Trop Café Hours

Monday Thru Friday

Hot Breakfast
6:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lite Snack
1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

*Hot Grill
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lite Snack
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please see Checkstand for Holiday Hours

Special Requests

Meals When Sick

No one wants to come down to the café when they have the flu! Please let your RA or the Café Manager know if you are ill and unable to eat a meal in the café. A meal can be picked up at the kitchen door by pre-arrangement. This service is available every day of the week when the café is open.

Special Dietary Needs

If you have any special dietary needs we are happy to work with you. Please contact us if you have any comments, questions, suggestions or concerns.


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Welcome to Trop Café

Trop CafeFor daily menu updates download the College Fresh app for iPhone or Android. 

As a Tropicana Gardens resident, you will enjoy unlimited all-day dining in our onsite café. Choose from an ever-changing menu of hot entrees, homemade soups, an extensive salad and deli bar, fresh fruits, fresh baked desserts, traditional fast food favorites, and a daily vegetarian selection.  At Trop Café you will find:

  • Fresh, seasonal and regional products in all our menus
  • Sustainably raised and organically grown products wherever possible
  • Food cooked from scratch
  • A wide choice of healthy menus everyday

We are proud to partner with College Fresh to bring you food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch, using authentic ingredients in a socially responsible manner.

During the week, three hot meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served, with snacks available between hot meal times. On holidays and weekends two meals are served:  brunch and dinner. While the café is open, there are unlimited meals for Tropicana residents. (Hours are subject to change).  Schedules will be posted in advance for special meals, finals and holidays.

To see your menu and the dining room hours, download the College Fresh app:


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Non-residents & Guests

Non-residents and guests are welcome to purchase meal cards at the front desk.

1 meal for $13
10 meal card for $100.00
20 meal card for $195.00

Residents of Tropicana Villas are eligible for a 10% discount on an unlimited academic year meal plan. Call for details, 805-869-1401.

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Come for a Tour

Come by anytime between 10:00am and 5:30pm to tour the property and see if Tropicana Gardens is the right place for you!

PARKING: Visitor parking can be found in the back of Tropicana Gardens in spaces 56 and 57. Please park in the spaces marked Visitor and note the number of your parking space. We'll be happy to issue a parking pass while you visit our communities!