Benchmark

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Worth the Drive
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute's state of the art facilities are nestled into 114 acres of abundant Niagara land.
Benchmark is the next evolution of the hands-on learning process. Students begin their careers in the culinary and hospitality industry at this unique teaching restaurant.
Benchmark has been created to offer local, fresh food options for college students, staff and the external community at affordable prices.

Features of Benchmark include a focus on fresh, local and Canadian cuisine, an educational kitchen and food, wine and beer pairings. We welcome all students, staff and members of the community to experience Benchmark.
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HJ
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience. Loved the service, eating area, noise level (dome shape keeps noise low), food quality and value! Can't believe the large portions with the superb quality. We'll be back.

BD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was fabulous! The service was above expectations and the delightful hostess made a point of stopping by to ensure that all was well throughout our stay.

OI
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were able to enjoy the patio and a delicious lunch. I highly recommend Benchmark

BG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second visit to Benchmark in the last month. Both experiences were excellent in terms of quality of food and service. I will definitely return and recommend it to others.

A
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a wonderful meal with my husband here. Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend.

BW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place. The wait staff are all friendly and their supervisor comes around frequently to check on everything. The food is beautifully presented and in good quantities. We shared a Brie and Leek flatbread and then a Caprese Salad from their greenhouse. Both were fabulous both to look at and to taste. Our entrees were fresh tasting and lovely to look at but lacked flavor. Perhaps the chef was nervous to over spice the scallops and turbot. Both cooked perfectly but needed a bit of salt and pepper.
Our waiter suggested wines for each course. We tasted a few different wines and found one that was outstanding to match our entrée so we returned the next day to the winery and bought some to take home. An excellent experience and we will return the next time we are in the Niagara Falls area.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly efficient staff!

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AS
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Went for lunch with my wife who is celiac. My lunch was excellent. My wife’s choices were unnecessarily limited. It may have been due to the lack of knowledge of our server. Example: was the soup made with flour? Our server was anxious to clear our table before we were actually finished. The environment of the restaurant was excellent. Since the restaurant is a teaching venue, lack of polish in the service is to be expected. I would certainly return.

BO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, well presented, friendly and helpful staff.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always great service and super meal

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Reasonably priced. Solid food. Very good service

AQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is extraordinary. There are no words to describe how amazing the food is. We've come back year after year. Thanks so much for making our friend's retirement meal so special!

p
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We truly enjoyed our lunch at Benchmark. Over all experience was pleasant. Our waitress was very energetic, courteous and efficient. The hostess was welcoming, but not very engaging, perhaps because we were one of the first guests that day. The food was very good, I felt could have used little more punch of flavour or spice, gnioochi were light and tasty, just a little mushy. My partner had no complaints about his dish, which he brought home the leftovers and he thuroughly enjoyed the next day. We would gladly recommend Benchmark and look forward to our next dining experience.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The student servers were great: relaxed, affable and engaging, no sign of the jaded, routine approach one not infrequently gets from longtime servers, or those who might rather be doing something else. Food was excellent in quality and value for money. Kudos to all the staff.

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It was a decent restaurant, considering it is run by students at Niagara College. The Mushroom soup I got as an appetizer was good, but the bread basket was nothing special. I ordered the pork lion and pork belly, and the surprised by how salty the glaze on the pork was. I my opinion, the pork is salty enough - there is no need to add more. My wife had the mussels, which she said were good. The beer brewed by the teaching college was excellent.

F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The new menu launched the evening we went. My daughter and I shared the caprese salad. It was fresh and delicious and enough to share for sure.
Our main course was the new pork dish, which was absolutely amazing. Sooooo flavorful, and it felt like we were eating a home cooked meal.
We were both too full for dessert,but I’d definitely go back for these wonderful dishes anytime!

LF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Appreciate their super accommodating service even though we are late for the lunch reservation for an hour and half due to the crazy traffic on QEW

F
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really recommend this place!!!👍👍👍

EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The students at benchmark did an amazing job. They were able to accommodate our seating request and our friend who had special dietary requirements. The food served was very well cooked. The server was knowledgeable and very helpful in making our choices. Would definitely visit again.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I enjoyed a fabulous lunch with my colleague last week as we celebrated her upcoming maternity leave. The service was excellent, as was the food - we both tried the Roasted Parsnip Soup and the hand-rolled pasta dish. Amazing! Thanks for a wonderful lunch.

NW
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent restaurant by any standard. Even the student-made wine was very good. Both the students and their teachers should be proud.

E
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great place and will be back again. Food was excellent. Good portion size and taste.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good!

G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I am a returning customer and overall always pleased with the food, service, and atmosphere. In this visit one of our party ordered pizza which he reports was a bit doughy. Others in our party were very happy with the cod, chickenburger, fries, salads, and pasta dishes.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service, great to support students. Entrees were good and filling, however wait time was very long despite not being very busy (I guess as students may not be use to being able to manage orders quickly). We wait about 1 hour before our food came out. Some dishes were also slightly disappointing for the price. Overall still a good experience given what you are supporting for the cause.

GG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! If you are traveling to Niagara on the Lake, I would highly recommend this restaurant. In fact I would stay out of downtown to eat. It's much too crowded in august.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My experience at Benchmark was fantastic! Staff were friendly, kind and informative. It was a great experience for myself as a local to the Niagara Region. Would definitely go back!

d
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was outstanding! We hadn’t been here in years and I’m really glad to have rediscovered this place.

CR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted to escape the touristy downtown Niagara Falls and discovered this hidden gem. Our meal was unforgettable. Definately recommend dining outside so that you can take in the quiet outdoors and evening sky.

M
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Bench Mark and will go back again.

BP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enthusiastic servers, good menu selection, and very knowledgeable about gluten free requirements. Food nicely prepared and presented.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant.

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d
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our 4th time dining here, and we will definitely return again. It is easily one of the best restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Consistently excellent quality ingredients, preparation, value, and service.

OT
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was great. Menu was not as extensive as in the past,but good. Price range is comparable.

JD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service, great food!

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience is always wonderful. Preparation and presentation are extremely well done. The ingredients are all top quality. The staff (all being students) are unfailingly polite and enthusiastic and are eager to discuss their studies, their hopes and their plans. It is always great value and never fails to please.

s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful day in Niagara, lunch was lovely, the wait staff very professional and helpful. The beer my son ordered was not available at that time in the restaurant, the staff member went to the brewery and got him the desired beer!!!!!! bravo, Food delicious, we shared several dishes. Love this restaurant. Driving from Burlington for this lunch........ perfect. (Also a visit to the outlet malls too). Well done!!!!

DK
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Great time. The food and service were great but the menu on open table and internet was the old menu and hadn’t been updated

S
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was exceptional. We would definitely return if in the area again

SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The highlight of our dining week..... and we can’t wait to return for another fine evening!

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