At all of our Mercyhurst Dining facilities, we strive to offer unparalleled dining experiences for our guests. We offer diverse menus, from-scratch cooking, fresh locally sourced foods, and friendly service to make dining at Mercyhurst more than a meal.
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All-You-Can-Eat Community Dining Venues

Grotto Commons Dining Hall

Grotto Commons is an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility. Grotto Commons is our largest food facility on campus, and is located in Egan Hall. Grotto Commons has seven food stations, including: the Daily Dish, the main serving line filled with a variety of comfort foods; the Oven, which serves hand-tossed, homemade pizza baked in our stone oven; Bravissimo, our chef-run station that prepares restaurant-style dishes right before your eyes; the Grill station, which has hand-pressed burgers and fresh-cut fries daily, along with a rotation of several different menu items; the Deli, offering a variety of freshly sliced meats and cheeses that you can get baked or pressed; the Salad Bar, with 78 items prepared fresh each day; and the Clean Plate, which caters to guests with allergies and food sensitivities. Equipped with its own certified kitchen, the Clean Plate offers a diverse menu with items that are free of the eight major allergens.

Exciting innovations are coming to the Grotto Commons beginning in Fall 2020, including:

  • Continuous services all day, with no reduced menu at any meal periods.  The full breakfast menu will be available from 7 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. In addition, an exciting new late-night dining period is being added from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Breakfast offerings are being expanded to include more variety and made-to-order breakfast croissants, bagels, and sandwiches.
  • Make-your-own smoothie and milkshake stations are being added.
  • The Clean Plate, our allergy-free option, is being expanded to provide more options at lunch and dinner.
  • A rotating selection of specialty bowls (e.g., poke and pho bowls) will be offered daily along with protein add-ons.
  • A late-night menu is being added from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with all your favorite late-night comfort foods, including pizza, chicken strips/wings, salad bar, burgers, self-service deli, made-to-order eggs and omelets, and a rotating selection of hot snacks, like pretzels with cheese and mozzarella sticks.

Beginning Fall 2020: Daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

501 Grille

The 501 Grille is our all-you-care-to-eat location in Ryan Hall. The 501 Grille serves restaurant-style dishes prepared in our European kitchen. A smoker, rotisserie, authentic wok, grills, and a fryer create the base for our menu selection, with five service points surrounding the equipment allowing for Asian-inspired dishes, smoked wings, pasta, or burgers. Enjoy the salad bar with two daily soups, as well as a full dessert bar featuring Perry’s ice cream.

Big changes are coming to the 501 Grille beginning in Fall 2020, including:

  • Made-to-order personal pan pizzas for lunch and dinner.
  • A sushi bar, with four varieties offered daily.
  • Omelets, made to order, at any time of the day.
  • Expanded menu options at lunch and dinner, including more wellness, vegan, and vegetarian offerings.
  • Order-ahead subs, pitas, wraps, and sandwiches.  Use the GO! app to customize a sandwich and it'll be ready for you to pick up in 15 minutes.

Beginning Fall 2020: Weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Meal Plans

Students living on campus have unlimited, anytime access to dining in Grotto Commons and the 501 Grille as part of their blended room and board rate, beginning with freshmen entering in Fall 2020. The standard plan ensures anytime access to the main dining venues on campus. In addition, students on the Platinum Plan and third- and fourth-year students living in apartments or townhouses have access to a weekly meal prep kit or pantry box (a made-to-order box of food staples for a student's apartment) as part of their meal plan. Students may upgrade their meal plan at orientation to include Bonus Bucks, guest passes, and, for Platinum Plan holders, a weekly meal prep kit or pantry box.

For freshmen living on campus beginning in Fall 2020, blended rates for 2020-2021 are: 

Residence HallCost Per Semester
Warde Hall (2 Person)
Ryan Hall
Lewis & 41st Street Townhouses
$7,500 per semester

Warde Hall (3 person, limited availability)
Warde Townhouses
Duval Apartments

$7,000 per semester
Baldwin Hall
McAuley Hall
Briggs/Lewis Apartments (3 person)
$6,250 per semester

Briggs/Lewis Apartments (4 person)
Grandview Hall

$5,500 per semester

Current upperclassmen, transfer students, and commuters can choose from a variety of à la carte meal plan options, including block plans and Dining Dollar plans. Consult the Dining Services section of the Hub for additional details.

Retail Dining Venues

The Laker Inn

Located on the lower level of the Herrmann Student Union, the Laker Inn provides a special food court dining experience with a la carte options to the students and guests every day. Accepts Dining Dollars, Bonus Bucks, credit cards, and cash.

Cinco Cantina

  • Made-to-order tacos, burritos, salads, tortilla chips, salsas, and queso

The Grille

  • Made-to-order burgers, sandwiches, pizza logs, and mozzarella sticks

Pick Your Pizza

  • Made-to-order French bread pizzas and flat bread pizzas


  • Specialty made sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits and more

Crimson Cup Coffee and Bruetta Tea

  • Made-to-order specialty coffees, smoothies, freezers, and loose leaf teas

Cinco Cantina, The Grille, and Pick Your Pizza Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crimson Cup, Bruetta Tea, and On-The-Go Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

laker inn

The Roost

Mercyhurst’s Irish heritage is celebrated at the Roost, a full-service, restaurant-style pub serving traditional Irish fare.

The Roost includes a bar and restaurant staffed by employees of the university’s food service vendor, Parkhurst Dining, as well as an adjacent conversational area with a rustic stone fireplace anchored by plush leather couches. Named “The Playwright Snug,” this area features pictures of famous playwrights adorning the walls along with eclectic items of Irish memorabilia.

Besides house cocktails like the Irish Mule and the Shamrock, the Roost has both draught and bottled beers along with wine. The menu offers reuben puffs, fish & chips, the Roost burger, an assortment of create-your-own sandwiches, and much more, including decadent desserts like mint trifle, cheesecake with Bailey's fudge or strawberries, and traditional Irish coffee.

The pub is open to all guests, but will only serve alcohol to those 21 and older.*

*Note that this may change due to COVID-19 regulations

Fall Semester Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. | Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Spring Semester Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. | Saturday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

For reservations, please call 814-824-3637 or email lblakeslee@parkhurstdining.com.

the roost

Anchor Express (in Ryan Hall)

Located in Ryan Hall, Anchor Express is open to all students and offers convenient grab-and-go food and limited grocery items. Features include:

  • Starbucks coffee, including specialty drinks and Frappuccinos
  • Fresh-made personal pizzas and deli wraps
  • Ben & Jerry’s pints and ice cream novelties
  • Fresh-baked pastries and desserts
  • Variety of sandwiches, salads, and fruit
  • Variety of snacks and candies
  • Assorted bottled beverages
  • Health and beauty aids
  • Accepts Dining Dollars, Bonus Bucks, credit cards, and cash

Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Saturday–Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Bookstore Cafe

Located in the Mercyhurst Bookstore, the Bookstore Café is a great place to enjoy coffee and snacks while studying or visiting with friends. Features include:

  • Starbucks coffee, including specialty drinks and Frappuccinos
  • Fresh-baked pastries
  • Variety of sandwiches
  • Variety of snacks and candies
  • Local, fresh-made bagels
  • Assorted bottled beverages
  • Accepts Dining Dollars, Bonus Bucks, credit cards and cash

Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet the Staff

Dining Services
Lori Blakeslee
Director of Retail Operations, The Roost, Laker Inn, Anchor Express, Coffee Bar at the Bookstore, and Concessions