The Grad House
Open to everyone - discounts for grad students - best food on campus with great prices.
Enjoy our unique menu which features ingredients that are sourced as close to home as seasonally and economically possible to ensure freshness and support to 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 Bookings
- 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
NOTE: GSS is closed for intersession August 24-31. We are open for lunch only (11:30-2:30) September 1-4. We are closed Labour day, and re-open with Fall hours (M-F, 11:30 am - 8:30) on September 8.
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.
On Mondays after 5pm we feature Burger Beer Night--a burger (your choice of beefor felafel), fries and a beer (or pop) for $8, tax included. Cash only!
On "Wing Wednesdays" after 5pm you can have 1 lb of wings and a sleeve of beer for $9, tax included.
The Grad House is closed during intersession (last week of term) and during Spring reading break
May - August
- Monday & Tuesday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:30 am to 7-ish* pm.
*i.e. Last order taken at 7pm.
During the summer, Burger Beer Night moves to Thursday, and starts at 3pm.
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 Thursdays, Fridays and "Burger Beer Night" tend to be very busy and therefore we do NOT take table reservations at these times.
Want to bring a visting scholar for lunch, but worried about time? Call us well in advance at the GSS office (250-472-4543). We can send you the menu, and arrange for your order to be ready at the time of your reservation.
Summer 2015 Menu
Kid's Menu (Summer 2015)
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.
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 5$ 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.