Student Dining at Benedictine College

With a variety of food stations in the classical Dining Hall, comfort food at The Grille at the Roost, barbeque at Holy Smokes at Benedetto’s, grab-n-go meals in The Nest, and two coffee shops (Holy Grounds and Café ’62), the student dining experience at Benedictine College features everything from health food to milk shakes. Dining is a community-building event at Benedictine and many of the dining locations encourage socialization. With multiple chefs, access to a dietician, and attention to detail for students with special dietary needs, Benedictine College provides a top-quality experience in student dining. See Menus and More

Dietitians are available for those looking for health and wellness guidance or facing dietary restrictions. The service is free of charge and you can access it by emailing

The Dining Hall

Located on the lower campus between Elizabeth Hall and the St. John Paul II Student Center, the Benedictine College Dining Hall was expanded and remodeled in 2018 incorporating stone columns and wood beams with large, rustic chandeliers. The serving area was also remodeled and the kitchen and serving areas were again updated in 2023. The Dining Hall presents a wide variety of fare, from home-style classics to ethnic cuisine. Covering meals throughout the day, the Dining Hall provides specialty themes and premium days, like sliced prime rib, in addition to two salad bars, a deli, a grill, a pizza station, hamburgers and French fries, a dessert station, an allergy free station, and a featured meal station.

The Grille at the Roost

The Grille at the Roost is located in the Haverty Center just off the Raven Roost. It offers diner fare like specialty burgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries, fantastic hand-spun milkshakes and more! It is open all day Monday through Friday and is also open for lunch on Saturdays. Seating is in the century-old Raven Roost, famous for its memorabilia, wood-paneled walls and cozy fireplace. Even when it is not a dining location, it is still a center of student activity ranging from group studying to open mic nights.

Holy Smokes at Benedetto’s

Located in Cray Seaberg Hall on the northwest end of campus, Holy Smokes at Benedetto’s offers smoked meats and fabulous barbeque sandwiches and sides. It’s an awesome place to get away and enjoy lunch, especially if you have classes in Cray Seaberg Hall or the Mother Teresa Nursing Center. It is open weekdays for lunch and then again for dinner Monday through Thursday.

The Nest

The Nest is centrally located on the second floor of the St. John Paul II Student Center and functions much like a traditional convenience store. It offers bottled beverages, snacks, toiletries and more. It’s a great place to stop by and pick up a quick snack or grab-n-go lunch. The Nest is open all day from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Holy Grounds

Serving Roasterie-brand coffee, Holy Grounds is a classic coffee shop with comfortable booths and wood-paneled walls covered in memorabilia. It is a great place to get any number of coffee drinks in the morning and throughout the day. It is even open late into the night Sunday through Thursday. Holy Grounds is located in the Haverty Center in the century-old Raven Roost.

Café ’62

Café ’62 is conveniently located on the second floor of Ferrell Academic Center, one of the main academic buildings on campus. The coffee shop sits above the building’s central doors with a view of the Academic Quad and serves a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies. It also has grab-n-go foods for breakfast and lunch, including muffins, yogurt, sandwiches, and salads. It is named for the Class of 1962, who donated as a class to create the restaurant space in 2012.