The largest residential college at Yale is named for Abraham Pierson, the first rector and one of the original founders of the Collegiate School that became Yale University. Bright and airy, Pierson College was built in the Georgian Revival style with a dining hall reminiscent of an 18th century New England meeting room. 

The Pierson dining room is a slight departure from many of our traditional dining halls with its bright-white wood paneled walls. Piersonites dine in a space that captures Georgian Revival style with large arched clerestory windows and walls lined with replicas of New England church pews.

We are Pierson

Dining at Pierson is a memorable experience. Upon entering, you’ll find a light and bright servery with large metal and glass frameworks displaying pictures of the Early Yale Years. On Wednesday’s we enjoy “Brunch for Dinner” – which remains one of our biggest events! Pierson’s traditions include The Inferno, an annual Halloween dance with much costumed pageantry; the Tuesday Night Club (a weekly lower-court gathering); and Pierson Day, held each year on the last day of academic classes, when the community gathers for a spring festival involving food and outdoor games.

For inquiries related to our restaurant and cafe locations, please contact Yale.Hospitality@yale.edu

Dining Team

Pierson dining team posing for photo.

Our team is unwavering – always proud to serve its Piersonites and guests!    

Management Team