Benchmark

4.6
1347 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good!

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.

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.

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

Amazing restaurant.

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d
New York Area
69 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!

MB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time at the Benchmark. We enjoyed as much as the first time ! We will return for sure when we’ll be back in Niagara Falls.

MD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were looking for a nice place out of the hustle and bustle of NOTL. This fit the bill perfectly. Inside Niagara College, many of the staff on the floor and in the kitchen are NC students. The food was very good , great selection of local wines, reasonably priced.
Plenty of free parking,

I would recommend this place to anyone who wants great food in a casual setting

s
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic!

AS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch very much
We have tried to get together to enjoy lunch at Benchmark for over a year
We are not all from Niagara and found the experience worth the wait

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Not to be mean but management should know, that our server had the most terrible halitosis, oral hygiene should be stressed just like any other personal hygiene.

SF
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant in Niagara. No matter the occasion, or type of meal you want, you will find something on the menu to delight your tastebuds and satisfy your hunger. I tried the parsnip soup for the first time, it wad heavenly. The service is always perfect, servers friendly, knowledgeable and seem so happy to be there too. A must try!

B
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding experience. The food was exquisite and very well priced. The service was top notch with very passionate students that made us discover amazing wines that were produced right at the location. Highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely come back.

AJ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great place! food was very good made to order.. my side chicken breast was a bit dry but overall was a great experience.
Thank you to the student!

KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great and a great value also. Would definitely come back.

Was a little disappointed as we were told by a young man that we could not have a window seat ad then a woman was seating others at window seats. There were still window seats left when we were done.

Need a little brush up on the hosting, but overall a very good experience.

J
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Very poor service. Waited painfully long just for a drink order to be taken. Yam tempura app was undercooked (yam was hard). Food was ok at best. Very disappointing.

S
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, friendly services and pretty good food. Menu not excessive but adequate. would definitely visit again.

CD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic experience! Will definitely visit again!

DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

We like the atmosphere of the restaurant and the service is always friendly and prompt. This was our second visit to Benchmark as we had enjoyed the first visit so much we decided to return. On this visit I had the Niagara PLT Burger. The burger itself was extremely tasty and done to perfection. The bun was delicious and went well with the burger. Unfortunately in order to eat it I had to deconstruct the burger. There were too many tomatoe slices (4) and too much lettuce, well at least for my liking, it was almost like a salad on top of the burger.
My wife had the Chicken Burger and while she enjoyed the chicken itself the sauce didn't lend itself to the chicken.
The meal was certainly filling and well worth the price.

SB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff is well trained & attentive.
Sharon enhances the experience with her expertise & friendly nature

P
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice place, good service and excellent food. The enviroment is quiet and fresh. The bread and honey butter is so yummy.

AF
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

On a recent trip to the area we were excited to find this culinary experience. The server was new and seemed nervous. She took our orders but did not revisit our table to check in during our stay. We attempted to order two different wines from the menu that ended up being unavailable. Our food seemed to take a long time to come to the table from the time we ordered, but it was worth the wait. The steak was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of mashed potatoes and kale. My husband enjoyed the scallops. He said they were light and flavorful. Another friend in our party had the lamb ragu over pasta. The pasta was homemade and picked up the flavors from the sauce. Overall it was a good experience. I would recommend it highly. I’m sure our server will exceed brilliantly with a little more experience under her belt.

l
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Always a very nice meal and service. Would recommend as a solid choice. We had the best cheesecake for dessert!

G
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch as a special birthday surprise for our daughter-in-law. We enjoyed NTC wines and cider and the food was spectacular. We have been coming to the NOTL region for many years now and Benchmark is one of our must visit restaurants. Many thanks to the college for creating this gem.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance, service and food was exceptional.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch at the Benchmark. The food was very good and the service was good. However, I got a parking ticket because I didn't realize that there is a new requirement to park in the restaurant parking area only. That has not been true in the past. I am appealing the ticket.

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

The food, the service and the ambiance were excellent. Keep it up!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I took the (very reasonable) drive here from my vacation at Niagara Falls Ontario, and it was so worth it! Getting out of the "tourist trap" area, along with it being a student learning restaurant, means that there's great value for the money to be found here.

I ordered the scallops on a bed of mashed potatoes, and a bread basket. The bread was warm and the honey butter was delicious. The scallops were tasty, and although I wasn't a fan of the lemon caper sauce (it was pretty strong), the creamy mashed potatoes more than made up for it.

Including tip, I spent exactly $40 on a great lunch and would come back without hesitation if I were to ever return to the area.

JV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The menus are supposed to change seasonally here but they have had the same one vegan option on the menu for several years now. We spoke with the manager last summer and she said they were updating the menu and would be adding more plant based options but sadly, this has not happened a year later. Service was lovely. Nice to sit on the patio and have a drink. Just wish there was more than one (fried and unhealthy) option for us plant based folks!

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