La Paloma

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

At La Paloma enjoy globally inspired, simple, sustainable, local food for your mind and body. Our Mission. A remodel of this popular cafe allowed for a more in-depth, sustainable menu, improved traffic flow, additional seating and lively décor. The menu is innovative yet simple, with sustainable, local food at its core. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and includes communal tables, banquettes and seating for individual diners.


Local, seasonal, vegan, vegetarian, dairy alternatives and gluten-free items. Foods are made from scratch in-house whenever possible with high quality “clean ingredients” (no artificial ingredients, additives, sweeteners, coloring or preservatives). Enjoy sandwiches and salads made to order, our Mongolian Grill, breakfast served all day, a full espresso and tea bar and two Coca-Cola freestyle machines that offer hundreds of flavor combinations.

Read more about our quality food products, sourced locally whenever possible:
Natural Certified Angus Beef - hormone and antibiotic free
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Unrefined, unfiltered, free of all major allergens (West Coast Products of California)
Vinegars - (Mizkan)
Papetti's Pasteurized Eggs

Additional menu highlights: traditional farm-style breakfast favorites made fresh to order and available all day from our exhibition-style kitchen, globally inspired hot foods such as our make-your-own stir fry. Our Indian Naan bread is baked fresh daily in our Tandoor oven.


The menu and service concept support the University of San Diego's core values and goals. Through our Catholic identity, grounded in Catholic Social thought, La Paloma strives to be a better steward of the earth and its resources. Food products are sourced from as many local and eco-friendly vendors as possible. This includes farms that have organic and sustainable practices, meat sources that are certified hormone and antibiotic-free, companies that adhere to sustainable practices. La Paloma will continue USD Dining Services commitment to sustainability by adhering to the following practices: 100% Styrofoam-free and tray-free, eco-friendly and bio-degradable disposable ware, coffee sleeves, napkins and to-go containers made of recycled content, and limited bottled beverages and pre-packaged items to help keep waste low.

Mobile Ordering

The La Paloma menu is available for mobile ordering via the free GET app. Order and pay ahead, skip the lines, pick up and go!


Dining Dollars, dinner Meal Equivalencies, Campus Cash, Cash, Credit Cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay accepted.