bulldog Bucks as well as credit / debit cards.
Safety and Sanitation
Safety and sanitation remain our top priority. Before you visit a dining location, please familiarize yourself with our dining procedures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Premium Entrées Sundays only at Village Summit!
Village Summit is now featuring premium entrées each Sunday beginning at 4:00 p.m. Each Sunday offers a rotation of prime rib, mashed potatoes, and a creamy horseradish sauce; peel-and-eat shrimp with cocktail sauce, roasted baby potatoes, and corn on the cob; or coconut shrimp with sweet chili pineapple sauce!
Village Summit accepts meal plan swipes and blocks, Paw Points, and Bulldog Bucks.
Hungry for Variety?
We’ve heard your feedback and are increasing variety at Bolton Dining Commons while maintaining safety and social distancing procedures. From sizzling, flavorful stir-fry dishes to fresh, customizable salads, a selection of new menu items will soon be available. Changes will be implemented through a phased approach, and we anticipate all enhancements to be in place by Fall Break.
Menu enhancements will include:
- Opening Lemon Grass Kitchen to serve select entrées and sides
- Adding a fresh, more customizable salad section to the Corner Market
- Adding a fresh, more customizable sandwich deli section to the Corner Market
- Opening Tanyard Grill to serve cooked-to-order burgers, veggie burgers, fresh toppings, and fries
- Opening Sunrise Café to serve select breakfast items until 2:00 p.m.
- Opening coffee stations
- Opening Hickory & Oak to serve smoked BBQ and macaroni and cheese daily
Grubhub Grab-and-Go Menu to Transition Out of Bolton
To focus on increasing the number of fresh, hot entrées available inside Bolton, we are discontinuing Bolton's Grubhub menu and encourage you to visit the Quick Market near Creswell and the Hill Community residence halls for a larger assortment of grab-and-go options. The Quick Market accepts both all-access and commuter block meal plans. A select amount of grab-and-go options will also be available at the Corner Market inside Bolton.
Safety and Sanitation
Safety and sanitation remain our top priority. Here are some of the ways we are maintaining a safe environment:
- We require face coverings inside all dining commons unless seated and eating
- All areas (dining rooms, bathrooms, etc.) are disinfected nightly with an atomized fogging disinfectant to eliminate bacteria and pathogens including coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Tables and chairs are cleaned after each use
- We provide floor decals to indicate proper social distancing
- We provide additional outdoor and general seating areas
- We maintain one-way traffic flows to promote social distancing
- We maintain an increased frequency of cleaning and sanitation of all areas, especially utensils, door handles, tables, and other surfaces
- Dining staff are required to wear personal protective equipment and follow best practices in food preparation
- We provide COVID-19 prevention supplies, such as soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, paper towels, and trash baskets in common areas, with all actively encouraged to utilize
- We provide additional hand-washing stations at dining locations
To read about our dining adjustments and FAQs in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit our notifications page.
Use Paw Points for variety and savings at on-campus locations.
Paw Points may be used at more than 20 UGA restaurants, coffee shops, and market locations such as Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Panda Express, Jittery Joe’s and more. Paw Points may also be used for entry into Bolton, O-House, Village Summit, and the Niche. Plus, you receive an automatic 8% discount on each purchase just by using Paw Points, which are tax-free as part of the meal plan.
Need More Paw Points?
Unused Paw Points will roll to Spring semester and remain valid for one year after your last purchase. Customers needing more Paw Points may purchase additional points online.
Commuter / 180 Block Reminder
As a reminder, meal plan blocks from the Commuter and 180 plans do not roll from fall to spring so be sure to use any remaining blocks by the end of the semester.
Check your Paw Points and Block balances here.
Complimentary Parking, New Menu Items, Quicks Markets, and More!
September 29, 2020
Complimentary Short-Term Parking
Enjoy short-term complimentary parking when dining at a residential dining commons. Remember to ask for a validation pass from the cashier when entering Bolton, O-House, or Snelling to validate parking upon leaving. Parking will not be validated without a pass. These parking options include:
- One hour of free parking at Tate Deck prior to 6 p.m. (Parking in the Tate Deck is always free after 6 p.m. with a valid UGA OneCard.)
- One hour of free parking at South Deck
- Three parking spaces in E09 have been designated for 20-minute pick-up at Village Summit or Red Clay Café. (Parking is free at East Deck after 4 p.m. with a valid UGA OneCard as well.)
Weekly Food Truck Partners
We've partnered with local food trucks, such as Chick-fil-A, Nedza's, and Rashe's Cuisine, to bring you additional on-campus dining options.
First Come, First Served Seating
No reservation? No problem! A limited amount of first come, first served seating is now available in the dining commons, in addition to the reservation system through the Grubhub app — just ask a team member when you arrive about seating availability. Please note, dine-in reservations are not available at the Niche.
Have you stopped by our new Quick Markets yet? You can now grab a quick meal from two Quick Markets, which offer a variety of pre-made sandwiches, wraps, salads, frozen entrées, desserts, and drinks as well as items such as cereals, yogurt cups, hummus, chips, and fresh fruit. The Quick Markets are set up near Creswell and Boggs Halls as well as on East Campus next to Busbee Hall.
New Menu Items
We've been adding a variety of new menu items for you to try out!
- Check out Taco Tuesdays at O-House to get your seasoned beef tacos, nachos, burrito bowls, and more! Plus, this station also has chicken fajitas available daily.
- Get your day started off with a bunch of new breakfast options! You can now find:
- Pancakes at Village Summit and O-Hous
- French Texas Toast at the Nich
- Muffins at Village Summi
- Bagels and cream cheese (by popular demand!) at the dining commons and Quick Market
- Sausage gravy at O-House and Bolton
- On top of the popular chicken finger box, the grill at O-House is now serving corndogs!
- Mac & cheese cups are now available on the O-House during lunch and dinner and Snelling Grubhub pick-up menu beginning at 4:00 p.m
- Enjoy a specialty entrée salad at Village Summit. Their rotating menu includes Strawberry Feta Pecan Salad with Poppyseed Dressing, Asian Salmon Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette, and Shrimp & Spinach Salad with Avocado Dressing.
There are also chef-specialty hot entrée and side items that rotate daily on the main lines at each dining commons location. You can see what's on the menu ahead of time, plus all of the nutrition and allergen information, on Build Your Plate.
Dining Services to Transition Away from Reusable Containers for Take-Out Meals
September 7, 2020
In an effort to help reduce waste and promote the sustainable use of materials, a reusable to-go container was sourced for use in the dining commons so that containers could be returned and reused throughout the semester. Unfortunately, a number of containers are not being returned to the designated receptables in each dining commons and are instead being left in areas such as hallways, common rooms, and on top of trash cans. As a result, Dining Services will transition away from the reusable containers effective September 7, 2020 and use environmentally friendly disposable take-out containers for to-go meals. As a reminder, all waste and recyclable items should be deposited in the many receptacles located on the campus. We ask that any unreturned reusable containers be promptly returned to any of the designated areas at Bolton, Oglethorpe, the Village Summit, or the Niche.
UGA Dining Services
Our Talented Chefs Are Cooking Up New Menu Items!
August 31, 2020
The talented chefs at Dining Services are featuring special home-cooked favorites such as smoked BBQ, macaroni and cheese, and more on our rotating selection of menu choices available to meal plan customers at several of our locations. A daily rotation of special entrée salads (Village Summit) as well as the lite-and-luscious & strawberry landslide smoothies (Village Summit) and freshly made pancakes will soon be available at select locations. As a reminder, these items will be available by visiting locations and going through the line to build a to-go box or making a reservation to dine in. You can view menu items and nutritional information on Build Your Plate (please note, new items are currently being added to Build Your Plate).
The Niche (on the Health Sciences Campus) is serving French toast (breakfast), bacon cheeseburgers, patty melts, a "pizza of the day," and more on the serving lines inside their location. As a reminder, the Niche is open for meal plan customers only Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for students to build to-go meals or order from a separate Grubhub grab-and-go menu. Dine-in reservations are not available at the Niche.
Meal plan customers can also enjoy a tasty chicken finger box from Oglethorpe Dining Commons. This option is also available on their Grubhub menu. The chicken finger box includes chicken fingers, fries, and a dipping sauce.
Meal Plan Quick Stops to bring additional convenient dining options!
August 23, 2020
Dear meal plan customer,
We are excited to share some additional updates. Effective Monday, August 24, you will have access to grab and go menu items that will be served in two new locations at the bus stop at the West Campus Parking Deck and D.W. Brooks Drive. These menu items will be served from temporary Meal Plan Quick Stop units that will provide additional areas on campus for you to pick up food. The menu will include a variety of pre-made sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, and drinks as well as items such as cereals, yogurt cups, chips, and fresh fruit.
The Meal Plan Quick Stop at the bus stop at the West Campus Deck will be open Monday, August 24, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will open for regular hours on Tuesday, August 25. Their regular hours will be for breakfast and dinner, Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Meal Plan Quick Stop at D.W. Brooks Drive will be open on Monday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. They will open with regular hours beginning on Tuesday, August 25, Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for lunch.
These locations will accept all-access and block meal plans only. Meal plan participants may use their swipes or blocks to choose menu items from each category. Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, and credit / debit will not be accepted at these locations.
Please note that menu items, locations, and hours are subject to change.
New general seating locations, complimentary no-touch tools available, and more!
August 21, 2020
Dear Meal Plan Customer,
We are happy to share some recent updates:
- Additional trash cans and reusable container receptacles have been and continue to be added at our dining commons. Remember, to place your reusable containers in the correct bin as opposed to the trash can so our team can collect and fully clean the containers for future use.
- Starting August 21, general seating will be available in the North Atrium at Stegeman Coliseum Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please remain in the designated seating area and follow directional signage.
- General outdoor seating areas with tents, tables, and chairs are being established in a designated area of the Legion Pool parking lot (W06) near Bolton as well as outside of Village Summit.
- Tents have also been added in front of Oglethorpe and Bolton Dining Commons to provide cover for those entering the building.
We continue to explore additional opportunities and will communicate any future updates as they become available.
You may also view helpful tips for dining on campus, safety measures, FAQs, and more here.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We've Made Some Adjustments to Support Your Dining Needs
August 19, 2020
Dear Meal Plan Customer,
While COVID-19 has created a number of challenges for everyone, we want you to know we are listening to your feedback and we continue to look at areas where adjustments can be made to further meet the needs of our customers. The following adjustments will be made to support your dining needs.
- Effective Thursday, August 20, we will automatically assign you 50 Paw Points to thank
you for being a meal plan customer, even if you have a meal plan that doesn't come
with Paw Points. This provides you with an opportunity to explore and have additional
dining options from our restaurants, coffee shops, and market locations.
- These points will appear under Paw Points Customer Enhancements in your Dining account.
- When you use Paw Points to make a purchase, please know that these points will be used first. In other words, if you currently have 300 Paw Points and you use 10 of them to make a purchase, those 10 points will be deducted from this Paw Points Customer Enhancements account before the points associated with your meal plan.
- Effective Thursday, August 20, Snelling Dining Commons will open for continuous service
Monday at 7:00 a.m. – Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the exception of 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.
each day when it will close for sanitation and disinfecting. Snelling will be open
for Grubhub pick up only throughout the week with the addition of a special Grubhub
pizza menu offering 10-inch pizzas and a two liter or six-pack soda option that will
be served between 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. nightly. Not only does this provide you with
quick dining options, but it also allows us to provide more support to high-demand
areas and food production to better serve you on campus. Snelling's dining room will
be available for general student seating Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to
10:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- We are opening the Snelling dining room as a general student seating area to provide more seating options for students while on campus. This area will be similar to a general seating area that is being offered at the Tate Grand Hall to provide students with a space to study or eat. Since the dining room area is open for general seating, even those who are not on a meal plan may use the space. Students not on the meal plan will have access to the space only, whereas a student on the meal plan can access the Grubhub pick up options at Snelling in addition to the seating area. Seating will be spaced to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We encourage customers to follow guidelines issued by the GDPH, CDC, USG, and UGA and remember that promoting a healthy environment is their responsibility too and that habits such as social distancing are crucial to containing the spread of the coronavirus.
- While this area will be available for general seating, Snelling will be open for Grubhub pick up only meaning take-out and dine-in options will not be available here. As a reminder, the Grubhub menu items will vary from to-go or dine-in options that are available at other locations and focus on quicker grab and go options. This allows us to provide more support to locations and food production needs that experience higher demand. Students looking for more menu variety and options are encouraged to visit other locations and explore items available for take-out and/or dine-in.
- Effective Sunday, August 23, we will extend serving hours at Bolton Dining Commons to 10:00 p.m. Monday – Sunday. This means Bolton will be open Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m and Saturday – Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
As a reminder, we opened Oglethorpe Dining Commons a day early at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 19, to support you as you return to campus. While Oglethorpe is currently open for to-go service and Grubhub pick up only, dine-in reservations will begin on Thursday, August 20.
Finally, the Division of Student Affairs has opened the Grand Hall on the 5th floor of the Tate Student Center to provide general student seating for the campus Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. through the end of the semester. We continue to pursue additional opportunities for general student seating.
You may also view helpful tips for dining on campus, safety measures, FAQs, and more here.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.