From international comfort foods to custom stir fries, vegan & vegetarian entrées and more, Open Kitchen represents the best of Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene. Keep an eye out for housemade butter chicken, awesome grilled cheese sandwiches, specialty poutine and our beloved vegetarian southwest bowl.
Open to the public starting
Good for All
Location & Hours
Orchard Commons Residence
6363 Agronomy Road, Vancouver
|Sunday||8 AM - 2 PM|
3 PM - 9 PM
|Monday - Friday||7 AM - 2 PM|
3 PM - 9 PM
|Saturday||8 AM - 2 PM|
3 PM - 9 PM
*Station hours vary. Scroll down for hours of each station.
Fresh seafood is Ocean Wise™ certified, more than 60% of our ingredients are sourced locally, and our beef burgers and fresh chicken are halal.
Fun option for dinner at Open Kitchen!
School of Fish and Feature Food Truck.
Residence Meal Plan holders only.
Soups, Congee, Parfaits, Waffles & Salad Bar
Vegetables, whole grains and soups, all prepared in-house.
Congee + Hot Cereal: 7am – 11am M-F | 8am – 11am S&S
Soup: 11am – 2pm / 5pm – 9pm Daily
Celebrate the plant-based diet with satisfying, energizing and craveable dishes.
Grill-favourites like burgers, fries and grilled cheese, plus amazing breakfasts!
Al Forno Kitchen
Personal-sized daily quiches from local bakery Tartine.
COVID-19 Protocols and Best Practices
Prior to Entry
- If you are feeling sick, do not go to the residence dining room.
- Complete daily self-assessment for COVID 19.
- Contact your Residence Life Manager if you require assistance with meals.
- Sanitize your hands prior to entering the servery and/or seating area.
- You can see what’s on the menu before arriving in the dining room by using Nutrislice.
When in the servery and seating areas
- Wear a face mask, except for when you are eating your meal.
- Use hand sanitizer as provided at self serve stations in the servery area.
- Adhere to signage posted regarding entrances and exits.
- Be respectful of time spent in the seating space during busy service periods to ensure other residents may sit down to eat their meal.
- Plan your meals to ensure you visit the dining hall prior to the mid afternoon closure between 2pm – 3pm. The closure is necessary to clean and sanitize the service area and seating space.
- Residents can utilize Green2Go (take out option) as necessary.
To avoid line ups and crowds, try to dine at off-peak times: 11:30am-12:00pm/1:30pm-2:00pm/5:00pm-6:00pm/7:30-8:00pm
Have a question about dietary restrictions or allergies? Want to eat healthier but need some help? Our Registered Dietitians support all students on the Residence Meal Plan.
We provide sustainable, diverse and memorable dining experiences. We believe wholesome, healthy food is a priority because our guests, our food, and our wellbeing matters.
Celebrating a birthday, holiday or special event? Looking for a custom cake, baked goods, or a get-well package to send to someone special?
Your Open Kitchen Team
Sous Chef, Open Kitchen
Darren’s culinary background is far-ranging and diverse. From his culinary apprenticeship with Fairmont hotels, overseas experience in South East Asia and years teaching future culinarians at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, he is never afraid to embark on a new challenge. After assisting with numerous events at UBC Farm, Darren was inspired by the progressive initiatives happening in UBC Food Services. He’s eager to make a difference in the future of food at UBC and beyond.
Manager, Open Kitchen
After studying Hotel Management at George Brown College in Toronto, Jane worked as a dining room manager and stewarding manager at major hotels like Park Hyatt Toronto, Fairmont Waterfront, Pan Pacific Vancouver and more. She hopes to recognize, empower and motivate her dining room service team to perform and deliver exceptional service and food to guests at Residence Dining Rooms.
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Open Kitchen is UBC’s newest residential dining room. It opened in August 2016 in Orchard Commons, a LEED Gold certified student residence and home to UBC’s Vantage College. Brimming with dynamic chefs, decadent aromas, and a smorgasbord of unique and delicious menu items, it redefines food-forward student-focused restaurant design with its contemporary and vibrant design. It seats 316 guests and nourishes 1047 first-year students living in Orchard Commons, as well as the campus at large. This bright, modern, and innovative establishment sets a bold new standard for North American campus dining, reflecting culinary trends and best-practices with respect to selection, food preparation, service, atmosphere, and overall customer experience. Open Kitchen is our highest volume residence dining room and, we believe, truly one of Canada’s most inspired and interesting large-scale campus restaurants! On busy days it serves more than 3,000 meals.
Our menu represents a bold departure from the institutional dining mindset. We did not adapt the typical 21-day rotational menu cycle used at most other residence dining facilities; instead, about 70% of our menu is now static with daily and weekly features. This innovative move gives the team the opportunity to focus on perfecting a range of unique and delectable signature dishes.
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