Benchmark

4.6
1303 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We sieays enjoy this place. Yhey can be lıttle more crestivr with the menu.

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L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a lively lunch at Bebchmark.

When we arrived we were greet promptly and shown to our table. The menu is not extensive however our choices were done well. We ordered the crispy chicken sandwich which was hot and crunchy accompanied by a mountain of poutine worthy fries, as well as the Cavatelli Alfredo which was creamy and light at the same time. Portions are generous so we passed on dessert. We also enjoy the NC wines, both whites were perfectly paired with our lunch. The price points are excellent.

The scenery at the college is lovely and worth a stroll.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Server really nice and great recommendations for food which was all delicious

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LH
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

We feel the food was to expensive and not enough of it.

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LB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Our waiter, Nathan was very attentive. Butternut squash’s and parsnip soup were outrageously good.I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. Too bad it’s not open for dinner during the week. We certainly understand that being a college. We also made use of the takeout feature. We purchased outstanding muffins and cookies.

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I am amaze of this place. I have taken my co nurses here as well and they were surprised. Food are great. Service is excellent. The Place is beautifully set up. And we are more impressed that the fact that students and chef professors makes this place work since it’s run by Niagara College Culinary Program. Impressive.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Benchmark is kind of a hidden hem in the area. All the locals know about it. The School has one of the finest culinary programs in North America and they show why every day. Great food, great wines and beers made on site.
Remember, it is a school so sometimes things may take a bit longer. Sit back and enjoy.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing experience! It was delicious and everything about the place was amazing! Definitely will be returning!

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JC
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an amazing time, this was the first time here and I invited my friend for her birthday. We were both very pleased. We will definitely be back! Thanks again for a memorable time.

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Nice experience. Liked the wine I was suggested. Chicken sandwich and fries were outstanding. My daughter thought the burger tasted different.
Dessert was delicious.
Nice experience!

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NG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great.

Location is confusing to get to and no signage for where restaurant is located. For new clients this is extremely frustrating. We were late for the reservation because we got lost and went to the wrong parking lot.

Amount of food for value did not seem to be great. Portions were much smaller than anticipated for cost.

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MH
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A meal at Benchmark, the restaurant of Niagara College, is a singularly positive dining experience. If restaurants were required to post where their staff were educated, any restaurant listing Niagara College as the institution where [some of] its staff learned their craft, that is a high recommendation that one should act on.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited Benchmark for my father's 66th birthday. We were a party of 5 adults and one 6-year-old. The experience from start to finish was excellent. Our server (wish I could remember their name!) in particular was a standout. Friendly and funny, attentive and very knowledgeable, they were an integral part of the experience. They ensured my little niece was taken care of, from providing a kid-sized glass and offering crayons to introducing themselves to her so she felt comfortable. The food was all excellent, well explained by our server, and paired well with our wine selection. The ambiance was energetic (there was a large, cheerful group there) but not noisy, which we were glad about - we aren't really the quiet restaurant type. :) Beautiful views out the windows!

My father called it the 'best birthday celebration I've had in years'. Thank you Benchmark!

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E
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent on every level! I have eaten at the student restaurants at George Brown and Humber Colleges and this was the best hands down. The food was outstanding and so very reasonably priced. Well worth the visit!

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner for 7 ladies was just perfect. We enjoyed the wine and beer list. Great selection of main courses. Service was outstanding.
Waitress took time and took us to our conference room was at 7 pm😻

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food, caring and attentive service, and a lovely atmosphere.

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having our lunch at Benchmark was a highlight of our visit to Niagara on the Lake!

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t
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Always delicious. Always fresh. Soups and sandwiches and salads all tasty!

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F
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The farm to table appeal...and knowing you're part of the learning process makes this a fun experience

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My college-aged son and I had a fantastic time at Benchmark. He is a vegan and appreciated their food options. I had the lamb pasta, which was delicious. We loved the dining room, and enjoyed supporting the mission of the school.

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyed the PLT burger and fries. Have had the lemon thyme fries before, but found they weren't as well-seasoned this time. Still very good, though. The burger was a bit overcooked, dry, but again, very good with the triple crunch mayo. The bread app with the honey butter would have been better if they had served the bread warm. The parsnip soup was amaaazing. Will definitely return.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious!!!! Great service and excellent quality!

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IS
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with a great view.

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VF
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb meal and great service. We are already planning a return visit.

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have eaten here a few times over the past 5 years with family and find the quality and service consistently fine. The service is cordial and professional without fawning or intrusion. The attention to detail is evident and the dedication to local ingredients is successful. I would not recommend this location for a hurried meal; its best to be able to relax.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I had a wonderful dining experience .We began with the cream of parsnip soup ; my friend ordered the digby scallops , I chose the duck breast . We each had a taste of the other's entree .They were both cooked to perfection ! We followed with dessert.. I chose the strawberry and cream cheese cake,my friend ordered the chocolate banana tart .Our server was friendly and knowledgeable . I recommend the restaurant very highly !

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place! From the venue, service, staffs, food and beverage never get wrong with this place. Healthy food options, beer and wine are made by Niagara College Student. Also the servers are also student, they have interesting background and they are trained very well, good job with the management. A lot to do around the Niagara College are after meal, I learned that they have short trail at the back of the college, nice to visit for a refreshment. I will be back to taste another great meal if I get a chance to visit Niagara Falls again. Great job guys! Keep it up! 😘

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B
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The crispy chicken burger was a bit dry, and quite tough. The bun was soggy with cabbage that was hanging out all over... not too appetizing. The fries were great. The dessert was great- caramel sticky pudding. Bill was over $70 for 2 people and we didn't have any alcohol. I prefer the old restaurant foods and their wine matching with foods. Nothing special about this place.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The taste and quality of the food was outstanding. Servers were polite courteous.

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BM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Generous portions, delicious food, lovely presentation and attentive service. A beautiful setting! And we weren’t rushed. Looking forward to visiting again when the patio is open.

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SC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service. Delicious food. Fine dining. No rush for the four of us to order or to hurray and eat due another group coming in. It’s pricy but it’s worth it the fogo island cod was delicious. My husbands steak was best he has had in a restaurant setting in a long time . Other couple enjoyed their duck .

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BR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The atmosphere and food was wonderful and the staff were great too. We would go back 100%!

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j
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience was great from start to finish. All the staff were courteous and knew how to answer our questions and could tell us about what was going on at the college so we could add to our experience. We were made to feel very welcome and comfortable. The food was great. There was 5 of us and we all got different entres and everything from the presentation to the service to the flavours was amazing. We rely enjoyed the entire experience.

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k
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Everything is grown and prepared by culinary/hospitality students. Food was delicious, atmosphere and service was superb. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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DN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have dined at BenchMark in the past and wanted to see if they had kept up their high standards. It was a definite yes. Our meals were very well prepared and nicely presented. The wait staff was informed and helpful, offering assistance in our selections. I highly recommend this restaurant for its hospitality.

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L
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Always an excellent meal. Relaxing atmosphere & wonderful view. A great place to bring a friend for lunch.
One issue with being charged for water. It was for student scholarships which is fine, except that we were not told in advance so surprised when we got our bill. We got the charge removed when brought up that customers should be aware of such charges when ordering something that is usually free of charge.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Everything was excellent up until the dessert when we were forgotten about and it took so long to have someone ask us that we didn’t bother which was a shame as we were celebrating a birthday. If we just based this on the wait service for dinner and the food (especially the duck) it would be 5/5

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SF
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far the best place to go for a lunch or dinner out. The food is excellent, the staff knowledgeable, friendly and proud of their restaurant. If I could make vegetables taste like they do I would be so proud of myself. Every bite is exquisite.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional service! Fantastic menu featuring regional delights. Enjoyed the flight of wines and bought a bottle on my way home.

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SB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The food, while very tasty, had some cold and some warm scallops. For the price all food should be hot. I wondered why one scallop would be cold and not the others. We’re they frozen? I would have brought this to the attention of my server but she was busy and did not give us a lot of attention. Having said that, I do understand that this is a teaching situation. But for the prices you charge you need more staff if the students cannot manage the number of patrons.

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