Experience Upscale Dining at Our 55+ Community in Southern California

Enjoy a Premium Dining Experience Without Ever Leaving the Community


Do you ever have those days when you want to eat a restaurant-style meal without the hassle of leaving your home? We do, too. At Waterford Terrace, one of the best retirement communities in Southern California, our residents never have to choose! We offer an upscale dining experience right inside of our community for our residents, all day, every day.

Our La Mesa independent living community prides itself on providing delicious, yet healthy, menu offerings that will please anyone’s palate. Residents can enjoy upscale dining for every meal, with a plethora of choices and items that cater to individual tastes and dietary needs. We know that residents have different preferences, so we love to host themed meals from a variety of cuisines. Some of our residents have discovered their new favorite dishes this way!

We can thank our staff for enhancing the dining experience at Waterford Terrace – our Executive Chef creates mouthwatering breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, prepared with fresh local ingredients. Staff will even serve you your food restaurant-style, taking away the stress of cooking, plating, and cleaning. What a treat! We also offer a fresh salad bar that features specialty soup for all of our soup lovers. It truly is a worry-free, enjoyable dining experience for every single meal.

With high-quality proteins, heart-healthy grains and lentils, fresh produce, and health-fostering foods, there’s a dish to please every senior. Our Chef is also happy to accommodate special diets, including gluten-free, vegetarian, or low-sodium options. Keep reading for examples of meals and dishes you can find on our weekly menu!


It’s the most important (and arguably the most delicious) meal of the day! In addition to the varying daily breakfast items, the menu always includes eggs made any way, bacon (or other breakfast protein), breakfast potato du jour, assorted fruit, assorted juices, and cereals. Here are a few dishes you might see for breakfast:

  • Cheese and tomato strata
  • Country egg scramble
  • Whole wheat pancakes
  • Maple cinnamon coffee cake
  • Breakfast bread pudding
  • Pineapple upside-down muffins


In addition to the daily lunch menu items, you can always find gelatin, cottage cheese with and without fruit, a mixed garden salad, and fresh-baked bread. Here are some of the lunch items our residents enjoy:

  • Roasted Tom Turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and cornbread
  • Pineapple Chicken with sweet potatoes, squash casserole, fresh baked bread and creamy macaroni salad
  • Catch of the day with brown rice and toasted orzo pilaf, vegetables, and fresh-baked wheat rolls
  • Lemon baked fish with mashed sweet potatoes, glazed winter vegetables, and tomato feta salad


At Waterford Terrace, all of our evening meals start off with a cup of delicious homemade soup du jour. Here are some examples of dinner delights you might experience:

  • Classic Portabella Mushroom Melt: a grilled portabella topped with sautéed onions and swiss cheese, served with a mixed salad and chicken barley soup
  • Eggplant Parmesan: Layers of eggplant with tomato sauce and cheese, served with garlic bread and minestrone soup
  • Seafood Stir Fry with ginger rice and egg drop soup
  • Make your own pizza night–a great way to meet and have fun with your neighbors!


It’s okay to indulge a little–so we offer dessert at our meals of course! In fact, we love dessert so much that each month our Executive Chefs create their own signature cookies, like stuffed peanut butter and jelly cookies. Here are some to-die-for desserts at Waterford Terrace:

  • Apple strudel
  • Chocolate walnut squares
  • Fruitcake squares
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy Pie
  • Marshmallow squares

If you’re looking for a Southern California independent retirement community where you can enjoy good food, great company and an awesome culinary experience, then look no further than Waterford Terrace! We take care of all of the cooking and cleaning, so all you have to do is enjoy. Come visit us for a meal and try it out for yourself!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a Waterford Terrace tour, contact our friendly team today.

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