Moreton Fig
Moreton Fig

Moreton Fig

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.moretonfig.com/
  • Phone: (213) 821-3441
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Small Plates Menu: 3:30pm - 8:00pm (Moreton Fig Patio Only)
    Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

    Guests can park on campus for a refundable $10.00 in any of the parking structures. Parking Structure A located at Gate #1 has the most direct route to Moreton Fig and is located off Exposition and Watt Way. In order to be reimbursed, please present your stamped dining receipt from Moreton Fig to the gate attendant to reclaim the $10.00. *Please note, validated parking is not available for game days or special events.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim McDowell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Thank you for your interest in Moreton Fig on the University of Southern California campus.

    Currently we have one private dining room available with a capacity for 12 people. If you need space for a larger group please contact us directly for more information on private dining opportunities.
  • Private Party Contact: David Burrola 2138213486x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Figueroa & Exposition
  • Public Transit: Take the USC (UPC) shuttle from Union Station and exit the 2nd stop which is McClintock. Head down Trousdale Parkway and we are located on the right side just past Childs Way.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Guests can park on campus for a refundable $10.00 in any of the parking structures. Parking Structure A located at Gate #1 has the most direct route to Moreton Fig and is located off Exposition and Watt Way. In order to be reimbursed, please present your stamped dining receipt from Moreton Fig to the gate attendant to reclaim the $10.00. *Please note, validated parking is not available for game days or special events.
A word from Moreton Fig
Moreton Fig is a unique USC Hospitality concept located in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The stylish, vibrant restaurant features an open kitchen, full bar, private dining room, and outdoor patio anchored by USC's historic Moreton Bay Fig Trees. The menu focuses on seasonal and market driven cuisine with options to suit students, faculty, administrators and the public alike.

Moreton Fig is currently open for Lunch and Dinner service Monday thru Friday.




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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Moreton Fig reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (30)great for outdoor dining (21)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (14)neighborhood gem (13)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Moreton Fig
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Great food and great outdoor dining. However, service is slow and inattentive. Our table was not recognized until about 10-15 minutes after we waved someone down. The person we waved down was not our server and you can tell she was taking care a lot of tables. However, our actual server came about 25 minutes into our dining service and asked if we had been helped. They took so long recognizing us that a friend and I went to the bar and got a drink from there because it was faster. Very interesting. It was not a busy day at all. Food was great and so were the drinks. Just need to work on service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Within USC Campus
    LikesFoodVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    It was TfW and we were visiting our daughter. During lunchtime, I dccided to try this restaurant as it is located inside campus. It was nice to chill alone with great lunch food. Knowing that I was out of town, my server went all out to please.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    this is the best place to eat on the USC campus or in that area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow but good kitchen
    DrJerry
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Given that this restaurant is on the USC campus and that it specializes in lunches, they need to provide faster food preparation. I had lunch there twice last week and had to wait more than 20 minutes after ordering for the meal to arrive. This is fine for a leisurely meal but I believe that most people in an academic setting don't have that kind of time. Mind you, the food is usually very good, and the servers are great. The kitchen perhaps needs more staff. Note: I am not arguing for fast food, just more efficient cooking.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service but overpriced
    PRtheCookVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The ingredients were fresh but the Greek salad was tiny for almost $15. Try a different dish.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diva Chef
    msmarlyn
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've eaten at Moreton Fig many times since it opened, usually on a football game day.The menu is always somewhat limited, and I understand why: an intense rush of people for 2-3 hours before game time.A few weeks ago I asked if they could leave the bacon off my sandwich, (I'm probably the only person in the world who dislikes it) but was told that New Chef didn't allow any changes, so I picked the bacon off the sandwich; not only messy but wasteful. This past weekend, my husband asked for cheese on his burger, and was told that it would take too much time (!?).Even server was astonished, and spoke to New Chef about it.Eventually his wish was granted, but there shouldn't have been a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great location!
    Kelly
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    On USC campus...great location on game days especially. Waitress was extremely nice and helpful and so was the hostess. Food was wonderful....especially the cocktails! Creative and fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The salmon was an extremely small portion for the price. The short ribs were so disappointing. They were very overcooked and were unbelievably tough. The flavors were adequate. I would never go there again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Moreton Fig at USC
    fighton
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    food was ok, but portions were small and prices excessive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service
    troygirl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Waited an hour for food to arrive & the only items ordered were a Shrimp Louie sandwich & a burger! Have eaten here many times & the food is always good but service is too slow & disorganization abounds. 2nd time they've run out of prime rib or an item on the menu. There is no excuse & a change in management is definitely needed ASAP. Too bad because this restaurant is located on the USC campus & should be a "gold mine" if somebody would take charge. On a positive note, the bar area (though small in size) serves very good drinks for the price & always has great bartenders. Perhaps the bartenders should "run" the kitchen also. A buffet format would work better especially on game days. Due to long wait= late to game. Meal should be comped.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service - great food
    ValerieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had to hunt someone down to request one refill of ice tea, requested our check twice from people not our server. It appears they have it organized so servers do not serve a section so they are running all over the restaurant and not walking by you to check on you. We were asked how our meal was when it was done - not shortly after to see if we needed anything else. Food was great as always but the service was way too slow for a business lunch.
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  • Good lunch to be had here …
    PatrickL
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great place for a long talk over lunch … great and imaginative food, ample portions agreeably served, personable service, good ambience and then there's that tree … an interesting talking point and the source of the restaurant's odd name … highly recommended for a quality working lunch while on the USC Campus …
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for visitors
    ProfandPres
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My nephew, a student at USC, suggested we have dinner here, since neither of us had a car. It was very quiet. Our server was somewhat elusive, and it seemed a long time for food to arrive, despite there being only 3 tables occupied. I would definitely dine here again; its great to support the education of future hospitality professionals as well as enjoy well-prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Spot on Campus!
    HollyLAVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Diner's, it was supposed to be a quick lunch on our way to a football event. As usual the service was friendly and accommodating. Dining under the fig tree is just so cool. Only disappointment is that there aren't any gluten free choices on the menu (there have been in the past). The food here is fancy and the portions are small, but I have always enjoyed whatever I've ordered- I've eaten here about 6 times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 206 reviews are from the Moreton Fig reviews archive.
  • Lunch at Moreton Fig Restaurant
    rmostell
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My wife and I decided to dine there because I wanted to take pictures of the fabulous Moreton Bay Fig tree in front of the restaurant. The food was great, the service was great, and the atmosphere was fantastic. They are little pricey for campus fare and not something the ordinary student would select for a daily meal. Yes, I got some great photos of the Moreton Bay Fig tree, one of the largest in California.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect accommodation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    While they didn't have any vegan dish in their menu, the chef accommodated by making a wonderful vegan quinoa dish. It was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tired Menu
    Luncher
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Moreton Fig has terrific service and a lovely patio under the trees. However, the menu is limited. If you're not a carnivore, you've got maybe 2 choices and for those of us on campus who are remanded to MF, this menu gets old VERY fast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for an upscale lunch
    Shane
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food, ambience, and service were impeccable. A great place for a nice sit-down lunch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Weekly Summer Specials
    Shane
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Looking forward to going at least once a week with the new specials. Hopefully they update the online menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality and convenience
    edenlowry
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    How wonderful to have a full-fledged restaurant with beautiful patio right on the campus of USC. The service was terrific. We were in a hurry and they accomodated us beautifully. The food is excellent, and there's a first-rate wine list.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Outside/Patio Dining
    luvpatiodining
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    It was a beautiful day - and sitting out in the Moreton Fig Patio was simply wonderful! Great food and wonderful ambiance - what more can you ask for in the middle of the day?
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food/fantastic service
    Claire
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Very positive experience- food and wine were delicious, and the server was extremely friendly. I highly recommend the "fig meets pig" appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch review
    fne2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Very slow service even for dishes such as salads and sandwiches. Trying to pay also at the end was hard as we could not find a waiter easily.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    StuzlVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Wonderful food! Newr Tommy Trojan on USC campus. . . Look for lime green umbrellas ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small plates & dinner at Morton Fig
    LBnLA
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We arrived at 4:00 pm for small plates & shared a bottle of chardonnay on the patio. I ordered the mac & cheese with bacon & jalapenos. Didn't really care for the taste it seemed rather bland with a gritty after taste of ground bacon bits. My friend had the kale salad which was decent. We stated out on the patio & the service was exceptional, Our waiter & the staff were very courteous & accommodating. About 5:00 pm we moved inside for dinner, we both had the New York steaks, my friend had to send the 1st steak back because of the grissel which made the steak very chewy (almost lilke gum). I ordered my steak to go & reheated it later. The mashed potatoes & the mushroom sauce accompaning the steak were excellent. The asparagus was also tasty
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Close to Museum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    This is an upscale, nice restaurant with a wonderful selection of food. The service was pleasant and food tasty. However, this is on a college campus and is a bit tricky to find. Make sure to get good directions ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite Lunch Place
    Shane
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The service is always excellent, even when extremely busy, as it was this visit. If you cannot get your servers attention, there is always someone willing to assist. Even management has delivered bread to the table. Love this place, keep up the excellent job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great healthy options
    Mexquisite
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    My recent trip was a pleasant surprise! In the past, the items have been too rich for me, almost too oily. Although the menu is small, there is something for everyone. The salmon quinoa salad and mushroom soup was flavorful and definitely recommend. Attentive service, too
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  • Need to improve food
    wineNdineVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The ambiance and service are quite good. But Moreton Fig needs to improve their food big time, if they are to justify the price. Some simple items (e.g., burger) is not too bad, but when it comes to the more sophisticated menu items, I can see that the chef is confused. The tastes simply do not come together. And their daily soups are usually too salty. I love the location of the restaurant, so please do something about your kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was great
    Delicious
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    We held an interview over lunch and the staff was very helpful in putting us in a good place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • usc campus restaurant
    onthespot
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This was the first time at this USC campus setting. What a wonderful surprise. ALL was excellent for an outdoor luncheon. Will go there again next trip to see the Trojans. So glad to know it exists.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining on USC campus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Open to the general public even though it is located on the south side of the University of Southern California campus, this is a great place for a business or special lunch. Ambiance is similar to any fine restaurant. Service is great, staff very friendly and competent, there are nice food selections, and good wine options. Reservations a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NIce place for a break or a party
    Cece
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Moreton Fig on the USC campus is a welcome relief to the other restaurants on or near campus, giving the diner excellent food with a bit more formal atmosphere than the nearby restaurants. It is a completely pleasant experience on campus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Food was well prepared (smoked salmon). The waitstaff could have saved everyone time by letting us know the specials ahead of time. As this was a business lunch, the waitstaff was efficient and stayed in "the background" giving us time to talk. At first, we felt it was a bit "too loud", but we managed to get through our business without any interruptions. I guess we were wrong because all of us felt we got out points across, had a great meal and finished in the allotted time. Excellent ambiance and decor. Impressive for guests.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy Time
    Junekid
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    It was during USC homecoming, so service was slow, even though the restaurant was not full. Nice variety of dishes on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, mediocre food
    Lily
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    It's only marginally ok if you work on USC campus. Service is very, very slow and the food is not always fresh. Very limited menu. The only positive is the decor - it is a very pretty spot and beautifully decorated.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Location
    John
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Located in the middle of USC's Campus, this restaurant is very convenient to have dinner with your USC student. The entree selection is small (about 6) but they have quite a few appetizers and side dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • USC parents weekend
    jrcoss
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Exceptional meal and great value, too. Look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a reservation for 11:00.
    Youknowwho
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    I had a reservation for 11:00. Showed up on time. Staff still in a meeting. Once seated we indicated we were on a short schedule--asked waitress for suggestions for "easy to prepare" items. Our food did not arrive until 11:30. I cannot understand why it takes so long to prepare a salad.
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  • Great for meeting up w/USC friends
    M5wifeVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We are on campus 2-3 times a week for work, sometimes more, and didn't even know this place existed until about a month ago, when someone we work with walked us over for Friday after-hours drinks... it has become a weekly thing for us. The food is really good and the mixed drinks are awesome... Game day is tricky because they are so busy & we got the last 2 Trojan Mary's (sold out of them for game day brunch by 11 am), which is part of the reason we made reservations there... But we made do w/ our usual favorites for the next round. I'm sure I would give them higher scores on a normal day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.