The Lion’s Den

The Lion's Den


  • Café Closed  Jun 24 - Aug 30
  • Have a great summer.
Currently Closed

Weekly Schedule

  • Breakfast     Sat-Sun, Closed
  • Grab 'n' Go     Mon-Fri/Sun, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • The Grill     Mon-Fri/Sun, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Coffee Bar     Mon-Fri/Sun, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fuel yourself quickly and responsibly at the Lion's Den. Our rotating global kitchen offers new unique flavors every month. From Greek to Indian to French, there is something for everyone's taste. Lion's Den Coffee Bar features fair trade and organic coffee from Massachusetts’ own Fogbuster by Pierce Bros. Roasting Co., as well as a variety of pastry options and breakfast sandwiches to grab-and-go.

Accepts Board Bucks, ECCash and Credit/Debit Cards, and Meal Swipes for Meal Equivalency



The dining services team is well-trained in food allergy awareness and offer a number of options for students with food allergies and celiac disease. This includes communication about and modification to existing menu items, special preparation of menu items, and access to special products as agreed upon with students.

Daily menus for each café can be accessed at Menu items that are appropriate options for most students with celiac disease are labeled as “made without gluten-containing ingredients” and can be filtered to streamline searching using the dietary preferences filter. Top-9 allergens are included in menu names and/or descriptions whenever possible. For more on eating with a food allergy in our café, visit this page and view the guide on food allergies and celiac disease at Emerson College. Further questions about ingredients can be answered by our trained managers/chefs on-site.


We understand that our guests with special dietary needs, albeit food allergies, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or any other medically necessary diet simply want a safe place to make food choices, quickly. To allow guests to have readily available options that meet their needs, we offer OASIS — a destination in the Dining Center where all meals are prepared without the use of top-9 allergens plus gluten through the sole use of whole foods.

For questions about these services or to request food allergy accommodations, students should contact:

Dining Services
(617) 824-8554

Center for Health and Wellness
(617) 824-8666

Student Accessibility Services

Dawn Sajdyk, Resident District Manager

Daniele Rossner, MS, RDN, Regional Nutrition and Wellness Manager
(860) 538-3708

Go Green

We know that Emerson students are busy and often must eat on the run. This makes to-go dining very popular but has the potential to generate a massive amount of waste. Much of this waste can be avoided with Emerson Dining’s OZZI reusable containers to eliminate waste altogether.

Learn how OZZI To Go works

Stay Fresh

Eat Right — For You

Do you care about whether your food was grown locally or raised humanely? Or are you more interested in protein vs. carbs?

Whatever your priorities, we can help you chew the right thing. At Bon Appétit, we’re working toward “food service for a sustainable future.” How we define that is a mouthful, but the bottom line is that we strive to cook delicious food that’s good for you, the animals, the workers, the community, and the Earth — because they’re all connected. And we’re proud to be the first food service company to tackle many important issues in these areas.

We’re here to support you by giving the information you need to choose wisely. Visit our Wellness page for a feast of information about the roles our from-scratch cooking, nutritional approach, local sourcing, and other sustainability programs can play on your menu.

Wellness Page

Meal Plans

Food is a vital part of college life. A meal with friends doesn’t just nourish the body, it builds lasting relationships and feeds the soul. At the same time, campus dining can also be a source of anxiety: Will there be options for me? What if I don’t have time to sit down? I have wicked food allergies, will there be things that are safe for me to eat?

Our passion is creating community through food. We serve meals that are not only delicious, they also embody our core values of ‘from-scratch’ cooking, wellness, dignity, and sustainability – that we take very seriously.Whether it’s a late-night craving for a kimchi rice bowl or a vegan protein smoothie on the run, we’re committed to making delicious, wholesome food that works for real life. Let us show you how.

More on Emerson College Dining meal plans

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Common Questions

  • I’ve been trying to eat a healthier diet. Will I be able to find a healthy food choice in my café?
  • Can you tell me how many calories are in the foods in my café?
  • How will you handle my concerns about a food allergy?
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