Students in the Mercato at Brescia

Dining on Campus

                                The Mercato 



 Mercato Hours 


Sunday: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Grill open till 8:00pm

Monday to Thursday: 8:00am to 8:00pm


Friday: 8:00am to 6:00pm


Saturday: 9:00am to 6:00pm




Brescia’s dining hall, commonly known as the Mercato (or market in Italian), is centrally located on campus in Clare Hall. From Mexican to Italian, vegan to gluten free, our chefs are prepared to regularly offer you new and creative meals.

At Brescia, we provide you with locally sourced ingredients, healthy meal options and a diverse selection of offerings catering to every taste. Our Executive Chef, Tim D’Souza, is heating things up in the kitchen with new and innovative dishes throughout the academic year. Between a fresh salad bar updated daily, wood stone pizza oven, rotisserie and grill--plus a wide range of cuisines from around the world, you will discover hundreds of delicious meals we know you’ll love!

Mercato pizza station


 Fall and Winter Starbucks Hours

Starbucks Kiosk is open Monday to Friday 

8:00am to 3:30pm



At Brescia, we are proud to brew Starbucks Coffee. In addition to Starbucks traditional beverage favourites, our Food Services team is also encouraged to put their creative minds to the test and create new specialty drinks – just for you to try. Visit Starbucks beside the Bottega at the kiosk in Clare Hall.

Dietary Accommodations and Requests

Brescia’s Food Services team is committed to supporting an inclusive and safe campus community by providing a wide variety of nutritious allergy-free items. Understanding the importance of a diverse range of dietary requirements is important at Brescia. We encourage members of the Brescia community with severe allergies or who have specific dietary requests to contact Tim D’Souza, Manager of Food Services . Brescia is proud to offer many modified meal options and will work with members of our community to understand how we can best support you.

What people are saying.....

"We hear about the wonderful meals that are prepared each week and often have pictures sent to us as well! University students are usually happy to get away from residence food during holidays. We had a few complaints while she was home this year that our meals were not up to the standard of the Mercato! 

We are so grateful for all of your hard work and for the care that goes into preparing the food that the students eat each day. Please pass along our thanks to all of your staff. "

" I wanted to say thank you so much to you and your team. This is how all cafeterias should run and the options provided are phenomenal - healthy but also balanced."

"I am emailing as a parent that is very grateful for your wonderful care of our residence students! The students entering this year had so many challenges and changes. Over and over, I heard about the wonderful choices they had every day and the amazing meals they were eating. More importantly, the people working to feed the students always greeted everyone with friendliness and great care. I just kept hearing that everyone was "so nice"! This was especially important in the first weeks when nobody knew each other. Pease know that your work is so important and very much appreciated. Thank you for all of your efforts with our young ladies on campus. You made them feel well cared for as well as well nourished. We wish you all the best for a safe and healthy holiday."

“The service at the mercato could not be better! thank you for all your hard work to serve students!”


The Mercato offers the following meal options as regular features on the daily menu:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Halal