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Benchmark, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Benchmark

4.8
4.8
1356 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
Prepare to embark on a delectable journey as Benchmark at Niagara College proudly unveils the much-anticipated relaunch of its lunch service. under the creative direction of renowned Chef Justin Downes and the impeccable service leadership of Victor Oliveira.

Chef Justin Downes will lead the culinary student team and deliver a harmonious blend of culinary innovation and a deep commitment to education. Building upon its established reputation for culinary excellence, Benchmark will continue to be a cornerstone of culinary education while elevating the dining experience for visitors and the Niagara College community.

Don't miss the opportunity to support the School of Culinary Arts, foster future culinary talent, and relish the flavors of Niagara Region. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience that perfectly marries tradition with innovation, all in the heart of one of Canada's most picturesque regions and one of Canada's most loved Culinary Institutes.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (905) 641-2252 ext. 4619
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Justin Downes
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator : (905) 641-2252 ext. 4623
  • Neighbourhood
    Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    To ensure that you receive complimentary parking anywhere on campus during your visit, please complete the Guest Parking Form at www.niagaracollege.ca/campussafety/guestpass/, ahead of your visit, to avoid any penalties or fees associated with parking.<br /><br />We also welcome guests to park in the “reserved” parking lot closest to the Benchmark entrance if space permits.<br /><br />Please let us know if there are any issues, and we will happily assist you.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,356 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Best Value

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Contemporary American

  • Niagara

    Best Overall

  • Niagara

    Best Food

  • Niagara

    Best Value

  • Niagara

    Great for brunch

  • Niagara

    Good for business meals

  • Niagara

    Good for business meals

  • Niagara

    Innovative

  • Niagara

    Great for creative cocktails

1,356 Reviews
  1. notlGF

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a table of four and we each enjoyed the $40 Three Course menu with $13 wine pairings. It was absolutely wonderful. Each course was plentiful and delicious! Seasonal and beautiful plates. This is a training restaurant for the college and the food could not have been more perfect. Our Server, Anjali, was lovely to speak with and did a wonderful job. She answered all of our questions and described the food with great detail. We tried tipping Anjali but she told us that tipping is not allowed. Thank you for the amazing service Anjali! Highly recommended!

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  2. NatalieB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent but the choices on the current menu were not as good as usual. Too much shellfish on menu including the asparagus bisque. The prime rib was not as expected and some blocks were tough. The potatoes were very good. Dessert , strawberry parfait was disappointing as it was very tart. The cheese tray was ok however the crackers all had seeds which were unable to be eaten due to a medical concern.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff wonderful. Friendly and attentive. Well done

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  4. JaymeS

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Treat yourself to a wonderful lunch experience at Benchmark. The student-run restaurant runs smoothly, the food is delicious , and they feature wines and beers made on campus. We enjoyed everything from drinks to dessert! We will be back on future weekend trips to NOTL.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time back to the restaurant since they were closed during Covid. It is always great to return to a familiar estabishment that I have been going for 20 some odd years. I will try to make this one short: Good: - warm hospitality and service received since the moment you arrive. Very attentive and sometimes overly attentive as all the servers were eager to help. - pricing - you can’t find $40 meal with 3 courses anywhere these days. - love the new screens that broadcast the actions from the kitchen. Improvements: - we miss the appetizer bread from the past. It unfortunately isn’t even an option if we are willing to pay for them. - portion is on the lighter side. My ribeye is about the size of two adult thumbs. I unfortunately had to venture to the outlet mall foodcourt for further fulfillment after the lunch. Suggest to increase the price for bigger portions. - duck confit was salty and dry, it almost felt like a similar dish in Chinese which is called dry salty preserved duck. Overall we were happy with our visit and we shall be back!

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  6. JanW

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been patrons at Benchmark for lunch and also attended a wedding here. The food is interesting and delicious. We enjoy the culinary students’ enthusiasm. During this visit, we were a party of 5. Everyone ordered something different from the menu and everyone enjoyed their meal. I had seafood linguine. The sauce was not typical; it was like a broth and I enjoyed the lighter texture. My only criticism is that the dish included too many green peas. The dining room was full. It took a bit of time to place our order, but after that, the food service timing was good. We thought that the $40.00 menu was great value. The salads presentations were particularly beautiful. We registered online in advance for parking. It was easy and close to the restaurant entrance.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and atmosphere was fabulous. I had beet salad , the couscous and a cheese platter. My husband and brother in law had the rib eye steak and they were very pleased with their meals as well.

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  8. Doodle

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Each course was exquisitely presented and delicious.

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  9. Anna

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend Benchmark! The food,presentation, the students, all was professionally done! Definitely going back All the best futures to all of you!

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  10. Ally

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, I found the duck salty but I don't have duck often so not sure if its supposed to be like that but still seemed a bit much. Dessert was awesome. Service was very slow and waitress didn't know anything about the menu when we asked questions. Also she got the wine wrong but she did fix it. I would still go back. Good experience over all.

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Benchmark is rated 4.8 stars by 1356 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Benchmark

135 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S1J0

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    To ensure that you receive complimentary parking anywhere on campus during your visit, please complete the Guest Parking Form at www.niagaracollege.ca/campussafety/guestpass/, ahead of your visit, to avoid any penalties or fees associated with parking.We also welcome guests to park in the “reserved” parking lot closest to the Benchmark entrance if space permits.Please let us know if there are any issues, and we will happily assist you.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Justin Downes
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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