The Grad House
Open to everyone - discounts for grad students - best food on campus with great prices.
Table reservations: 250-721-8942
Catered events: 250-472-4543
Enjoy our unique menu which features ingredients that are sourced as close to home as seasonally and economically possible to ensure freshness and to support British Columbian producers. Whenever possible we support local suppliers and artisans. (Have you sat in one of our booths? They are locally made from sustainably harvested white oak!)
Most of the dishes and all of the soups we serve are handmade daily to ensure taste and quality. Our menu strives to feed grad students affordable meals. Grad Students with Valid ID receive a discount on many food items. Check the menu for details.
Our libation list features British Columbian wine, distilled spirits, micro brews and cider from Vancouver Island at grad student prices.
Children are welcome, and special diets can always be accommodated. Don't have time to dine in? Try our take-out in a compostable, oven-safe container.
Catered events can be arranged through the GSS office.
GSS Room bookings or Grad House catering orders:
Email: gsscomm [at] uvic.ca
More information on Grad House ...
- Catered bookings
- Table Booking
- David Clode Room (study space)
- Why undergrads and UVIC staff can't use the GSS space for free
- Bringing your own wine: how it works
- Who made the art that is displayed in the Grad House?
Hours of Operation
CLOSE FOR RENOVATIONS as of May 12, 2017
May - August
- Monday & Tuesday: 11:30 am to 2:30*pm.
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:30 am to 7-30ish* pm.
*Last order taken
Summer Dinner Specials: 10 dollars goes a long way!
Available after 3:00pm
Wednesday: Wing Night -- 1 lb of wings and a sleeve of beer for $10, tax included.
Thursday: Burger & Beer Night, features a house-made beef or chickpea lentil burger, fries and a sleeve of beer for $10, tax included.
Friday: Tacos! 2 flour tortilla filled with beef brisket, pulled pork, or vegan pumpkin and sunflower seed mix for $6.5, tax included.
Fall and Spring
From September - April, the Grad House hours are:
- Monday - Friday, open 11:30 am and last food orders are at 8:30 pm.
Monday-Wednesday starting at 5pm we feature a $10 (incl tax!) dinner special -- Burger Beer Night on Monday, Pasta & Wine on Tuesday, and Wings on Wednesday.
Monday Burger Beer Nights includes a tasty house-made burger (your choice of beef or chickpea lental), fries and a beer (or pop).
Tuesday nights feature a choice from among two daily pastas with a glass of wine.
Wednesday On "Wing Wednesdays" after 5pm you can have 1 lb of wings and a sleeve of beer for $10, tax included.
The Grad House is typically closed during intersession (last week of term) and during Spring reading break; please see our events calendar for specific closure dates.
The Grad House restaurant is closed on weekends all year long, except for private functions.
Table reservations are recommended for groups of 6 to 20 people, please contact the Grad House staff at (250) 721-8942. Please be aware that Fridays and Monday evening tend to be very busy and therefore we do NOT take table reservations at these times.
Want to bring a someone for lunch, but worried about time? Call us well in advance at the GSS office (250-472-4543) or by email email@example.com; we can send you the menu and pre-order form and arrange for your order to be ready at the time of your reservation.
(N.B. Only pre-orders recieved and acknowledged by GSS staff at least 24 hours before the start of the reservation will be considered valid. Reservations must be made prior to submitting a pre-order. Our office hours are 10am-4pm.)
Fall 2016 Menu
Kid's Menu (Summer 2016)
The David Clode Room
The David Clode Room is the small lounge side of the Grad House restaurant. This room is often kept open as a graduate student lounge when not being used by the Grad House.
In the David Clode Room, you will find board chess and Settlers of Catan, big comfy couches, wifi, and a television. Not to mention a patio and sunny window seats.
For catering inquries, please contact the GSS main office at gsscomm [at] uvic.ca or 250-472-4543.
What is a Minimum Spend?
Your minimum spend must include 30% in pre-ordered food sales, as we hold a food primary license.
A minimum spend is the amount that needs to be reached in order for us to open the space for private use. All food and drink purchases (before taxes and gratuity (17%)) during your event, as well as your 30% in pre-ordered food, by you and your guests, will go towards your minimum spend?
What is included?
Basic set-up of furniture and catering tables (with linens).
All organization or extraordinary room set-up, decorations set-up & take down for your event is expected to be organized by someone in your party.
What Menu items are available?
The Grad House has a Catering Menu that includes platters, appetizers and buffet options.
All catering orders are finalised in consultation with our Chef, who is pleased to accommodate dietary restrictions whenever possible. Items on our regular menu are also fair game, and if you’re interested in something you don’t already see, please ask!
How much time is needed to make a booking?
Generally, we require 2 to 3 weeks notice prior to hosting an event. This provides enough time for the Grad House to finalize menus, staffing and logistics. Catering order must be submitted with 10 business days notice.
Why can’t a UVIC department or undergraduate group use the Grad Centre rooms for free?
Graduate students can book the meeting rooms at the Grad Centre for free for events if the events are organized both by graduate students and for graduate students.
This policy does not extend to events, classes or information sessions organized by the university, university staff, faculty, and departments even when those events are organized for a graduate student audience.
The reason for this policy is simply that the Grad Centre is funded by graduate students and the building is intended as a space to support graduate student initiatives. Graduate students pay for all the capital and operational expenses in the building–including our renovations to the building and replacement of furnishings. Graduate students pay all the GSS staff wages, and pay for janitorial and maintenance costs of the building.
We welcome external users to our centre, and are happy to offer the space at an inexpensive internal rate, but we ask for understanding in regards to our internal rates policy.
Bringing your own wine: rules and etiquette:
Patrons in BC restaurants can now bring their own wine to participating restaurants. The GSS charges a 7$ corkage fee when guests bring their own bottle of wine.
Servers are required to follow BC liquor law when serving any alcohol, including wine brought by guests. As the Grad House is a restaurant, guests who are drinking must also order food from the menu. Servers must also protect against over service.
As such, we follow these guidelines at the Grad House:
1. Servers will open one 750 mL bottle for every two guests in a group.
2. All guests sharing a bottle must order food to accompany the wine.
3. Even though guests are bringing their own wine, servers must follow BC Liquor Law as if the wine was purchased from the Grad House. This means guests are limited as to how much they may drink when bringing their own wine, and servers must decline to open bottles for guests who are inebriated.
4. Your server must open your bottle of wine for you. However, you are most welcome to pour your second glass yourself.
These tips are also helpful in planning your visit:
1. Don't forget to chill your white wine!
2. Some restaurants consider it rude to show up with a wine on the restaurant's wine list, but we don't mind at the Grad House!
3. The bring your own wine law is not meant to encourage over-service... please ask us to cork your wine if you wish to take half the bottle home.
4. Gratuity etiquette is to include a bit extra in consideration that wine service was provided, and you aren't ordering drinks from the menu.
Art by Kathleen Jerome
The GSS is proud to display the beautiful photographs of Kathleen Jerome, MA, one of our former members in the Grad House restaurant.
Kathleen is from Owen Sound, ON. Kathleen has been awarded her Master of Arts in Theatre History from the University of Victoria (2013) and her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Queen’s University (2011). She is currently completing her Bachelor of Education special track Artist in Community Education at Queen’s University.
She has presented her research at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference in Trondheim, Norway and at the Canadian Association of Theatre Research conference as part of Congress in Victoria BC. She has also had a play script published in Canadian Theatre Review (Vol. 147 Summer 2011).
Kathleen’s main passion is dance. She has been dancing since the age of 7 beginning with Ballet then branching out to learn Highland, Irish, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical. She is a Member with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in Highland dance. She has her Intermediate certificate in Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance and in the Checcetti method, and has competed at the Canadian and North American level in both Highland and Irish dance.
Photography is a growing passion for her. She looks for patterns, colours, angles, themes, and unique or typically un-photographed or un-photographable subjects or places. She holds that it is not the camera that makes a great photo, rather it’s the timing, openness, persistence, and child-like curiosity of the photographer.